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. Library staff assist users at the research help desk and by phone, email, and online chat. Library staff provide classroom instruction on information literacy and research skills helping students navigate the complex information network of Google, Wikipedia, print and electronic books, periodicals, and media.

    The Library, located on the 2nd and 3rd floors of the Learning Resource Center, is open more than 100 hours per week during the fall and spring semesters. Users will find a variety of spaces to meet their needs including walk-up computer stations, collaborative areas with large, flat-screen displays, individual carrels for independent study, tables with ample space to spread out, lounge chairs with built-in desks, and comfortable café seating. Students in the Honors Program can study independently or with a group in the Honors Lounge on the 2nd floor.

    Print collections include more than 140,000 books, 200 journals, magazines, and newspapers, and 3,000 multimedia materials. Electronic collections include over 170,000 e-books, 150,000 e-journals, and a diversified selection of 280+ databases from ProQuest, EBSCO, Gale, and other authoritative publishers. Remote access to electronic materials is available 24/7/365. The library also hosts the Worcester State University Archives and Special Collections that includes historical materials related to Worcester State History, rare books, and the papers of poet and political activist, Dennis Brutus. These collections offer opportunities to research a variety of historical topics using primary sources such as records, manuscripts, and photographs.

    Library users may request items from other libraries via Interlibrary Loan. Moreover, the Library is a member of many local, state, and national networks, including the Academic and Research Collaborative (ARC), a coalition of 20+ Worcester area libraries, where WSU students, faculty, and staff have full on-site access to collections and reciprocal borrowing privileges with the issuance of individualized ARC Borrowing cards.

    In addition to the Library, the Learning Resource Center houses the Information Technology department, which oversees a full-service computer lab, the Help Desk, and Laptop Repair Depot on the 3rd floor. The building also features 20 classrooms, media production facilities, music practice rooms, several academic departments and administrative offices, and a café.