Dotti M. Shelton Learning Commons

The Dotti M. Shelton Learning Commons (formerly Carson Library) is dedicated to the mission of the College through its support of academic, professional and personal growth of students, faculty and staff at Lees-McRae College.
The library welcomes and encourages the entire academic community to use the library space and resources as best suits their needs, be they a gathering place for group work, or a quiet space for individual study. Additionally, the highly qualified professional and support staff are ready and eager to ensure all community needs are met.

The recent renovation of the Dotti M. Shelton Learning Commons enhances the capabilities of the library by providing innovative and engaging learning opportunities. Improved facilities provide space for individual study, group collaboration, as well as active learning classrooms with appropriate learning technology available.

There’s also a new café located on the main floor that allows patrons to nourish their bodies as they feed their minds, offering a variety of food and beverages. Students may use their meal card for purchases.

The Learning Commons contains more than 70,000 books and periodical volumes and maintains current subscriptions to many magazines and academic journals. Additionally, Shelton Learning Common’s collection include more than 210,000 electronic books, more than 27,000 electronic journals, and collections of streaming video and audio resources. Access to most of the library’s electronic reference resources and databases and the online catalog is available through the library webpage. These resources are password-protected and are available 24/7 to on-campus and extended campus faculty, staff and students. You may contact the library to obtain the password for the resources.

Interlibrary loan services are available through network agreements with regional and national consortia. The library also provides a collection of online library research guides and video tutorials to support the academic needs of students. This collection is regularly evaluated and will grow over time. Research assistance for individual students and faculty members is available during posted hours and by appointment.

The Dotti M. Shelton Learning Commons is a member of The Bowen Central Library of Appalachia (Appalachian College Association), North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities, North Carolina Libraries in Virtual Education (NC Live) and the Carolina Consortium. Through these affiliations the library has subscription access, or in some cases permanent access, to more than 100 electronic resources, either through our paid membership or through consortia purchasing.

With state-of-the-art technology and expanded learning and research programs, the Dotti M. Shelton Learning Commons is the center for student interaction on campus, and provides students access to advanced learning, technology, and research tools they need to assist in their studies.

Contact Us

Jess Bellemer
Director of Library Services

Christine Mook
Assistant Librarian

Ramona Hayes
Library Technician

Sherry Johnson
Library Technician

Learning Commons Fall 2019 Hours

  • Monday–Thursday
    8 a.m.–11 p.m.
  • Friday
    8 a.m.–5 p.m.
  • Saturday
  • Sunday
    3–11 p.m.