The Library (http://www.worcester.edu/Library) is the intellectual heart of Worcester State University, a place where members of the campus community converge, collaborate, learn, and discover. Library staff assist users at the research help desk and by phone, email, and online chat. Library staff provide classroom instruction on information literacy and research skills helping students navigate the complex information network of Google, Wikipedia, print and electronic books, periodicals, and media.
The Library, located on the 2nd and 3rd floors of the Learning Resource Center, is open over 100 hours per week during the fall and spring semesters. Users will find a variety of spaces to meet their needs including collaborative areas with large, flat-screen displays, individual carrels for independent study, tables with ample space to spread out, lounge chairs with built-in desks, and comfortable café seating.
Print collections include more than 130,000 books, 200 journals, magazines, and newspapers, and 3,000 multimedia materials. Electronic collections include over 150,000 e-books, 140,000 e-journals, and a diversified selection of 250+ databases from ProQuest, EBSCO, Gale, and other authoritative publishers. Remote access to electronic materials is available 24/7/365. The WSU Archives and Special Collections features more than 200 linear feet of materials related to Worcester State University history, more than 400 rare books, and the papers of poet and activist, Dennis Brutus.
Library users may request items from other libraries via Interlibrary Loan. Moreover, the Library is a member of many local, state, and national networks, including the Academic and Research Collaborative, http://www.worcesterarc.org, a coalition of 20+ Worcester area libraries, where WSU students, faculty, and staff have full on-site access to collections and reciprocal borrowing privileges with the issuance of individualized ARC Borrowing cards.