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Mission Statement

The Drain-Jordan Library supports the educational mission of West Virginia State University by advocating the University's intellectual inquiries and scholarship, and by preserving the history of the institution and the community. As the essential research hub of the University, the library promotes teaching, discovery, and learning by acquiring, maintaining, and disseminating information.

September 2010

image-up-arrowimage-down-arrowComputers & Installed Software

The library has a number of computer available for general use. In the lobby are thirty-six computers and two ADA reserved systems. Computers in the library's new Teaching Center are also available when the room is not reserved for a library class or special function. The library also has twenty-eight laptop computers at the Circulation Desk which can be checked out for IN-LIBRARY use by students, faculty and staff. Campus ID is required for laptop check-out; the check-out period is for three hours. Software available on: Lobby Computers,Teaching CenterLibrary Laptops


Software on Lobby Computers

  Microsoft Office 2016 Suite includes:
  • Word
  • Excel
  • PowerPoint
  • Access
  • Publisher
  • OneNote
  • Outlook
All computers in lobby area
  Adobe Creative Suite 4
  • includes:
  • Photoshop
  • Illustrator
  • Flash
  • Dreamweaver
  • Fireworks
  • Adobe Acrobat Pro 9
 On two systems: 26 and 31
  Adobe Acrobat Reader  On all systems in the lobby.
  Photoshop Elements  On systems with attached scanners
  SPSS for Windows  NOT installed 
  Scanners  Eight flatbed scanners are attached to individual computers in the lobby area. About one per table.



Software on Library's Teaching Center Computers

  Microsoft Office 2016
  • Suite includes:
  • Word
  • Excel
  • PowerPoint
  • Access
  • Publisher
  • OneNote
  • Outlook
All computers in Teaching Center
  Adobe Acrobat Reader  On all systems in the Teaching Center.
 Respondus Lockdown Browser for Testing  On all systems in the Teaching Center
  SPSS for Windows  Version 15 (current campus license) installed.


Software on Laptop Computers

  Microsoft Office 2016
  • Suite includes:
  • Word
  • Excel
  • PowerPoint
  • Access
  • Publisher
  • OneNote
  • Outlook
All laptop computers at the circulation desk
  Adobe Acrobat Reader  On all laptops.
image-up-arrowimage-down-arrowLibrary Location & Hours
The Drain-Jordan Library occupies a central location both intellectually and physically on the campus of West Virginia State University. If you are on campus and wish to locate us, the library is building #4 on the campus map. It is pictured below:  

If you wish to visit us and are coming from off campus, please follow the Local Directions to the Library.


Local Directions to the Library (within West Virginia)

Take Interstate 64 and exit 50 (Institute). Turn left onto US Highway 25 (Fairlawn Avenue). Drive approximately 0.2 miles. A visitors's parking lot, clearly marked, is available on the right-hand side of the road adjacent to Wallace Hall (a nine story building). Visitors need to check in with Public Safety (Security) and receive a visitor's parking pass. From Wallace/parking lot, the Drain-Jordan Library is approximately 50 yards southeast.

Library Calendar and Hours *


 Fall 2017, Library Hours
 August 14 - December 7*
  Monday - Thursday   8:00 a.m. -  9:00 p.m.  
  Friday   8:00 a.m. -   5:00 p.m.  
  Saturday    CLOSED  
  Sunday    2:00 p.m. -   8:00 p.m.  
       *Exceptions, breaks & Exam Hours
       Day       Date   Hours  
  Sunday April 16  CLOSED - Easter  

image-up-arrowimage-down-arrowLibrary News & Reports

Older Reports prepared for the Higher Learning Commission North Central Association of College and Schools are available in Archives, they are:

  • West Virginia State University 2005 Self-Study
    • Volume I: The Evidence
    • Volume II: References
  • West Virginia State University Snapshot Document


A report prepared for the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools Focused Visit, February 9 - 11, 2003, is also available in Archives.

  • Exhibits:
  • Regular exhibits include an African Art/Crafts display in the reference room and the Asian Art Collection in the lobby and periodicals room.
image-up-arrowimage-down-arrowLibrary Policies, Guidelines & Forms

The following will be useful information for those using the library. If you have questions, comments, or concerns about an of these documents, please ask a staff member or contact the Director of Library Services.
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