Dean of the Library’s Welcome to the Class of 2023

Welcome, class of 2023!  We are excited to meet you and to begin a new academic year. This year 2019 is a special year for the William H. Hannon Library. It marks our 10th anniversary. Join us on October 2 at 4:30 p.m. when we host our second annual Library Open House with activities and food to celebrate the birthday of the man William H. Hannon and the library we built that bears his name.

The William H. Hannon Library is a world-class library known for the quality of its collections and its friendly and helpful staff. You will quickly discover that we are laser-focused on supporting you and your academic success at LMU.  Moreover, the library is the most beautiful building on campus, with comfortable spaces, outstanding  collections, and spectacular views. So on October 2, we invite you to explore the library, win prizes, and share some birthday cake with us. It will be the first of many fun and informative experiences you will have in the library at Loyola Marymount University.

Academic libraries like the William H. Hannon Library are different from both public libraries and school libraries — the two types of libraries that you most likely used before coming to LMU. Academic libraries have a different classification system for organizing their collections. No more Dewey Decimals. We organize books by the same system used at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. But the most important difference the size of our collection. We have more than 1.2 million books — more than half of which are electronic books that you can access from anywhere in the world through our website using your MyLMU credentials. We also let all students borrow print books longer — for one semester — and we don’t charge overdue fines. Why? Because we want to encourage you to check out the books that you need and not worry about when they are due back at the library. You can check out one of over 8,000 DVD titles, and we have streaming film and music collections. Another big difference is the number of magazine and journal subscriptions that we have, on paper and online — 55,000 titles, with 99% of those accessible online.  And if we don’t have a book or journal article that you need, we can get it for you quickly through interlibrary loan, a way to borrow books and articles from other libraries.

Our goal at the William H. Hannon Library is to help you become expert users of all of these resources while you are here at Loyola Marymount University. Your academic success is essential to our reason for being. We see ourselves as the intellectual heart of the campus, as the central marketplace of ideas, community, and creativity. The library is a place where people and information can come together to create the world we want to live in.