About the Library

A doctoral student described Lavery Library as “The Heart of a College Education.” We are incredibly proud to be such a meaningful part of a student’s success. If Lavery is the heart of the campus, the Lavery Library staff is the heart of the library.

Lavery Library is committed to the needs of the college’s students, wherever they are located and wherever they are on their educational journey. The Library staff is compelled to “make it possible.” Lavery Library is not just an academic library. We have a culture of going beyond--where library staff do what is needed to enable student success. We believe we can accomplish more and get better outcomes when we work together across organizational boundaries. We are inspired by each other and celebrate opportunities to work together.

Our staff is committed to continuous improvement. We hold yearly staff retreats and summer staff development sessions. We have learned how to function better as a team by discovering and using our Strengths from the StrengthsFinder program. In the summer of 2016 we completed a branding workshop.

We collaborate with campus partners for co-curricular exhibits, programming, and professional presentations. Library Staff participates in campus traditions, and creates some of our own like Fisher Friday to celebrate school spirit.

Lavery Library Staff members welcome students with a thousand subtle gestures. We try to anticipate the needs of our students, like providing snacks during the stressful time of finals. We want our library to stand out as one of the most welcoming places within the college—both physically and virtually. In all of our interactions, including with each other, we want people to feel accepted, cared for, and appreciated.

We also like to have a little fun, either playing April Fool's Day jokes on our patrons, running races together, or marauding with mascots. We do not mind being silly and dressing up in costume in order to help orient our first-year students to the library. We believe we can accomplish more and get better outcomes when we work together across job and organizational boundaries.

About our Facilities

The library has three floors: the Main Level, the Upper Level, and the Lower Level. The building entrance is on the Main Level and is also home to the Checkout Desk and Help Desk. This floor has been regularly updated to meet user needs, including group work stations, a laptop-friendly counter-top area, and most recently a a coffee area.

The Upper Level is the only designated quiet space on campus and is frequently sought out by students when they need to get serious. The circulating collection of books and media, as well as bound periodicals are shelved here. Through careful planning, we are able to create more study space on the Upper Level, which is quickly occupied by students. This floor is also home to our Archives and Special Collections

The Lower Level contains our Gallery Space, Curriculum Center and instruction classrooms. The gallery space is home to exhibits of student materials, but also works from local and national artists. The Curriculum Center has nearly 14,000 items of children’s and young adult literature, K-12 textbooks, formal assessments, manipulatives, book club kits, and puppets. Lavery Library staff conduct over 300 instruction sessions per year, many of them in the Instructions rooms in the library.

Lavery Library is more than just a library. We are not just about books. The Library is a destination for students to optimize their college experience and is staffed by people who do what is needed to enable students to succeed.

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