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Welcome to the Levi Watkins Library & Learning Resource Center. Please take some time to familiarize yourself with the Library and its resources by completing the self guided walking tour.
Start your tour on the first floor at the main entrance of the Library and go to #1 on the map.
#1- The Reference Desk will often be the starting point for your research in the Library. Here you can get help on how to use the Library’s resources, among other things. This is also where Interlibrary Loan (ILL) forms and materials are picked up and dropped off. If you need a book we don’t have you can fill out an ILL form and drop it off at the Reference Desk. If we are able to get the materials you requested they will be at this desk for you to pick up.
The Reference Department houses a variety of print, microform, and electronic resources of the Library including: the online catalog, general and specialized encyclopedias, dictionaries, directories, handbooks, indexes, atlases, and bibliographies. The materials in the Reference Department can not leave the Library.
There are computers available for users to access the Library’s catalog, databases, Ask A Librarian, and the internet. Select computers on this floor also have Microsoft Office.
To the left of the Reference Desk is a Print Solution machine where Library users can purchase print cards. Print cards cost $1.00 and are necessary to print from the computers on 1st, 3rd, and 4th floors. They can also be used in the copy machines on the 1st floor, in Special Collections, and on the 3rd floor. Once the card is purchased cash can be added to it at any time.
Also to the left of the Reference Desk is the Technical Services area. This is where materials for the library are ordered, processed, and updated.
Continue through the double doors to the right of the Reference Desk and go to #2 on your map.
#2- Special Collections and Archives is the area where you can find information about African-American history and culture, and records and documents about Alabama State University, the state of Alabama, and the Montgomery community. The E.D. Nixon Room is also housed in Special Collections and Archives.
Materials kept in Special Collections and Archives include: newspapers, journals, magazines, rare books, pamphlets, manuscripts, theses, videos, CD’s, LP’s, audiotapes, and microforms. These materials can not be taken out of the Special Collections and Archives area. In some cases the Library will purchase more than one copy of a book so it is important to check the catalog to see if there is a copy elsewhere in the Library.
Special rules of use apply to the Special Collections and Archives area. Be sure to ask what these rules are if you plan to use this area.
Continue to #4 on your map.
On your way out of Special Collections and Archives look to your right and you will notice a coin changer. This machine will only give coins, not bills. You will also pass the desk where you can find the Library’s police officer.
#4- The Circulation Desk is where you can check out books and reserve materials and receive Montgomery Higher Education Consortium (MHEC) stickers. If your professor has placed items on reserve this is where you need to check them out. By getting
a MHEC sticker on your valid student ID card you can check out books from Auburn University at Montgomery, Faulkner University, Huntingdon College, Troy University Montgomery, and Alabama Public Library Services.
You can always request materials through ILL but if one of the MHEC libraries has what you’re looking for you may find it quicker to go to the library and check the material out there.
Stop at the Circulation Desk have them look up your patron information. If they can’t find you, you need to fill out a patron update form. This will enter you in the Library’s system and allow you to check out materials and access our databases from off campus.
Go to the second floor.