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University Libraries

The Samuel H. Coleman Memorial Library and its branches provide information services for the University Community. Branch libraries include the Science Research Center Library, the School of Journalism and Graphic Communication Resources Center, and the School of Architecture Library.  The University Libraries also support the FAMU/FSU College of Engineering Reading Room and the FAMU Developmental Research School.  The College of Law Library, an independent library, is operated under the auspices of the College of Law.   Library users may find it necessary to use more than one library to discover all resources available at the University.

Library collections presently include nearly a million cataloged volumes, over 99,000 bound periodicals, over 448,000 microforms, over 76,000 non-print resources, and over 6,000 serial and/or journal titles. Since 1936, the University has been designated also as a selective depository for United States government publications. There are over 562,000 items in the government documents depository collection.  In addition to the resources owned by the University Libraries, our Interlibrary Loan services provide access to holdings of other cooperating libraries.  Interlibrary loan requests may be placed in person or online while searching the online catalog and other databases.  Reciprocal borrowing privileges are available at all Florida public universities and community colleges.

The online catalog can be found on the Libraries’ homepage: http://www.famu.edu/library.  The online catalog reflects the majority of book and journal holdings of the University Libraries. It includes many indexes, which provide citations to journal articles, over 33,000 unique full-text journal titles, over 55,000 electronic books, and over 1,000 government publications in electronic format. The Libraries’ homepage, together with the online catalog,  eases the difficulty of locating information. They are accessible from any location that has Internet access and serve as a gateway to library catalogs in Florida, other states, and other countries.
In addition to research materials, the Libraries provide over 200 public computer workstations in the main libraries and branches in support of research and study and a team of systems personnel. These computer workstations can be used to access the Library Homepage, the online catalog, and other Internet sites. Software is provided at the workstations to support the research needs of our students.

The Rattler Identification Card is necessary to obtain certain library services.  This card is used to borrow books or to establish identity for other library services such as interlibrary loan service, course reserves, printing, copying, and remote online searching services.

Members of the library staff are available to provide assistance with all library materials and information services. Reference service is provided to library users in each library. In addition to standard reference services, ASK-A-LIBRARIAN provides virtual reference service. At the beginning of each semester, the Libraries offer group orientation programs designed to orient users to new and existing services and how to use them. Individual assistance is available  at the reference desk in each library. In addition, faculty librarians collaborate with teaching faculty to develop and present library instruction and research techniques for specific courses of study. Additional information, including contact information and descriptions of specialized services and resources, are available at http://www.famu.edu/library.