The mission of the Dotti Shelton Learning Commons is to provide information resources and services to support and enhance the mission of the college. To that end, the Library pursues the following goals:

  • To select, organize, and provide access to information, regardless of location or format, to meet the evolving needs of the Lees-McRae College curriculum and community.
  • To develop and maintain a program of continual instruction and assistance in the identification, retrieval, and evaluation of information resources.
  • To provide an environment and facilities conducive to both teaching and learning.
  • To develop and maintain and knowledgeable and service-oriented Library staff to implement the policies and procedures necessary to pursue these goals.


The Jones/Pritchett archives of Lees-McRae College is the repository of materials documenting the history of Lees-McRae College. The archives contain the collected papers, photographs, yearbooks, audio and video recordings and other items spanning the history of the college. The archive is a closed collection and may only be accessed with the assistance of a library staff member. Removal of archival materials from the archives is not permitted but some limited copying of documents and photographs is allowed. Items from the archives may be used by permission of the Library Director for publication or other commercial purposes. Any such use must display the ownership statement “Property of Lees-McRae College Archives” or the publication statement “Used with permission of the Lees-McRae College Archives.”

Electronic Resources

Electronic resources is a collective term used to describe the database resources that are available to all students, faculty, staff and visitors to the library. The library, through various subscriptions and consortia arrangements, provides access to over 110 different databases which support the curricular and co-curricular needs of the college. Available databases include those that are general in nature such as Academic Search Complete and those which are discipline specific such as Proquest Criminal Justice Periodicals Index or the International Bibliography of Theatre and Dance. Additionally, electronic resources include access to over 132,000 electronic books. The ebook collection is primarily found in the online catalog however, there are a number of ebook sources found within the subject specific databases as well. The electronic resources are available via password from any computer or electronic device with an internet connection. The passwords can be requested from any member of the library staff.


The Ask-A-Librarian service allows students on both the main campus, at extended sites and those in online programs to ask questions of the library staff about library resources, research questions or other things related to the  library. The form is found on the library’s web page and once completed is received by the two librarians. In most instances you will receive a reply email within an hour but it may be a couple of hours depending on if the librarians are in meetings or otherwise unavailable. In addition to the library’s Ask-A-Librarian service, students may use the NC Knows service available through the NC Live home page. This service is monitored by librarians across the state so answers could come from librarians at any library within the state. Students or others have an urgent need should call the library and speak directly to a library staff member.

Reference Service

Reference librarians are available either at the Reference Desk (located on the main floor of the library) or on call during almost all regular library hours. If you need assistance with your research, come to the Reference Desk or to the Library Office (located at the back of the main floor). You may also submit your questions online with the library's Ask a Librarian service, or by phone at 828-898-8727.


Students may check out materials for a period of 28 days with renewals allowed if no one else is waiting. Reference materials and periodicals cannot be loaned to students. Faculty members may take these materials for short-term use in a specific class but the materials must be returned immediately following that class. Audiovisual material may be loaned to students and faculty on a short-term (usually overnight) basis. Most "Reserve" materials may be used only within the library, although some may be checked out for overnight use, depending on the course instructor.

Students, faculty and staff must bring a valid LMC ID in order to check out library materials.