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C.W. Post Campus B. Davis Schwartz Memorial Library


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Mission Statement
In accordance with the mission of Long Island University and LIU Post, the B. Davis Schwartz Memorial Library supports and expands the educational and research capabilities of LIU Post, providing the highest level of instruction, services, resources, and facilities. As the intellectual center of the campus, the Library prepares LIU Post students for academic success, for lifelong learning, and for being responsible global citizens.

The Library strives to:

  • Ensure that every LIU Post student achieves information literacy, developing the research skills to find information and the judgment to evaluate and utilize it effectively

  • Provide students with instructional experiences of the highest quality, whether in individual, group, classroom, or virtual environments

  • Continuously assess and improve the Library's technology, infrastructure, and informational resources as a vital and dynamic part of the learning programs of the Campus

  • Provide convenient and effective access to information

  • Promote interaction and collaboration with campus departments and with university libraries

  • Recruit, encourage, and develop an innovative and qualified staff who shares its expertise with the LIU Post community

  • Maintain a safe, healthful, and comfortable physical environment conducive to the pursuit of knowledge and the exchange of ideas

The Library subscribes to the American Library Association's "Library Bill of Rights."


(Approved January 12, 2010)



Introduction to the Library
The B. Davis Schwartz Memorial Library has a large and diverse collection with over 500,000 paper volumes, 130,000 ebooks, access to more than 49,000 periodicals, and over 250 online databases, most of which include scholarly, peer-reviewed, and professional journals, as well as over 300 online encyclopedias. Remote access is available for most of these databases to LIU users.

The library is equipped with more than 70 computers for student use and wireless internet access, along with a quiet study area for students, a copy center, and the Bookmark Café. Additional computers can be found in the Information Technology labs that are also in the library.

The collections of all Long Island University libraries (including the Brooklyn and Hudson Campuses) are listed in LIUCat. This computerized network makes information available to faculty and students at all LIU campuses. Books, journal articles, and other library materials that are not available at this campus can be requested through Interlibrary Loan; materials within the LIU library system are forwarded by the University courier systems, by fax, or by mail.

The library is open 99 hours a week, including evenings and weekends, with special extended hours during final examinations periods. The library is also the home of the College of Education, Information and Technology, the Department of Computer Science and Management Engineering, the Palmer School of Library and Information Science, the College of Management, Academic Multimedia Support Services, the Office of Information Technology, the Post Library Association, and the Hutchins Gallery.

An extensive instruction program is available to students through class lectures, demonstrations, orientations, and the Book a Librarian service. Various classes demonstrating the intricacies of conducting research using all types of sources and formats, including online resources, are offered to the entire Campus community. Library competency education is provided to undergraduates through a seven-session library workshop. The Library collaborates with the English Department to teach Information Literacy.

The Reference Services Department is part of Reference Commons, which combines the collections of the Reference Department, the Center for Business and Information Research, and the Library and Information Science Library.

The Reference collection, with 24,000 volumes of reference and research materials, is particularly strong in the areas of literature and the art. LIU users can avail themselves of the online chat service or request research help via email.

The Center for Business Research was developed through the integration of the former Nassau County Research Library with LIU Post's existing resources. Its broad range of materials include company directories, international resources, industry data, and financial services

The Library and Information Science Library's resources are primarily used by doctoral, master's and undergraduate degree students in the Palmer School of Library and Information Science. There are more than 22,000 volumes in this specialized collection located in the bookstacks, along with online and hardcopy journal subscriptions.

The Periodicals Department houses a current and retrospective collection of over 7,000 journals, magazines, newspapers, and other publications - over half of which are not available elsewhere through our online subscriptions to over 49,000 titles. Print and online indexes and databases provide access to the material. While a wide range of academic subjects is included in its holdings, the Department is particularly strong in psychology, education, literature, art, and business.

The Instructional Media Center is the multimedia resource center of LIU Post, with over 1,500 films, videos, interactive CD-ROMs, and a rich variety of other audiovisual resources. The IMC contains media equipment, production, and preview facilities. Its exemplary collection of curriculum resources for K-12 (teacher resource materials, children's books, and textbooks) supports the Education and the Library and Information Science programs.

The Digital Initiatives and Art Slide Library is a collection of more than 100,000 slides encompassing a vast array of images dating from prehistoric times through the 21st century and represents all forms of art media.

The Special Collections Department contains many notable holdings, such as: the only portion of Carlotta and Eugene O'Neill's personal library that survives as a whole; the William Randolph Hearst art photograph collection; a comprehensive collection, donated by the Theodore Roosevelt Association, of TR's life, times and writings; 6,000 movie posters mainly from the 1940s and 1950s; letters by Henry James to his publisher; the Fine Art Facsimile Editions of the Book of Kells and the Tres Riches Heures of Jean, Duc du Berry; and the developing Winthrop Palmer collection of rare books of Irish and French literature. The Department also has the archives of Long Island University, especially LIU Post, featuring a complete run of the student newspaper, The Pioneer, and the student yearbook, Opticon, as well as other University documents.

The American Juvenile Collection (AJC) contains children's books of fiction and folklore printed by American Publishers between 1910 and 1960. It continues the gathering of children's books by Christine B. Gilbert, formerly a professor at the Palmer School, that included fiction and non-fiction, mostly from Great Britain, published before 1909. The AJC retains a few of them, especially appropriate fiction titles. It is anticipated that the AJC, when complete, will hold 25,000 titles, the most comprehensive depository on the continent. Ultimately, the majority of the collection will be first editions. Presently the AJC contains over 2,000 first editions among its 5,250 volumes. Some of the books are especially noteworthy: The Blind Pig's Book, an artist's journal of his publishing colleagues by Kurt Wiese; a dummy copy of The Little Stone House, together with the first edition by Berta and Elmer Hader, as well as a good run of their many books; and an extensive collection of the drawings and illustrated book by Paul Brown, a noted Long Island illustrator. The catalog is available over the internet, or, for personal inquires, email diana.spirt@liu.edu.

The Post Library Association, a Friends of the Library organization, was founded by Mrs. Winthrop B. Palmer, a former member of the Board of Trustees of Long Island University and a professor of English at LIU Post. The PLA conducts many cultural and educational programs in the Hutchins Gallery. Alumni and other friends of the University are cordially invited to join the membership.

Through the generosity of the Carleton H. and Winthrop B. Palmer Memorial Fund, an endowment of over four million dollars enables the library to purchase materials in the arts and humanities, supplementing its regular budget for acquisitions and enriching collections immeasurably.


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