Finding Books

Use the SOUTHcat Catalog, linked from the library homepage. Perform an Author, Title, Subject or Keyword search. Identify the item you wish and look at the Brief or Long Record. Find the Location and Call#. Signs next to the elevators and stairs will tell you on which floor your item is located. (Books are arranged by Library of Congress Classification System.)

If you have any questions about how to use the catalog, you may come to the Reference Desk on the Second Floor North, call the Reference Desk at 460-7025 or email us at webref@jaguar1.usouthal.edu.

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Book Loans

To borrow books or government documents at the Circulation Desk and videos, CDs, or DVDs at the Instructional Media desk you must have and present a valid borrower's card; for USA students this is your picture ID. The loan period is 4 weeks; 2 renewals are possible. Undergraduates may borrow 20 books and Graduate students up to 40 books at a time. A hold or recall may be placed on a book that is needed but is presently out on loan. Fines for regular circulating books are assessed at $.25 per item, per day. Books can be renewed, held or recalled online. See below. Overdue fines for videos, CDs and DVDs are $0.50 per day with a one-day grace period. There are two outside bookdrops. One is next to the West entrance door and there's a drive-through drop in the upper parking lot north of the building. Please do not place videos, CDs or DVDs in the bookdrops.

The Circulation Desk will take payment by cash, check, money order, Visa or Mastercard for any charges you incur.

Online Renewals

Books can be renewed online using the following procedure:

  • Access the University Library webpage at http://library.southalabama.edu
  • Click on SOUTHcat Catalog.
  • Click on My Account.
  • From the pull-down menu select either your student ID number, your social security number or the bar code number on the back of your ID card.
  • Enter your last name. NOTE: Your name must be entered exactly as it appears in USA's official records. If this still does not work, contact Circulation at (251) 460-7028.
  • Click on Login.
  • Click on Account Status.

The next screen should be your patron record showing your name, address, etc., and the items currently charged out to you. If they qualify for renewal, there will be a column offering that option. Check the items you want to renew and click on Renew Items. Be sure that you Logoff to clear your record from the computer especially if you are on a public computer.

Can't Renew?

You may be unable to renew items if:

  • The maximum number of renewals has been exceeded.
  • You have accumulated more than $20 in fines.
  • A hold or recall has been placed on the item.

Problems? Call the Circulation Desk at (251) 460-7028.

Holds and Recalls

Holds and Recalls may only be placed on books that are already checked out. To place a hold on or to recall a book, use the following procedure:

  • Access the University Library webpage at http://library.southalabama.edu
  • Click on SOUTHcat Catalog.
  • Do a search to bring up the particular title you want, then click on the title.
  • Choose Hold/Recall from the top of the SOUTHcat screen.
  • Enter your student ID (do not use J00), your library card number, or your social security number and your last name.
  • From the drop-down menu, choose either Hold or Recall. Do NOT choose Recall for an item that is due in less than 14 days.
  • Enter your student ID (do not use J00), your library card number, or your social security number again. If you don't enter the number again, you will get a message that "The library card number you entered does not match that of the currently logged in patron. You may retry your request or log out and start over."
  • From the drop-down menu, choose the place where you want to pick up your requested book.
  • Click on Submit Request.
  • You should get a message that "Your patron-initiated request was successful."
  • Remember to Logoff when you are done, especially if you are on a public workstation.
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Periodicals

Use the SOUTHcat Catalog's "journal title" search to identify which journals we own and which issues, volumes and years of those journals we own and where they are located. Current and microform (microfilm or microfiche) journals and newspapers are on the Second Floor, South. Bound issues of journals are on the Third Floor South.

Subject indexes for these materials are in the Reference Area on the Second Floor North and on the library homepage under "Articles, Indexes, Databases" link. InfoTrac and EBSCO are two general periodicals indexes with selective full-text. Subject-specific indexes can also be found if you scroll down the page.

