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Bailey Library

The Heart of SRU

Bailey Library

Bailey Library supports the mission of Slippery Rock University by developing collections and services that make the Library integral to the learning process, both within and beyond the classroom. Immersion into the collection and engagement with the library faculty is what transforms the academic development, success and intellect of our students. The library is the gathering place for wisdom and knowledge, open communication, intellectual freedom and the exchange of ideas. The library exists to provide leadership, vision and coordination for collaborative activities that support and add value to every campus program.

Bailey Library is an active partner in the academic process by providing research assistance in addition to a variety of services. Bailey Library's newest research tool, Discovery Search, provides library users with expanded access to scholarly materials inside and outside the library, including the library catalog and beyond. Books, journals and articles, videos, maps, conference proceedings, research datasets, and more can be found via Discovery. 

In so doing, the library strives to:

  • Anticipate and respond to the changing educational environment

  • Promote resources and services to meet the intellectual and academic needs of students, faculty, staff and administration

  • Promote information literacy

  • Incorporate state-of-the-art technology resources to extend collections and services beyond the physical walls of the library

  • Provide off-site access to information resources

  • Provide virtual library services by information professionals

The creation, preservation and dissemination of information remain at the core of the university thus Bailey Library is the heart of SRU.