Spring 2019 Semester

Monday - Thursday: 7:30am - 12:00am 

Friday: 7:30am - 4:30pm 

Saturday: 8:30am - 4:30pm 

Sunday: 1:00pm - 12:00am 

*Hours are subject to change during interim periods, midterm / finals, and school closings. Updates will be listed on main page.

Staff Directory

Deborah Brown
Circulation Supervisor
(412) 536-1063
deborah.brown@laroche.edu

Areas of Expertise / Responsibilities: Library work-study student coordinator & supervisor; book/serial circulation; Fisher Room reservations

Brett Giltenboth
Library Assistant
(412) 536-1403
brett.giltenboth@laroche.edu

Areas of Expertise / Responsibilities: Library assistance with reference, circulation, website changes, & information literacy

Caroline Horgan
Library Technician
(412) 536-1057
caroline.horgan@laroche.edu

Areas of Expertise / Responsibilities: EZ-Borrow and Interlibrary Loan, Student Book Group, Readhawks Book Club

Alecia Kerr
Director
(412) 536-1059
alecia.kerr@laroche.edu

Areas of Expertise / Responsibilities: Oversee all operations of the library; reference and instruction librarian.

Rachel M. Landau
College Archivist
(412) 536-1060
rachel.landau@laroche.edu

Areas of Expertise / Responsibilities: Processing historical collections pertaining to the history of the college. Reference work and outreach.

Joelle Mellon
Reference and Government Documents Librarian
(412) 536-1110
joelle.mellon@laroche.edu

Areas of Expertise / Responsibilities: reference, library instruction, citation, government documents, theological librarianship, & gaming studies

Jennifer Vasil
Technical Services Librarian / Assistant Director
(412) 536-1055
jennifer.vasil@laroche.edu

Areas of Expertise / Responsibilities: Cataloging and library systems, Acquisitions, Collection management.

Sr. Agnes Vogel, CDP
Assistant Archivist
(412) 536-1060
agnes.vogel@laroche.edu

Areas of Expertise / Responsibilities: Assisting the Archivist, Historical Photography Collection.

About Us

The John J. Wright Library is a state-of-the-art facility on campus, with a collection of more than 70,000 volumes, 80,000 electronic books, 44 electronic databases, 500 periodical subscriptions and access to 30,000 government documents through a United States Government Depository Library. 

As a member of the Pennsylvania Academic Library Consortium, Inc., the library also offers Interlibrary Loan and EZ-Borrow services. Housed within the building is the Providence World Café, where students enjoy the comfortable setting of a local coffee house. The library also has sections of The Saint John's Bible on display for viewing. Click here to learn more information about The Saint John's Bible.

The Library houses a variety of instructional services and functions as an information center at La Roche College.  Students performing research have access to reference materials in varied formats, as well as personal assistance from the library staff. 

Our History

John J. Wright Library, the first building constructed by the college, opened in August of 1967.  Designed by Casimir J. Pellegrini Associates, the $1,000,000 library was designed to hold 80,000 volumes, have private study areas, a rare book room, and classrooms. The college received a grant of $333,792 under the Higher Educational Facilities Act of 1963 to construct the building. Groundbreaking ceremonies occurred on May 24, 1966. The library was named in honor of Bishop John J. Wright, an early supporter and lifelong friend of the College.  Bishop Wright also had a strong devotion to libraries. Speaking at a Catholic Press Month luncheon in 1960, he was quoted as saying  that he valued his library card as “a symbol which entitles me to the best things in the world, next to the Faith itself.”1On August 30, 1967, over 200 sisters, students, and volunteers made a human chain to move the books from the La Roche College Library that was located in Providence Heights to the new library on campus. Dedication of the library took place November 25, 1967, with Bishop Wright officiating.

In 1974, Congressman John Heinz sponsored a bill designating the John J. Wright Library as a depository library for free government publications. As a participant in the Federal Depository Library Program, the library is open to the public. In the spring of 2010, Wright Library underwent a $1.65 million dollar renovation. Technology and resources were upgraded along with aestetic improvements for the convenience  and comfort of library staff and patrons.

John J. Wright Library celebrated its 50th  Anniversary of  serving La Roche College and the community in November of 2018. 


                                                                                          

 

1"Library Unit Hears Bishop, McDonald." Pittsburgh Catholic, 18 February 1960, p.1.

John J. Wright Library's Mission Statement

John J. Wright Library provides quality resources and innovative services to stimulate creativity, intellectual curiosity, and to facilitate lifelong learning and research to the students, faculty, and staff of La Roche.

John J. Wright Library’s purpose is collecting, preserving, and providing access to the best scholarly and educational resources; providing high quality, innovative services; and creating a welcoming and comfortable physical environment to those we serve.

John J. Wright Library works alongside La Roche to create an atmosphere that encourages diversity, excellence, and sustains our core values.

Library Work-Study Student Application

John J. Wright Library is always looking for skilled student workers who are technologically savvy, self-driven, reliable, and able to work independently as well as in a team environment. Library student jobs are part-time and hours can be scheduled between classes, in the mornings, nights, and weekends in convenient increments.

Some of the duties of a library work-study student:

  • Shelving books
  • Checking in and out library materials
  • Answering the phone
  • Assist with Interlibrary Loan department

Library Work-Study Student Application


Any questions, please contact Debbie Brown, Supervisor, Deborah.Brown@LaRoche.edu.

What changes do you want to see in the library? Do you have any specific library materials for recommendation (books, databases, magazines, games, etc.)? Do you want to check out more than just books? How are we doing? Let us know!! All comments, suggestions, and recommendations go to Alecia Kerr, Library Director. We look forward to hearing from you.

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