Using Our Libraries

The library’s collection includes general and reference books (both print and electronic), print and online periodicals, multi-media software, online services, and other print media. An online catalog is available on the library’s web page. Through membership in TENN-SHARE and Lyrasis, the library is able to expand access to resources outside of its own facilities through intercollegiate borrowing. Participation in Tennessee Electronic Library gives the South College community additional access to a selection of multidisciplinary full text databases from the Gale collection, plus other resources. Internet access allows library users the opportunity to locate and retrieve information from libraries, colleges, database services, and various other institutions throughout the world. The library also offers a strong collection of non-print media to assist library users with their research and studies. 

Library orientations are given each quarter to students enrolled in introductory courses. These orientations are designed to inform students of the types of resources available and to provide instruction as to how to use library resources to the greatest advantage.

For questions, contact the library at scref@southcollegetn.edu.

Mission Statement and Goals of the Department

The mission of the South College Library is to support the mission, educational goals, and strategic aims of South College by providing effective and efficient library services and materials that support the academic curricula and research activities of the college.

Goal I

To promote development of research and critical thinking skills that encourage lifelong learning and help library users search, evaluate, and use information effectively by offering general and course-specific library instruction.

Goal II

To provide materials in a variety of formats to support the curriculum, research, and scholarly activities of faculty and students, and to involve faculty and students in the development of current and relevant library collections.

Goal III

To provide an environment conducive to researching and learning for on-campus library users by providing appropriate physical facilities, relevant and easily accessible collections, and competent and responsive staff.

Goal IV

To continually evaluate, expand, and improve the library’s technological infrastructure and online services for offsite and distance education library users.

Goal V

To employ and retain a competent, skilled staff to develop and maintain the library's collections and services by encouraging and providing continuing opportunities for professional development and training, community service, and committee membership.