Using the Library

Our Mission:

The mission of Mahoney Library is to develop, nourish and excite the intellectual and educational research aspirations of the College of Saint Elizabeth’s academic community. This is realized through the acquisition, organization, dissemination, maintenance and instruction in traditional and electronic resources made available both on-site and at distance. This mission is unique in that it serves all disciplines, functions and purposes, uniting the college and the broader academic community in a spirit of service and cooperation.

This mission is further given vitality through the promotion and advancement of information literacy skills involving classroom instruction, research guides and documentation, reference desk services, online tutorials and a staff committed to each individual’s needs, abilities and willingness to learn.

The increasing collaboration with faculty, staff, and students in the educational process and the provision of greatly expanded resources through reciprocal agreements among library consortia, all help to sustain a vision of library services that sustains intellectual pursuits and academic curiosity now and for the generations of students to come.

- Revised and adopted March 30, 2009.

Fast Facts:

  • Open daily, with professional librarians & staff
  • Librarians provide individual and group classes by appointment
  • Stop by, email or phone the Reference Desk anytime, no appointment needed
  • Over 110,000 books
  • 450+ periodical subscriptions
  • 100+ online databases offering journals, reference materials, and multimedia
  • 40,000+ full text periodicals online
  • Millions of journal articles
  • Get online resources from off campus with college username/password
  • Online catalog, CoolCat, searches CSE and Fairleigh Dickinson University libraries
  • Borrow directly from FDU libraries, or get materials via Interlibrary Loan if Mahoney does not have them
  • 17 computer workstations in library Reference Room
  • 16 computers with Microsoft Office
  • Printing (no cost) and photocopiers (10 cents/page)
  • Mahoney Library building opened in 1969