The mission of the Parkland College Library is to provide services and resources that support the educational goals and purpose of the College. The Library is dedicated to providing the highest quality service, resources, and environment for the students, faculty, and staff of the College, and for community members of District 505. The Library offers a welcoming environment for study and personal use, offering comfortable seating, computers and wifi, and tables and carrels Librarians select materials for educational and leisure use. Displays highlight popular topics and seasonal materials.
While the early downtown campus had a Library/Learning Resource Center, the current facility opened with the new campus in 1973. In 1988, the Learning Resource Center was renamed the Library and automated its catalog. Currently the Library is a member of the I-Share system.
The Library joins the college in its mission to “engage the community in learning.” Residents of the 505 District who are not Parkland students, faculty or staff may obtain a community borrower card, which allows them to check out various library materials.
The Parkland Library is home to a green roof, which was installed in 2011. A green roof, or living roof, is the roof of a building that is partially or fully covered with growing vegetation which absorb rainwater and provide insulation for the building.
The library also houses the Parkland College Archives, which collects, preserves, and makes accessible Parkland College records of enduring value, including photographs, architectural drawings, and select memorabilia. The Archives is open to faculty, staff, students, and the public by appointment.
In partnership with the Parkland College Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, the library also manages the college’s open-access digital repository, SPARK: Scholarship at Parkland. SPARK showcases a rich body of scholarly and creative work produced by faculty, staff, and students. Discover what scholarship means at Parkland College at SPARK’s website, http://spark.parkland.edu/
During the year the Library hosts various events, including the International Students tea, free coffee during finals weeks, and events related to Parkland Reads, the College’s One Book, One College program (http://www.parklandreads.org).
Each April, during National Library week, the Library unveils an in-house produced Read poster featuring a Parkland “celebrity.” Parkland faculty, staff and administrators such as former President Dr. Zelema Harris, have starred on the posters.
The Library also supports Parkland student artists, purchasing a work each year and displaying it as part of our art collection.
Text courtesy of the Parkland College Librarians