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, additional study rooms, faculty study rooms, along with the Alliene and Jimmie Corbitt Special Collections area containing Congressman Ed Joness papers and many of Governor Ned Ray McWherters papers and mementos. The library has a book collection of more than 330,000 volumes and 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-print 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 may 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, videotapes, lectures and printed guides. A library instruction room is available to classes for providing information on library services 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 full-text periodicals and to other major library holdings in the nation. In addition to a number of CD-ROM databases, the library has recently added OCLCs FirstSearch, which provides campuswide computer users with access to 57 major databases and ABI INFORM, the primary database for business administration. Visit the UTM web site at http://www.utm.edu/ for a closer look at the campus and the library, as well as access to the librarys online catalog.