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  • About the Library

    Benedictine institutions have traditionally granted a place of honor to the library. Saint Vincent Library continues this tradition by providing a repository of the institution's bibliographic holdings and a continually growing resource in support of the College's teaching mission.

    Borrowing privileges are available to enrolled students, faculty and staff members of the College; T the Saint Vincent identification card serves as the Library card. Library resources are also available to the general public and to the local religious, educational, business and social community. The Library is open to patrons eighty-three (83) hours each week when school is in session. Special hours are in effect during vacation periods and on holidays; schedule changes are posted in the Library, distributed to the offices of the College, and posted on the webpage.

    Private study carrels and tables are available throughout the Library. A central reference area provides access to more than 3,500 resource titles such as encyclopedias, abstracts, dictionaries, indexes, handbooks, atlases, concordances, and gazetteers.

    The periodical area displays 297 current periodicals arranged alphabetically by title. A collection of audio tapes and CDs, a collection of DVDs and tapes as well as appropriate players is available. The Library has a collection of microfilm and microfiche items with readers and a printer for patron use.

    The collection contains nearly 240,000 print volumes, 46,000 bound periodicals and approximately 100,000 microforms. The Library houses unique resources in religion and theology and special collections of Pennsylvania and Benedictina. The Library also has a collection of rare books housed in climate-controlled vault; access to this collection is available by special request.

    The collection is classified according to the Library of Congress classification system. The Library uses a fully automated catalog (OPAC), utilizing the integrated system of Innovative Interfaces, Inc. The Library provides online access to an extensive list of bibliographic and full-text information through such resources as EBSCOhost, LexisNexis, CENAGE and JSTOR. The Library houses a computer lab and connections for laptop access to the campus Local-area Network and the Internet; wireless connectivity is also available throughout the building.

    Materials not available at Saint Vincent Library may be requested from other libraries through the Interlibrary Loan service (ILL). This service is available through the Interlibrary Loan Coordinator or at the Circulation Desk. The Library participates in the Westmoreland County Libraries Reciprocal Borrowing Program that affords members of the Saint Vincent Community borrowing privileges at participating libraries.