The Charles P. Stevenson Jr. Library's mission is to be an active partner in the intellectual work of Bard's students, faculty, and staff; to develop collections and services that help all users become more resourceful, independent, and original scholars; and to take a campus leadership role in thoughtfully applying emerging media to the task of turning information into knowledge. As a result of a generous gift from trustee Charles P. Stevenson Jr., Bard's library complex consists of the Charles P. Stevenson Jr. Library—designed by the architectural firm of Robert Venturi, a winner of the Pritzker Prize—and the Hoffman and Kellogg Libraries.
The resources of the Stevenson Library and the satellite libraries—in the Levy Economics Institute
and the Center for Curatorial Studies
on the Annandale campus, and in the Bard Graduate Center
in New York City—include more than 400,000 volumes and 14,000 journals available in print or online. In addition, online databases central to all the disciplines in Bard's curriculum provide access to indexes and abstracts. Users may consult these and other online resources from the library's more than 50 computer stations, any public lab, most dormitory rooms, and from off campus anywhere in the world. A writing and instruction lab funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation makes available both PC and Macintosh computers equipped with Microsoft Office Suite and other applications.