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Faculty Services: OWHL Resources

The purpose of this OWHL Guide is to inform the faculty of library resources and services as well as ways they can incorporate different resources into their courses.

Types of Resources Available

Databases: You have access to over 100 databases and electronic resources. To see a complete list, visit our A-Z List of Databases. 

Journals and More: You have online access to pedagogical, education, and learning theory journals such as The Chronicle for Higher Education, American Education Research Journal, and many more. You can access journals like these through the database Education Journals. Click on the “Publications” link at the top and search for the journal title you are interested in. If the journal you are seeking is not listed, let us know! 

OWHL Guides: OWHL Guides are research and subject guides created by the Instructional Librarian Team that support teaching and learning on campus. OWHL Guides are created for specific courses as well as for general knowledge.

Catalog and Print Books: The OWHL holds more than 90,000 physical books, organized by the Dewey Decimal System. Because of our membership to the NOBLE consortium, all members of the PA community have access to over 3 million books, e-resources, videos etc.. You can request books from other NOBLE libraries and they will be delivered to the OWHL within a few days. 

Children's, Tween, and Young Adult Fiction: The OWHL offers a children's section with picture books, family-friendly films, comfy chairs and puzzles; a tween collection of early chapter books through middle grade reads; a young adult section of mostly fiction, pleasure reading books. There is also a separate graphic novel collection. If you have any questions about these collections or have suggestions for purchase, please contact Emily Goss, the Children’s & Access Services Librarian (

Commonwealth Catalog: One Search, All Stacks

Can't find what you are looking for at your home library? Please check out the Commonwealth Catalog.

With access to millions of titles, the Commonwealth Catalog extends your library’s reach to all participating libraries throughout Massachusetts, with convenient pick-up at your local library.

Digital Access to the New York Times

All members of the PA community – faculty, staff, and students – have free digital access to the New York Times through the OWHL. Once you register for an account, you will have unlimited access to the Times for one year and can read it via the website or the app (both iPhone and Android).

To register for an account, go to while physically on campus and connected to PA's network. Then create a free account using your PA e-mail address.

If you have any questions or trouble registering, just stop by the OWHL.


It’s easier than ever for faculty to request resources that will support their teaching, personal research, or Tang Institute projects by using FREE (B). FREE(B), Faculty Research Expedited Expertly (Beta), is the faculty document delivery service.

Whether it’s a scholarly journal, a book, or an article from Time (or was it Newsweek…?) that you remember seeing a few years ago, you can request it through FREE (B) and the librarians at the OWHL will track it down and send it your way. To make a request, please use the online request form.


Book Club

The Book Club is open to all PA Community adults – faculty, staff, administrators and spouses. The group meets once every 4 to 6 weeks to discuss the previous month’s book. Books are selected as a group, usually fiction best-sellers from the past few years, and discussions are led by different members each time.

The group meets on a predetermined Friday from Noon to 1 in the Mural Room of Paresky Commons, as well as a predetermined Thursday evening (as of Jan. 2017) from 6:30 to 7:30 also in Paresky. 


Mike Barker
Director of Academy Research, Information, and Library Services  |  x4231

Michael Blake
Associate Director of the OWHL  |  x4234
Liaison Areas: Economics, Mathematics, and Science

Shawna Egan
Research & Instructional Design Librarian  |  x4232
Liaison Areas: History, Religion & Philosophy, and Art

Sharon Pei
Instructional Librarian  |  x4228
Liaison Areas: World Languages and Global Studies

Beth Tompkins
Research & Instructional Design Librarian  |  x4227
Liaison Areas: History, English

Claudia Wessner
Makerspace Coordinator  |  x4235
Liaison Area: Makerspace

Hours during the academic term:

  • Monday - Thursday:  7:30am to 9:15pm
  • Thursday:  7:30am to 9:15pm
  • Friday:  7:30am to 7pm
  • Saturday:  11am to 5pm
  • Sunday:  11am to 7:45pm