Wade College library specializes in collections that support the programs taught at Wade College: fashion design, interior design, graphic design, merchandise marketing, merchandise management, and visual communications. Our collection is focused on our curriculum and provides resources standard college and public libraries do not.
In addition to the print collection of over 8,000 books, the library provides access to an additional 42,600 titles via ebrary, an electronic library that is accessible via the Internet—on computers or tablets, on and off-campus. The Wade College library also maintains an extensive periodical collection with over 160 hard-copy titles, many of which are also available online. Recent additions to the print collection include: Anatomy of a Trend, Career Opportunities in the Fashion Industry, Materials for Interior Environments, and LogoLounge 9. Many of the periodicals in the collection are trade publications, meaning that they are only available to those who are working professionals in that career. Students at Wade College, however, have access to these before they graduate, giving them a headstart! Titles in the periodical collection include: WWD (former Women’s Wear Daily), ArtForum, Dallas Business Journal, and California Apparel News.
The Wade College library also maintains subscriptions to numerous electronic research and informational databases. These include: LexisNexis Academic, ProQuest Entrepreneurship, WGSN, Encyclopaedia Britannica Academic, WWD.com (online), and BASE (Bielefeld Academic Search Engine). Of particular note is WGSN, standing for Worth Global Style Network, this online resource provides information on the latest trends in the fashion and lifestyle industries. This site’s primary focus is on the fashion, design, apparel, style, and retail industries, with intersecting developments in consumer behavior, economic conditions, and the environment. WGSN also furnishes career information; interviews with top-level buyers, fashion show information, worldwide events, and four million browsable images. Wade College is proud to be able to provide this and other notable resources to our students.