The Library is a fully automated facility; the virtual library is accessible 24/7 providing access to most of the library collections. The library building provides a safe and comfortable environment for research and study and is equipped with computers and wireless access. Among the library’s holdings are book volumes, eBooks, and electronic journal databases to support the scholarly needs of students.
The library maintains late-night hours and weekend hours. The Tutoring Center, Writing Center, Testing Center, and Language Laboratory are located in the library. The Veterans Resource Center is also located in the library. The Department of Information Technology along with an IT help desk are housed within. The library is also home to the Thomas J. and Michele Ridge Collection (archives) and the Sister Joan Chittister Archives.
Please visit the Library’s website for the most updated Library information: library.mercyhurst.edu.
North East Campus
The Ridge Library is located on the first floor in the Michele and Tom Ridge Health and Safety Building. This facility, dedicated on August 26, 2005, serves as a key component in the academic success of each student. The library provides students and members of the Mercyhurst University community with a place to study, relax and access a variety of educational resources, while maintaining an academic environment conducive to study. The Library’s growing collection contains more than 12,000 books, more than 200,000 electronic books and other educational materials including over 135,000 academic journals and online subscription databases. MNE students also have borrowing privileges from the Library located on the Erie campus as well as from other local academic colleges and universities. Student university I.D. cards are required for all library related transactions.
Ridge Library has 42 computer stations in the main Library and 28 computers are located in the computer lab/classroom. All of the computers have Internet connections with Microsoft software installed. The use of wireless (Wi-Fi) technology is available throughout. In addition, there are two (2) multi-function devices that allow printing in either black and white or color, scanning, and emailing. For students who need group study areas or private study rooms, the Great Room is often available.
Located in the lower level of the Library, the Ridge Coffee Bar provides a lounge area where students are welcome to come and enjoy coffee, tea and assorted beverages, snacks, and some deli items and salads while taking a break from their studies.