May H. Baker Memorial Library

A gateway for both independent and collective learning, research, and discovery

Library

The May H. Baker Memorial Library serves as the focal point of a student’s academic life at Valley Forge Military Academy & College, acting as a gateway for both independent and collective learning, research, and discovery. We provide quality resources and services to our cadets, faculty, and staff, helping to facilitate access to information, technology, and education. Resources meet the needs of VFMAC cadets, faculty, and staff, focused primarily on the cadet experience, academic curricula, the five cornerstones, and military history.

Librarians interact with cadets, faculty, and staff in meeting information needs and achieving instructional goals. Faculty collaborate with librarians to fulfill and support research-based curricula. Library staff monitor evening study hall activities.

We are members of the American Library Association (ALA), including the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL), the Library & Information Technology Association (LITA), the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), and the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA); we are also members of: Hosting Solutions & Library Consulting (HSLC), the Pennsylvania Library Association (PaLA), the Tri-State College Library Cooperative (TCLC), and the PREP Consortium.

Current VFMAC Cadets, Students, Faculty, and Staff, click here for more about your library.

Library Hours of Operation

During the Academic Year, these are the library’s typical hours of operation. Library Staff work with the Academy and College to provide additional hours of operation during peak times of the Academic Year, such as midterms and finals.

Sunday 1830 – 2130
Monday – Thursday 0900 – 1600 and
1830 – 2130
Friday 0900 – 1600

During closed weekends, the library will provide additional Saturday and Sunday hours.

Saturday 1400 – 1800
Sunday 1600 – 2130

 

Staff Phone Numbers

(All phone numbers are 610-989-xxxx)

Director of Library Services Dana Kerrigan MA, MSLIS x1364
Librarian for Education Support Deborah Parsons MLS x1438
Library Assistant/Evening Study Hall Monitor  Kevin Guerrier x1362
Circulation Desk x1359

Resources

The library’s print collection contains over 73,000 volumes featuring over 63,000 unique titles. Notable collection strengths include: American History, World History, and Military History.

There are two types of books available in the library: circulating books and reserve textbooks (college only).

To search for print books, please search our online catalog.

There are a variety of electronic resources available, both academic support tools and research databases.

Subscriptions have been selected and acquired based on their relevance to the information and research needs of the cadets, as well as the curricular needs of the faculty. For off-campus access to our electronic resources, please click here, and log-in with your VFMAC credentials.

Donations to the Library

The cadets, students, faculty, and staff have benefited greatly from the support of friends who have donated to our library facilities, collections, and programs. Our librarians maintain a “Wish List” for future acquisition; we always welcome the opportunity to discuss the library’s specific needs and interests with potential donors.

When donations in kind are made, the titles are evaluated to determine their relevance to the informational and educational needs of the students and faculty in relation to the curriculum and the personal reading interests of the cadets. Please contact the Director if you wish to donate collections of books to the library.

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