Colorado Christian University’s Clifton Fowler Library is both a traditional physical library located in the south end of the Beckman Learning Center and a virtual library accessible to students from any computer with Internet access. There is also a Music Library located in the School of Music. The CCU Centers (Lakewood, Denver Tech, Northglenn, Northern, Southern, Western and Global Online) are served by online databases and reference services from the central library.
The library’s traditional collections include almost 100,000 circulating and reference volumes, 250 current print journal subscriptions with hundreds of retrospective volumes, 314,000 microfiche documents, more than 4,000 videotapes and audio CDs, and a Curriculum Lab containing 5,762 items specially chosen to support new and aspiring teachers. The main level has a Reference Room computer lab and several single computer workstations, group study rooms and a conference room for student, faculty and staff use.
Computers are used throughout the library to access the library’s online catalog and electronic collections. This virtual library provides Internet resources and online subscriptions to 38 indexes and full text databases across a variety of academic disciplines including over 28,000 full text journals and periodicals. Online books number over 7,800 plus 285 titles from the Gale Virtual Reference and ABC Clio collections. The library website also offers an excellent collection of electronic tools and links created by library faculty intended to support online research.
Interlibrary loans (no charge) are encouraged and cooperative agreements through regional and state library consortia allow students to borrow materials from libraries throughout the state, region and country.
All of these resources and services are provided and enriched by skilled professional staff together with student assistants. Library faculty are available on Saturdays and provide reference services, instructional classes and involved classroom colleagues in collection development. The library is a warm and collegial place, very popular with students, and is open 92 hours each week over seven days. In a Fall 2007 survey of students, 57% indicated that the library facility and the librarian and staff friendliness and help were what they like most about the library!