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Interlibrary Loan

Students may borrow books and articles from other libraries for the costs incurred. In-state borrowing is usually free of charge. Allow 14 working days for receipt of materials. Ask at the Reference Desk on the Second Floor North for details. ILL requests are made from a link under "Information and Services" on the Library homepage.

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Photocopying/Printing

The University Library photocopiers and printers use TRACCARDs and do not accept cash. Copies and prints are 10¢ per page.

Three photocopy machines are available for public use – two on the ground floor and one in the Reference area on the second floor. Two printers are available for printing from the Library’s public PCs – located across from the Circulation desk on the ground floor.

TRACCARDs may be purchased at the Circulation/Reserve Desk. There is a non-refundable $ .50 charge to cover the cost of the card. These cards are renewable. Additional value can to added to the cards at the Circulation/Reserve Desk. These cards are for use only in the University Library's photocopiers and printers; they will not work in the microform machines nor are they compatible with the copiers in the Biomedical Library.

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Copy Service

Journal articles available in the University Library will be copied and delivered to researchers for the fees listed below. Article requests are limited to 3 per day and citations should be complete. Requests will be accepted on the library's web form or on a print form available at the Reference Desk at (251) 460-7025. Charges will be billed to library card accounts. Journal articles at the Biomedical Library (Campus site and USAMC) should be requested from their copy service. Journal articles NOT OWNED by the USA Libraries should be requested through Interlibrary Loan.

Fees

USA Faculty/ Staff/Students COPY ($3.00 up to 20 pages) + 10¢ /p for additional pages + FAX ($2.00 in-state and $5.00 out of state). The form for the copy service is available at the Reference Desk or on the web.

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Reserve

Library Reserve includes materials such as those in the Alabama/Gulf Coast Collections, both circulating and non-circulating. Course Reserves are materials placed on Reserve by faculty members; these are kept behind the Circulation Desk in the Atrium, but they may also be online and accessible from anywhere. Check the Course Reserve link on the Library homepage. A current student ID is required to borrow library-held items. Overdue fines are assessed in accordance with the variable check-out periods.

Please note that Reserve differs from Reference. Most Reference materials are non-circulating but are on open stacks in the Reference Department on the Second Floor North.

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Government Documents

USA is a selective Federal Depository Library. Questions about these items should be directed to the staff of the Government Documents/Serials/Microforms Desk on the Second Floor, South or at (251) 460-7024.

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Internet Access

The library has many Internet-connected computers for use in doing your research on our Catalog, in any of our 108 subscribed databases, 34,000 e-journals, or on the public Internet. You may download to a flash drive, e-mail and print from the computers. We charge 10¢ a page for printouts using a TRACcard. These computers don't have word processing software, but other campus computer labs are equipped with production software.

Wireless internet access is available on all floors of the library. Several tables throughout the library have ethernet jacks and power plugs which will connect your laptop to our broadband network.

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Group Study Rooms

Group study rooms for two or more are available throughout the building on a first-come, first served basis. Most of these rooms and several other tables throughout the library have ethernet jacks and power plugs which will let you connect your laptop to our broadband network. Look for the white labels which indicate which ones are "live." Wireless internet access is available on all floors of the library.

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Instructional Media Center

A wide variety of audiovisual materials are available for use in the IMC on the First Floor including:

  • VHS videotapes, DVDs, CDs, CD-ROMs, and cassette tapes
  • Equipment and rooms for listening to or viewing available items.

Students may check out audiovisual materials at the the IMC desk. To borrow media and/or equipment, you must have and present a valid borrower's card; for USA students this is your picture id. The loan period for media is two weeks. A hold or recall may be placed on an item that is needed but is presently out on loan. Fines for regular circulating media are assessed at $0.50 per item, per day.

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Tours and Library Instruction

Introductory tours are offered each semester. Times for these tours are posted in the Lobby and linked from the Library's homepage at the beginning of the semester. Both introductory and advanced sessions in library research are offered to classes or individuals by appointment. Ask your instructor to call for a library session designed around your research assignments. Call either 460-6045 or 460-7025.

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