The Connelly Library – Main Campus
The Connelly Library offers a combination of traditional library services and innovative library services, plus warm and inviting areas for students to study. The building, which opened in 1988 with seating capacity for more than 1,000 people, contains areas for quiet study spaces, 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, 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 Imaginative Representations of the Vietnam War, Imaginative Representations of the Holocaust, Trauma Literature, and Bob Dylan archives.
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). The databases link student to the full text of periodical articles or their location in the library. In addition, the library catalog links students to more than 16,000 full-text periodicals, plus statistical sources and reference materials. Students have access to these Internet sources not only in the library, but also wherever they can access 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 copies of articles are obtained 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. The Connelly Library Reference Librarians have developed original presentations and inventive handouts to help students complete their assignments.
The Resource Center – Bucks County Center
Students taking courses at the Bucks County Center and Montgomery County Center have access to the Connelly Library’s resources through the use of the Internet. The Bucks Resource Center has the services of a professional librarian at select times to support students with their research projects and to provide guidance on the use of the Library information. Students may also phone the Connelly Library Reference Librarians, email a librarian, or use the 24/7 chat service (AskHerePA) to get assistance. Connelly library books and interlibrary loan materials can be delivered to the Bucks County Center or the Montgomery County Center for pick up.