Library Information

The FAU Libraries presently contain approximately 2.5 million items including books, periodicals, government documents, microforms, maps, electronic collections and a wide variety of other materials. The FAU Libraries are linked with other libraries in the region, and research libraries all over the world. If the information you need is out there, the FAU Libraries can help you gain access to it.

Florida Atlantic University has a system of five libraries which are either dedicated FAU libraries or those which are the result of collaborations with other entities. These include the following:

S. E. Wimberly Library in Boca Raton

The S. E. Wimberly Library in Boca Raton is a 165,000-square-foot building at the center of the FAU Boca Raton campus. It has been designated a Selective Federal Depository Library since 1963. Its Government Documents Department receives publications distributed by the U. S. Government Printing Office, and this collection is supplemented by indexes and microfiche collections. The Government Documents Department also holds electronic products such as CD-ROM's from the U. S. Government Printing Office. Likewise, the Wimberly Library is a State of Florida Depository Library.

The Wimberly Library houses a Media Center which serves as a source for audio and visual materials to FAU students and faculty. The Media Center's collection includes video cassettes, films, compact discs, laser discs and slide sets.

Other resources at the Wimberly Library include a non-circulating section of reference materials, including the CD-ROM Center which provides database access to information such as: ABI/inform, Florida Census information, Criminal Justice Abstracts, Government Documents Catalog Service, Index to Legal Periodicals, the Miami Herald, and the New York Times. Many of these CD-ROM's are available at the Davie and Palm Beach Campus Libraries as well.

FAU Libraries have many collections which are of particular use to those associated with the College. This includes Government Resources.

Documents which are available at any of the FAU libraries and libraries around the nation are available via interlibrary loan at any of the five locations. Link to interlibrary loan form.

There is a wide range of automated services through on-line searches of commercial databases as well as access to compact disk reference tools. FAU's memberships in the Southeast Florida Library Information Network (SEFLIN) further increases the resources available to students and faculty. SEFLIN is a non-profit consortium of different types of libraries in Southeast Florida and is a source for periodical holdings not held by FAU libraries that may be held by other member libraries. These can then obtained through interlibrary loan.

Broward County Main Library

This Main Library serves as a shared resource facility between the citizens of Broward County, Florida Atlantic University, Florida International University, and the Southeast Florida Library Information Network (SEFLIN). On the basis of its breadth, partnerships, and its innovative style, the Broward County Library was chosen as the 1996 Gale Research/Library Journal Library of the Year. The Main Library's permanent collection of cataloged print materials are housed on the third, fourth and sixth floors. The fourth floor is the home to the Business, Science, and Technology Department. Materials on this floor of particular interest to faculty and students of the College include: abstracts and journals related to public administration, urban planning, criminology, social work, and other contemporary public issues. Of particular note is the microfiche collection of over 4,500 full-text titles from the Criminal Justice/National Council for Crime and Delinquency Collection at Rutgers University. The fifth floor is occupied by the Government Documents Department, a 2 million item collection. As well as being a depository for federal and state documents, this collection also maintains publications from local government agencies. This floor is also the location for its collection of primary legal sources from the federal to local level. Indexes, microform, and CD-ROM's round out the collection of government documents.

The Broward County Main Library's hours are as follows:
Monday through Thursday: 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Friday and Saturday: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Sunday: 12:00 PM to 5:30 PM

Library cards are available to FAU students and faculty upon the presentation of current faculty or student identification to the Circulation Desk on the second floor. Materials can also be placed on reserve at the Circulation Desk.

WiseGuide is Broward County Library's computerized information system which provides access to information including:

  • the cataloged holdings of all of Broward County's Library System;
  • indexes and articles from magazines and newspapers;
  • databases dealing with such topics as government statistics, law, and others;
  • cataloged holdings of more than 100 public and academic libraries in southeast Florida
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