About the Library

William H. Hannon library exterior

Our Mission and Vision

At the William H. Hannon Library, we seek to foster excellence in academic achievement through an array of distinctive services that enable learners to feed their curiosity, experience new worlds, develop their ideas, inform their decision-making, and inspire others. Read more about our mission and vision.

Our Strategic Plan

With its five underlying principles, our 2013-2020 strategic plan outlines six primary goals and 25 objectives for the William H. Hannon Library. This plan drives our decision-making processes and prioritizes library projects and staffing. Read our strategic plan.

Facts and Figures

The William H. Hannon Library annually collects statistics about its collections, services, and expenditures. Read our frequently requested statistics.

  • Returning Books in the Library Building

    When the library is open, books may be returned at the Circulation Desk on the first floor.

    Returning Books to Other Campus Locations

    For your convenience, we also have return bins at the following locations, from which library staff make daily pick-ups:

    • Hannon Library exterior by front entrance
    • Ignatian Circle Drive, behind the Burns Fine Arts Complex, accessible by foot or car
    • University Hall on Parking Level One, near the central elevators, accessible by foot or car
    • Accessible to all during limited campus access: near LMU Drive exit, U-turn before guard station
  • Library Departments

  • Library Spaces

    Event Space: The Von der Ahe Family Suite, located on Level 3 of the library, is home to multiple events every year.

    Study Spaces: The library provides a number of study spaces including group study rooms, the Rose Hills Reading Room, located on Level 2, and multiple study desks and seating areas on Levels 2 and 3.

    Teaching Spaces: The library has three classrooms all of which support a variety of instruction needs.

    Technology Spaces: The Information Commons on Level 1 features 80 computers that run on Mac OS and Windows, and Level 2 has 8 computers running Mac OS. Presentation, viewing, and listening group study rooms are located on Levels 1 and 2. 

  • Library Year in Review

    The library's Year in Review contains highlights from the academic year and has been published annually in the fall since 2007-2008. You can read and download each edition at LMU Digital Commons.

    William H. Hannon Library Commemorative Brochure

    Published in 2009, this document introduced the new library to the LMU Community: Commemorative Brochure

    Happenings @ Hannon

    Each month during the academic year, the library publishes an email newsletter for students, faculty, staff, and friends showcasing upcoming events and new initiatives at the William H. Hannon Library. You can subscribe to receive future issues or read past issues at Digital Commons.

  • Guided Tours

    Library Tours for Students, Alumni, Guests, and Special Events

    The William H. Hannon Library is open to the public and we welcome alumni, parents, students, and community members. If you would like to schedule a 20 minute tour, please contact Raymundo Andrade at 310.258.4648 or randrade@lmu.edu.

    Library Tours for K-12 Groups

    For tours that include K-12 students, we request that there be at least one chaperone for every ten students that attend the tour. Tours typically last between 10-30 minutes, depending on the needs and size of the group. If you would like to schedule a tour, please fill out our Tour Request Form at least two weeks in advance. For more information, contact Raymundo Andrade at 310.258.4648 or randrade@lmu.edu.

    Archives & Special Collections Tours

    LMU faculty are invited to bring their classes to the Department of Archives & Special Collections for an orientation. A staff member will provide general introductory information, such as an overview of the collections and basic researcher rules, as well as any other requested information about the Department. For more information, contact Cynthia Becht at 310.338.7681 or cbecht@lmu.edu.