The newly expanded and renovated Paul Meek Library was occupied in the spring of 1995. This attractive 120,000 square foot structure contains an all-night study area, a student computer lab, a faculty multimedia lab, additional study rooms, and f aculty study rooms, along with the Alliene and Jimmie Corbitt Special Collections area containing Congressman Ed Jones's papers and many of Governor Ned Ray McWherter's papers and mementos. The library has a book collection of more than 325,000 volumes an d about 1,600 periodical subscriptions. In addition, the library is a selective government documents depository and has an extensive collection of these materials which have been acquired since 1957. The Media Services Department houses a variety of non-p rint media including microform, phonograph recordings, films, cassettes, videotapes, and compact disks. Individual viewing/listening carrels and a small auditorium provide facilities for using audio-visual materials in the library, and certain materials m ay be borrowed for use outside the library.

The library provides orientation classes for all freshmen, and additional library instruction is available to other classes and to individuals. Library instruction programs include the use of tours, slide-tapes, lectures and printed guides. A library instruction room is available to classes for provviding information on library servvices and holdings.

Books acquired by the library each year are usually made available within a few days after being received due to the automated cataloging system, made possible with the membership of UT Martin in the Southeastern Library Network. The system also enhances interlibrary loan service with fast access to collections in other network libraries and with online request capability. The library has implemented online catalog, circulation, acquisitions, and serials control systems connected to Innovative Interfaces, Inc. A periodicals abstracts database is also available through the online catalog. Through Internet, library users also have access to other major library holdings in the nation. Recently, the library has added OCLC's First Search, which provides users with access to 57 major databases..