Ruth Ann Musick Library 

Makayla Shindler, Staff Reporter

Due to COVID-19, the Ruth Ann Musick Library is currently closed to the public but is allowing students in at this time. The current library hours are: 

  • Monday – Thursday: 8 am – 8 pm 
  • Friday: 8am – 4pm  
  • Saturday: Closed  
  • Sunday: 12pm – 8pm 

The library is taking extra precautions as they have increased cleaning and sanitizing, the social distancing of computers and study tables, and help desks are now located on the second and third floors as well as the circulation desk on the ground floor. Many services the library offers are as followed: 

  • Individual/group/class reference help and library instruction presented by professional librarians. 
  • Real-time chat option with a librarian for students not physically in the library 
  • Multiple computers with required course software on all three floors of the library 
  • Five private study rooms and multiple study spaces  
  • A flexible study area where whiteboards, tables, and chairs can be moved to accommodate groups 
  • Vibrant print book collection on topics related to Fairmont State curriculum 
  • DVD collection of popular movies 
  • Hardcopy magazines and newspapers as well as online periodicals 
  • Extensive electronic book collection that is searchable via the library’s catalog or by the E-Book tab on the library’s homepage 
  • Over 130 databases providing millions of full-text articles from academic journals, magazines, periodicals, reports, and books 
  • A variety of digital media databases offering films and documentaries from high-interest categories 
  • Collection of textbooks for student use within the library 
  • Laptops and chargers for short-term student check out 
  • Free interlibrary loan service for requesting items not held by our library 
  • Printer, copier, scannerfax access 
  • Office supplies and school supplies as well as a paper cutter, hole punch, and staplers 
  • Disability Services equipment for checkout 
  • Microfilm collection and microfilm readers/printers 

If you are unable to be on campus, there are other ways you can access the library’s resources. Students can access these resources by going to the library’s homepage at, where tutorials on how to use the website, catalog, and search for resources are located. Sharon Mazure, Interim Library Director, has added, “The librarians are available for reference questions, help with assignments, and finding resources either physically at the reference desk, on the first floor, or through the ASK US link on the top right side of the library homepage. Also, the LEADS Center is located on the second floor of the library, it offers tutoring and testing.”  

The library will also have extended hours during finals week, where they will be offering free coffee, tea, hot chocolate, and snacks. As of right now, the extended schedule for finals week is undecided.