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Hunter Library Fact Sheet

Hunter Library provides high-quality intellectual content to support the teaching, research and lifelong learning activities of the Western Carolina University community.  Free and open access to the library’s physical and electronic collections is available to WCU students, faculty and staff members. Local community residents may purchase an NC resident’s card ($10 per year) which entitles them to some library privileges. Hunter’s librarians are subject specialists who teach patrons to find, evaluate, and use quality information. They provide research assistance by telephone, e-mail, online chat, in person at the reference desk or by appointment. The library’s website at is a gateway to a wealth of information, much of which is not available free on the Internet.

Yearly totals shown below are for July 1, 2014 – June 30, 2015.


Total gate count in a typical week:  21,646

Online visits to the library website last year:  289,266

Total checkouts last year (books, CDs, DVDs, and other materials):  55,048


Books, serial back files and other printed materials:  620,010

E-books – 303,405

Microforms:  1,563,076

Media (DVDs, CDs, other audiovisual materials):  17,663

Other materials (serial back files and microfilm);

We subscribe to over 40,000 journals

Online research databases:  250


Items checked out last year – 55,048

Reference assistance - More than 430 transactions in a typical week

Instruction – 235 classes each year, teaching research skills to more than 5,145 students.

Online visits to research guides last year:  107,977

Items provided to patrons at Appalachian State University and UNCA via ABC Express: 8,003

Items obtained for WCU patrons from Appalachian State University and UNCA via ABC Express: 7,926

Items provided to patrons at non-Western North Carolina Library Network libraries through interlibrary lending: 2,160

Items borrowed for WCU patrons from non-Western North Carolina Library Network libraries through interlibrary borrowing: 3,767

(Western North Carolina Library Network:  WCU, ASU, UNCA)

Building and Personnel

Full-time Staff:  56

Building:  Originally built in 1953, expanded in 1967 and 1983.

Size:  154,886 square feet, including three floors and two mezzanines

Seating capacity: 700

Other resources located in the library:  Writing and Learning Commons, IT help desk, computer lab, classrooms, special rooms for group or private study and research, Java City coffee shop, wireless access throughout.

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