Meet the Katie Murrell Library
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 educational and other needs of the college community. Extensive library resources are available to all students via the Katie Murrell Library website. The library provides access to a multimedia collection of 600,000 cataloged titles. This includes 67,000 physical books and AV titles, nearly 550,000 ebooks, and numerous other online resources with literary, scientific, business, statistical, and reference information as well as streaming music and video titles. A juvenile and curriculum collection supports students in the teacher education programs, and a popular materials collection provides access to recreational reading. The library has 46 public access terminals where students can do research, write papers, complete assignments, and use the Internet. Laser printers and scanners are available all hours the library is open. Students at the A.P. White Campus in Columbia receive a printing allowance each semester that can be used in the library. The library supports and maintains classroom technology at the A.P. White Campus in Columbia. Library facilities include individual study carrels, group tables, a computer lab, the juvenile/ curriculum collection, a conference room, and group study rooms. Sofas and other casual seating can be found near the circulation desk and in the Thomas D. Clark Reading Room. A wireless network allows Internet access through laptops, tablets, or other mobile devices. Library staff members work to provide support and instruction to students on the use of the A.P. White Campus in Columbia library, its collections, and technology.
The Katie Murrell Library offers:
Periodicals, Magazines, and Full-Text Databases
Students may access more than 59,000 magazines, newspapers, and journals in online and print formats. The library incorporates numerous full-text databases into its collection, both specialized and general, through the Kentucky Virtual Library and the Appalachian College Association. Students and faculty members have remote and 24-hour access to significant academic and learning resources. In addition to the databases, there are tailored library subjects guides, created by the library staff, for various areas of study. A full list of these guides can be found on the library's website.
Network, Consortia Affiliations, and Interlibrary Loan Services
The library is a member of the Kentucky Library Network and participates in regional networks of libraries under the Kentucky Virtual Library, Online Computer Library Center (OCLC), the Appalachian College Association (ACA), the Association of Independent Kentucky Colleges & Universities (AIKCU), and the Federation of Kentucky Academic Libraries (FoKAL). Under these partnerships, patrons may borrow books and articles from libraries within Kentucky, in the larger region, and around the country. Using an online interlibrary loan system, students may search for and request items from libraries around the nation. A statewide courier system delivers books and articles from libraries within Kentucky twice a week.
The Katie Murrell Library is a member of the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP). It receives selected government documents in print and electronic formats. Using the online catalog, students may access over 56,000 documents and government web sites. These include periodicals, statistics, census data, legislative information, consumer literature, agency directories, government spending data, and research summaries from all branches of the federal government. A guide to these materials can be found on the library's website.
Library Orientation and Instruction
Entering students are oriented to the library and to other academic support services during the orientation week Information Fair. The library offers general and specialized instruction to all levels of students through individual assistance, instruction, class visits, and online tutorials. Instructional videos are also available through the library web page and from the online course management system. 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 library services to its faculty and students at all of its community campuses. These include substantial online collections, information packets, online training videos, delivery of books and articles, embedded email assistance, and phone access through a toll-free phone number. Library staff provide video conferencing for library instruction and individual consultations and create tutorials customized for distance and online students.
Area Resident Services
The library provides measured access to library collections, including the juvenile/curriculum collection, databases, and services for area residents. Visitors may use library computers, printers, and the photocopier, and they may access the campus wireless network. To check items out, area residents must verify their address and also complete and sign an Area Resident Application form.