The Baker Library acquires library material in many formats: Book, Videotape and Videodisc, Audiotape, Online Database Subscription, Magazine Subscription, Map, Microform. All materials are processed into the collection in the Online Library Catalog database using Dewey Decimal Classification and Library of Congress Subject Heading Cataloging. The General Collection contains approximately 80,000 volumes with collection depth in World and U.S. History, Military History and Character Development.
All cataloged library materials are accessed from the Online Library Catalog using the Mandarin automated system. Library users may structure searches by subject, author, title, keyword, publisher, date of publication, series and other search criteria. Students receive instruction in use of the Online Library Catalog related to their course-based research and reading assignments. Faculty and librarians collaborate to develop bibliographies for students’ recommended and required reading.
Special Collections and Archives
The May H. Baker Memorial Library has been the recipient of several donations in the area of military history and character development. Robin Lahiri generously donated funds to enhance our character development collection. Through AMSCUS (Association of American Military Colleges and Schools in the United States) the library received a large donation of military books from the collection of Major General Stan R. Sheridan. Dr. George P. Psihas also contributed his military collection as wee as memorabilia. Closer to home, COL Thomas Balish ’81, generously donated books from The Pentagon and The National War College. These collections will be housed in the newly refurbished Psihas Sheridan classroom.
The Library also has an extensive Reference Collection in both print and online formats. Access to more than two dozen online research resources includes general and subject-focused encyclopedias, full-text magazine/journal retrieval, librarian-recommended scholarly websites, research/writing tools, and reading promotion programs.
VFMA&C is a member of the Private School Resource Exchange Program (PREP) and the Tri-State College Library Cooperative (TCLC), which enable students, faculty and staff to request items from other member schools in the Philadelphia area through interlibrary loan. VFMAC community members may also borrow from the collections of more than 3,000 libraries in the state through ACCESS Pennsylvania.