Western Kentucky University

Visual & Performing Arts Library (VPAL)

2nd Floor, Cravens Library 

(270) 745-2889      


 

About the VPAL

The University Libraries’ newest division is the Visual and Performing Arts Library (VPAL), which opened in August 2007. Located on the second floor of Cravens Library, the VPAL includes collections on art, dance, fashion, interior design, music, photography, and theatre. The VPAL also includes the Lila Green Listening & Viewing Library, along with our film and music collections. Materials available in the VPAL include books, DVDs, CDs, VHS, and LP records. There is a walk-up scanner available in the VPAL which can scan books and artwork up to 17" x 24" at up to 600 dots/inch. The VPAL also includes a computer classroom for hands-on library instruction and library faculty and staff training.

 Second Floor of Cravens LibraryHow to Find Us

The VPAL is on the second floor of the Cravens building (the taller of the two library buildings, the other being Helm Library). 

  • If you come from the Fine Art Building direction, enter the Cravens Library building and take the elevator to the second floor.
  • If you come from the Garret Hall direction, don't enter Java City into Helm Library, come down towards Cravens and you can find the side door with VPAL's signage.
  • If you come into the Cravens building from Normal Street, just go further and turn right to enter the elevator. Then go to the second floor.

Our Collections

Collections of Music CD's and Movie DVD'sIt houses collections in art, music, theater, dance, historic costumes, fashion, and photography. It also houses our reserve collection, some of which can be accessed remotely.

Music CDs and Movie DVDs

There are over 5,000 music CDs, and they are kept behind the circulation desk in the VPAL.  The music CDs that you find in one side of a bin where the DVDs are kept in front of the VPAL circulation desk are a special collection called the “Music Genre” CDs. There are also close to 10,000 titles in our DVD movie collection, of which about a quarter are foreign films. The rest include classic and silent films, musicals, operas and ballets. This DVD collection supports the film-studies program at WKU as well as providing students with movies to watch for fun.

 Equipment

Bookeye GS400 ScannerThe VPAL provides the state-of-the-art listening and viewing equipment. It also houses a KIC Bookeye GS400 overhead scanner with an easy-to-use touch screen interface. The scanner can produce color or black-and-white images of materials up to 17” x 24” and is ideal for scanning large or fragile items. Features include auto focus and book mode with auto book fold correction. Images can be saved in a variety of digital formats including TIFF, JPEG, OCR and multipage PDFs and can convert scanned text images to audio files. Users are given the option of emailing the scanned images to themselves or saving them to a USB flash drive. Use of the scanner is free, but printing is not available at this time.

Reserve Materials

The VPAL is the main location for copies of articles or books placed on reserve by professors. Some reserve items are online via BlackBoard. Reserve materials are also available in the Educational Resources CenterGlasgow Regional Center Library, and Owensboro Regional Library.

Professors on the main campus may use this Reserve Request Form to place reserve materials in VPAL for students to use.

Class reserves are listed under the instructor's name in three-ring binders in the VPAL. Most file copy reserve materials are "Room Use" only and may not be removed from the library. Some reserves may be checked out after 6:00 p.m. for overnight use. Instructors may also designate a three-day or seven-day loan period. Fines for overdue reserves are $.25 per hour or $.75 per day per item.

Who's Who in the VPAL

 
 Last Modified 8/23/13