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  • Bindery, Gifts & Exchange
  • End Processing
  • Catologing



The Archives department is located on the third floor (3rd) of the Library. The collection is a repository for the official records and archival materials of Southern University and the surrounding community. This is a research area only. Archival materials do not circulate however a copy machine is accessible for duplicating materials.


This branch library is located on the second floor of the Engineering West Building within the School of Architecture, serving the informational needs of the arts and architecture departments. The collection consists of traditional library materials including books, journals, pamphlets, maps, charts, slides, films, filmstrips, microfiche, and other formats.



The Camille Shade Collection, contains books and other resources by and about African-Americans. It is located on the third floor of the Library. Materials from this collection must be used within the reading room, where both microform and photocopying machines are available.


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Located on the first floor, the Circulation department is where materials are checked out and returned. To check out materials, a patron must have a current student or faculty ID. Undergraduate students may check out books for 3 weeks, graduate students and faculty a semester. One renewal is granted if the book is not in demand. Fines are charged beginning the day after the due date. Fines for overdue books are 25 cents per day. The maximum fine is $50 per book.



This is a digitizedcollection of course reserve materials, which are made available to students and faculty via the Library's Local Area Network and the Internet.



Southern University faculty, staff and graduate students may request material through Interlibrary Loan. for books and other library resources not in Southern University Library.



Provides assistance to library patrons needing directions to specific areas in the library or help in using CLAS, the online public catalog or the (Local Area Network) LAN system.


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The Library Learning Resource Center is a state-of-the-art computer center located on the second floor of the Library. The center is comprised of several sub-units, including Macintosh and IBM computer systems, Typing Center, and Multimedia Center. The primary purpose of the LLRC is to make available its resources to all University students, faculty and staff. It provides multimedia resources for classroom presentations, workshops, seminars and demonstrations.



The Music Listening area supports the University's Music Department for students to listen to their required music assignments. The center is equipped for individual listening as well as group listening. There are sixteen individual listening carrels; each is equipped with a cassette player and a control unit that ties into the Master Control Room. There are two classrooms adjacent to the control room equipped with speakers for group listening and classroom instruction. The center is located on the third floor (3rd) of the library.



The Periodical and Government Documents houses current serial titles of general periodicals, newspapers, microforms, selected federal and state documents, agricultural experiment stations and United Nations publications. The area is equipped with electronic indexes, CLAS (the on-line public access catalog), and microform reader-printers for the various forms of microtext. The periodicals collection houses (1) a comprehensive ERIC collection on microfiche; (2) an extensive college catalog collection on microfiche (representing over 3,000 catalogs from over 2,900 institutions, both domestic and foreign); (3) a comprehensive business collection on microfilm of over340 business journals, local, regional, national and international. Periodicals/Government Documents are non-circulating. For convenience, a copy machine and microform reader-printers are available for duplicating material.


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This office is reponsible for the overall management and administration of the John B. Cade Library.



This department houses the main print and electronic reference collection, including, encyclopedias, dictionaries, atlases, indexes and bibliographies. Several computerized databases, are also available. There is a charge for on-line service. Materials in this collection are non-circulating , however, a copying machine and microfiche reader-printers are available.



The Reserve Department is located at the CIRCULATION DESK, and houses material faculty members have on reserve for their classes (usually restricted to library use only). Materials are checked out for 2 hours, overnight, or weekly, as designated by the professor.



The Systems and Technology Office is responsible for developing, acquiring and maintaining automated resources. The purpose of this office is: (1) to provide technology that will assist the University in meeting the research and informational needs; (2) to train students, faculty, and staff in using the automated resources of the library; (3) to coordinate, plan, fully implement and maintain the Management System; and (4) to keep abreast of new technology that can be used to improve services offered by the Library.



The Technical Services Department is responsible for obtaining and processing all books and other resources for the Library. The department has four units: (1) Acquisitions ordering, receiving, claiming, and processing statistical reports), (2) Bindery - binding, repairing or replacement of worn or damaged materials, (3) Cataloging -bibliographic control, cataloging, (4) Database Management - monitoring and updating database information.

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