The Van Pelt and Opie Library on the Michigan Technological University campus is a popular and central resource for students, faculty, and staff. Open an extended number of hours per week and with overnight access, the library offers over 750 seats in a wide array of arrangements to support group work and collaboration, individual, silent study and 23 group study rooms. Over 280 Windows, Linux and Macintosh high-performance computer workstations are situated in various configurations throughout. A café, three-season garden/patio and a service center that lends laptops, scientific calculators, cameras and other convenience equipment also contributes to making the library the busiest building on campus with over 650,000 visits per year.
A computer-based classroom and a flexible, laptop-supported instructional space enhance the library’s nationally recognized information literacy education program.
The library’s journal collection is 98% digital with a deep collection of printed historical engineering journals. As of January, 2017, students and faculty have access to 32,000 direct subscriptions (mainly in STEM disciplines) and additional access to 121,000 other serial titles.
The University Archives and Copper Country Historical Collections focuses on the history, culture and peoples of the region with a special emphasis on mining history and commerce as well as the University’s history.
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