About the Library
Message from the Dean
Welcome to the Salem State University Library. The library facility on Central Campus has been open since fall 2008, to rave reviews from students, faculty and the broader campus community. The entrance to the library is on the second floor of Building One, to the right at the top of the main staircase. The library includes:
-- A combined circulation, reserve, interlibrary loan and reference desk where you can check out and return library materials, request resources from other libraries throughout the world, and get one-on-one research assistance from professional librarians.
-- A core collection of over 125,000 high-quality scholarly books, periodicals and media, with access to nearly 170,000 volumes in a nearby storage facility. This is in addition to access to an expanding collection of electronic resources covering the full array of academic disciplines.
-- A fully-equipped high-tech classroom where professional librarians provide orientation to the library's resources and services, sessions on how to locate and use print and digital information, and subject-specific upper-division and graduate-level research instruction.
-- Over 180 study seats, in a variety of forms – including collaborative workstations, lounge seating, study carrels, laptop tables, individual and group study tables, and two group study rooms where students can collaborate on class projects, gather in study groups, and meet for scholarly purposes.
-- More than 60 computer workstations in a fully-networked and wireless environment, including adaptive technology workstations near the reference desk and in a specialized study room on the lower level.
As part of the library, we have satellite study spaces in the Heritage Room of the Ellison Campus Center, at the South Campus lounge in the Academic Building, and on the second floor of the Central Campus facility – on the mezzanine and in the hallways.
The Heritage Room, ECC 202, houses individual and group study tables, eight computers, and a few lounge chairs. This space is restricted to quiet study, and is available during all hours of campus center operation.
The Central Campus mezzanine and second floor halls are library study areas for students who prefer more active, energized, not-so-quiet surroundings for study and research. The spaces feature lounge chairs, laptop/study tables, and twenty desktop computers networked to a printer in the library.
The South Campus Academic Building Lounge has also been equipped as a satellite library study area with tables, lounge chairs, and nine desktop computers networked to printer.
In the meantime, we are on the fast track in planning for a new library building on the North Campus that will bring all library collections, services and operations together – scheduled to be completed in 2012. I hope that you will take the opportunity to visit the facility, to meet the library staff, and to discover all the print, media and online resources that the library has made available to you.
Dr. Susan E. Cirillo, Dean
Library, Instructional & Learning Support