The Eugene S. Farley Library, named in honor of the first president of Wilkes University, is located at the heart of the Wilkes campus at the corner of South Franklin and West South Streets. It is one of the largest libraries in the region, with more than 175,000 print books, 350,000 electronic books, and over 85,000 full-text online journals.
This extensive array of materials can be accessed via 132 subject specific databases and the Summon Discovery research tool. And while students can access virtually the entire collection remotely, Farley Library remains a popular destination for students to study, brainstorm or socialize. Students can access desktop computers, loaner laptops (for in-library usage), white boards, and additional library equipment.
Gifts directed towards the Eugene S. Farley Library will be used toward providing archival fellowships for current Wilkes students with a desire to gain experience processing and digitizing archival collections and receive hands-on experience working with 18th, 19th, and early 20th century manuscripts and artwork. This archival experience not only allows students to gain an edge in humanities-related career fields but it also supports our academic programs with future access to institutional and regional history collections. Many students who participate in these fellowships will practice their organizational, writing, and research skills that will aid them in their post-graduate careers.
Additionally, gifts directed to the Wilkes University Archives will provide the department with the means to purchase archival document boxes, folders, and sleeves so that students may learn how to preserve these special collections for future generations. These preservation supplies prevent further deterioration and decay to the archival collections.
We thank you for your gift which will ensure that our mission continues to support student success and intellectual growth. We look forward to seeing you in the Eugene S. Farley Library.