The University Library is Appalachian’s academic focal point. It includes two primary locations: the Carol Grotnes Belk Library and Information Commons and the Erneston Music Library in Broyhill Music Center. There are over a million visits to the University Library each year, with three times that many visiting the library’s website.
With its excellent research services, strong academic collections and beautiful study spaces, the Carol Grotnes Belk Library and Information Commons is Appalachian’s premier location for students, faculty and staff to gather for study and research. Accomplished faculty and staff teach students broad-based information literacy skills and work closely with university faculty to promote research and grant funding efforts. The facility’s lecture hall and reception area are a cultural focal point, serving as venues for lectures, films, discussion forums, exhibitions and conferences on campus.
The Erneston Music Library supports the curriculum of the Mariam Cannon Hayes School of Music and the university, and contains books, scores and recordings.
Student learning is paramount at the University Library. The information literacy challenges of the 21st century demand that we broaden the learning experience of our students, encourage creativity and scholarship, deepen campus engagement with the community and the world and continue to develop an effective organization that meets current and future information needs. Private support is needed to make that happen.