With four stories spread across more than 170,000 square feet, the Jerry Falwell Library opened in 2014 with 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 views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, a small lake, and the academic lawn. Casual seating areas, reading rooms, a spacious café, and multiple balconies add to the relaxed, scholarly atmosphere.
Levels of Quiet
To help everyone find the spot that is just right for them, the library maintains three different levels of quiet:
- Deep Quiet – No talking or eating and devices on silent
- Quiet – Whispered conversations and devices on vibrate
- Collaborative – Normal, quiet conversations
Group Study Rooms
The library provides over 30 group study rooms of varying sizes. These rooms, which can be reserved by students, faculty, and staff, have writable surfaces and a display.
The library provides over 200 lockers of various sizes with USB and outlet charging capabilities. These lockers have a self-programming lock and can be used by students, faculty, and staff in accordance with the library’s locker policy.
- Active Learning Classroom – Equipped with telepresence technologies and located on the first floor, this classroom allows for interactive and virtual learning.
- Archives and Special Collections – The Archives and Special Collections is located on the terrace level and 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.
- Curriculum Library – The Curriculum Library is located on the terrace level and supports the School of Education by providing access to a variety of instructional resources, including PreK-12 teacher edition textbooks and teaching materials. Educational games, manipulatives, and models enhance the collection. An extensive selection of juvenile titles provides reinforcement for classes in Children’s Literature, Adolescent Literature, and curriculum development.
- Dodak Technology Commons – Located on the first floor, this space houses approximately half of the library’s computers, including Windows and Macs. It also includes a print/scan/copy station, a shredder, and other small office equipment.
- Lactation Pod – Located on the terrace level, the lactation pod provides a private space for nursing mothers. A key to the pod can be checked out in the Curriculum Library.
- Osborne Assistive Learning Technology Center – Located in JFL 262, this center houses a special collection of equipment and software specifically designed to help those with audio or visual impairments.
- Terrace Conference Room – This multipurpose space on the terrace level has a maximum seating capacity of 100. It is available for special events and meetings, and it can be split into two smaller spaces, each equipped with its own speaker and projection system.
- Tinney Café – The spacious, two-level café includes four dining options.
Join us for a tour of the Jerry Falwell Library! We offer tours during special events such as College for a Weekend. Additionally, you can request tours at other times with advance notice of two business days. If you are unable to take a tour of the library, you may enjoy exploring this virtual tour of the building or viewing a prerecorded five-minute tour on the Media Wall in the atrium. You can also view maps of each floor. For directions to campus, shuttle information, and more, explore the visitor’s guide on this page.