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Vision Statement

Lila D. Bunch Library empowers the Belmont community in the pursuit of knowledge and creativity by providing innovative resources and services for intellectual discovery in a collaborative, inclusive environment.

Mission Statement

Lila D. Bunch Library is an essential partner in the University's mission to empower the Belmont community to engage and transform the world. We will be a catalyst for the discovery, creation, and dissemination of knowledge by:

  • Providing the best possible user experience.
  • Being a leader among teaching libraries through innovative pedagogies, preparing students for a complex information environment.
  • Building on traditional foundations of research by expanding opportunities to engage with new forms of digital inquiry.
  • Providing leadership on scholarly communication for the university.
  • Creating a welcoming and secure space for study, research, and collaboration in an environment that fosters intellectual freedom and the open exchange of ideas.
  • Building and curating robust and unique collections to enhance the student learning experience and attract leading scholars.

Lila D. Bunch Library (the main University library) occupies 56,108 square feet of space and houses four floors of resources, seating for 500 students, a circulation lobby, study rooms, 70 public access computers, a music library and media center, two special collections rooms, and two atriums. The library provides access to printers, including a large format printer, copy machines, and book and image scanners. It also includes co-curricular spaces and offices such as the Leu Art Gallery, the Gallery of Iconic Guitars, the GPS Office, and the Teaching Center.

The building is open on a 24/5 schedule from Sunday evening through Friday evening and on Saturdays during the academic year. Library services and resources provided include in-person and live chat research help, research appointments, online video tutorials, and a robust information literacy program.

The Lila D. Bunch Library collection includes access to approximately 369,000 items, including over 260,000 ebook titles, and carries subscriptions to hundreds of databases and full-text periodical titles online. Access to the library's electronic collections are available from on or off campus for Belmont students, faculty, and staff.

The library's physical collection includes over 12,000 music CDs, 17,000 scores, and archival journal content in our collection of 30,000+ microfiche documents.

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