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Katie Murrell Library Services
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Katie Murrell Library Services

The Katie Murrell Library, housed in the Holloway Building on the A.P. White Campus in Columbia, is a 24,000 square foot facility that serves the College programs. The library provides access to a multimedia collection of 240,000 cataloged titles. This includes 59,000 locally held books and AV titles, over 79,000 ebooks, and numerous other online resources with literary information, streaming musical and video recordings, and reference materials. A juvenile and curriculum collection provides support for students in the teacher education programs. Using an online interlibrary loan system, students may search for and request items from libraries around the nation. 

The Library contains more than 45 public access terminals where students can do research, write papers, complete assignments, or use internet resources.  Laser printers, a copier, digital/video cameras, and scanners provide additional support for student research and classroom assignments.   

A 10,000-square-foot expansion was completed in fall 2002 and has provided increased room for collections, staff, services, library instruction, study, and technology.  Work spaces include study carrels, work tables, study rooms, easy chairs, sofas, and a wireless network.  

Periodicals, Magazines and Full-Text Databases

Students may access more than 29,000 magazines and journals in print, microfilm, and online formats. The library incorporates numerous full-text databases in its collection, including the varied resources of the Kentucky Commonwealth Virtual Library. Using the Internet, students and faculty members have 24-hour access to significant resources within the library, in campus offices, in the residence halls, and at home.  

Network and Consortia Affiliations

The library is a member of the Kentucky Library Network and participates in regional networks of libraries under the Southeastern Library Network, the Kentucky Virtual Library, OCLC (Online Computer Library Center), LYRASIS, the Appalachian College Association, the Association of Independent Kentucky Colleges, and the Federation of Kentucky Academic Libraries.  Under these partnerships, patrons may obtain books and periodical articles from libraries in the region and around the country.  Working with its consortia partners, the library has been able to expand its offerings through foundation grants and group purchasing of databases. 

Government Documents

The Katie Murrell Library is a United States depository library.  It receives a selection of government documents in print and electronic formats.  Using the online catalog students may access over 28,000 cataloged documents and government web sites.  These include periodicals, statistics, census data, consumer literature, agency directories, and research summaries from all branches of the federal government. 

Audio Visual Equipment

The library maintains a variety of audiovisual and media equipment for use by faculty and students in their teaching and course assignments. The library is involved in developing and maintaining educational technology in classrooms. 

Library Instruction

The library offers general and specialized instruction to all levels of students.  During their time at Lindsey Wilson College, students work with a professional student-centered staff to develop their research, knowledge, and information literacy skills.   

Community Campus Services

The library provides access to library resources and services to students at the community  campus sites.  These include informational packets, instructional visits, delivery of books and articles, access to online resources and a toll-free telephone line.

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