The Charles J. Lavery Library meets the information needs of 21st-century students. A blend of traditional and electronic resources covering a broad range of subjects is available to the Fisher community. The library’s print collection is complemented by an extensive offering of online scholarly resources available at: www.sjfc.edu/library.
Information resources include 300,000 volumes and access to approximately 40,000 print and electronic periodical titles.
The library provides a variety of study venues. Individual and group study areas, a computer lab, and a floor designated for quiet study make the library a popular spot on campus for research, meetings, and instruction. It is also a great place to relax with comfortable furniture; popular books, magazines, and DVDs; and well-stocked vending machines.
Professional librarians welcome students to the library Help Desk during day and evening hours. There is also a 24/7 online chat reference service. Our librarians are information specialists committed to the academic success of all students. Individual research guidance is available by appointment.
The Learning Commons supports student learning, research, and use of technology. This state-of-the-art facility enables students to conduct research and produce projects in one location, steps away from a Help Desk staffed by technology students and Librarians. In the Learning Commons, students have access to 36 PC workstations, 5 Macintosh multimedia workstations, and 3 group workstations. Throughout the library there are 38 additional PC workstations as well as Wi-Fi. Students may also borrow laptops at the Information and Checkout Desk for short-term use in the library.
Geared toward educators and pre-service educators at all levels, the Curriculum Center occupies 1,250 square feet on the Lower Level of Lavery Library. The Center simulates the typical K-12 school library, and offers a range of fiction, non-fiction, school textbooks, and lesson-planning resources all aligned with NYS Standards. Ample work space, combined with ready access to materials and the professional assistance of the Education Librarian, provides an ideal environment for project and lesson development.
Librarians welcome opportunities for instructing groups or individuals and offer current instruction in the use of all types of information sources. Classes in information literacy are taught in all subject areas using hands-on techniques and active learning.
Lavery Library Interlibrary Loan is a free service provided to the Fisher community. The library is a member of the Rochester Regional Library Council, which represents a collection of more than 3,400,000 titles, as well as the IDS Project, which represents the collections of over 65 academic libraries in New York State. Lavery Library works within these two associations to swiftly provide quality resources not owned by this library. Lavery Library’s Interlibrary Loan service also extends beyond the region to obtain resources from national and international libraries.