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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.

Library Catalog

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Katie Murrell Library

Katie Murrell library

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.

    Government Documents 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.

Hours of Operations

(All Times Central) *Note: hours of operation will vary during summer and holidays.

Monday - Friday
7 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Saturday & Sunday


For help using library resources, please contact or call 270-384-8102.

Find Information

Accessing Library Databases

Library LibGuides

Databases A-Z

Find Journals & Newspaper Articles

Reference & Learning Resources

E-Books & Streaming Media


New Books

Government Documents

Government Documents

For assistance with government documents and government information sources, contact Amelia Thomas at or 270-384-8255.

Catalog of U.S. Government Publications (CGP) - Your one-stop search engine for government information.

Library Government Documents Information

Federal Digital Systems

Audio Visual Media Services

Audio Visual (AV) Media Services offers a variety of technology equipment for academic use. audio visual equipmentThese include but are not limited to a variety of camcorders (flip-cam and hard drive), digital still cameras, LCD projectors, laptop computers, and digital voice recorders, a scanner, Media carts, and screens. We can convert most tape formats to DVDs and can provide delivery and set-up services if scheduled in advance. Limited laptop computers are available to students for in-house use only.

Request forms for AV equipment and services are available in the Murrell Library or through the following links. All requests should be made in a timely manner to allow for AV Media Services staff to process the request.

Online AV Request Forms
AV Equipment Request Form

For more information, contact AV Media Services at

Archives and Special Collections

The Lindsey Wilson College Archives contains:

  • Materials on the history of the college (i.e., yearbooks, pictures, newspaper articles).
  • Materials on the history of The United Methodist Church.
  • A collection of old Bibles.
  • An oral history collection about Adair County and LWC.
  • Special Collections - This area holds an assortment of old and rare books, some of which date back to the 1860s.
  • The Thomas Clark Room, which was named after the late Kentucky historian, contains a non-circulating collection of books on Kentucky and the Appalachian region and by Kentucky authors.
  • Digital Library of Appalachia - A selection of items from the LWC Archives can be found on this Web site by searching for "Lindsey Wilson College."
  • If you have any questions regarding the materials available, please contact the us for more information at or 270-384-8102.


When a professor places materials on reserve, they are located at the Circulation Desk. When asking for materials, please have your professor's last name ready to allow staff to find the material quickly. An LWC Student ID is required to check out reserves. Unless otherwise specified by the professor, materials on reserve ARE NOT allowed to leave the Katie Murrell Library. If a professor places materials on electronic reserve, they will be accessed through Blackboard.

Juvenile Literature and Curriculum Room

Juvenile Lit Room

The Juvenile Literature and Curriculum Room is set aside for but not limited to education majors. It houses thousands of books that include Newberry and Caldecott winners, graphic novels, young adult novels, curriculum books, manipulatives, musical instruments, and educational games. The library receives books monthly from the Junior Library Guild to be added to this collection.

Policies and Procedures

Circulation Policy

  • Books are checked out for a period of three weeks.
  • Video cassettes, DVDs and CDs are checked out for one week.
  • Items may be renewed after their due dates. Items DO NOT have to be brought to the Murrell Library to be renewed.
  • The Murrell Library does not charge a daily overdue fee. However, it bills the LWC Business Office each semester for items not returned by one week after Finals.
  • Collection Development Policy

Food & Drink Policy

  • Drinks are permitted in secure containers -- i.e. screw-top bottles, sports bottles.
  • Food is not permitted in the Katie Murrell Library.


  • All patrons are asked to respect those around by keeping noise levels down. Cell phones should be turned to "Silent" and headphones are to be used at a low volume level.


  • The Katie Murrell Library is equipped to allow patrons to wirelessly connect to the network.


  • A limited number of laptops are available for in-house use by LWC students. Laptops may be checked out for four hours and should be returned 10 minutes prior to the library closing.

Study Rooms

  • Study rooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis. (Students are asked not to reserve rooms.)
  • The Murrell Library does not routinely reserve rooms for groups except under special circumstances.
  • Preference is given to groups of students. Individuals may use the rooms, but they may be asked to leave if a group needs it.

