The Nancy Thompson Library offers student support services designed to meet the academic and information needs of the student community. Its mission is to provide an integrated information delivery and learning support system that directly assists students with academic learning, completion of research-creative-and-scholarly activities, and their continuous professional development through programs, placements, and events. Through its programming, technology lab, and various student support and learning services, the Library serves as the intellectual and cultural center of the university and is dedicated to promoting lifelong learning.
The Library provides a comprehensive and overarching Learning Commons environment. This is accomplished by working with faculty as an innovative and creative partner in providing the primary and secondary information resources needed for students to become critical, creative, and global thinkers engaged in their learning. The Library partners with the faculty and administration to foster student development of information literacy skills and provides the necessary services to support the basic needs of faculty conducting research with students. These include access to a Computer and Technology Laboratory, Writing Center assistance, Tutoring Services, and Career Development that interact with the disciplinary and degree programs of Kean University and according to General Education requirements.
Located in the heart of the Kean campus, the Nancy Thompson Library and its web site and online catalog house the Library’s print and online collections, with holdings of more than 201,146 volumes of books and access to more than 700,000 e-books. In addition, the Library subscribes to more than 56,748 electronic and print periodicals and provides access to more than 196,595 U.S. government online documents. A current validated Kean University photo ID with barcode validation is required to borrow materials from the library. A Kean Google-email account is required to access resources from off-campus. The Library can also request additional books and articles through the Interlibrary Loan system. Students may access other New Jersey academic libraries using the VALE Reciprocal Borrowing Program.
The Library is home to the Holocaust Resource Center which adjoins the Human Rights Institute and located near the Miron Student Center Plaza on Cougar Walk. Students may visit the Library or use the Reference Desk and other services provided online, by phone, or by appointment.