The G.R. Little Library is the interactive information resource center for the campus and community, serving as a research portal for students and faculty in support of their academic endeavors. The Library is also open to the general public who may obtain a library card and are encouraged to join the Friends of the Library.
The Library offers access to a print collection of more than 200,000 monographs and reference works; a journal collection of more than 30,000 titles online and in print; and a collection of more than 120 online research databases. In addition, the library offers a multimedia collection including documentary and popular films, sound recordings, e-books, e-audio books, and some classic LPs. The library also provides access to WorldCat, a union catalog of the holdings of more than 10,000 academic and public libraries worldwide, whose resources are made available to ECSU patrons through its Interlibrary Loan service.
The Library is service oriented and patron friendly. Librarians and support staff are available to assist patrons with library services in the following departments, Circulation, Reference, Media, Serials, Interlibrary Loan, and the University Archives. The Library also provides informational tours, lectures, and classroom instruction. In addition, conference rooms, individual study carrels, a dedicated research computer lab, and other computers are available for student use. In order to orient and support students' academic learning, information literacy and distance learning tutorials are offered.
With its extensive collections, services, and connections to external resources, the Library ensures that all students and faculty have access to the information resources they need to fulfill the mission of the university. The Library's online public access catalog provides patrons with a searchable database of the Library's holdings. The Library's collections are classified according to the Library of Congress Classification System with a few minor exceptions.
The Media Center, located on the second floor of the Library, provides a variety of services and spaces for students, faculty, and staff. The Library Instructional Lab is available for faculty and librarian led instruction sessions. The lab is equipped with 20 Dell PC workstations and supports the library's information literacy program. In the Multimedia Workroom library patrons are able to listen to audio recordings, view video recordings, and create multimedia presentations. Media staff is available to assist patrons in the effective use of the center's multimedia equipment. The Claude Green Computer Lab, equipped with eight computers reserved for academic use, provides a facility and equipment with which students can complete assignments.
Students are encouraged to participate in the Library through work study opportunities and by joining the Library Club. During the Fall and Spring Semesters, the Library is open 7:30 am to 11:00 pm, Monday through Thursday, 7:30 am to 6:00 pm Fridays and varied hours on Saturday and Sunday. Contact: Juanita Midgette Spence, Director of Library Services, (252) 335-3586.