The Doy Leale McCall Rare Book and Manuscript Library




The McCall Library is located on the 3rd floor of the Marx Library on USA's main campus. Visitors are welcome! Please ask for a parking pass at the circulation desk to display on your vehicle.  Though not required, we encourage you to make an appointment so that staff is available to assist you. Please email or phone (251) 341-3900. 

Mission Statement

Since its founding in 1978, the mission of The Doy Leale McCall Rare Book and Manuscript Library has been to identify, acquire, appraise, preserve, organize, and describe important historical material relating to the history of the Alabama Black Belt and its families, the history of Mobile and southwest Alabama and its people, and the history of the University of South Alabama, and to make these materials available to researchers. In addition to the Alabama Black Belt, the focus of our collections is the civil rights, cultural, economic, educational, environmental, legal, literary, military, political, and social history of the region from the early nineteenth century to the present. We also actively collect historic photographs and rare books, and we preserve rare volumes that have been donated to the university.

We invite you to explore our collections, policies, and fees using the navigation bar on the left. Check  our News page for recent additions to the collections.  Follow us on Facebook @mccalllib, Twitter @USA_McCallLib, and Instagram @mccall_usa

IMPORTANT: While the majority of our collections are described for ease of use (see "Guide to Collections"), not all are accessible online. We encourage patrons to call, email, or drop by to inquire about other collections we may have. New material arrives almost daily.