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Introduction to Library Resources

This guide is to give you an overview of resources available through the Drain-Jordan Library, similar to what students will learn in our Library Introduction classes.

What you'll need to check out Books, Laptops, and use Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

I want to check out a book, but I have never been in the library before. What do I need to do?

Great question! Every library is a little different, but here is what you'll need to do to check out a book at the Drain-Jordan Library.

1. You'll need to have a current student, faculty, or staff ID. We do make some exceptions for alumni, but you will need to get permission from a Librarian.  We also allow community members to apply for a card, but you will need to have an ID and fill out a Special Patron ID form and get it approved. 

2. Stop by the circulation desk (located right when you walk in to our main entrance). To apply for a Library Card you will need to fill out a short form. This only takes about ten minutes, and will only need to be done once. This is how we keep track of everyone so we can make sure to get our books back. This is not a physical card that we give to you, but rather one that we keep for our records.

3. Once you've filled out a form and we have a library card on record, all you need to check out books, laptops, and use Interlibrary Loan is your student ID or drivers license. Happy reading!


The Drain-Jordan Library currently gets daily newspapers from the Charleston Gazette. The WVSU school newspaper can be found online at YJOnline.

Print newspapers can be found in the Periodicals section of the Library.