About Us

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. The library exists to provide leadership, vision and coordination for collaborative activities that support and add value to every campus program. The library provides services and training in the areas of preservation of collections and archival materials, information literacy, and distance education through the application of technology.

Bailey Library, composed of three levels and a ground floor, includes computer rooms, a quiet and cozy reading room, a coffee shop, the Writing Center, Technology Learning Center, IMC, and the math emporium. The building also contains over 300 computers for student use. The focal point of the first floor is the Research Services room, where students, staff and faculty are encouraged to collaborate with and ask librarians about research topics and information resources. Information Specialists are available to assist students and other community-members with all of their research needs. Currently, the library subscribes to approximately 76,000 online journals, magazines, and newspapers and other electronic resources. The library collection currently includes over 400,000 books.

A printable directory and guide of Bailey Library featuring contact information and maps is available. Copies are available in Bailey Library. There is also a printable PDF version available for download. 

Library Administrative Office

Phone: 724.738.2631 or 724.738.2339

The Library Administrative Office houses the Associate Provost of Integrated Learning and Academic Affairs, the Manager of Library Operations and the Library secretary. Bailey Library faculty and staff welcome you and invite you to take advantage of the many services and resources that are available in the library. Please take a moment to review our Patron/Student Expectation Policy.

Contact the library administrative office if you would like to:

  • Ask about using the library for special events
  • Complete a request form to display student's artwork on the 2nd floor of the library.
  • Schedule Room 219
  • Get permission to hold events directly in front of the library and the main floor lobby. The Completed Library Lobby Request form can be emailed to library-office@sru.edu or dropped off to room 227.
  • Get permission to post signs or banners on the library building, or to set up an information table in the lobby or in front of the building
  • Ask a question about the library, its services and events
  • Donate gifts to the library

Student worker employment opportunities

If you have an interest in working at Bailey Library as a student worker, please follow these guidelines:

  •  Register and sign up on SRU'S Handshake website (link: https://sru.joinhandshake.com)

  • Look under "Postings" (on the left-hand side) and then, find and click on "Bailey Library Student Worker."

  • Follow the application process, which will include filling out our library application, electronically and then emailing the application to: library-office@sru.edu.

  • Please make sure both sides of the application are filled out and the completed file is submitted to us, not the blank one.

  • Job descriptions and requirements for each unit can be found here.
  • Each unit within the library hires their own student workers. That unit will contact you to set up an interview if a position is open.

  • No phone calls, please!!

  • Please note, we do not respond to emails with attached applications unless there is an issue with the application.

  • We will NOT be accepting any applications that are turned into the library in person. All applications must go through Handshake.