CIFS Library

Dr. George Poston Memorial Library and Learning Resource Center

The Dr. George Poston Memorial Library and Learning Resource Center features collections to support Commonwealth Institute’s educational programs with texts, eBooks, and videos. The collection also includes archived magazine titles, current professional funeral journals, and newspapers. 

Bibliographic information about the library’s material collection, including links to full-text materials, is available 24/7/365 via an online public access catalog at: Click to visit the Library Catalog. The reference collection includes bibliographies, atlases, periodical indexes, and other reference sources. Special archive collections, available for in-house research, include early mortuary periodicals, rare early trade catalogs, and other data.

Our library’s holdings are supplemented by membership in the Library and Information Resources Network (LIRN®). LIRN is a consortium of over 250 private colleges and universities that serves a diverse and international student population. Our membership makes available 24/7/365 access to full-text electronic journals, newspaper, and bibliographic databases, as well as electronic reference sources covering a wide array of subjects, to any web enabled device.

The Library provides computer assisted instruction to both students and faculty via information literacy sessions, orientations, and one-on-one instruction. Tutorials for the use of our resources are placed on the college’s student portal and are available 24 hours a day. Students are given in-depth instruction on the use of the library’s platform as well as instructions on accessing it from off campus. Access is available to anyone, with a library account, from anywhere in the world that has an internet connection.


The college library is open and available Monday through Thursday, 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM.


Melissa Davis, MLS

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