The Ethel K. Smith Library, located on the main University campus, maintains a collection to support the learning experiences of the students and the teaching and research activities of the faculty and staff of Wingate University. The primary focus of the collection is on materials that serve the undergraduate curricula, but as graduate programs increase the Library will endeavor to support those programs with appropriate additions to the collection.
In order to support this mission, the Library houses more than 100,000 print volumes in the facility, as well as database subscriptions which provide students online access to a variety of scholarly journal and newspaper titles beyond the Library’s print periodical collection. Additionally, the Library’s InterLibrary Loan Department enables students to research supplementary materials not held in the collection. For students attending our satellite campuses, Library materials can be supplied through the Library’s Bulldog Delivery system in which materials are delivered from the Library via professors or others traveling between campuses.
A variety of study options are available in the Library including individual study carrels in the Quiet Room, several group study spaces, and general areas for individual or group work. For those who bring their laptops to the Library, Wireless LAN access and wet carrels are available in several areas of the facility, including the Ethel K. Café coffee shop on the first floor. The building also includes an electronic instruction lab equipped with computers for interactive teaching.
The Ethel K. Smith Library is staffed with highly trained, professional librarians available to assist students in their research endeavors and to instruct individuals or entire classes in the most effective and efficient research applications available in today’s academic library. The computer commons in the Reference Department is specifically designed for the purpose of such instruction, with the goal of cultivating a basic, inter-disciplinary, transferable skill set regarding applied research. In person, phone, and online reference help is available to all Wingate students, and library instruction sessions can be scheduled at our satellite campuses as well.
Updated May 2, 2011