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Paul J. Gutman Library


The 54,000-square-foot, 400-seat Paul J. Gutman Library blends a traditional book and journal collection with an extensive electronic environment. Through its website, the library delivers a wide range of information resources to members of the University community on and off campus. Electronic resources include: Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals, Art Index, EBSCO, S&P’s NetAdvantage, Hoover’s, LexisNexis, ProQuest, AccessMedicine, JSTOR, WGSN and many more. These online databases and electronic book, newspaper and journal collections offer students convenient 24/7 research and study access to a continually expanding world of knowledge and information.

The availability of electronic resources, including 55,000 online journals, supplements a book collection of more than 150,000 volumes, with special emphasis in the areas of art and architecture, design, health, textiles, science and business. The Gutman Library Special Collections Department (www.philau.edu/library/Collections/speccoll) maintains one of the largest collections in the United States devoted to the history of the textile industry. The Materials Library is a collection of more than 1,000 physical items used in architecture, interior design, engineering and other design-oriented disciplines. The collection provides students with creative inspiration, sourcing information and familiarity with both fundamental and innovative materials in their field of study.

A contemporary reading collection of best-sellers and popular materials is also available. Other print publications include 450 current journal, trade and newspaper subscriptions. Materials not available in the Gutman Library collection can be obtained through an interlibrary loan network that links more than 14,000 libraries around the world, or through EZBorrow, a self-service loan system for books from more than 50 of Pennsylvania’s largest academic libraries.

The award-winning Paul J. Gutman Library building provides individual study carrels, seven group study rooms, more than 80 PCs and Macs for individual or collaborative work, and student lounge areas. Wireless access in the library allows students to use personal or library-provided laptops at any location in the building. To help students become effective and efficient researchers, librarians work with faculty to educate students about the resources available and the most effective ways to access and use them. Classroom presentations and one-on-one, hands-on instruction are aimed at creating an information-literate student body.