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About PHC Library

Library, Michael Kucks with Students

Mission Statement

For the glory of God and in support of the mission of Patrick Henry College, the mission of Patrick Henry College Library is to provide quality information services, resources, and facilities to the campus learning community within the framework of the college’s classical liberal arts curriculum.


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Library Hours

Fall & Spring Semesters

Sunday: Closed
Monday – Thursday: 8:30 AM – 11:00 PM
Friday: 8:30 AM – 5:30 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM


Sunday: Closed
Monday – Friday: 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Saturday: Closed



Patrick Henry College Library
Ten Patrick Henry Circle
Purcellville, VA 20132
Phone: 540-441-8400
Fax: 540-441-8409
E-mail: library@phc.edu


Library Staff


Sara Pensgard

Director of the Library


As Director of the Library, Mrs. Pensgard leads all aspects of PHC library operations. She works with the faculty and administration as appropriate to ensure that the resources, services and facilities offered by the library meet the needs of the PHC learning community. The Library Director reports to the Administrative Dean of Academic Affairs and is a full member of the Faculty Senate. Mrs. Pensgard earned a BA in economics and international studies from Northwestern University and an MA in information science and learning technologies from the University of Missouri.

Vickie Thornhill

Public Services Librarian


As the Associate Director, Mrs. Thornhill assists the Director in providing informational services to the active and growing PHC learning community, including assistance in collection development and informational literacy instruction. She is also available to provide individual students with research guidance and to answer the questions of students, faculty, and staff in support of their information needs. She holds a BA from Clemson University and a Masters in Library Science from the University of North Texas.


Jennifer Sillars

Library Assistant


Mrs. Sillars assists the librarians part-time with the technical services functions of the library. She receives and catalogs new acquisitions and maintains periodical subscriptions. Mrs. Sillars holds a BA in general and biblical studies from Briercrest Bible College.

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