The modern library is a bastion of information, full-stop. There is no particular kind of information that is valued over another, rather, the value is in excess of the information. It is a place full of wonder, heartache, knowledge, escape, and everything in between. The AC Libraries adhere strongly to this description. We continually grow our collection with the idea of exposure to new voices, places, ideas, and viewpoints, and we are open to everyone.
Our main library, the Lynn Library, is located on the Washington Street Campus on the fourth floor of the Ware Student Commons Building. Or, as we like to say, in the penthouse. Sporting some of the best views on campus, the Lynn Library provides an ever-growing selection of non-fiction and fiction materials spanning topics from social justice to the scientific method, self-help to superheroes. Our offerings not only supplement what our students learn in class but also serve as their own learning experiences or escapes.
We have books, yes, but our books are also served in a variety of book types. We have graphic novels that make history leap off the page and connect with visual learners, we have trade paperbacks for those who want to stretch out on a blanket outside in the sun, we have picture books for our busy families who just don’t have the time to make it to the public library, and hardcover too.
Books in our West Campus Library are integrated with the Northwest Public Library allowing for access even when our West location is closed.
Of course, we have virtual offerings too. Databases are rife with academic articles – ready and waiting to be dug through and used for a thesis or dissertation, novel, or personal interest. Virtual services such as instant chat with a librarian and video tutorials are available to assist with any searches. Or, if you’re stuck at home and want to visit a tropical island, try some of our vacation reads – available on the public library website through a partnership we have with the Amarillo and Canyon Public Libraries. All you have to have is your library card number and account PIN. (If you don’t know your PIN, we can give it to you.)
As the Arthur crew once said, “Having Fun Isn’t Hard When you Have a Library Card.” If you don’t have a card – all you have to do is show up at one of our libraries with your AC ID and we’ll make your ID into your library card. It really is that easy. And, it’s free. With COVID-19 continuing to impact our finances and social lives, free access to entertainment has shifted from “cool” to “necessity”.
Faculty, we have special services just for you, too. In the wake of tech-supported learning, the Library can help you create research assignments, provide virtual research instruction, create a website specific to your class/assignment with targeted database articles and information (for an example, see here!), create video tutorials all from the comfort of your home/office…or at least you can contact us from there. Help us to help you and contact a librarian today (firstname.lastname@example.org)!
To better foster student learning, the Lynn Library staff will be rearranging the space over Fall Break. Look for our ‘Before’ and ‘After’ pictures on Instagram (@aclibraries).
We look forward to seeing you!
For hours and more information, please visit the Library website at https://www.actx.edu/library/.
Emily Gilbert is Amarillo College's Director of Library and the author of this post.