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The University Libraries provide the resources and services necessary to obtain, understand, and think critically about information, whether it is located physically in one of the libraries, or available electronically. Licensed full-text article services, periodical indexes and abstracts, eBooks, audiovisual resources and electronic reference materials are accessible online via the Libraries’ web pages. The Libraries' book, journal, microform, and audiovisual collections provide students with physical information not available electronically. Individual and group study rooms and comfortable seating is available throughout the libraries. University librarians hold Master of Library Science degrees, specialize in particular fields of study, and are available to provide instructional classes at the request of faculty, as well as individualized reference and research services for students.
The Libraries of the University of South Alabama consist of the:
- Marx Library, the general library on the main campus
- Doy Leale McCall Rare Book and Manuscript Library, located in Marx Library
- Mitchell College of Business Joseph & Rebecca Mitchell Learning Resource Center
- Charles M. Baugh Biomedical Library, main campus adjacent to the College of Medicine
The Marx Library houses a Learning Commons offering reconfigurable table and lounge seating, whiteboards and technology for individual and group project development; group study rooms, photocopiers, networked printers; an auditorium and meeting rooms available for reservation; galleries featuring shows by student, faculty and regional artists, traveling exhibits, and special displays from the university collections. A full-service Starbucks is located at the west entrance to Marx Library. Reference, interlibrary loan, printing, photocopying, and other services are also available. USA’s Student Academic Support JagSuccess tutoring services and its Writing Center are located within Marx Library. Marx Library houses the university’s U.S. Documents collection. Marx Library faculty provide instructional services at the USA Baldwin County Campus.
The Doy Leale McCall Rare Book and Manuscript Library, located on the third floor of Marx Library, holds collections of local, regional, and national importance focused on the history of Mobile, the Alabama Black Belt, and southwest Alabama. These unique collections highlight the civil rights, cultural, economic, educational, environmental, legal, literary, military, political, and social history of the region from the early nineteenth century to the present. Of particular note are the McCall Library’s photographic collections, which include over 1.2 million images, negatives, slides, and glass plates.
Located in the Mitchell College of Business, the Joseph & Rebecca Mitchell Learning Resource Center houses a business library, featuring a reading room and group study rooms, a computer lab, and the John B. Saint Financial Analysis Center.
The Charles M. Baugh Biomedical Library features library materials, study rooms, collaboration areas, instructional space, and the John F. Gray Student Veterans Resource Room, and provides reference and interlibrary loan services. The Biomedical Library oversees hospital-based library services, as well as an extensive program of instruction to support the Colleges of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health. Biomedical Library faculty work closely with clinical and teaching faculty to support student learning and information services for USA Health System personnel and patients.
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