With four stories spread across more than 170,000 square feet, the Jerry Falwell Library has the latest technological advances, including a two-story robotic book retrieval system and a fully equipped technology commons. Featuring Jeffersonian-style architecture, the building offers a breathtaking view of the Blue Ridge Mountains and a newly created lake. Casual seating areas, reading rooms, a spacious café, and multiple balconies and terraces also add to the relaxed, scholarly atmosphere.
Esbenshade Atrium – The spacious atrium welcomes visitors to the library and includes the Welcome Desk, Customer Service Center, Media Wall, Grand Staircase, casual seating, and an impressive view of the four-story Book Tower and hanging staircase.
Book Tower – The four-story Book Tower is a major focal point of the building. It houses the newest and most frequently used materials in the collection.
Dodak Technology Commons – This space houses the majority of the computers found in the library, including Windows and Macintosh computers as well as printing, scanning, and copying equipment.
Active Learning Classroom – Equipped with collaborative technologies, this classroom allows for an interactive approach to learning.
Caudel Reading Room – The two-story traditional reading room houses the newest and most frequently used titles in the literature collection, as well as recent issues of newspapers, journals, and magazines.
Scholars Commons – This deep quiet study zone is especially conducive to graduate and faculty research. The offices of the Graduate and Faculty Research Assistance Librarian and Scholarly Communications Librarian are nearby for assistance. Lockers are available for storing research materials and charging devices.
Archives – The archives includes a reading room, Perceptive Pixel Table, and other equipment for accessing documents relating to the founding and history of the university and Falwell ministries.
Terrace Conference Room – This 96 seat capacity conference room is available for special events and meetings. It can be split into two smaller spaces, each equipped with its own speaker and projection system. Catering facilities are nearby.
Group Study Rooms – Rooms vary in size, accommodating up to 20 students, and feature a special paint that allows students to write on the tables and walls using dry erase markers. Several of the rooms are equipped with collaborative technologies that allow screen sharing.
Tinney Café – The spacious, two-level café includes a Starbucks, Pizza Hut Express, Tsunami Sushi, and Brioche Dorée.
The library collection consists of both physical and electronic resources. Physical collections consist of approximately 368,000 items and 638 current periodical subscriptions. Electronic collections consist of more than 250,000 electronic items and content from more than 69,000 unique full-text journals. For the latest resource numbers, see the statistical snapshot.
Materials from libraries across the United States can also be obtained through the InterLibrary Loan service. Additionally, the library is a member of the Center for Research Libraries, providing access to all of the vast resources in this international consortium of university, college, and independent research libraries.
Automated Storage and Retrieval System
The Automated Storage and Retrieval System (ASRS) can store and retrieve up to 420,000 items, utilizing three robotic cranes. Items from the JFL Catalog can be requested and picked up at the library’s Customer Service Center within minutes.
Although the bulk of the collection will only be accessible through the robotic system, students will still have direct access to approximately 65,000 of the newest and most frequently used items in the library’s main collection.
The ASRS will allow for expansion of the library collections since it takes up a seventh of the space of traditional shelving. This will also allow for more room for study and meeting spaces, classrooms, and other areas.
In addition to the ASRS, the library includes a number of other innovative technologies.
Media Wall – 24 feet wide and 11 feet high, the media wall displays photos and other postings from both the university and students. The interactive wall also includes motion-activated navigation.
Perceptive Pixel Tables – Touch-screen tabletops that operate like a tablet are displayed in various locations throughout the library for access to academic materials and journals. This innovative technology also allows for collaboration and interaction with documents, photos, videos, and more.
Collaborative Software – This special software, found in some group study rooms, allows collaboration via access to a shared display with the combined information available for download at the end of the session. Additionally, the Active Learning Classroom is also equipped with a classroom version of this collaborative software for increased interaction between students and instructors.
Kiosks – Informational kiosks are located throughout the library. They provide quick-hit access to information such as maps, library hours, and group room scheduling.