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Whitaker Library at Chowan University

Whitaker Library offers many different services to help both Students and Faculty succeed at Chowan University.

Library Services for Students

Checkout Library Materials


Students are able to check out books and other library resources at the front desk. Items are loaned for 4 weeks. If you need to use them for a longer period of time, you may renew your books.
Research Services


Whitaker library offers two types of research assistance non-scheduled assistance and a scheduled in-depth research consultation. Walk-in assistance is available in-person, via email, phone, text, and Facebook Messenger. If you would like to schedule an in-depth research consultation, email Scheduled consultations can be delivered either in-person or through Google Hangouts.


Study Space


Whitaker Library provides a quiet space where students can work on assignments and study for tests. The basement level is the quiet floor for individual study. The main floor is for 1-2 people to work in soft voices. The top level is for groups to work in normal speaking voices. Find your level based on the tasks you need to accomplish.
Library Workshops


In addition to classroom instruction, Whitaker Library offers enrichment workshops to students. Workshop topics and dates are announced through campus email and other tools the school uses to communicate with the campus. If you have a workshop that you would like to see the library offer to students email


Printing & Scanning


Use your campus printing money with the library printers. Color printing is also available. Scan to email is another popular tool students can use in the library.
Library Computers


Whitaker Library offers 38 desktop computers and 30 laptops for students to use inside the library. In addition, the Library Learning Lab is available most evenings for student use.


Interlibrary Loan


If we do not own the material, you are looking for, we will borrow it from another library. This service is free for the Chowan University Community. Please allow 1-2 weeks for delivery.  To create an Interlibrary Loan request, click on the "Request an Interlibrary Loan" button in the library's catalog.


Here are screenshots that show you how to create an interlibrary loan request.
Honors College Students


In addition to the library services available to all students, Honor College Students can check out library material for an entire semester.


Course Reserves


Did your teacher tell you that they put a book on reserve in the library? Go to the front desk to request this book. Course reserves are usually available for 2-hour checkout and need to stay in the library.
Adult Degree Completion Students


In addition to the library services available to all students, Adult Degree Completion students can request resources to be sent to the Halifax campus.


Graduate School Students


In addition to the library services available to all students, graduate students have access to the following library services:

  • Check out library material for an entire semester
  • Groups of graduate students may request additional library instruction workshops
  • Request books or other materials that you think the library should purchase
  • The library staff will scan and deliver articles and book chapters.


Library Services for Faculty

Suggest Library Purchases


Use this link to submit orders to the library or e-mail William Metcalfe at Please allow 1-3 months for items to arrive after placing your order. Choice Reviews Online and Resources for College Libraries are scholarly book review databases that help you discover new books that have been published in your discipline.
Request Library Instruction


To request library instruction e-mail Sarah Bonner at Please allow 1-2 weeks to develop a session specifically designed for your class.


Library Liaisons


Each department has a faculty member who works closely with the library staff. Please contact your Chair to determine the Library Liaison for your department.
Embed Library Resources in Blackboard


You can request a library research guide to be created for your class. (View a Course Guide)This guide can be linked in Blackboard, allowing your students to easily find the resources you want them to use. If you are interested in this service, email Sarah Bonner at


Place Books and Articles on Course Reserve


To place an item on Course Reserve, email Please allow 1 week before notifying students that the item is available in the library.
Campus Equipment for Faculty


Faculty and staff can reserve equipment by emailing The following equipment is available at Whitaker Library:

  • Laptops
  • Projectors
  • Projection screens


Request the Information Literacy Lab for Instruction


When not in use for library events, faculty and staff may reserve the upstairs Library Lab for in-class use of library resources. Reservations should be made by email to
Scan and Deliver Service


Need an article or book chapter but are unable to come to the library to pick it up? The library staff will scan the document and email it to you. To request this service email


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