University Libraries

Location: 25 West Rosedale Avenue
Phone: 610-430-4400
Library Services Website

Two outstanding libraries support West Chester University. The main facility is the Francis Harvey Green Library on the campus quadrangle at the corner of High Street and Rosedale Avenue. The Presser Music Library is housed in room 121 of the Swope Music Building. Both libraries offer excellent environments for study and research, and they often present educational programs, cultural events, and exhibits.  

General Library Services

Library Collections

WCU library collections compare favorably with those of other major public and private libraries in the Delaware Valley. Library holdings include more than 2.5 million items.

  • Print Materials*:
    • More than 319,000 volumes
    • More than 763 subscriptions to print periodical
  • Electronic Materials*:
    • More than 1,200,000 electronic books
    • More than 96,000 films available as streaming video
    • More than 127,000 subscriptions to electronic journals

*Almost all of these materials are available on the web and may be accessed off campus by entering a WCU ID and password. You must begin from the library web page to use materials licensed by the library.

Research Help

Librarians and support staff provide individual and group instruction on the use of library resources to support all courses of study.  Instructors may request classroom instruction and custom presentations from library faculty.

Librarians are available to assist students with their research needs.  Questions may be submitted in person, via chat, phone, text, or email.

Research and Study

  • Internet Resources:
    • Library home page: for continually updated access to a wide array of resources and services
    • Our online library catalog: Allows a single, Google-like search of the vast majority of electronic and print materials owned by the library, including books, journal articles, journal subscriptions, A-V materials, etc.
    • PILOT, the Web-accessible library catalog and specific online databases such as Academic Premier are still available for more detailed searches
  • Research Guides: Reference librarians have prepared more than 60 online research guides (http://subjectguides.wcupa.edu/) for majors, subjects, and specific courses.
  • Interlibrary Loan - 610-436-2380, illoan@wcupa.edu: offers free access to books and journal articles not available in WCU library collections through borrowing from other libraries. Many articles are delivered via email within 24 hours.  Books may arrive as quickly as 3-4 business days when requested through E-Z Borrow or ILLiad.

    ILLiad may be used to request articles, books, and other materials world-wide. It is integrated into most of WCU’s online databases.  Click on the Check Availability link to see if the full text of an article is available from another database or through ILLiad.

    E-Z Borrow (PALCI) may be used to request books from over 60 major academic libraries in the tri-state area.

    Research Help 610-436-2453, ask@wcupa.libanswers.com

    Librarians and support staff provide individual and group instruction on the use of library resources to support all courses of study.  Instructors may request classroom instruction and custom presentations from library faculty.

    Librarians are available to assist students with their research needs.  Questions may be submitted in person, via chat, phone, text, or email

  • Electronic and print reserve course materials designated by instructors

Services

Borrowing Library Materials – 610-436-2946, libcirc@wcupa.edu

The Library Help Desk is located on the second floor (main floor) of F.H. Green Library. Materials can also be borrowed at the Presser Music Library Circulation Desk. Most library materials can be borrowed for 35 days and may be renewed if no one is waiting to use them. 

Course Reserves – 610-436-2611, libraryreserves@wcupa.edu

Articles, books, solutions, and other course materials are available in print and electronic reserve at the request of instructors. Reserve items are located on the second floor at the Library Help Desk.  Print material is primarily library use only though some items may be borrowed overnight. Other materials are available electronically and can be accessed via D2L.

Distance Education Student Services

Many of the services offered to on campus students are available to distance education students, including Interlibrary Loan and access to electronic resources.  Distance Students may request to have books delivered to their home address.

Facilities

Library Hours

Library Starbucks: located on the first (ground) floor. Starbucks may be entered directly from the Quad or from within the library.

• Group Study Rooms are available for small groups to collaborate.

Several areas in the library are designated quiet areas for focused study.

• Bulletin boards are located on each floor. Permission to post should be obtained from the Library Administrative Office, FHG 236.

• Campus phones can be found on the 3rd – 6th floors near the elevators and on the 2nd floor near Starbucks

• Lost and Found is located at the Library Help Desk on the main floor: call 610-436-2946.

• A suggestion box is located at the Library Help Desk to provide feedback.

• Water fountains can be found on every floor near the restrooms.

FHG Library Collections and Services - 610-436-2946 (Information)

FHG Library Hours

  • Sunday: Noon-2am
  • Monday-Thursday: 7:30am-2am
  • Friday: 7:30am-6pm
  • Saturday: 10am-6pm

Holiday, break, and exam hours are posted separately on the library home page.

General Information

  • Bulletin boards: on each floor (permission to post should be obtained from the Library Administrative Office, FHG 236).
  • Change machine: adjacent to microform copiers on the first floor.
  • Group study rooms: second through sixth floors.
  • QVC Group Study Room: FHG 252, includes five computers with 42" monitors for collaboration.
  • Campus phones: third - sixth floors near the elevators.
  • Lost and Found: Circulation Desk, main floor, call 610-436-2946.
  • Photocopy machines: first and second floors, 10 cents per page.
  • Scanners: no charge, located in the QVC Commons and the IMC.
  • Suggestion box: located at Circulation Desk.
  • Water fountain: on every floor near restrooms.

Instructional Media Center (IMC)

610-436-3395, libimc@wcupa.edu

The Instructional Media Center is located on the first floor of the library and is home to the curriculum collection of K-12 textbooks and other teacher education resources as well as the library's DVD and VHS collections. The IMC also has equipment for loan, including laptops for in library use, and provides access to many services including poster printing.

