Library

  • About the Library

    The Library is the intellectual heart of Worcester State University, a place where members of the campus community converge, collaborate, learn, and discover. We’re a friendly group of experts ready to assist you with your scholarly pursuits, including research consultations at the research help desk or by phone, email, and online chat. We also work with faculty in the classroom, enhancing their students’ ability to navigate the complex information network of Google, Wikipedia, printed and electronic books, media, and databases.

    The Library is located on the 2nd and 3rd floors of the Learning Resource Center. You’ll find a variety of spaces that meet your needs: individual carrels for independent study, collaborative areas with large, flat-screen displays, tables with ample space to spread out, lounge chairs with built-in desks, and, of course, café seating in the Starbucks Café operated by Chartwells. If you are in the Honors Program, you can study independently or with a group in the Honors Lounge on our main floor. We accommodate your need for extra studying and researching during finals by extending our hours.

    We’re confident you’ll locate the information you need to succeed at WSU. Ubiquitous wireless Internet will link you to our collections containing over 200,000 items, including the more than 80,000 ebooks in the ebrary database, and to more than 125 electronic databases with thousands of ebooks and articles from scholarly and popular publications. We offer free printing for library resources. You’ll enjoy reciprocal borrowing privileges at area libraries through the Academic and Research Collaborative and our extensive interlibrary lending agreements with other libraries.

    The library also hosts 2 collections by notable literary figures: the Dennis Brutus Collection and the Milton Meltzer Collection.

    • The Dennis Brutus Collection is an archival collection that consists of primary documents donated by Dr. Brutus, including manuscripts, letters relating to many public and personal topics, texts of speeches, travel documentation, and photographs. These materials, maintained by the Center for the Study of Human Rights, are now available to scholars, students, and independent researchers.
    • The Milton Meltzer Collection, named for a distinguished author of nearly 100 books for children, who was raised in Worcester, contains several hundred volumes from his personal library—ranging from books about historical and social science topics to biographies—and his original works of over 100 titles, as well as some archival documents. These volumes are interspersed in our general collection.

    We are centrally located in the Learning Resource Center, which has a full-service computer lab, the UTS Help Desk, and Laptop Repair Depot on the 3rd floor as well as 20 classrooms, media production facilities, several academic departments, and administrative offices scattered on other floors.