2016-2017 Catalog

Learning Resources Center/Library

The campus Learning Resources Centers (LRC) support the academic programs and university information literacy program with both traditional and electronic instructional resources and services. Although floor plans vary from campus to campus, LRCs provide library resources, computers, and career services support. The Wilkes Library, located at Strayer's home campus in Washington D.C., serves as the main library and, through the Office of University Librarian, coordinates library services and collection development for all campus LRCs.

Combined on ground library holdings include approximately 105,000 books, 500 periodicals on subscription, and 1,000 audio-visuals for faculty classroom use. Through the library’s online catalog, circulating books can be located and requested from any of the LRC collections. The inter-campus delivery service provides timely delivery of requested materials. Books circulate for three weeks and are renewable. Reference books, reserve items, periodicals, and other special collection items are available for in-LRC use only. Direct inter-library loan privileges have been established with a major academic university library providing access to over four million volumes.

The library's online resources are accessible from both the icampus student platform as well as from within each course shell and can also be reached directly at http://research.strayer.edu. Combined resources include over 25 databases with access to thousands of peer-reviewed journals, over 80,000 eBooks,thousands of eReports and eReference works, and ePeriodicals. Users can also connect to the Library's catalog of campus holdings and consult a librarian through the ASK YOUR LIBRARIAN reference email service.

The Librarian’s Office works with the Library and Information Literacy Advisory Committee, individual faculty, and in accordance with library planning documents to collect print and non-print resources. The collection emphasizes accounting, business administration (business, health services, public), nursing, and information systems, although materials are collected to support all programs, general electives, career and information and individual growth.

Campus computer labs support classes in a number of programs. The labs have high-speed Internet connections and provide an environment to learn about networking fundamentals; programming languages such as Java and C++; application packages such as Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint; and operating systems such as UNIX and Windows.