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Library Mission Statement

The mission of Shorter College is to provide accessible, affordable, high quality education for students to accomplish their academic or career goals by offering programs that meet the learner’s need in a challenging and nurturing Christian environment. To help accomplish this mission, the A. W. Young Library must provide a source of quality materials and information in a setting that will encourage students to search for academic, Christian, and personal truth, to become lifelong learners and to become leaders and builders in their communities.

Library Vision

The vision of the A. W. Young Library is to provide library services to both students and faculty that will enable them to study effectively and to have current and accurate materials available to support both their curriculum and personal needs for information in their search for academic excellence. This will be done through an up to date print collection planned around the course work offered by the college, the addition of computer databases and internet access, provision of reference help and trained library personnel able to aid students and faculty in learning to use the library efficiently. As the school grows, the library also will grow working as a partner to the affiliated programs of the school and local community such as the child-care center and GED programs.

Library Catalog

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The search box above will take you to the A. W. Young Library’s OPAC (Online Public Access Catalog). This is where you can search or browse the library’s collection, as well as see what events the library has coming up, browse through curated book lists, find useful links for homework help and research, and more.

ProQuest Databases from the Arkansas State Library

ProQuest provides information from multiple databases. Access to ProQuest through the State Library is only available to Arkansas citizens residing within the state, and to academic, public and school libraries statewide.
Shorter College students that do not reside within the borders of Arkansas will need to contact the staff at the A. W. Young Library in order to access information from ProQuest.
Shorter College Librarian: Dessalines Agginie
Telephone number: (501) 374-6305 extension 203 or 299
The A. W. Young Library staff can be contacted between the hours of 8 am and 5 pm Monday – Friday. Central Standard Time.

"I think, therefore I am"

Shorter College is a private, faith-based, two-year liberal arts college located in North Little Rock, Arkansas. Founded in 1886 by the African Methodist Episcopal Church, Shorter College is one of the nation’s 110 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) and the only private, two-year HBCU in the nation. For more than a decade, the offerings and innovations from our institution have led Shorter College to a continuing ranking as the fastest-growing college campus in Central Arkansas.
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