Educational Support Facilities and Services


Opened in the fall of 2007, the Library, named the Walter M. Bortz III Library in 2009, provides the library facilities, information resources and student and faculty services required to support the College's liberal-arts curriculum. The ability to use an academic library with confidence is one of the distinctive marks of an educated person. By means of formal and informal instruction in research methods, students are encouraged to progress from the heavy reliance on textbooks and assigned readings characteristic of the freshman to the independent work of the graduate scholar.

The Walter M. Bortz III Library provides an open and inviting atmosphere for study and learning. The wireless configuration of the building makes it easy for students and faculty to use laptops, mobile devices or the desktops provided on every floor. Ten group study rooms are available for use and convenient carrels and tables provide quiet space for study. The library houses more than 250,000 volumes, 175 periodicals, 100,000 cataloged e-books, and more than 40,000 e-journals, an extensive media collection, and a collection of government documents. The book collection is arranged in open stacks on the third floor with oversize volumes and reference books on the main floor, and bound periodicals on the first floor. Open 96 hours per week, the Library provides a pleasant environment for individual or group study and research. The public services staff provides assistance weekdays and most evenings, and conducts classes on library research methods. Through the College's centralized computer network, users can access the Library's on-line catalogue, more than 40,000 full-text journals and newspapers, and a variety of national and international indexes and databases. Access is available from computers located in the Library itself, in dormitories, in academic buildings, and anywhere in the world via the internet.

The Library also supports the College's Blackboard course management system. Currently 80% of course sections are available through Blackboard online. Students may consult syllabi, participate in online class discussions, engage in group networking, visit external links, and exchange papers with faculty. Access to Blackboard is available at any time, from any computer, anywhere in the world.

The Fuqua Technology Commons (FTC), located on the first floor of the Library, houses an extensive collection of sound and video resources for use in the Commons or for loan. Equipment such as digital cameras, digital video cameras, and Kindle readers are also available for student use. In encouraging students and faculty to make appropriate use of media, the FTC meets their particular needs through such services as circulating audio/visual resources, consulting on projects involving instructional technology, and aiding in the production of educational media. Digital image-scanning, multimedia production, videotape production/editing, and audio/videotape duplication resources and instruction are available by appointment.

In addition to multimedia viewing rooms and a media lab, the Center houses the Jessie Ball du Pont Classroom for use by faculty and students wishing to make media-supported presentations to groups of up to thirty.


The mission of John B. Fuqua Computing Center is fivefold: (1) implementing, developing, and maintaining the College technology infrastructure; (2) providing technology training and support for general-use software; (3) life-cycle technology planning, development, implementation, and support; (4) assuring stability, reliability, and security of all applications, systems, and networks; (5) developing, maintaining, and assuring compliance with technology-related policies and procedures.

Location and Facilities
Located in Johns Auditorium, the Computing Center serves as the Enterprise Information Portal of the Hampden-Sydney community. In addition to housing all centralized computing systems which support the administrative and academic processes of the College, the Computing Center houses a general-use lab facility for student, faculty, and staff use. All lab machines provide standard productivity software applications, in addition to web, e-mail, and video-conferencing capabilities.

Administrative Systems
The Computing Center implements and maintains the systems, applications, and infrastructure which support the business processes of the institution. This service is achieved by constantly assessing infrastructure performance and use, and addressing these areas either by modifying existing services and processes, or by incorporating new technology to support the needs of users.

Client Services
The commitment of the Computing Center is to offer professional-level technology services for all constituents of the Hampden-Sydney community. The Client Services division of the Computing Center operates the College Technology Helpdesk, is responsible for all associated support tasks, and provides end-user training for general-use/standard software applications.

Web Services
The Web Services division of the Computing Center maintains and operates all official web sites of the College, assures integrity of all data posted on such sites, and leads the College in strategic planning and standards for all official and unofficial web pages within the "" domain.

Data Communications
Located within the J.B. Fuqua Computing Center, the Hampden-Sydney College Network Operations Center (HSCNOC) is responsible for the maintenance and operation of the Campus data communications network. The HSCNOC monitors all College Internet connections, conducts performance vs. use analysis of the telecommunications infrastructure, and performs network upgrades to ensure the speed and reliability of the campus Local Area Network (LAN). Additionally, the HSCNOC is responsible for all data communications security, as well as critical network services. The HSCNOC provides Ethernet access for each on-campus resident, dial-up connectivity to the campus LAN for members of the community, and Ethernet connectivity-including wireless access--in numerous publicly accessible areas of the campus.

Policies and Procedure
The Computing Center develops, recommends, and assures compliance with all technology-related policies and procedures of the College.

The Museum, named for its founder and first director, strives to promote an awareness and understanding of the history of Hampden-Sydney College as it relates to its role in the history of Virginia and the United States, while serving to support and enhance the College's mission to form good men and good citizens in an atmosphere of sound learning. The Museum achieves its purpose by (1) collecting, preserving, and interpreting the history of the College and the community in which it exists from the birth of the College in 1775 to the present; (2) serving as an educational outreach tool, offering a variety of changing or traveling exhibitions to highlight classroom topics and symposiums, to honor faculty achievements, and to supplement other educational programs of the College; (3) serving the general public, providing a meaningful and educational experience through publications, exhibitions, tours, lectures, and other programs; (4) offering opportunities for volunteer work and internships; and (5) maintaining a website available to the wider community.