Pardue Library

Interlibrary Loans

Interlibrary loans are available if the Pardue Library does not have the books or journal articles requested. Interlibrary loan supports the research needs of the faculty, staff, and students of Wilkes Community College. Upon receipt of these materials, the patron is notified via campus email that the materials are available.

Local History Resources

Other Local Libraries and Collections

Pardue Library, located in the Learning Commons on the second floor of Alumni Hall (building 1 on the campus map), houses printed and audio-visual media including 30,000 volumes of books, newspapers, magazines, and videos, as well as access to over 100 databases. Library orientation is provided for groups and individuals. For more information, call 336-838-6114.

Regular Library Hours

  • Fall and Spring Semesters
    • Monday – Thursday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    • Friday, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Summer Term
    • Monday – Thursday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    • Friday, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • The library is closed on holidays.

Ashe and Alleghany

The Ashe County Public Library and Alleghany County Public Library provide library service and computers for students to access the Internet. Students may check out books from the WCC Library through interlibrary loan for a period of three weeks.

ID / Library Cards

You will need a student ID to:

  • use financial aid in the bookstore
  • participate in book buyback at the bookstore
  • use the Wellness Center
  • visit the Prowler Pantry
  • check out materials from Pardue Library
  • attend student activities
  • present any time a student ID is required

Student IDs are valid for two years. The first issue of a student ID card is free. Replacement cost for additional ID cards is $10.00.

IDs are made on the Wilkes Campus in Pardue Library, on the Ashe Campus, and at the Alleghany Center during normal business hours, and are created 48 hours after students register for courses. Students must present a valid photo ID (current driver’s license, state-issued photo ID, or passport) to obtain a student ID. Early College High School students may present their County Schools ID card.

WCC faculty and staff may have college employee IDs made in the library.

Residents of Wilkes, Ashe, and Alleghany counties age 18 and over are eligible for Pardue Library cards. Community patrons must present a valid photo ID (driver’s license, passport, state-issued identification card, or other valid photo ID) in order to obtain a library card. The first issue of a community patron card is free. Replacement cost for additional cards is $10.00.

Community patrons must present their Pardue Library cards when borrowing materials or when asked to do so by library staff. Loaning or allowing someone else to use your card is prohibited.

Pardue Library cards allow community patrons to check out three books at a time for a period of two weeks. Community patrons are not eligible to borrow DVDs or access library databases off campus.

Circulation Policies

  • Books: Books, other than reference or reserve materials, are checked out for a period of two weeks. Students may renew books for an additional two weeks. Overdue books are charged 10 cents per item per day.
  • DVDs: Items in the DVD collections are available to students, faculty, and staff and they may be checked out overnight. Overdue items are charged at $1.00 each per day.
  • Lost/Damaged Materials: Patrons who lose or damage materials are fined the replacement cost of the item plus a $5.00 processing fee per item.
  • Library Fees and Fines: Transcripts and degrees are not released until all library fines and fees are paid in full. Unpaid library fines and fees may  prevent students from registering for classes or obtaining a student ID.

Computer / Internet Use Policy

Refer to the Internet and Network Acceptable Use Policy. The college reserves the right to limit, restrict or deny computing resources and facilities for those who violate college policies, procedures, or local, state, or federal laws.

Children in the Library

While all visitors are welcome at Wilkes Community College, the college has rules concerning children on campus. For the safety of young visitors, children on campus under the age of 15 must be supervised at all times. The college does not allow children in computer labs or other environments that pose a safety hazard.

James Larkin Pearson Collection

The James Larkin Pearson Collection is located on the lower campus of Wilkes Community College. This collection includes the writings, correspondence, books, and memorabilia of Wilkes County native James Larkin Pearson, who was the North Carolina Poet Laureate from 1953 to 1981.

Exhibits of Pearson’s printing presses, newspapers, and other artifacts are on permanent display in Lowes Hall and may be viewed during the college’s regular operating hours. Pearson’s writings, correspondence, and other documents are housed in Pardue Library on the second floor of Alumni Hall and are available by appointment only.

Research Guide and Online Resources

Bowman Rare Book Collection

The Bowman Rare Book Collection, housed in the Pardue Library in Alumni Hall, was dedicated in December 2020. The collection of approximately 4,000 titles is from the private collection of Dr. Tom Bowman. Primarily consisting of first, early, and important editions of popular serial fiction titles for adolescent boys and girls, the collection includes works by American and British authors that span the late-19th to mid-20th century, an era considered by many to be the golden age of children’s publishing. The titles in this collection established such iconic characters as Tom Swift, The Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew, and Tarzan. Writers like Horatio Alger, Jr. introduced readers to exciting careers and encouraged them to pursue the American Dream. Other series in this collection allow readers to immerse themselves in a variety of adventures such as camping with the Boy Scouts, serving in the armed forces during the First World War, taking the field in their favorite collegiate sports, or exploring outer space. Scholars will find the Bowman Rare Book Collection a treasure for the study and appreciation of the children’s literature of the time period, and curious readers will discover a world of new-to-them stories just waiting to be enjoyed.

Materials in the Bowman Rare Book Collection are limited to library use only. Depending on the item, individuals may be asked to remain in the Rare Book Room or in another location determined by the library staff. No food or drink is permitted while materials are being used. Appointments to view materials are recommended.

Bowman Rare Book Collection Research Guide

Contact Information

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Christy Earp, MLIS
Director of Pardue Library/Librarian
Phone: 336-838-6117
Fax: 336-903-3225
cbearp774@wilkescc.edu
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Misty Bass, MLIS
Librarian
Phone: 336-838-6115
mhbass881@wilkescc.edu
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Vada Bunker, BS
Library Technician
Phone: 336-838-6513
ivbunker625@wilkescc.edu
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Rebecca Kruger
Serials and Acquisitions Specialist/Administrative Assistant
Phone: 336-838-6514
rpkruger663@wilkescc.edu