The W. L. Lyons Brown Library, dedicated in 1997, stands as a visible symbol of
the centrality of teaching and learning at Bellarmine University. The services and
collection resources of the library support the curriculum and general information
needs of the university community. In addition to housing the library collections
and services, it also contains the President’s office, the Thomas Merton Center, the
Student Success Center and the majority of all technology operations.
The W. L. Lyons Brown Library is a teaching library. Librarians work closely
with faculty members to ensure that Bellarmine students learn to appreciate the
value of informed participation in their communities. These collaborative efforts
support the development of students into lifelong learners.
Professional librarians provide individualized research assistance to students, staff
and faculty. This one-on-one assistance helps students learn to effectively use the
academic resources available through the library. The library’s resources include
over 115,000 print volumes and more than 300 periodical subscriptions, as well
as nearly 100 online databases, including ProQuest, EBSCOhost, JSTOR and the
Kentucky Virtual Library. In addition, the library provides access to over 100,000
ebooks and over 37,000 online periodicals. Access to the library’s online catalog
and various resources available across the Internet is provided from twenty computer
workstations in the Reference Area, as well as a number of other terminals
throughout the building and remotely through the campus network. Interlibrary
Loan services are provided so that students and faculty may access materials that
are unavailable locally. In addition to the Bellarmine resources, all Bellarmine
students have access to other academic and public libraries in the Louisville area
through the Kentuckiana Metroversity consortium. The library is a member of
the Lyrasis regional library organization and uses the OCLC national database for
cataloging and interlibrary loan purposes. The library is open over 100 hours per
week during the regular semesters.
Hands-on instruction and active project-based learning are important components
in achieving the goal of information literacy for our students. The Online Classroom,
located on Level 2 in the library, includes an instructor’s workstation and
12 student workstations, enabling 24 students working in pairs to receive hands-on
instruction from librarians and instructors. Equally important, this classroom
permits students to work subsequently on research projects under the guidance
of their instructors during scheduled class or lab periods. When not being used
for classes, the classroom is open as a computer lab.
Information literacy for all students is an important focus of the University.
Through individual and collaborative efforts the librarians and staff actively
promote information literacy, emphasizing the ability to locate, access, evaluate,
and use information. This ability is essential for lifelong learning and is developed
over time. Bellarmine students participate in a general education curriculum that
is designed to be strongly developmental and help students cultivate and master
abilities essential to a meaningful education. Many of these goals are achieved by
connecting the student directly to the intellectual and technological resources
available through the W.L. Lyons Brown Library.
Students enjoy a variety of environments in which to study, including group
study rooms, individual carrels, and lounge chairs, as well as tables, a spacious
reading room, and tables among the book stacks. Level 2 of the library has been
set aside as a “quiet floor." There is a study lounge with computer workstations
that is open 24 hours per day. The library building also includes study locations
offering networked desktop computers, connections to the campus network and
Internet for laptop computers, and a wireless network which allows members of
the Bellarmine community to borrow laptops at the Circulation Desk for use in
the library. Library users can log on to the campus network and the Internet from
virtually anywhere in the library.
Foundation Center Cooperating Collection
The W. L. Lyons Brown Library has been designated a Foundation Center Cooperating
Collection, one of less than 400 libraries in the United States to hold this
designation. This allows the library to provide online access to the Foundation
Center Online and house a print collection of resources for grants, as well.
Noise, Cell Phone and Service Animal Policy
It is very important that we maintain a quiet environment for those who will be
using the library for studying and research purposes. Level 2 of the library has
been set aside as a “quiet study” floor for individuals. Groups of students are given
priority for the group study rooms, in order to facilitate collaborative learning in a
more peaceful environment. These policies are intended to enhance an atmosphere
that is conducive to study and research.
Patrons are asked to turn off or set on silent cell phones when entering the
library. As a courtesy to all, cell phones should not be used in any study areas
of the building. House phones are available on all levels of the building for your
convenience. The library staff asks for cooperation in maintaining a noise-free
library and adhering to the quiet floor, group study room, and cell phone policies.
Also, keeping with campus policy, no animals except service animals are
allowed in the building.