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Hunter Library, Western Carolina University
Jackson County Public Library
Learning Resources Center

What goes together like beer and pickles? You got it – college and libraries! There are three libraries available to Western Carolina University students in Jackson County.

Hunter Library, Western Carolina University

Address: 176 Central Drive, Cullowhee, NC 28723
Librarian: Bil Stahl
Phone: 828.227.7306
Website: http://www.wcu.edu/library/
Monday – Thursday 7:30am to 1am
Friday 7:30am to 8pm
Saturday 10am to 8pm
Sunday Noon to 1am

Hunter Library is located on the northwest end of campus just beyond the Stillwell Science building. Here you will find just about everything you need to write a paper, conduct research, or complete a project.

The main floor of Hunter Library features the Java City Café, computers for internet access, the information and reference desks, the Hunter Computer Lab, the Writing Center, the microfiche reading room, the Student Technology Assistance Center, and hundreds of professional journals, government documents, public records and statistics.

Having trouble with research? Ask for help at the Reference desk – they will do everything they can to help you find what you are looking for.

The ground floor of the Hunter Library has all the books available for check out, 12-15 quiet rooms for study, computers to access the library catalog, and hundreds of science reference volumes.

The first mezzanine between the ground floor and the main floor has children’s books, puzzles, games, and puppets available for checkout, making parents lives a little easier during study time.

The second mezzanine between the main floor and the second floor is the Map Room. The Map Room has over 122,000 maps and atlases available for student use, along with local trail guides - neat stuff.

Also unique to the Hunter Library is the historic photographs and letters archives, which features original copies of Civil War letters and photographs of historic Sylva. The Special Collections division also has copies of the Cherokee Phoenix, a newspaper published by the Cherokee nation in the 19th Century. To learn about the Special Collections Department, contact George Frizzell at 227.7474.

The Writing Center
Website: http://www.wcu.edu/writingcenter/
Phone: 828.227.7197
Mon.-Thurs. 9am to 9pm
Friday 9am to 5pm

To get to the Writing Center, take the hall to the right upon entering the library, follow to the end of the hall and take another right into the Writing Center.

Writing Center Services:

  • Tutoring
  • Editing assistance
  • Writing resources
  • iSOURCE online writing aide

The Hunter Computer Lab

Here you will find dozens of computer terminals with access to the main campus network where you can access your files, work on projects and documents, and print out your assignments on your way to class.

The Student Technology Assistance Center
Website: http://www.wcu.edu/techassist/
Phone: 828.227.7067
Monday - Tuesday: 9am to 7pm
Wednesday - Thursday: 9am to 5pm
Friday: 9am to 2pm

Having computer problems or just want to learn more? The Student Technology Assistance Center is located to the left of the Reference desk. They will help you work out any computer problems you may have, or teach you how to run software programs.

The Hunter Library Website
Website: http://www.wcu.edu/library/

The Hunter Library website has the entire university card catalog online and searchable listings of journal articles from InfoTrac OneFile and Academic Search Elite – many articles are full text online. Students can access NCLIVE from the Hunter Library website.

ABC Express

Find the book you want is at ASU or over in Asheville? No problem! Use ABC Express to order the book and it will arrive in just a few days. The ABC Express order form is right online. When you have found the book you want, just click the ABC Express button located at the top right hand corner of the screen and most of the work is already done for you.


This is a database of databases from all over the state. With this database, you can search journals and articles from every library in North Carolina. You’ll need your library password to access NC LIVE, which is your social security number plus two more numbers. If you’re not sure what your number is, ask a librarian to look it up for you.

Just by searching the website, you’ll find out everything our university library has to offer. If you have any questions, just ask a librarian. You can do this at the library or online by clicking the “ask-a-librarian” link on the right hand menu.


Jackson County Public Library

Address: 755 W. Main Street, Sylva, NC 28779
Librarian: Michael Cartwright
Phone: 828.586.2016
Website: http://www.fontanalib.org/jcpl.htm
Monday – Thursday: 10am to 6pm
Friday: 10am to 5pm
Saturday: 10am to 4pm

The Jackson County Public Library is located on Main Street in downtown Sylva, a 15-minute drive from the Western campus. Parking is available in front of and behind the building. There is a plan in the works to merge the Learning Resources Center of Southwestern Community College and the Jackson County Public Library, making the Jackson County Library system an even better resource.

Western students are eligible to receive a library card. Simply fill out the application form at the public library.

The Jackson County Public Library website is also a valuable resource. Through the website, students can gain access to:

  • NCLIVE (North Carolina LIbraries for Virtual Education)
  • The statewide online library system that connects students to a wide variety of resources.
  • A Student Links page for assisting with research tools http://www.fontanalib.org/homework.htm
  • A Library Links page with links to other area libraries http://www.fontanalib.org/liblinks.htm
  • Resource Links http://www.fontanalib.org/referenc.htm


Learning Resources Center, Southwestern Community College

Address: 447 College Drive, Sylva, NC 28779
Librarian: Nelda Reid, Dianne Lindgren
Phone: 828.586.4091 ext. 268
Website: http://www.southwest.cc.nc.us/lrc/
Monday – Thursday 8:00am – 9:00pm
Friday 8:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday 9:00am – 2:00pm

The library at Southwest Community College located in Sylva is open to WCU students, and while not as extensive as the Hunter Library, is a good backup in case you can’t find what you need.

The Learning Resources Center has an interlibrary loan program that pools the resources of 52 community colleges and various college and public libraries. The only drawback is the books take anywhere from a week to two weeks to arrive.