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As a gateway to information, the Library is both a repository of accumulated knowledge and an access point to current resources.  The Library building houses, throughout its six floors, nearly 250,000 volumes of books and journals, and thousands of electronic journals and other multimedia resources.  Computers, with Internet access, Microsoft Office and specific Manhattanville software, are located in the Reference Commons, the Stacks, the Current Periodicals Room, the Café, the two labs, and the Educational Resource Center (ERC). In addition, the ERC computers have a variety of curriculum software for teacher training.

The public spaces of the Library offer comfortable areas for study and research.  Large rooms on the main floor provide tables for comfortable, quiet study.  Group study areas with blackboards are located on the second floor.  There are carrels for private study on each of the book tiers and there are also private carrels with computers on the fourth tier.  The Educational Resource Center provides materials for teacher training and children's literature.  It also has educational software for curriculum design.  The Library has music listening facilities for accessing one of the richest collections at Manhattanville.  Video viewing areas are available for private or group use. 

On the lowest floor is the Center for Computing Resources, which provides PCs and MACs and a printer for assignment preparation.  The second floor lab has computers, microfilm readers and tables for group study.  The Rare Books Room contains unique manuscripts, incunabula and historic records.  Archives of Manhattanville's history are also housed in the Library.  At the beginning of each semester, students can reserve a carrel for their individual use.

The Library also houses the Café, one of the most popular spots on campus.  Here students can study, use computers, study, talk and enjoy coffee, sandwiches and salads.

In addition to the quarter of a million volumes and 40,000 bound periodicals, there are extensive audiovisual and microform collections.  The Library currently subscribes to hundreds of print journals, and, through various electronic services, has access to over 20,000 electronic journals.  The Library also has thousands of electronic books, an exceptional array of online reference tools, indexes and abstracts, and full-text books, newspapers and journals.  These can all be found on the Library's web site (, along with the Castle Cat, the online catalog of materials owned by Manhattanville.  Castle Cat is accessible to anyone from the Internet.  The subscription databases can be remotely accessed off-campus, by members of the Manhattanville community twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.  Reserve collections consist of special materials requested by professors for class use.  These are kept at the Circulation Desk.  The Library also offers an extensive electronic reserve system, where articles placed on reserve are available on-line and can be accessed from computers in the library, in the residence halls or from home.

During the academic term, the library is open around the clock except for the first two weeks of each semester.  Special schedules are implemented during holiday periods and summer sessions.  The Library's web page should be checked for updates.  The Library has a unique self-checkout system, which can be utilized for twenty-four hour borrowing.

The Rare Book Department contains 2,320 volumes consisting of manuscripts, incunabula, 17th Century prints, first editions and other valuable items.  The subject areas of special interest are: correspondence of the Civil War Period; early American text books; Catholic Church history in the United States; liturgical music; first editions of English and American literature; and literary and historical autographs.  The Archives house documents and published materials relating to Manhattanville's history.

The library has comfortable listening and viewing areas for videos, CDs, etc.

The Library is an electronic doorway to libraries and Internet resources from all over the world.  Books and periodical articles may be borrowed on Interlibrary Loan from other libraries in the region, state, country, and even internationally. In addition, there is reciprocal borrowing with the Purchase College (SUNY) Library that is just a couple of miles away.  Students may also borrow materials from any Westchester County Public Library with a special library card provided by the Purchase Public Library.  A METRO card, which is obtained at the Library's reference desk, admits students to specialized libraries in the New York metropolitan area.

The Reference Commons houses a collection of thousands of volumes and electronic resources.  There are print and electronic encyclopedias, dictionaries, directories, and indexes.  Reference librarians are available most days from 9:00 AM until 11:00 PM. The Library offers its students 24/7 online, real-time, reference service which can be accessed from the Internet, and extensive online reference resources and tools such as RefWorks and, which help students in the preparation of research assignments.

Workshops are given on Research Techniques, RefWorks, New Databases.  The Library offers several credit courses in Information Research and 24/7 online, real-time, reference service.