By Kelly Ansley
The Frank and Laura Lewis Library at LaGrange College is located on the Hill in the center of campus. The Lewis Library seeks to not only fulfill the research needs of faculty, staff, and students, but to also provide activities to reduce stress, to relax, and have fun. In addition to the 88,000 print materials, the library also offers a puzzle table, a Lego table, various coloring activities, and fun events that occur throughout the semester. The main floor has a browsing collection which includes DVDs and Blu-Rays for popular movies and TV shows, audiobooks, and books for pleasure reading. The Lewis Library faculty and staff are available to serve students in person, online via chat, or around campus through roving reference. The library faculty and staff interact with patrons on social media, as well. They post pictures of new books, changes to the library, faculty and staff highlights, event photos such as hosting therapy dogs for students to pet during finals, and more.
Throughout the year, the library hosts many Cultural Enrichment Events, study halls, library instructions, and classes. Whether it is a CE Event on international travel, a GRE practice test, or a foreign film night, the Lewis Library has a space for most events. The Library has the Corn Auditorium which seats 49, the Multimedia Classroom which seats 24, the Seminar Room which seats 12, the Media Lounge which seats 5, and various study rooms that students can book online.
The Lewis Library is also home to the Suber Archives, a repository of college and local historical materials. The Suber Archives Specialist Felecia Moore is currently working on an Oral History project, where she is interviewing Alumni, Faculty, Staff, and other that have ties to LaGrange College. Felecia now has a podcast where visitors can listen to clips from some of the interviews.
To learn more about the Lewis Library, the Suber Archives and other collections, visit the library website at www.lagrange.edu/library/