Instructional Lab Policy

  • The lab is open for use by students as long as it is not reserved for a class or a training session.
  • All reservations are listed on the white board next to the door. Please check before you enter.
  • The printer for the lab is located at the circulation desk.

Computer Etiquette

  • Library computers are designated for research, learning, and classroom assignments. All uses must fall under the college's "Acceptable Use Policy" published in the LWC Student Handbook. ( Click here to read the LWC Student Handbook.)
  • If you are engaged in frivolous or excessive personal use of a library computer and another student needs one for research or class assignments, you may be asked to yield to that student.
  • When using headphones, keep the level down so only you can hear them.
  • When working at a library computer, please work quietly. Loud laughter, shouting, and even normal conversational levels may be disturbing to others who come to the library for a quiet study setting.

Juvenile & Curriculum Room/Closed Stacks

  • The Juvenile & Curriculum Room is a special collection, restricted to use by education majors. It contains children's books and curriculum materials. You must sign in when using the room.
  • Closed Stacks contains back issues of newspapers and magazines. It is restricted to Murrell Library staff. Should you need material from closed stacks, a staff member will retrieve them for you.

Printing, Copying and Scanning

  • At the beginning of every semester, students have $20 in their printing account. Black and white prints cost $.10 per page and color prints are $.20 per page. If a student's account runs out, money can be added to the account by library staff or Students Accounts.

Library Policies

Citations and Plagiarism

Academic Integrity

Purdue University Online Writing Lab (OWL)

Citing U.S. Government Information

Need More Help?

Lindsey Wilson College Writing Center

Information Literacy Tutorials

Online Reference Guides

These pages have been designed to help you get started on your research journey. We have created starting points for different subject areas that will show the best places to start your searching. All of our databases can be accessed off-campus through the proxy server. Log-in to myLWC and go to Library Resources, under Academic Resources, to authenicate.


Community Campuses

The Katie Murrell Library staff helps LWC students at the LWC-Scottsville Campus and at all Community Campuses with reference assistance, the research process and use of library databases.

Kim Hamlett can help locate books and articles for research needs. She can be reached at or at 270-384-8102.

Scottsville Campus and Community Campus students can use online forms to request assistance or interlibrary loan services. Requested interlibrary loan materials will be mailed to students. More details are available in library information packets given to all new Scottsville Campus and Community Campus students. (Contact the Katie Murrell Library if additional packets are needed.) Details are also posted in the library resources section of Angel.

Scottsville Campus Contact Information

In addition to the Katie Murrell Library, the Allen County Public Library also provides services for LWC students, including interlibrary loan. Click here for staff directory and hours of operations. (Phone: 270-237-9136)

Community Campus Information

Community Campus students may obtain circulation and reference assistance under an agreement with their local KCTCS or WVCTCS library. If an instructor has left reserve materials for students to review, they will be held at the local KCTCS or WVCTCS library circulation desk.

Ashland Community and Technical College

Ashland Community and Technical College Library
(Phone: 606-326-2169)

Big Sandy Community and Technical College-Prestonsburg

Big Sandy Community and Technical College Library
(Phone: 888-641-4132, Extension 67209)

Bluegrass Community and Technical College-Regency Campus

Cincinnati State Technical and Community College

Jonnie Mae Berry Library
(Phone: 513-569-1606)

Hazard Community & Technical College

Hazard Community & Technical College Stephens Library
(Phone: 606-666-7521)

Jefferson Community and Technical College

Jefferson Community and Technical College Library
(Phone: 502-213-5333, Main Campus)

Somerset Community College

Somerset Community College Library
(Phone: 877-629-9722, Extension 3410)

Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College-Cumberland

Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College Library
(Phone: 606-589-2145, Extension 2086)

Southern State Community College

Southern State Learning Resources Center
(Phone: 800-628-7722) (Ohio only)

Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College-Logan

Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College Library
(Phone: 304-792-7098, extension 202)

Southwest Virginia Community College

Southwest Virginia Community College Library
(Phone: 276-964-7266)

Volunteer State Community College

Volunteer State Community College Library
(Phone: 615-230-3400)

Wytheville Community College

Wytheville Community College Library
(Phone: 276-223-4743; 1-800-468-1195 in Virginia only, outside of Wythe County)