The Villanova University was founded in 1842 by the Order of Saint Augustine. It´s a private research university located in Radnor Township, within the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in the United States. Named after Saint Thomas of Villanova, the school is the oldest Catholic university in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. From undergraduate to doctoral students, the university library supports educational programs goals of the University. These are 10 Villanova University library resources you need to know.
University`s Students, graduate, and undergraduate, assistants, faculty and staff can borrow materials from the library. The library offers books, Audio Books, Videos, journals and magazines that support research and study works. Librarians bring support and help for the user. Requests can be made online, through the library Web Page.
2) E-Z Borrow Books
The E-Z Borrow service allows university´s students to borrow books from other academic libraries in the tri-State area that include Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia. The service has an average turnaround of 4-5 days. The loan period is six weeks. Students, by request, can also have the option of a six-week renewal.
3) Interlibrary Loan
The Interlibrary Loan service allows students, faculty, and staff to borrow books from other libraries. Users can also request electronic copies of articles that the Falvey library doesn´t own, from other library collection. Online university library catalog must be check before requesting the service. The Library absorbs the cost of providing valuable interlibrary loan services.
4) Equipment Loans
Dell laptops and MacBooks are available for loan at the Circulation Desk. Also, accessories, such as laptop power packs, mice, headphones and ethernet cables can be borrowed at the front desk for a period of three hours. One renewal is permitted. Patrons will be required to complete & sign a Library Device Agreement form.
The library has some e-reader devices like Kindles, Sony eReaders, and Nooks for the loan to currently Villanova students, staff or faculty. Devices can be borrowed at the library front desk. Interested must complete a Library Device Agreement form. The library has a catalog to find e-books that include recently published e-books, digital government reports, and historical documents.
6) Distance Learners
Electronic resources for distance learners are easily accessible from anywhere. Librarians are available to provide personalized research advice via e-mail, live chat, and by phone. The Distance Learner service include Book Delivery & Return, Off-Campus Database Access, Experts Librarians’ Guide and Research Help, and Instructions for finding the electronic copies of journal articles.
7) Course Reserves
Course Reserve program has materials like books, DVDs, VHS, exams, and manuals that can be requested at the library circulation desk. The use of most reserve material is limited to registered students and faculty. Students can also access Course Reserves materials via Web. Students must be registered for a class to obtain access to its electronic reserve readings.
8) Study Rooms
There are study rooms in the Library for students and faculty, for one person or study groups. Reserves can be made at the Library Circulation Desk. Support materials like Headphones, ethernet cords and dry-erase markers for use in Library study rooms are available. Librarians keep the reserve schedule that can be consulted by students.
9) Computers & Printing
Computers and Print/Copy machines are available for student´s use within the Library. Use of Library computer facilities is limited to Villanova students. The University Information Technology Services (UNIT) office, located near the Library Reference Desk, provides information and support for the user about printing and copies polices.
10) Research Assistance
Librarians are available for consultation at the reference desk in order to help students, in a direct way, in any research project. Consults can be made by Email and by individual appointments. If it’s necessary to visit the library of another university to use materials not available on campus, Librarians will assist students in contacting the library and arranging for access.
Libraries of Villanova University Linked Trough PALCI and ATLA
1) Falvey Memorial Library
The Villanova University main Library was named in 1963 in honor of the late Reverend Daniel P. Falvey, O.S.A., who had devoted nearly half his life to the library. Falvey Memorial Library supports students and faculty research, teaching, and learning efforts and provides exceptional resources and spaces for study, reflection, learning, knowledge creation, and intellectual contributions.
2) Charles Widger School of Law Library
The Villanova University School of Law Library serves the faculty and students of the law school in legal research since 1953. The library brings, through more than 500,000 volumes, access to legal resources. Print and digital materials, research instruction, Study rooms, and facilities are offered to users. The law library is also equipped with the latest technology.
3) Annenberg School for Communication Library
The Annenberg School for Communication Library is part of the University of Pennsylvania library system. Its building features a spacious and inviting study space. In addition to reference materials and research support from staff, the Library is home to ASCLA, the Annenberg School for Communication Library Archives.
4) Allegheny Library
Allegheny’s Library, member of PALCI, and the Information Technology Services (LITS) division blends traditional computing and library services to Allegheny community. Allegheny College, Founded in 1815, is a private, coeducational liberal arts college in northwestern Pennsylvania in the town of Meadville.
5) John Richard Allison Library
John Richard Allison Library serves the Regent College students and faculty. The Regent College was founded in 1968 and it was the first graduate school of theology in North America to make education of the laity its central focus. Jesus Christ is the center of College graduate programs, offering both evangelical faith and rigorous academics.