The Paul Meek Library

The Paul Meek Library was renovated and expanded in 1995 as an attractive 120,000-square-foot structure containing an all-night study area, a student computer lab, a faculty multimedia lab and a variety of group study rooms. The library collection contains more than 400,000 volumes, over 4,000 videotapes and about 1,500 periodical subscriptions. In addition, the library is a selective government documents depository featuring 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 video collection. The department offers two fully equipped media classrooms for use by classes, along with individual viewing carrels for students who wish to view or listen to material on their own. This area is also responsible for programming UT Martin's educational, entertainment and fine arts television channels, and provides downlink support for campus teleconferences.

The Alliene and Jimmie Corbitt Special Collections area supports a non-circulating collection of Tennessee regional history and genealogy. This department also maintains the library's exhibit area, houses the rare book and manuscript collection, and serves as the archival repository for the campus. Manuscript collections include the papers of Congressman Ed Jones and the legislative papers of Governor Ned Ray McWherter, as well as on-site replicas of their offices.

The library offers regular orientation classes for all freshmen, while additional library instruction is available to classes and to individuals. Library instruction programs include tours, videotapes, lectures and printed guides. A Bibliographic Instruction Room is available for teaching students about finding, understanding and using library services, collections and the larger world of information.

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 acquisition and cataloging system. This system also enhances interlibrary loan service by providing fast access to collections in other libraries. In addition, the library has implemented online circulation and periodical control functions linked to the overall automation system.

Electronic resources include a host of indexing and reference databases for use by the university community. Library users can enjoy access to full-text magazine articles through the Internet-based PROQUEST system and the Tennessee Electronic Library. Other electronic offerings include FIRSTSEARCH, which provides access to numerous specialty databases, and ABI INFORM, the primary database for business administration.

Whether in person, by telephone, or electronically, students and other library users can find help with their research needs at the Reference Desk, which is staffed by qualified librarians and available anytime the library is open. Also visit the university's Web site at for a closer look at the campus and the library.