Shaw Library & 

Learning Commons

Library Services

Welcome to the Shaw Library – the next-generation information hub! We believe in a seamless transition between the library and the classroom and offer integrated services both on and off-campus. We look forward to partnering with you through your studies, research, and intellectual growth.

The AIU library offers high technology facilities, responsive print and digital collections, and user-centered library support services.

- Nobathembu Letsoenyo, Librarian

The Shaw Library and Learning Commons provides access to information resources, supports their use, and serves as a center for engaged learning.  

We aim to enhance the mission of the University in providing a learning and living environment dedicated to the cultivation of liberally educated persons.

Lending Services

The Shaw Library and Learning Commons circulation service provide issue-return-renewal-reservation services for print books

AIU community members should always produce their valid AIU ID card to access Library services and to borrow library materials.

Students, faculty, and staff are able to borrow up to 5 library materials for up to 14 days at a time.

Access to Electronic Resources

Online resources can be accessed on campus and through the username and password when off-campus. Please contact the Librarian for more information.

Information Literacy Workshops

We offer Information Literacy Workshops to assists in research skills training and strategies for students to produce scholarly research projects​.

Printing, Copying, and Scanning

Students, faculty, and staff may visit the Library for assistance with printing, copying, and scanning materials for projects.

Assistance Course Assignments

Research assignment assistance is available in the library by request – our staff members are trained to assist students to understand what the assignment requires and to help provide resources to help with completion.

Canvas Support

We support course modules through Canvas for a seamless learning experience.

Collaboration Rooms

Students can reserve a Group Study Room to collaborate with their peers. These can be booked at the Library Information Desk on level 2.

Leisure Reading Materials

The library offers leisure reading to improve academic reading fluency.

Help Locating Relevant Resources

Learning Resources Location – we find the best resources to use for any given assessment in both print and electronic formats, including Open Access resources.


Through partnerships with the students, faculty, and staff of the University, the Shaw Library and Learning Commons will:

  • Provide direction, vision, and stewardship for information services and resources through a continuous, collaborative, planning, and prioritization process addressing the University’s teaching and research needs.
  • Promote the integration of information into the University's teaching and research initiatives through course-integrated instruction and information services
  • Facilitate the use of resources; foster critical thinking; and enable students, faculty, and staff to enhance their academic, administrative, and co-curricular activities.
  • Develop, organize, and maintain information resources that enhance the educational process in teaching and scholarship and document the University's history.
  • Create and maintain user-centered learning spaces conducive to intellectual exploration, contemplation, the exchange of ideas, and connective experiences.
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