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RESOURCES 1. What resources are available in the Jerry Falwell Library (JFL)? We have over 850,000 resources in physical and digital formats. These include books, e-books, journals, DVDs, CDs, video streams, and more! We also have over 500 databases with millions of additional resources. 2. Who can use the library? • Currently enrolled students, staff, or faculty can use materials in the library or online. • Alumni have access to some online resources and can also receive a complimentary Community Card to check out materials from the library. • Anyone can use the materials in the building and can check out materials by purchasing a Community Card for an annual $10 fee. 3. How can I access items stored in the robot? You can request materials stored in the Automated Storage & Retrieval System (ASRS) directly from the JFL website. The materials will be ready for pickup at the Customer Service Center approximately 10 minutes after the request is made. 4. How can I access digital resources? Currently enrolled students, staff, and faculty can access digital library resources at

SERVICES 1. How can I get assistance with my research? • Research assistance and instruction are available in person, by phone, via email, or through online chat. Visit for more details. • You may also want to explore a subject-specific Research Guide that highlights the top resources for your topic. A complete listing can be found at 2. How can I improve my research skills? The Research & Instruction Department offers Research Smart Workshops, which can be attended in person or via live stream. Previous workshops have been recorded and are available for viewing online at 3. What happens if the library does not have the item I need? If we do not own the item you need, we may be able to access it for you through our InterLibrary Loan (ILL) program. You can find out more about this service at

4. Where can I get help with publishing my scholarly works? Our Scholarly Communications Department can assist you with publishing your works in our institutional repository, the Digital Commons. Additionally, they can provide guidance on copyright questions and with submission to other scholarly publications. Visit to learn more.

SPACES 1. Is the library quiet? The library includes three levels of quiet spaces. Collaborative spaces, the nondesignated areas of the library, are appropriate for normal conversations, and include the Carter Learning Commons as well as the Terrace Learning Commons Quiet spaces are appropriate for whispering and devices on vibrate. These spaces are found in the Dodak Technology Commons, the Caudell Reading Room, the Gallagher Learning Commons, the Gwin Learning Commons, and the Scholars Learning Commons. Deep Quiet spaces are completely silent areas. This means no talking, no eating, and devices on silent. These spaces are found in the Pou Learning Commons and the Scholars Lounge. 2. Can I reserve a space? • Group Study Rooms — Current students, faculty, and staff can reserve one of over 30 group study rooms in person or online at These rooms have writable walls and projection equipment. • Other spaces — Faculty and staff can reserve other meeting spaces. Anyone not currently affiliated with the university who wishes to reserve a space will need to coordinate their request with the University Events Office by emailing

3. Are there food vendors available? The Tinney Café is located in the Jerry Falwell Library. It houses several food vendors, including Starbucks. Additionally, there are vending machines on the second and third floors. Food and covered beverages are welcomed in the library. The only exceptions are the Deep Quiet Zones and the Archives and Special Collections Department. 4. Are there any special collections or spaces in the JFL? There are a number of special collections and spaces in the library: • Curriculum Library — Pre-K-12 textbooks, teaching resources, juvenile literature, and English as a Second Language materials (Terrace Level) • Archives and Special Collections — Historical materials related to the university, Falwell Ministries, Baptist traditions, and more; special collections such as Conservative Caucus papers, Christian fiction, and hymnal collection (Terrace Level) • Active Learning Classroom — Collaborative technologies for interactive instruction (First Floor) • Media Wall — Interactive 24’ x 11’ visual display (Esbenshade Atrium) • Automated Storage & Retrieval System (ASRS) — Viewing windows for robotic system which houses the majority of the physical collection (Terrace Level) • Cisco Telepresence Technologies — Suite of interactive, virtual telepresence technologies (Second Floor) • Osborne Assistive Learning Technology Center — Special collection of equipment and software designed to help those with disabilities (Second Floor)

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