We currently house over a quarter of a million books, 45,000 print volumes and over 137,000 electronic resources, in addition to a variety of special collections. Additionally, there are a wide variety of services and departments available to support research needs. There are a variety of places to study, relax and explore.
We receive many questions about the Latin inscriptions, explained below.
The library began in the basement of Smyth. When it became apparent the collection would continue to grow, the current library building was commissioned. The building was designed in the collegiate gothic style by architects Waasdorp and Northrup and built by A. W. Hopeman and Sons. The library was officially dedicated on November 3, 1957. When the original collection was moved, a human chain of faculty, staff and students transferred approximately 40,000 volumes.
The Dedication of the Lorette Wilmot Library
On April 25, 1978, the library was dedicated and named after Lorette Wilmot (1927-1976). Longtime friend and benefactor of Nazareth College, she was a devoted wife of former college trustee James P. Wilmot and a loving mother to their four children. She was described by her only daughter, Judy Wilmot Linehan '76, as having "the quiet calm of a library with all its knowledge." A warm and gracious person, Mrs. Wilmot was an avid reader whose wide-ranging interest in literature enriched her life and those whose lives she touched.
Paintings of longtime library benefactors James and Lorette Wilmot hang in the main lobby.
Inscription above the entrance to the rare book room:
In Principio Erat Verbum * et Verbum Erat Apud Deum * Et Deus Erat Verbum * Hoc Erat In Principio Apud Deum
In the beginning was the Word * and the Word was with God * and the Word was God * This was in the beginning with God
Lettering in the Saint Jerome Window:
Tu Es Christus * Filius Dei Vivi
Thou art Christ * the Son of the living God
The Lorette Wilmot Library and Media Center (LWLMC) is a spacious building that is at the center of Nazareth College. At the entrance of the LWLMC is an informational hub displaying library, campus, and community information, campus maps and building floor plans, and directories; much of the information is conveyed on touch panel displays to ensure interactive and up to date information.
The library cafe offers soothing music, enticing aromas, and soft cushioned lounge chairs. A popular gathering spot, it provides not only the comfort of a hot drink, but a forum for activities such as book signings, musical performances, and other cultural displays. Scattered among the lounge chairs are small tables and comfortable furniture where students snack, read and work on their wireless laptops.
The LWLMC is well lit and many windows highlight the beautifully landscaped campus. At night additional lighting comes from the warm glow of individual reading lamps on the tables and study carrels. Plants, comfortable furniture, artwork and displays give a relaxed, homey feeling. Patrons choose from a variety of work spaces ranging from the traditional tables and carrels of a reading room to plush, comfortable reading chairs or the small and medium sized group study rooms, smart rooms and well-equipped media playback rooms. This variety of spaces insulates the quieter areas from the noisier social areas. The gallery, with exhibits showcasing the artistic talents of the Nazareth community, is among the most popular spots on campus.
There is wireless access throughout the building, offering the Nazareth community the latest electronic resources in addition to the up to date print and media collections that are available on site. Patrons bring in their laptops or can check one out at any of our circulation desks. The access to electronic materials through our web pages is free to the Nazareth community and highly used. Whether looking for full-text articles, e-books, or just searching for information, the students are effortlessly able to navigate the web due to the ease of our library web pages and the library instruction they receive that supports their studies. More than just a storehouse for books, media and equipment, the LWLMC empowers the Nazareth community to transform information into knowledge. Our staff does this by facilitating access to, supporting use of, and educating the Nazareth community about resources from around the world, ranging from virtual collections on the internet to interlibrary loans from other institutions to the materials that we house here in our own stacks.
We provide friendly and professional service in a variety of areas and facilities. For example, our commitment to Information Literacy is demonstrated by the sessions that are conducted in our hands-on instruction room by librarians and classroom faculty, a collaboration that continues outside the LWLMC as well. Likewise, the state of the art video editing labs and recording facilities, and the workshops and one-on-one instruction that the media staff offer, are highly valued by the Nazareth community, most especially the students and faculty who develop video productions as part of their coursework. Well-trained student employees provide essential front-line service in an inviting and competent manner in all areas of the LWLMC. There is respect among staff, patrons, and faculty so all feel comfortable and accepted. LWLMC staff communicates easily with each other and creativity and risk-taking are encouraged. Departments work well together and are unified by their shared Constancy of Purpose (mission, values and vision) on display in every department. Staff feel they are appropriately compensated, and help out where needed, agreeing that service to our patrons is our primary objective.
LWLMC is known throughout the campus for its superior services, cutting-edge technology, and knowledgeable staff. Distance learning, interlibrary loans, and media production and delivery are examples of our resources reaching beyond the physical footprint of our building. Collaboration, such as with academic departments on information literacy and with administrative departments to promote our cultural resources, is what makes the Lorette Wilmot Library and Media Center the hub of the Nazareth community.