About Farley Library
The Eugene S. Farley Library, built in 1968, and named in honor of the first President of Wilkes University, is located on the corner of South Franklin and South Streets. It is one of the largest resource libraries in the region and includes:
- More than 200,000 volumes of books and bound journals;
- More than 40,000 full text online journals and e-books in over 45 databases;
- More than 600 instructional audio-visual materials;
- Growing collection of classic films on DVD;
- Fine collections in English and American literature, history, the sciences and mathematics;
- Sizable collections in other academic disciplines reflected in the University curriculum.
Also housed in the library are the University Archives, four special collections rooms, a "smart classroom" and a classroom reserved for library instruction equipped with desktop computers.
In 1972, the library sustained extensive damage during the Agnes Flood that left most of downtown Wilkes-Barre under several feet of water. The library basement was submerged and the first floor was under more than two feet of water for several weeks.
In 1988, twenty years after the construction, the library was re-dedicated.
In 2004, the University Archives were created.
In 2010, the library underwent an extensive renovation of the lower level, which was transformed into the Alden Learning Commons. It now includes group study rooms equipped with the latest technology, the Writing Center, and the IT Help Desk.
In 2012, the front entrance of the library was renovated, and is now more accessible to all.
In 2013, the Alden Learning Commons opened as a 24/7 study environment. The ongoing renovations will be extended to the remaining three floors. Better student study spaces and a new archives space will be created.