Mission: The Pew Learning Center and Ellison Library participates in the educational mission of the college by providing quality information resources, a service-oriented staff, and a welcoming environment for students, faculty, and staff.
The library implements its mission through learning partnerships, programs, activities, and appropriate technologies that strive to achieve the following goals:
The library is open 88 hours each week. Students have seating choices including group study tables, group study rooms, carrels, and lounge seating. A study room with two computers and wireless capabilities is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week during the academic year. An instructional room is equipped for multimedia presentations. The library has audiovisual materials and appropriate equipment for their use, including VCR and DVD players.
The library maintains a collection of over 100,000 print titles and provides access to over almost as many electronic books. The collection supports all areas of the College curriculum and contributes to the cultural and recreational enrichment of students. The heavily used alternative press magazine collection ensures that alternative and minority viewpoints are represented.
The library is a charter member of the NC LIVE (North Carolina Libraries in Virtual Education) program and is part of the ACA BCLA. Both provide extensive library resources to students at participating colleges and universities. These and other services include full text coverage of about 30,000 periodicals and newspapers, extensive databases, and many other information resources.
The library provides access to the Internet and the World Wide Web through the campus network, including wireless capabilities. Librarians continuously update and expand the library homepage at www.warren-wilson.edu/~library/ to serve as the gateway to information resources.
The library offers an online catalog containing the holdings of 25 other BCLA colleges as well as those in the Warren Wilson collection. Printed resources not owned by the library may be requested through interlibrary loan from libraries throughout the nation.
Reciprocal borrowing privileges for students and staff are available with other college libraries in the area. Public library cards may be obtained from any branch of the public library system.
The library offers many opportunities for instruction in the use of its resources. They include individual help with library research, instruction in library research skills, library orientation and instruction for new students and staff, instruction in conjunction with college courses, workshops for faculty and staff, and training for students who work on the library crew.
The College Archives (located in the lower level of the library) holds the legal, fiscal, administrative, historical and cultural records from 1894 through the present. Materials include manuscripts, records, printed materials, audiovisual items, photographs, and artifacts. The archives holds personal papers of administrators, faculty, staff members, students, and alumni. Printed materials include news clippings, graphics, and programs from official college events, yearbooks, course catalogs, handbooks, school newspapers, and literary and administrative publications. Audiovisual holdings include oral histories, mountain and folk music recordings, and videos and movies of concerts, commencements, and other events. Photographic collections include some 40,000 prints, negatives, slides, and digital files that document the campus and people from the 1890s to the present.
The Elizabeth Shepard Special Collections contains theses by graduates of the Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program, students' seminar papers and capstone theses, documentary source books in American history, and the Federal Writers' Project guides to America. Books on college history, the Presbyterian Church, the cultural and natural history of Western North Carolina, and publications by school administrators, staff, faculty, and alumni are also part of the collections.
For more information about the archives, visit http://www.warren-wilson.edu/~dsanderson/