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Alvernia's Franco Library

What can the library do for you?

  • Make research easier with help and classroom instruction from librarians
  • Provide access to online research guides created specifically for Alvernia students
  • Provide scholarly articles and resources, either with our own subscriptions and collection or through Interlibrary Loan
  • Provide excellent study space
  • Serve as a printing and computer hub for students on the main campus

Resources Available to You


Access the library's scholarly online research tools on campus & remotely at:

Research Guides & Video Tutorials

Our website has online research guides & video tutorials to help you from home at: and on our Tutorials page.

Books & DVDs

Check out books and DVDs with your University ID.  Popular titles are available as well as scholarly resources for classes. Books and DVDs can be picked up at the Philadelphia and Schuylkill campuses by request. 

Software Access

Use a variety of software on our campus computers for your educational needs including Microsoft Office Suite, SPSS, & Adobe Creative Suite

Laptop Checkout

Don't have a laptop & don't want to use one of the library's desktops?  The library has loaner laptops available for 4-hour checkouts.

Services Available to You

Research Help

Librarians are at the library to help you with your research needs!  Email, chat, virtual and in person reference help is available at the Franco Library or online at:

Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

Can't find a book or article that you need?  We will get it for you at no cost and no hassle.  Simply contact our Interlibrary Loan staff with your citation or fill out our Interlibrary Loan form.  

Study Rooms

There are a number of Study Rooms available to reserve for your use.  These rooms supply innovative technology. Reserve a room at the Circulation Desk!

Copier/Scanner/Fax Services

We have copying, printing, scanning, and faxing enabled through your Alvernia ID card

Start Your Research Here!

Dr. Frank A. Franco Library Learning Center

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

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