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Library Mission

To support student and faculty success through access services to current resources, information literacy training, and state-of-the-art technology.

Library Advisory Committee

Library Advisory Committee Membership 2018-2019
Director of Library Service Mary Frances Sherwood
School of Arts and Sciences Dr. Bridget Whelan
School of Business and Applied Technology Dr. Marie Coleman
School of Industrial Technology Douglas VanDyke
School of Nursing and Allied Health Bethanie Pete
Manager of Instructional Technology (eLearning) Roy Bertucci
Ex-officio Member Dr. Paula Hellums
Student Government Association Representative

The Library Advisory Committee convened in fall 2008.


  • To provide user input to the Director of Library Services on issues pertaining to library policies, procedures, services, resources, and facilities.
  • To act as a liaison between the Library and Learning Resource Center (LLRC) and its users.
  • To serve as an advocate for the LLRC by promoting and disseminating information about library services and resources.
  • To execute the Media Services Plan and Plan for Evaluation of Media Services. This includes updating departmental media inventories, and processing the annual media evaluation survey.


The Library and Media Services Advisory Committee shall be an institutional committee with campus-wide representation, including faculty, staff and students. The Committee will consist of the following members or their representatives:

  • Director of Library Services and Librarians
  • One faculty representative from each academic department
  • One staff representative
  • Distance Learning Coordinator
  • President of the Student Government Association or other SGA representative

Student Workers

Eligible students may work for the SOWELA library as student workers. The Federal Work-Study Program (FWS) is an award from federal and state funds that allow a student to earn money to meet educational expenses. Students will be paid at least the federal minimum wage and can work 10 to 20 hours per week. To apply, please contact the Financial Aid office.

Library Hours


  • Monday – Thursday: 7:45 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Friday: 7:45 AM – 4:15 PM


  • Monday – Friday: 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Quick Links


SOWELA Students may request a free LOUIS card in the library. The card allows students to check out material from participating academic libraries (opens new window) in the state.

Library Address

2000 Merganser Street
Lake Charles, LA 70616
(337) 421 – 6530

Contact Information

Main Campus Library

Library Circulation Desk
(337) 421-6530

Mary Frances Sherwood
Library Director
(337) 421-6926

Khalil EL-Bathy
Reference/Instruction Librarian
(337) 421-6928

Darren MacLennan
Technical Services Librarian
(337) 421-6927

Jennings/Morgan Smith Library

Holly Goodwin
Library Technician
(337) 824-4811, ext 4656

Oakdale Library

Katelyn Warren
Library Assistant
(318) 335-3944