July 2nd, 2003
CONTACT: Myra Lowe, University Librarian, 304-293-4040, ext. 4041
West Virginia University Libraries – including the new Downtown Library Complex – will remain free and open to the public, officials said Wednesday (July 2).
Recent news reports and headlines were somewhat misleading on this issue.
"While it is true that escalating costs for books, journals, subscriptions and access to online databases has forced the University to charge a $50 fee for residents and a $75 fee for non-residents to check out materials, individuals can and should feel free to just walk in and use our services and most materials at no charge," library officials said. Individuals also can use guest computers to access materials for free.
This new fee for a library card applies to the general public only. Students pay a $30 fee each semester as part of the University fee structure; faculty and staff are not charged a fee.