Calvin Coolidge Library is central to the intellectual and cultural life of the University.
It provides information and services to the academic community in support of teaching and research. The collection contains items in a variety of formats, including over 180,000 bound volumes, approximately 500 print subscriptions, and access to the full text of over 40,000 electronic journals. Library electronic systems take advantage of full internet access to provide researchers with opportunities to use a rapidly expanding variety of resources.
Library services include circulation, reference, reserve, interlibrary loan, and information literacy instruction. Castleton is a member of several national and regional consortiums including the Online Catalog Library Center (OCLC) and the Vermont Consortium of Academic Libraries (VCAL). Castleton shares an online catalog, several major subscription databases, and technical support with the three other Vermont State College Libraries.
The present building was constructed in 1965 with a major addition doubling its size in 1979. Approximately 250 readers can be accommodated in individual or group seating, carrels and conference areas. Calvin Coolidge Library also includes the Student Gallery and Lounge, the Vermont Room and the University Archives.
Castleton's collection of Vermontiana is housed in the Vermont Room. It includes an extensive collection of town reports, gazetteers, histories, and census data. The University Archives contain materials relating directly to the history of the institution.
The central mission of Calvin Coolidge Library is to help our students become readers, that is to actively engage students in the great conversations of history and of their own democratic society. The library should provide focused support for students and faculty in their coursework and research, but it should also provide the university community and the region with a resource that enables each of us to learn more about ourselves as human beings and as citizens. In this regard, the library makes particular note of the longstanding supporting role this and other American libraries have played in honoring first amendment freedoms, particularly freedom of expression and the right to privacy. Finally, the library supports the missions of both the Vermont State Colleges and Castleton, with particular respect to “citizenship,” “lifelong learning,” “development of knowledge,” and “competence in research and critical thinking.” Along with the other VSC libraries, Calvin Coolidge Library maintains a strong commitment to “information literacy” as a crucial intermediate step in assisting our students to become learned and contributing members of society.