University of the West’s Library is located on the 1st floor of the Education building. The library provides the university community with facilities and resources for research and study, holding approximately 80,000 physical items on site and over 17,000 full-text journals online.
The library holds items in many areas of study, such as religious studies, psychology, business, general education, and language. At the heart of the library’s collection are its volumes of works focused on religious studies, with an emphasis on Buddhism. This includes 20 sets of sutras (Buddhist scriptures) in various languages such as Chinese, English, Pali, and Sanskrit. The library participates in interlibrary lending and borrowing, sharing UWest’s specialized collection with academic institutions worldwide while providing interlibrary loans and document deliveries for UWest students, faculty, and staff.
The library website connects students to the library catalog, academic databases, online resources, and research tutorials. The library catalog is part of WorldCat, the largest bibliographic database in the world. It is able to provide access to local resources and search for items held by libraries worldwide. Students also have access to various academic databases, including collections from JSTOR, ProQuest, and EBSCO. The website and its resources are available 24/7, on campus and remotely, providing ease of access and convenience for all students.
Computer stations, study rooms, printers, scanners, and copiers round out the list of library services available to students.