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 Window World 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.
- 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 Window World Hall and are available by appointment only.
Bowman Rare Book Collection
The Bowman Rare Book Collection, housed in the Pardue Library in Window World 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.
Christy Earp, MLIS
Director of Pardue Library/Librarian