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“At residencies, I learn about students’ research and see their excitement. It’s great to see someone’s eyes light up when I can find a great article for their research, and it just suddenly ‘clicks.’”
Walden University Associate Librarian
The Walden University Library is a fully digital library that provides the Walden community with access to more than 206,000 electronic books, 69,000 full-text journals, and 3.9 million dissertations, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Students can access more than 100 databases, an online catalog, a multiple-database search tool, a searchable FAQ, course and subject guides, short instructional videos, recorded and real-time webinars, and self-paced online tutorials through the library’s website. The library also manages ScholarWorks, our institutional repository of Walden University research and publications.
Our Ask A Librarian service allows Walden students, faculty, and staff to request assistance from the librarians via e-mail, web form, or telephone. The library pledges a 24-hour response time to e-mail and web form requests and a 1-hour response time for phone messages. The library staff answer questions about using the library’s resources, teach students how to refine topics and searches, and aid students with many other library and information-seeking skills.
Occasionally, students and faculty may encounter items that are not available in the library’s collection. To meet those needs, the library offers Document Delivery Service. This service allows students and faculty members to submit requests for articles and book chapters for fulfillment from partner institutions. This service is provided at no cost to the user. See the Document Delivery Service page for more information on document delivery process and policies.
Information literacy is an important goal for Walden University. The library supports the development of students’ information literacy skills by providing timely and flexible library instruction. Several courses, including the graduate Foundation courses and courses in the early core curriculum of undergraduate degrees, include library skills modules. Self-guided instruction on general library skills, course-specific project support, and capstone research assistance is available via instructional guides hosted on the library website. The library offers live presentations on various information literacy skills topics via webinars. One-on-one student instruction occurs through advising at residencies and through reference service.
The library employs subject liaison librarians to support each of the university’s schools and colleges. Liaison librarians work with their respective programs to maintain a connection between faculty members and the library. In this role, the librarians assist with faculty research, create course-specific content, provide faculty members with library news and updates, and are available to answer questions regarding the library and its collections. Liaison librarians also develop the library instruction and support collection development in their subject area to help ensure that the proper resources are available for new and existing programs.