The Connelly Library offers a combination of traditional and innovative technical library services, plus warm and inviting areas for students to study and work in small groups on class projects. The building, which opened in 1988 with seating for more than 1,000 people, contains areas for quiet study, various-sized rooms designed to accommodate collaborative learning processes, and attractive lounge seating for leisure reading. Reference and circulation services are on the first floor, while audiovisual materials on the lower level include more than 7,000 feature films and documentaries, multimedia CD-ROMs, and instructional materials for education students. A Special Collections area on the second level contains manuscripts, rare books, and videos on subjects such as the Japanese tea ceremony, imaginative representations of the Vietnam War, imaginative representations of the Holocaust, and trauma literature, as well as a number of unique holdings of the works of major authors.
The online databases, periodical subscriptions, and book collections in the library reflect the courses offered by the University. The library subscribes to many databases accessible from the library home page (www.lasalle.edu/ library). Many of these link to the full text of periodical articles. In addition, the library catalog links students to more than 20,000 full-text periodicals plus statistical sources and other materials. Students have access to these Internet sources not only in the library, but also wherever they have access to the Internet, on or off campus. The Collection Development Librarian consults with the teaching faculty to purchase the most useful books for the collection. Materials not available in the library are borrowed from other libraries, or photocopies of articles are requested at no charge to the student.
Reference librarians are available most of the 96 hours per week that the library is open. They provide individual and classroom instruction for finding information on the Internet, in books, and in periodical indexes. Information literacy instruction using problem-solving techniques is available in the library to support and enhance the University’s curriculum and encourage the development of lifelong learning skills. The Connelly Library reference librarians have developed original presentations and inventive handouts to help students work through information problem solving.