Library News

Posted by on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 - 2:10pm



In order to provide the most efficient and useful collection, we need your help! Please take the time to complete the below survey to help us assess our collection:


Belk Library offers the Appalachian State community access to several types of eBooks and audiobooks! The majority of eBooks, but not all, in these collections can also be accessed through our Library Catalog, just as if they were physical books.

  • eBook Collection (EBSCOhost)We now have over 100,000 academic ebooks in this collection, on a wide variety of sublects. You can read them online, save or print PDFs of chapters, or set up an account and check them out. For checked-out books, the ebooks can then be read using Adobe Digital Editions. (Free download from Also, you can load them on iPads, iPhones, and other devices with the Bluefire Reader app. Most EBSCOhost ebooks are available to more than one reader at a time.
  • ebrary Many academic books on a variety of subjects. You can read online (best using ebrary Reader), or you can download or print up to about 20-60 pages. Most ebrary ebooks are only available to one reader at a time.
  • Business Expert PressBusiness Expert Press's eBooks cover supply and operations management, international business, social media, finance, accounting, public relations, and marketing strategy. Nearly 200 titles are available using the ebrary platform.
  • LearningExpress LibraryLearningExpress Library offers over 300 online test resources, including a wide variety of tests preparation, skill builders, and courses, as well as more than 130 e-Books
  • MyiLibrary MyiLibrary offers access to more than 350 full-text online books.
  • OneClickDigital OneClickdigital provides access to over 1,200 audiobooks, including fiction, nonfiction, classics and popular titles. Download books to your portable player, including most iPods, iPhones and MP3 players.
  • OverDriveOverDrive provides access to popular fiction, study aids (GRE, LSAT, GMAT, CPA), travel guides, foreign language study audiobooks, and more. OverDrive eBooks allows you to download eBooks and audiobooks to computers and portable devices.
  • Oxford Scholarship OnlineOxford Scholarship Online offers full text access to over 4,200 books published by Oxford University Press. These books allow downloading of chapters.
  • Safari Books OnlineOver 22,000 books in the fields of computer science and information technology from the two premier IT publishers, OReilly & Associates, Inc., and The Pearson Technology Group. Safari ebooks include many How To guides for software. There are also many other topics such as personal finance and travel, just to name two. These ebooks can only be used online. No downloads.




Thanks for you consideration!

Posted by on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 - 11:42am
Web of Science

Web of Science, a multidisciplinary database of more than 12,000 scholarly journals, is now providing access through a new interface. The Web of Science platform also hosts Biological Abstracts, Medline, and the Zoological Record databases.

Read about what's new in Web of Science at

Recorded training and live training opportunities are available at

Try out the new Web of Science

Posted by John Boyd on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 - 11:20am

The library added the following databases over the holiday break:

Artemis Literary Sources: provides combined access to a new interface, with new features, to Literature Criticism Online (10 multidisciplinary series) and to Literature Resource Center.

Artemis Primary Sources: provides access to a new interface, with new features, to the combined Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO) and Nineteenth Century Collections Online (NCCO).

British History Online: provides access to some of the core printed primary and secondary sources for the medieval and modern history of the British Isles.

InfoTrac Newsstand: provides access to over 2,500 newspapers, newswires, and radio and TV news transcripts.

Mergent Intellect: search U.S. and international company listings by industry, size, location, and other criteria to create marketing plans, conduct competitive analysis, and raise funds.

A listing of all library databases can be found on the Article Resources and E-Research Tools page.


Posted by on Saturday, January 4, 2014 - 2:38pm
Dollar sign

Paying Library Fines and Fees

Students, staff, and faculty pay library fines and fees through the Student Accounts office. All library fines and fees for students, staff, and faculty are transferred to the Student Accounts billing system on a nightly basis.  Only community borrowers and spouses or domestic partners with AppCards make payments at the Circulation Services Desk on the main floor of Belk Library.

