Eli Luria Library
The Luria Library, named after our benefactor Eli Luria, was built in 1989. The Luria Library offers a dynamic, innovative, and exciting place for students and responds to the learning styles of today’s student, thus helping them achieve their learning outcomes. A tag line was created in 2007, with faculty and student input, to help focus this new vision: Explore. Learn. Grow. The employees have been exploring new avenues to reach the student, such as blogging, wikis, instant messaging, text messaging, and the students have responded positively. Besides offering all standard library services, the library also promotes cultural and academic activities by hosting student-centered events such as poetry readings, Diversity Dialogues, and the Day of the Dead exhibit.
We were recently commended by the accrediting agency for our “extensive use of innovative communication technology (wikis, blogs, web pages, instant messaging) by library faculty to reach out and provide services to students; and enhancing student engagement through partnerships with faculty and the development of directed learning activities which extend classroom instruction into the tutorial environment.” (2010)
The 37,760 square foot Library has a 35-seat classroom for library instruction, eight group-study rooms, 51 computers for student research, including the Microsoft Office Suite, and there is wireless capability throughout. There are 550 seats in the library. The Library currently has over 115,000 titles, 318 print periodical subscriptions, and 8 newspaper subscriptions. This collection includes 22,000 electronic books and subscriptions to 34 electronic databases, which provide access to over 15,000 full-text periodicals. The collection has recently been expanded by incorporating audio books.
The Library staff consists of one library director, three full time librarians, one part time librarian, and five classified staff members.