Faculty Handbook: Academic Responsibilities of Faculty
2.22  University Libraries

Welcome to the University of Arkansas Libraries! The library system is comprised of the David W. Mullins Library (the main research facility) and four branch libraries: the Robert A. and Vivian Young Law Library, the Fine Arts Library, the Chemistry Library, and the Physics Library.

The Libraries’ combined holdings total 1.9 million volumes of books and periodicals, 5.5 million microforms, and 49,000 journal titles. The Libraries subscribe to 250 electronic databases and 27,000 electronic journals. Other resources include several thousand maps, manuscripts, sound and video recordings, and music scores. The Libraries maintain memberships in the Center for Research Libraries (CRL), Greater Western Library Alliance (GWLA), Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), Scholarly Publishing & Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC), United States Agricultural Information Network (USAIN), Coalition for Networked Information (CNI), and Council on Library Information Resources (CLIR) among others.

A world of information is accessible through the Libraries’ Web site: http://libinfo.uark.edu/. Access and search the Libraries’ records through the online library catalog. Specialized indexing, abstracting, and full-text databases are accessible via any internet connection and your UARK username and password. In addition to searching the catalog and databases, a wide variety of services such as interlibrary loan, document delivery, and 24/7 Ask-a-Librarian chat are available through the Libraries’ home page. Anyone with valid university identification may check out materials. The initial loan period for books is sixteen weeks for all students, staff, and faculty; other circulation policies are available at the Circulation Desk or online: http://libinfo.uark.edu/circulation/circpolicies.asp.

Students and faculty may also renew library materials and request holds electronically by using their university ID. The Reference Department assists faculty and students in locating and using library materials, including in-depth research assistance and instruction to classes upon request. Library “subject specialists” serve as liaisons to faculty in specific areas. Visit http://libinfo.uark.edu/info/specialists.asp to find yours.

The Libraries’ Special Collections http://libinfo.uark.edu/specialcollections/ acquires and preserves materials for research in the history, literature, and culture of Arkansas and surrounding regions. Scholars have access to a rich assortment of books, pamphlets, periodicals, photographs, maps, and original manuscripts to support their work.

For information concerning collections and services, as well as information on viewing rooms, reserve policies, and book and journal ordering procedures, please call (479) 575-4104. For inquiries regarding seminar rooms, faculty studies, laptops, gifts and donations, or any other library matter, please call the Dean's Office (479) 575-6702.