The May H. Baker Memorial Library serves as the focal point of a cadet’s academic life at Valley Forge Military Academy & College, acting as a gateway for both independent and collective learning, research, and discovery. Located in the center of campus, the Library is dedicated to the memory of May Hagenbuch Baker, wife of Valley Forge’s founder, Lieutenant General Milton G. Baker. The contemporary library is a forum in which students, facilitated by teachers and librarians, come to take part in the academic traditions of the past while engaging the present, ever-changing world in which they live, seen through new methods and technologies. Only through the understanding and synthesis of the past and present, the old and new, the physical and the virtual, can students truly be prepared for the future.
More About the Library
Librarians interact with students and teachers in meeting information needs and achieving instructional goals. The Faculty members of the Academy and College collaborate with the Library Staff to fulfill and support research-based curricula. Cadets and students become literate in the new ways in which information is organized, and may be presented and utilized; they learn how to access and evaluate information by navigating not only the internet, but also academic research databases.
The Library Collection itself contains more than 72,000 print volumes, including fiction and nonfiction, classic and contemporary works. Notable collection strengths include American and World History, Military History and Technology, Geopolitics, and English and French Literature. Cadets, students, faculty, and staff also have access to more than two dozen subscription electronic research databases including e-books, scholarly journals, popular magazines, newspapers, and image and video files. In addition, cadets and students have access to 5,000 plus volumes from 3,000 plus libraries and regional library consortia in Pennsylvania. College Cadets and students also have access to many textbooks that are on reserve for in-library use.
The Computer Learning Lab contains 14 PCs, a faculty station and a Smart Board for classes to receive formal Information Literacy and Research Skills instruction. The library computer services are fully networked to the web and printers. The lab and information literacy instruction are both available for reservation upon request.
The Library also has a traditional classroom, equipped with a Smart Board that is available for reservation upon request.
The Moore, Stein, Weller Naval Room is a conference room located in the East Wing of the Library and is available for reservation upon request.
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||6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.|
|Monday – Thursday||8:00 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.|
|Friday||8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.|
The Library’s subscription databases provide access to hundreds of reference books, thousands of periodicals, and hundreds of thousands of articles, statistics, images, audio recordings, and video recordings. Databases have been selected and acquired based on their relevance to the information and research needs of the cadets and students, as well as the curricular needs of the faculty.
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.