The Paul Meek Library

The recently expanded and renovated Paul Meek Library is an attractive 120,000-square-foot structure containing an all-night study area, a student computer lab, a faculty multimedia lab, student and faculty study rooms, along with the Alliene and Jimmie Corbitt Special Collections area containing Congressman Ed Jones’ papers and many of Governor Ned Ray McWherter’s papers and mementos. The library contains more than 400,000 volumes, nearly 4,000 videotapes and about 1,600 periodical subscriptions. In addition, the library is a selective government documents depository and has an extensive collection of both print and electronic materials from the federal government.

The Media Services Department houses a variety of non-print media including microform, compact discs and a circulating videotape collection. Individual viewing/listening carrels and two media classrooms provide facilities for using audio-visual materials. This area is also responsible for programming UT Martin’s educational and entertainment cable TV channels.

The library provides regular orientation classes for all freshmen, and additional library instruction is available to other classes and to individuals. Library instruction programs include tours, videotapes, lectures and printed guides. A library instruction room and projector is available for providing information about library services and holdings.

Books acquired by the library each year are usually made available within a few days after being received with rapid processing being made possible by our automated cataloging system. This system enhances interlibrary loan service with fast access to collections in other network libraries and with online request capability. The library has also implemented online catalog, circulation, acquisitions and serials control functions connected to the overall automation system.

A periodicals abstracts database is available through our online catalog which links indexed magazine articles to our library’s periodicals location file. Library users also enjoy access to full-text magazines through the Internet-based PROQUEST system. Other electronic offerings include FIRSTSEARCH, which provides access to 57 major databases and ABI INFORM, the primary database for business administration.

Visit the UTM Web site for a closer look at the campus and the library, as well as access to the library’s online catalog.