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.
Reserves Direct, an online service, makes the full text of many course reserve readings available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, from any location. The Nesuhi Ertegun Music Listening Rooms contain a growing collection of CDs, audiotapes, and records, as well as facilities for group study and for viewing videos, slides, videodiscs, and microforms.
Bard College Archives
The library’s Bard College Archives preserve the intellectual and social history of the College and its place in the development of progressive liberal education. Special print collections include the complete personal library of the late political theorist and philosopher Hannah Arendt, and her husband, the late Bard professor Heinrich Bluecher, as well as the collected Senior Projects of Bard students since 1938. In recent years the library has also received substantial gifts from the estates of Marius Bewley, a noted literary critic, and Olin Dows, a painter in the Federal Art Project.
Bard Digital Collections
Among the College’s many digital collections are photographs going back to 1913; the Bard family papers; Poetry at Bard, an audio collection of readings and talks at the College; and Bard Makes Noise, an ongoing Web-based project of Bard bands and musicians past and present.