For concerns regarding a library fine or fee, contact the Circulation Services Manager, Jason Stamper, at 828 262-6904 or

To make payment:

  1. Students can pay library fines and fees online through Appalnet.  Once logged in, click the Self-Service tab > Student tab > Student Accounts link.
  2. Faculty and staff members must contact the Student Accounts office to arrangement payment.  
    NOTE: faculty members and staff who have completed coursework at Appalachian are able to pay online through Appalnet (see step 1).  
    All others must work directly with Student Accounts.
    Student Accounts | 2nd Floor John E. Thomas Hall (map) | (828) 262-2113
Posted by on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 - 9:14am
chair massage

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Posted by on Sunday, December 8, 2013 - 6:07pm
Graduation Caps

Congratulations to all the students who are graduating this December, 2013. We thank all of our student library employees for their hard work and dedication. Your work in the library is greatly appreciated!

Helen Hathaway
Barbara Hobbs
Allison Guerin
Reshea Mackey
Brittney Stone
Celeste Caton
Andrew Florence
Kathryn Miller
Mary Margaret Johnson
Becky Dion
Jordan Neary

Posted by Greta Browning on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 - 9:37am
We Three Kings by H.A. Rey pictorial cover

A new exhibit, “Memories from Childhood:  Our Favorite Christmas Stories,” is now on display in Special Collections on the 4th Floor of Belk Library and Information Commons. The display draws on children’s literature relating to Christmas from the Historical Children’s Literature rare book collection and the W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection, both part of Special Collections. Special Collections staff and Dougherty Reading Room reference students chose their favorites from the collections for the exhibit. Included are a first edition of A Charlie Brown Christmas, Gloria Houston’s The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree, and a book of traditional Christmas songs illustrated by H.A. Rey, known for his “Curious George” series.


Pictured: Cover art for We Three Kings and other Christmas Carols, illustrated by H.A. Rey (1944).

Posted by on Monday, December 2, 2013 - 4:30pm

There will be no ABC Express Service from December 21st to January 1st because the libraries at Appalachian State University, Western Carolina, and University of North Carolina Ashville
will be closed. 

Sorry for any inconvenience!

Posted by John Boyd on Monday, December 2, 2013 - 11:43am
OverDrive eBook Covers

Belk Library now offers the Appalachian State community access to OverDrive, a service which allows users to download ebooks and audiobooks to their favorite mobile device. Titles include popular fiction, study aids (GRE, LSAT, GMAT, CPA), travel guides, foreign language study audiobooks, and more.

Items are available in four formats: Kindle, EPub, MP3 and WMA audio. An Adobe ID or Amazon Kindle account is required, and either an OverDrive Media Console App or a Kindle device or App. For help, see our Library Guide for eBooks/OverDrive, or visit us in the library. You can always read available ebooks through your browser without having to download any software.

Explore OverDrive to see the growing collection of downloadable ebooks and audiobooks, and enter your Banner/Univeristy ID number to download up to three titles at a time for either a 7, 14, or 21 day check-out. Titles are returned automatically at the end of the lending period, so there are never late fees.

Posted by John Wiswell on Tuesday, November 26, 2013 - 12:52pm
pumpkin pie

OK, maybe you need actual food too.  But an e-book about cooking or cuisine might be a great idea for the holiday.


Our new (tiny) Overdrive Collection has 18 books on cooking and food.  They can be checked out for 21 days.

Overdrive e-books are hard to set up the first time, but easy after that.  Click on your device on this help page for instructions.  Or ask us for help.

More on the Belk Library's Overdrive e-books.


We also have EBSCO e-books.  Browse these 1668 e-books on food and drink.

These are challenging to set up the first time also, but as easy as changing TV channels after that.  Try out these instructions, but come visit us for help setting up if they don't quite work.  Most (~90%) can be checked out for 14 days.  They do not work with Kindles.


Photo: "Felicity's Pumpkin Pie" 2010, by Ryan Grove.  (More food photos here.)