Academics

Library

The Aquinas Library houses a collection of more than 70,000 items selected to support the college’s curriculum. In addition to books and periodicals, the library provides over 70 databases from information vendors such as OCLC, EBSCO, Gale, JSTOR, Project MUSE, NetLibrary, and several others. These online databases provide access to thousands of full-text periodicals and books. Wi-Fi access is available in the library as well as loaner laptop computers. Aquinas Library is a member of Lyrasis (formerly SOLINET), the regional library network through which the library accesses OCLC, the largest bibliographic network database in the world. Aquinas Library also participates in the Nashville Area Library Alliance and its Project Athena, which is a virtual online catalog to the collections of fourteen academic and public libraries in the Middle Tennessee area. Through these networks the library both catalogs materials and lends and borrows items via interlibrary loan. The library has an Internet accessible online public access catalog and an integrated library system. There are computer workstations in the library to be used for word processing, course projects and programmed instruction by the students. Equipment for viewing and listening to audiovisual materials is likewise available. The library provides photocopy copy services. The library’s special collections include the Monsignor Flanigen Papers, Sister Aloysius Mackin Papers and rare books.