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Faculty: Welcome

Dear Faculty:

Please encourage your students to discover, read and cite credible academic and professional sources at Blount Library:

  • 96,000 print books selected by AU faculty, 200,000 academic e-books - find them all in WorldCat!
  • 150 research databases, including full content, image, streaming media, demographic/financial/polling, and open educational resources
  • Efficient document delivery for articles and books held by other libraries
  • Subject associations and research guides for ready access to recommended sources
  • Biweekly and online anytime instruction in APA and MLA citation styles
  • On demand information fluency instruction for traditional academic majors
  • Online tutorials for professional studies majors
  • Interactive space in the Academic Commons for collaboration and creative endeavors


When you locate Averett digital sources ("Access Online" links in WorldCat) or click on any subscription resource, enter your Moodle/AU web services ID and password on the library login screen. Bring print materials for checkout to the Blount Library Information Desk, or ask us to ship them to your GPS regional office or home.

Academic Commons

To visit the library with your class, please make a reservation at (434-791-5692).

  • For low-key presentations and class discussion, students favor cozy chairs near the reference collection and on the 2nd floor (10 seats each).
  • A conference area in the back corner of the Commons seats 14 at mobile tables with a large flat screen, wall mount PC and podium. (We can expand seating to 40 for special events.)
  • The lower level media room seats 9-12.
  • A small media room on the upper level seats 5.
  • Scholars workstations (12) seat up to 24 students.
  • Librarians are delighted to offer walking tours for larger groups, who can then reconnect with us through individual or small group consultations.

Course Reserves

Contact Linda Lemery at the Blount Library Information Desk (; 434-791-5636) to place print and physical media items on Course Reserve.

If you have print articles on Course Reserves or links to licensed content online, library staff will be happy to scan and link them, within Fair Use guidelines, from a password protected web guide where your students can enjoy online access, sparing you the trouble of scanning and copyright compliance. Students can also link out library e-reserves from Moodle.

You can also ask your liaison librarian about including permalinks to licensed articles and eBooks in your Moodle course or electronic syllabus.

Collections and Collection Development

Liaison librarians welcome book and media requests in any legible format, via Choice Reviews Online, email, web form, campus mail, or in person. Please include an ISBN if available. New journals and databases require a bit of negotiation, but please don't hesitate to ask. We are open to shifting budget priorities to accommodate a dynamic curriculum. Please see the Blount Library Collections Policy for details.

We look forward to seeing you and your students at the Commons and/or online! Please send any questions or suggestions to, or to your subject liaison librarian.

Jennifer, Jim, Kevin, and Patrick

Library Mission and Goals

The library advances the curriculum, research and reading interests of Averett students with scholarly and professional sources, reference consultations, and instruction.

Goal 1. Library resources support reading and research.

Goal 2. Library resources are accessible and convenient to use.

Goal 3. Students discover, evaluate and cite credible sources. Averett graduates are able to:

✓define and articulate a topic or problem;
✓discover and retrieve reliable information from a variety of sources;
✓critically evaluate this literature (or data) in the context of the topic;
✓modify searches to seek additional sources;
✓organize, synthesize, and apply knowledge gained to accomplish a specific purpose;
✓communicate results effectively and ethically in an academic or professional setting.

Goal 4. At the Academic Commons students have opportunities to:

✓engage in creative endeavors;
✓collaborate with peers and mentors.