About (Due to covid-19, only La Roche Students, Faculty, and Staff can visit the library at this time)
Summer 2021 Hours
Monday: 7:30am - 4:30pm
Tuesday: 7:30am - 4:30pm
Wednesday: 7:30am - 4:30pm
Thursday: 7:30am - 4:30pm
Friday: 7:30am - 4:30pm
Saturday: 8:30am - 4:30pm
*Current hours are always located on the home page. Hours are subject to change during school closures, school and holiday breaks, and midterm / finals.
Areas of Expertise / Responsibilities: Library work-study student coordinator & supervisor; book/serial circulation; Fisher Room reservations, course reserves
Areas of Expertise / Responsibilities: reference, special collections, website changes, instruction, course reserves, tech services
Resource Sharing Coordinator
Areas of Expertise / Responsibilities: EZ-Borrow and Interlibrary Loan, library outreach, Student Book Group, Readhawks Book Club
Areas of Expertise / Responsibilities: Oversee all operations of the library, tech services, collection development; reference and instruction
Areas of Expertise / Responsibilities: Instruction, college archives, collection development, library programming, campus-wide outreach
Reference Librarian on duty
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 University. Students performing research have access to reference materials in varied formats, as well as personal assistance from the library staff.
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. La Roche 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 La Roche. 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.”1 On August 30, 1967, over 200 sisters, students, and volunteers made a human chain to move the books from the La Roche 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 and the community in November of 2018.
1"Library Unit Hears Bishop, McDonald." Pittsburgh Catholic, 18 February 1960, p.1.
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 University.
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.
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
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.