The Mary Kintz Bevevino Library is located at the heart of the campus between Mercy Hall and McHale Residence Hall. The library is named in honor of alumna Mary Kintz Bevevino, a 1987 graduate of Misericordia University. Dedicated in 1999, the Bevevino Library is a state-of-the-art research facility with wireless internet access, computers, and a variety of study environments.
The library's mission is to provide quality services with diverse resources for intellectual growth and development. Library staff are always available and ready to assist students with all their research needs consistent with the Misericordia objectives of providing quality academics, professional preparation and service leadership.
The library home page (www.misericordia.edu/mu_library), provides access to the library's online catalog, research databases and library services. The library offers casual seating, study carrels and tables throughout the building, and group study rooms on the second and third floors. The main circulating collection is on the first and third floors. The circulation desk, multimedia room, and the Alden Trust Computer Classroom are located on the first floor. The second floor of the library houses the reference desk, the reference and periodicals collections, and the Center for Nursing History. The Sister Mary Carmel McGarigle Archives and the Catherine Evans McGowan Room are on the third floor. The Catherine Evans McGowan Room is used for seminars, multimedia presentations, community meetings, and other group activities.
The library offers information in a variety of formats including books, periodicals, electronic databases, microfilm, and audio and video recordings. The library houses over 80,000 print volumes, 10,000 videos/DVDs, and an expanding collection of electronic resources. Trained reference staff are available to provide research assistance. Individuals may request assistance by appointment, and faculty are encouraged to bring classes to the library for research instruction. Laptop computers can be borrowed from the circulation desk and used throughout the library. Printers are available for printing.
The library's schedule accommodates the academic schedule of the university. A valid Misericordia University identification or library card is required to borrow library materials. The library extends borrowing privileges to Back Mountain residents and other members of the local community with participation in the Friends of the Library membership.
The Sister Mary Carmel McGarigle Archives is located on the third floor of the Mary Kintz Bevevino Library and is open to the public. The archives was created in 1990 and named in 1997 for the founding archivist, Sister Mary Carmel McGarigle. The objective of the archives is to collect, preserve, and provide access to records pertaining to the history of Misericordia University (formerly College Misericordia), the university's founders the Sisters of Mercy, and the local community. The archives serves as a central resource for information collected about the diverse functions and historical records of Misericordia University offices, departments, campus organizations, and student activities. The archives contains over 1,000 linear feet of records and publications, and 50,000 photographic images. Archival collections are searchable through the Bevevino library online catalog.
The archives has grown as a result of generous donations from students, alumni, and the university community. The archives actively collects paper and electronic records, photographs, scrapbooks, publications, interviews, recordings, and other university memorabilia that support the library's mission to better serve the needs of the university community. Contact the archivist at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Archives Home Page at www.misericordia.edu/archives for more information. There are archival displays throughout the library and in other campus buildings.