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Online Research Resources

Library electronic databases are not available to alumni. One reason is that Alvernia University has a closed network, and only current students, faculty, and staff are able to login to computers. Another critical factor is that library electronic database subscription pricing is based on current student numbers. Therefore, the library’s database licensing agreements limit access to current students, faculty, and staff.

What services are available to community members?

As local community members you have access to the following library resources:

Franco Library Hours

POWER Library

POWER Library is Pennsylvania's electronic library, a service available for all residents of PA.  The POWER Library has eBooks, databases, and more available to you!  Please explore the links below to get started with these free services.

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Circulation Policies

Library Cards

Alvernia University alumni, residents of Berks County, and students, faculty and staff of ACLCP colleges are entitled to borrowing privileges.

  • Alvernia Alumni and Community members may register for a library card at the main desk by presenting a photo ID.
  • ACLCP patrons must present a valid college ID to receive an Alvernia University library card.

You must present this card whenever you want to check out materials. You will be held responsible for all materials checked out on your card, including any unauthorized use, until the library has been notified that the card is lost or stolen. You will also be charged for any lost or damaged materials. You must replace a lost card (at a nominal replacement cost) to continue borrowing library materials.

Loan Periods

The loan period for circulating books is 30 days. Patrons may check-out: general collection books, DVDs, and children’s books. Patrons may not check-out: Bestseller books, and items in the Italian-American collection.


Items may be renewed once, either in-person or by phone.


Items more than 1 month overdue are considered lost. Patrons with a lost item that is billed will not be allowed to check out materials.

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Dr. Frank A. Franco Library Learning Center
Alvernia University
400 Saint Bernardine St.
Reading, PA 19607

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