Happy Birthday, Dr. Meek!

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Happy Birthday, Dr. Meek!

The Paul Meek Library was named in honor of Dr. Paul Meek, who served University of Tennessee at Martin from 1934 to 1967 as Executive Officer, Dean, UT Vice President and Chancellor. The Library was dedicated on May 6, 1968, and the original Paul Meek Library was 60,000 square feet and was constructed to house 200,000 books plus library-related media materials. By the 1990s the original structure was filled to capacity and in a state of environmental disrepair. In the summer of 1993 the building was emptied and a massive renovation project was underway.


With the official opening on June 9, 1995, the Paul Meek Library began a new era of service to the students, faculty, and staff at the University of Tennessee at Martin. The library expanded to 120,000 square feet, and the renovation included space for a Special Collections area, a Media Center, and group study space. The Paul Meek Library meets the changing needs of our campus and community users and now houses:

  • A twenty-four hour study area and computer lab equipped with a CCTV surveillance system.
  • A student computer lab, an instructional technology lab and a Library Instruction Lab.
  • Group study rooms and faculty research rooms.
  • The Alliene and Jimmie S. Corbitt Special Collections area, containing among other holdings, the congressional papers of Ed Jones and the Speaker of the House papers of Governor Ned Ray McWherter, along with replicas of their offices and the J. Houston Gordon Museum.
  • The West Tennessee Heritage Study Center, a public resource to support genealogy and the social history, cultures, and family history of Tennessee and its counties. In addition, there are genealogy records available for most other states.
  • The Steven E. Rogers Media Center, offering picture-scanning services, wireless laptop computers for student users, a multimedia production station and as home of cable channel 66.
  • In addition, the Rogers Media Center houses two separate media classrooms. The larger Seminar Room seats up to 60 students and is the primary media playback classroom on campus. The smaller Seminar Room seats approximately 25 individuals.

The library staff invites you to come visit our beautiful Paul Meek Library.


Mission Statement:

The Paul Meek Library supports the University of Tennessee at Martin's mission as a diverse community of learning. We provide access to information, resources, and services that meet the curricular, research, professional, intellectual, creative, and personal needs of the UTM community.

  • Services: employ faculty and staff to provide appropriate access to library collections and services to help users pursue and achieve immediate and lifelong learning goals. We look for ways to serve communities beyond the University by maintaining varied outreach contact and information points.
  • Collection: select, acquire and organize materials to supplement the University library collection and provide for scholarly research. We foster relationships with potential donors by being responsible stewards with the gifts entrusted to us.
  • Curriculum: support the information literacy needs of the University curriculum through collaborative collection development. Information: provide our users access to the broadest range of information and offer the assistance necessary to find, evaluate, and use information effectively.
  • Professional: encourage our faculty and staff in maintaining and expanding their professional competence and involvement.
  • Research: collaborate with academic departments to provide appropriate facilities, equipment, resources, and assistance to meet the research needs of students, faculty, staff and the general public.

Library Holdings:

  • Bibliographic Titles: 475,852 with item holdings of 548,651
  • Electronic Resource Records (Databases): 192
  • Book titles: 268,899
  • eBook titles: 117,598
  • Journal titles: 3,387
  • eJournal titles: 30,587
  • Government Document titles: 22,104
  • eGov Document titles: 10,080
  • Media titles: 16,643


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Library Policies:
Library Policy Manual
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