In September, 2015, Marywood University dedicated the Learning Commons, a 21st Century library that focuses on actively empowering the learner. It is a scholars’ gathering place, where students from all disciplines converge, collaborate, and expand their horizons ever further. The new, award-winning facility includes superior collaborative learning environments, group study spaces, media practice and presentation spaces, along with the Center for Communication Arts, the Center for Transformation Teaching and Learning, the Entrepreneur Launch Pad, and a regional archives. The Marywood library collection includes more than 220,000 books and bound periodicals, over 28,000 distinct electronic and print journal titles, more than 40,000 ebooks, and 50,000 additional non-print items.
The library maintains a dynamic webpage, which contains links to over 60 subject-specific and multidisciplinary databases including Academic Search Elite, ARTstor, Credo Reference, ERIC, JSTOR, LexisNexis, and PsycINFO.
The library is fully integrated into the campus data network and remote access is available for most databases. Other resources available from the webpage include: the online catalog; research guides for selected departments, programs, and courses and a variety of research assistance tools. Additional electronic services available 24/7 through the webpage include: interlibrary loan, electronic reserves, and live reference assistance.
Marywood University is a member of PALCI, the Pennsylvania Academic Library Consortium Inc., with nearly 70 member institutions in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, and West Virginia. Through PALCI’s EZBorrow service, the holdings of many Pennsylvania libraries, including large research libraries are easily accessible for borrowing by Marywood students and faculty. Through PALCI’s RapidILL Interlibrary loan initiative, students and faculty may have electronic articles delivered directly to their e-mail boxes usually within a business day after placing a request on line.
The library offers numerous introductory workshops to the various resources and the online catalog. Traditional reference assistance is available during regular library hours. In-depth individual and group research consultation is available upon request.
The library is also equipped with wireless internet access.