The James I. and Carol Aymar Armstrong Science Library, housed in McCardell Bicentennial Hall, provides curriculum support in the fields of biology, chemistry and biochemistry, computer science, environmental studies, geography, geology, physics, and psychology.
The library holds over 108,000 volumes including bound journals, government documents and monographs, and more than 81,000 maps. The library currently subscribes to over 300 electronic and print journals and provides access to hundreds more through subscription-based journal packages and freely available sources such as the Directory of Open Access Journals. Important indexing services such as Web of Science and SciFinder Scholar are available online via an institutional subscription, providing references and links to current scientific literature. Materials are collected in print, microform, and digital formats.
In addition to housing research materials, the library serves as a convenient and comfortable place to study. It features a computer lab, group study rooms, study carrels, tables and soft chairs, computers for quick look-ups and more intensive work, video viewing stations, microfilm and microfiche reader/printers, and assisted learning and computing devices. Loaner laptops, graphing calculators, a GPS unit, and other equipment are available for checkout at the Circulation Desk. A display case at the entrance to the library may be used by groups or individuals for curricular or co-curricular exhibits.
The Armstrong Library is staffed by three full-time and approximately 16 part-time (student) employees with assistance from staff at the Main Library. The number of student workers is reduced during summer months. Circulation and use policies are closely aligned with those of the Main Library.