Facts, Collections, and Mission
- 234,716 Bound Volumes
- 14,000 Fulltext Electronic Resources (including JSTOR and Project Muse)
- Online Resources
- 10,000 Microform Units of 100 titles
- 11,493 Audio/Visual Items
- Wired and Wireless Internet Access
Access to an array of library resources is available through the online catalog ACE (Automated Catalog of Evansville). The online catalog is the most visible part of Ex Libris’ Voyager integrated library system which provides a totally online environment including circulation, acquisitions, cataloging, and periodicals. Access to ACE is available at http://library.evansville.edu.
The Libraries' collection of books is housed on the 3rd and 4th floors. Items are organized using the Library of Congress classification system whereby the first letter in a book’s call number indicates its broad subject area. Items with call numbers beginning with:
- A-H are located on the 3rd floor of the Bower-Suhrheinrich Library
- J-P are located on the 4th floor of the Bower-Suhrheinrich Library
- Q-Z + Oversized volumes from all classes are located on the 4th floor of the Clifford Library
Use UEL’s online catalog ACE to locate a book in our collection.
Bound volumes of a journal’s back issues are shelved in the general collection on the 3rd and 4th floors according to the journal’s subject area. Use UEL’s ACE Catalog to locate it in our collection.
Microfilm and microfiche are low-cost, compact means of storing highly-used or hard-to-preserve periodicals. These are stored in the Archives. Request copies of items on microform via the Document Delivery Service or ask for assistance at the Information Desk.
Videos, DVDs, CDs and LPs
The Libraries' collection of DVDs and CDs are housed on the 2nd floor. Bring desired material to the Information Desk and staff will retrieve corresponding discs. The Libraries’ VHS and LP collections are in storage. Bring an item’s call number to the Information Desk and it will be retrieved. A TV/VCR and TV/DVD are available in the 2nd floor group study rooms for in-library viewing.
The Clifford Memorial Library opened in 1957 providing 28,000 assignable square feet. The Bower-Suhrheinrich Library opened in 1986 providing 56,000 assignable square feet and was renovated in 2015.
Statement of Mission
University Libraries is an academic support unit of the University of Evansville. It is composed of the Library and the University Archives.
University Libraries assumes a prominent collaborative role in the pursuit of academic excellence at the University of Evansville. Its contribution to this pursuit is reflected not only in the provision of information resources and services which underwrite the University's instructional programs, research endeavors, and community service, but also in its participation in the academic planning process and a commitment to serve in a leadership role among its peers.
The primary mission of University Libraries is to assure access to the body of recorded knowledge and information required to support the instructional programs for the University, to afford interpretation of and instruction in the effective utilization of information sources, and to provide the physical resources required for access and use. Support of faculty research endeavors and the information needs of the public at large which are peripheral to the curriculum assume a subsidiary position within the Libraries' mission. This statement of mission correlates with the University's mission and goals in which the advancement of learning and scholarship within the liberal arts and sciences is the principal theme.