About Grace Library

  •  Grace Library in winter

     Grace Library....

    • was named in honor of Sister Regis M. Grace, the first dean of Carlow; 
    • offers over 77,900 print books, 118,000 e-books and 50 databases; 
    • subscribes to over 16,800 print and electronic journals;
    • owns over 1,350 videotapes, DVDs, and streaming videos;
    • possesses special collections that include Peace Studies, African American Studies and Career Resources;
    • has librarians who taught over 920 Carlow students and answered over 5,200 questions in the 2011-12 academic year; and,
    • preserves over 7,000 items related to the history of Carlow in their Archives.

    Grace Library makes an effort to uphold the values stated in the American Library Association's Library Bill of Rights, Freedom to Read Statement and the Freedom to View Statement.

    GRACE LIBRARY'S MISSION 

    The mission of Grace Library is to meet the information needs of the Carlow University community by supporting collections and services that will foster academic excellence and promote the process of self-directed, life-long learning.

    The library collections, both print and electronic, should be intellectually balanced and encompass the whole range of undergraduate, graduate and certification studies. They should be well organized and easily accessible in an environment conducive to reading and learning which frees students to think clearly and creatively.

    The library staff should provide students with expert consultation and assistance in locating information and planning search strategies. As one of several libraries in the Pittsburgh area, Grace Library can make efficient use of resources from cooperation with other libraries and by pursuing the opportunities afforded by technology.

    The responsibility to fulfill these needs rests jointly with the University administration, the Library staff and every member of the University faculty.