A more extensive collection of books on CD/Audio. I go home every weekend and I’d really like to enjoy a book on the way there and back, and I definitly do NOT want to listen to Shakespeare on Route 95!!
From: Jennifer, undergraduate student
VCU Libraries Humanities Librarian Kevin Farley replies . . . .
VCU Libraries strives to provide the maximum support possible for the University’s academic programs, which represent a multi-disciplinary and diverse curriculum. Collection decisions will always be curriculum-defined, with collecting emphases evolving as academic programs change and develop. This includes supporting the needs of undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs, and supporting the academic community in carrying out teaching and research activities. Unfortunately, current budget constraints preclude the collection of audio books other than those that are directly supporting a curriculum. It is also not uncommon for academic libraries to have few audio books. Public libraries, however, often emphasize the collection of audio books as one of their most popular formats for borrowing. While VCU Libraries has very few unabridged books on tape, we do have approximately 800 spoken word recordings on cassette, most of which are short works that would be highly suitable for commuting, such as poetry, plays, lectures, and conference proceedings.
An additional comment was supplied by Beth Burton, Manager, Circulation and Information Services ….
I wanted to make you aware of a great service offered by VCU Libraries that still might meet your needs for information and entertainment on your trips home—for free!
While VCU Libraries does not have a great collection of audio books, there are ways to take advantage of other libraries’ collections, at no cost to you, and with very little inconvenience. The service is called Interlibrary Loan (also referred to as ILLiad). Stop by, call, or email the Circulation and Information Services Desk or the Research and Reference Desk at Cabell Library, and we’ll show you the simple process that can get you the audio books you’re looking for by using ILLiad.