Government Documents/Maps

610-436-2869

Francis Harvey Green Library is a selective depository for United States government publications and Commonwealth of Pennsylvania publications. Included in the collection are extensive holdings of congressional materials, census publications, and Geological Survey maps. Most of this collection is available for circulation. Please see the Government Documents page for more details.

Children's Literature Room

FHG Library Collections - 610-436-2946 (Information)

The  Faye A. Collicott Children’s Room contains an excellent collection of children’s books and is used as a resource and research center for children’s literature including preschool through grade eight.

Special Collections and Digitized Collections – 610-436-3456

Special Collections

610-436-3456

Special Collections contains the FHG Library’s collection of rare books (including four Shakespeare Folios and the Sanderson Signers to the Declaration of Independence); various 18th and 19th century horticultural and botanical works from the libraries of William Darlington and the Chester County Cabinet of Natural Sciences; the West Chester University Archives and several other archival and manuscript collections. The Special Collections Librarian and staff are dedicated to incorporating Special Collections materials relevant to faculty and student research. Materials from Special Collections do not circulate and materials must be used in the Special Collections Room.  Special Collection materials are available by appointment only.

Digitized Collections

610-436-3456

WCU Library Services has digitized a large number of items relating to the history of WCU and the area, as well as many items from Special Collections. These materials are all available in the WCU Digital Collections and include: all the catalogs, yearbooks, and student newspapers of WCU and its predecessor institutions (West Chester Normal School, West Chester State Teachers College, etc.); historic photographs and postcards; archaeological artifacts; letters of George Washington and General Anthony Wayne; Civil War letters and documents; and the title pages and autographs from many books in the Philips Autograph Library.

Borrowing Library Materials

610-436-2946

The circulation desk is located on the second floor (main floor) of the library. Most library materials are due 28 days from the day the materials are charged out. A current WCU student identification card or bar code is required to check out materials. Library materials may be renewed one time for an additional 28 days. Materials borrowed are subject to recall if needed by others.

All lost identification cards must be reported to the circulation desk immediately. Students are responsible for materials checked out on identification cards that are not reported missing.

Transcripts may be held for unpaid fines or for library materials not returned.

Fines are charged for overdue library materials. The fine schedule is available at the circulation desk and on the Library website.

Group Study Rooms and Lounges

Throughout the library there are a number of small rooms for group study and relaxed reading. The QVC Collaborative Study Area for group work has five computers with large-screen monitors and permits students to connect their own laptops to the 42" monitors.

Technologies

·  Computer workstations and network printers for student use are available in each library. Workstations in the QVC Information Commons are available for checking e-mail, printing papers, or other quick information retrieval needs.  Additional workstations and printers can be found in the reference area.  Students may also configure their personal devices to send documents to library printers.

·  Wireless laptops are available to borrow in the IMC for in-library use only.

·  The QVC Collaborative Study Area is equipped with computers and large-screen monitors for group project work.  This room has 5 computers with large-screen monitors and permits students to connect their own laptops to the 42-inch monitors.     

·  Adaptive devices, software, and furniture supporting individuals with disabilities are available within the libraries. 

Reference Area

610-436-2453, 

Reference Desk

The reference area is located on the second floor (main floor) of the library. The area immediately to the left of the main entrance contains the reference desk. Computers for access to OneSearch (the Google-like search of library books, journal articles, and A-V materials), PILOT, the library's web catalog; and the Internet are also located in this area. These computers are for research only. A reference librarian is on duty at the reference desk to give assistance in the use of the library. Adjacent to the index area is the reference reading room containing the reference collection, including such materials as encyclopedias, dictionaries, and handbooks.

Reserve Materials

610-436-2611

Materials placed on reserve by faculty are kept at the reserve desk, which is located on the main floor (second floor) next to the circulation desk. The material is primarily noncirculating (for use in the library). Print materials on reserve are listed in PILOT, the library's web catalog. Some materials do circulate for time periods designated by faculty. Most circulating materials are due back at the reserve desk by 9am on the due date. To charge out reserved books, borrowers must present a bar-coded WCU ID. An ID or driver's license will be held at the desk for material used in the library until it is returned.

Many reserve materials are now available on the web. Check the electronic reserves link on the Library homepage.

Interlibrary Loan

610-436-2380 illoan@wcupa.edu

Interlibrary Loan offers free access to books and journal articles not available in WCU library collections through borrowing from other libraries. Many articles are delivered via email within 24 hours. Books may arrive as quickly as 3-4 business days when requested through E-Z Borrow or ILLiad.

ILLiad may be used to request articles, books, and other materials world-wide. It is integrated into most of WCU's online databases. Click on the Check Availability link to see if the full text of an article is available from another database or through ILLiad.

E-Z Borrow (PACLI) may be used to request books from over 60 major academic libraries in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and West Virginia.

 

Presser Music Library - 610-436-2430, presserlibrary@wcupa.edu

Library Hours

  • Sunday: 5pm-9pm
  • Monday-Thursday: 8am-10pm
  • Friday: 8am-4:30pm
  • Saturday: 1pm-6pm

Collections and Services

The Presser Music Library contains the University’s collection of music scores for study and performance, sound recordings, books about music and musicians, and scholarly journals. The Music Library offers many services including library instruction, research assistance, course reserves, and also makes a wide array of music technology available for students. This includes hardware such as MacBook Pro and Lenovo Yoga laptops, sound recording kits with microphones and digital audio interfaces, and midi keyboard controllers; as well as Sibelius and Finale music notation software and Apple Logic Pro digital audio workstations. All technology may be borrowed and used outside of the library. The Presser Music Library also has a digital scanner and collaborative study room with a large screen monitor with RamCast wireless connectivity. The knowledgeable staff is pleased to provide assistance for all services offered by the library. Please see the Presser Music Library page for more details.

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