The library at the University of Virginia’s College at Wise is a new $37 million facility featuring 68,000 square feet of space over six ﬂoors. It provides students with a lively and inviting place for study, research and recreational reading. When the College is in session, the library is open seven days a week for a total of 77 1/2 hours of operation. In addition to print and online holdings, the new building contains a formal reading room, a special collections area, “Smart Group” classrooms, twelve collaborative study rooms, computers for patron use, wireless connectivity, and a 24-hour study space. The library also houses the Books & Brew Café, serving beverages and sandwiches daily.
The library holds a collection of more than 119,300 book volumes, 27,500 volumes of bound periodicals, 66,575 units of microforms, and 2,370 audio-visual media items. The library has access to over 151,000 online books, plus 800 print and 3,300 online subscriptions to magazines and newspapers of scholarly and general interest. The online catalog, available through the library’s homepage provides easy access to the collections. The library engages in many cooperative ventures with The University of Virginia’s libraries. The library is a depository for federal and state documents, with special emphasis on publications related to Southwest Virginia. Many documents and manuscripts pertaining to the region, including the Historical Society of Southwest Virginia Collection and the James Taylor Adams Papers, are housed in Special Collections.
Books circulate for three weeks and may be renewed unless another patron has requested them. Students use the campus-wide CAVS card to borrow and renew material. A fee of 10 cents per day per item is charged for overdue materials.
The library’s collection satisﬁes most needs, but additional books and journal articles are available through Interlibrary Loan (ILL) at no cost to students and faculty. Through OCLC membership, the library can access library collections throughout the world for needed materials. ILL materials may be requested electronically through the library’s homepage.
Five librarians and several trained assistants are available to assist students with reference questions. Reference service is enhanced with many full text databases, including EbscoHost, Factiva and OVID. The library also has both on-site and remote access to additional bibliographic and fulltext databases through VIVA (the Virtual Library of Virginia) and the World Wide Web.
Many faculty place books, articles, and audiovisual materials on reserve for student use. Items are loaned for various periods including 2 hours, 1 day, 3 days, and 7 days. Fines are 25 cents per hour for 2-hour reserve materials and 25 cents per day for other reserve items.