New Student Overview

The following is just a hint at some of the highlights of the many collections, spaces, and services available. 


Of course, we have books. Our book collection includes print titles as well as over 130,000 e-books you can read online or download. Subjects include a variety of nonfiction scholarly titles for class research, from chemistry to sociology to sports management. We also have a large literature collection, featuring historical favorites and newer classics. Our "Best Sellers" collection on the first floor is an easy to browse selection of the most popular fiction and nonfiction titles. On Reserve, we have a small collection of textbooks for your classes that you can borrow for a few hours at a time while you wait for your copy to arrive, or if you forget yours at home and need a copy for class. Interested in learning more about careers? We have a whole collection of material in print and online to help.

Movies more your style? We have movies, too. Both useful for your academic interests and entertainment, we have over 25,000 streaming titles and 6,000 DVDs to check out. Checking out a DVD from the Byron Bryant Film Collection is a great way to catch up on award winning films you've always meant to watch. 

You will also have access to over 80,000 journals, magazines, and newspapers through the Library. Hundreds of thousands of peer-reviewed academic journal articles in all fields are free to you to search and download for free, and many popular magazines are easy to browse. Keep up with news in your hometown or check up on what your favorite sports columnists are saying behind online paywalls on newspapers websites with our full access to thousands of newspapers. You can even create a free account to access unlimited articles from New York Times online.

Our online resources are not limited to just e-books and journals articles. Scientific and business data, too, abounds with sources like SciFinder and Morningstar, key professional resources in chemistry and investment analysis. We also have resources for the music lover including downloadable sheet music and online streaming audio from Naxos Music Library.  And you can practice a new language with online language programs. See the various resources in your fields of interest on the Research Guides for the topics.


Saint Albert Hall is a bit of your home away from home. We have mostly open seating of tables and individual study cubicles throughout the building, concentrated on the second floor. If you know you'll be working in a group, stop by the Circulation Desk and reserve a group study room. Each is equipped with at least basic media equipment, so you can watch a movie for class with several of your classmates. Whiteboards are available in each group study room and various places in the library for you to make notes and brainstorm.

If you prefer some more quiet space, the first floor Quiet Study room is a perfect place to work on homework and papers. The Quiet Study space on the third floor is furnished with more comfortable seating and bean bag chairs, and is a great place to catch up on reading or just relax in a quiet space for awhile.

The first floor lobby is the activity center of the building. It is where you will find the three major service points (the Circulation Desk, the Reference Desk, and the Tech Bar). Here you can also browse through the Best Seller's collection, see some of our promoted new books, find some career advice in our career's books collection, or play a game of chess, checkers, or even Battleship, available for checkout at the Circulation Desk. The lobby is also home to many rotating exhibits and displays of library resources and campus events throughout the year.

The library is open to covered drinks and small snacks, just be sure to help keep the building and spaces clean for everyone. 


The first vision upon entering the library is the Reference Desk. Here you can get individual, personalized research assistance from one of our professional librarians. No appointment is necessary, and a librarian is available 64 hours a week during the semester, 9 am to 9 pm most weekdays. If you need help finding resources, or even getting started with your research, we are here to help! The librarians are also masters with citation styles, so come by for help with that. No question to big or to small for the Reference Desk. Plus, we'll always lend you a pen, and we never run out of tissue and hand sanitizer.

At the Circulation Desk, you can check out materials, ask for course reserves, request DVDs, pick up materials borrowed from other libraries, and reserve study rooms. And books and videos aren't the only thing you can check out. Forgot your earbuds? Ask to borrow a pair of headphones. Need a calculator? We have those, too. And staplers? Hole-punch? Paper clips? Paper cutter? All found at the Circulation Desk.

Technology abounds in the Library. Photocopiers and scanners are available to use, and you have your pick of high quality printers, both traditional and color. As a student, you are given a $25 credit to your printing account (GaelPrint) in July and January (which works out to about 500 black and white pages). If you have trouble with any of the technology in the building, or would like some technical support or training, drop-in help is available at the IT Services supported Tech Bar