ECU Libraries Overview

ECU Libraries

The ECU Libraries provide an array of resources and services in support of the departments and programs of East Carolina University. More than 130 librarians and library staff are deployed in Academic Library Services and the William E. Laupus Health Sciences Library. Together, the Libraries hold about 3 million titles, including more than 186,000 electronic journals, 1.9 million electronic books, 480 online databases, and rich primary sources available in the Medical History and Country Doctor Museum Collections, North Carolina Collection, and Special Collections.

Support for researchers is also provided by liaison librarians, who can assist researchers with navigating the library’s databases, journals, and other tools, and provide individual consultations with research team members. The library provides valuable support for the creation, discovery, sharing, and preservation of the university’s research through its leadership in the areas of public access compliance and copyright, as well as its administration of University Archives, The ScholarShip, ECU’s institutional repository, and research networking systems. ECU Libraries also offer assistance with writing data management plans and locating data repositories. ECU Libraries administer a university-branded DataVerse, a data repository set up by UNC Chapel Hill’s Odum Institute.

Academic Library Services

Academic Library Services is a unit comprised of the J.Y. Joyner Library and the Fletcher Music Library. Joyner Library contains more than 1200 seats, including a 90-seat computer lab, 3 computer-equipped classrooms and 100 reservable study spaces. There are more than 1.1 million volumes held in Joyner and more than 260,000 media titles. Specialty areas include the Teaching Resources Center, the North Carolina Collection, and award-winning Digital Collections, that includes images, texts, audio, and video from ECU Libraries’ diverse collections and partners. Academic Library Services is a member of the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries and participates in the Federal Depository Library Program.

Resources specific to this researcher’s subject area include the following…(contact your liaison librarian for more information).

William E. Laupus Health Sciences Library

The William E. Laupus Health Sciences Library provides leadership in access to information essential to quality health care delivery, education, and research at East Carolina University and across eastern North Carolina. It serves the Brody School of Medicine, the College of Nursing, the College of Allied Health Sciences, and the School of Dental Medicine at ECU, and the university’s integrated clinical programs with Vidant Health System. Laupus Library also delivers library and information services to hospital practitioners and other health care providers across the region via the Eastern AHEC outreach program. Laupus has 28 employees, including 14 professional librarians and the staff of the Country Doctor Museum. Laupus Library is physically situated in the Health Sciences Building on ECU’s health sciences campus.

A featured service at Laupus is the Systematic Review Service whereby librarians can assist university faculty in the production of this very authoritative research and publication effort. Liaison librarians also produce literature searches on demand and can create customized instruction sessions on critical evaluation, information-seeking skills, and data management best practices. The collection development librarian works closely with faculty to develop a collection responsive to the needs of researchers, instructors, students, and clinicians.

Laupus provides study space for over 550 people, including 30 reservable study rooms, all of which have smart white boards and large LCD screens. There are two computer classrooms, a computer lab, a virtual reality lab, a one-button recording studio and a main service floor with 10 computers. The collections include more than 90,743 physical print volumes and more than 130,000 unique e-journal titles which are made accessible through collaboration with Academic Library Services. Laupus Library also provides access to authoritative information databases such as PubMed/MEDLINE, ClinicalKey, CINAHL, PsycINFO, and the Cochrane Library. Materials not immediately available may be ordered through Laupus Interlibrary Loan, which is a free service for ECU employees and students.

Resources specific to this researcher’s subject area include the following…(contact your liaison librarian for more information).