Farley Library South Franklin & West South Streets
In this wireless building are more than 200,000...
book titles, hundreds of periodical subscriptions, online databases, full-text journals, and an extensive DVD collection available for the use of faculty, staff, and students. (Sorry, no popcorn available.)
Farley is also home to a computer lab where library instruction classes are held. Another room houses resources for faculty and staff who want to expand their knowledge of technology via specialized training.
Special collection rooms are scattered throughout the building and our university archives office is located on the third floor.
If you were at Wilkes after 1968...
you probably spent a lot of time in the Eugene S. Farley Library, which was dedicated in honor of Wilkes' first president on November 1, 1968. At the dedication ceremony Dr. Farley was awarded a Doctor of Science degree for his lifelong dedication to the College. The plaque on the front of the building serves as a reminder of his legacy...
May all who study in these halls gain
vision to inspire, conviction to sustain
and wisdom to guide.
Before the construction of the Farley Library...
students took books out of Kirby Hall, which served as the University library from 1941 to 1968. In 1947, that library held 6,000 volumes. By 1968, the collection had dramatically increased to nearly 90,000 volumes! It became obvious that Wilkes had outgrown Kirby Hall and a new facility was necessary.