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About the Library

Mission Statement

The mission of the Library is to provide the information services and resources required to meet the needs of Bucks County Community College students and the community, to enrich their lives, advance their careers, and enable them to become lifelong learners and more responsible citizens. One way in which the library achieves its mission is by selecting, acquiring, and/or otherwise providing access to the information resources necessary to satisfy the information needs of the community.

History and Overview

The Bucks County Community College Library began with the founding of the College in 1964.  It quickly outgrew several temporary locations before a facility was established for it in 1968 in what is now Pemberton Hall.  This was rapidly outgrown as well, and the current Library building was constructed in 1972.  Several academic services, including the Library, were consolidated in 2004 to form Learning Resources.  A major renovation of the Newtown campus building, completed in 2013, was designed to better enable the various areas of Learning Resources to work together seamlessly to serve the needs of the College and its students.  Extension libraries on the Lower and Upper Bucks campuses received new facilities in 2007 (Lower Bucks) and 2010 (Upper).  The Library has supported the College’s Virtual Campus since the inception of the online learning program in the early 1990s, and now provides extensive online collections and services.  Today the Library, winner of the 2010 Excellence in Academic Libraries Award from the Association of College & Research Libraries, serves as the coordinator of information and media literacy activities for the College.  Collections include more than 150,000 print books and periodicals, a diverse multimedia collection, and databases containing over 20,000 electronic journals, 2,000 electronic books, 500 electronic reference titles, about 6,000 streaming videos, and more than a million art images.

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