University of Georgia Libraries

University of Georgia Libraries


The [ UGA Libraries'] collections have always been intertwined with the history of the [ University of Georgia] . As the University expanded and grew in different academic directions, so did the Libraries' holdings reflect that growth. When the Board of Trustees provided for the first professor in 1800, they also established that a library collection be purchased for the sum of one thousand dollars. Unfortunately this collection was destroyed in a fire in 1830. A new collection received an official headquarters in 1831. The structure, known as the Ivy Building because of the foliage scaling its walls, was constructed just north of Demosthenian Hall. By 1862, the Library had amassed 18,250 volumes and needed expanded facilities. A new library building was erected adjacent to the original one. In 1905 the old and newer structures were joined by the construction of a Corinthian portico across the front. This structure, known as the Academic Building today, did not continue to house the collection, however. Around the turn of the century George Foster Peabody donated money to construct a new library. This facility, the neoclassical building which presently houses the Georgia Museum of Art, was built in 1905.

In 1952 a much larger building with convert|146900|sqft|m2 was constructed with a combination of state money and a bequest from Ilah Dunlap Little. The Ilah Dunlap Little Memorial Library currently houses the Main Library. The convert|92000|sqft|m2 Science Library was completed in 1968 to accommodate the growth in the life and physical science collections needed to support the developing research emphasis on south campus. In addition to the Science Library, science branch collections were established in Griffin, Tifton, Skidaway and Sapelo, Georgia. In 1974 a convert|209206|sqft|m2|sing=on annex was constructed on the back of the Main Library. In addition, a small collection in the College of Education was established. A large repository, located on South Milledge across from Whitehall was built in fall of 1993. The newest addition to the Libraries is the Student Learning Center, which opened in 2003. [ Complete history of the UGA Libraries] .

Collections Holdings

The collections of the University of Georgia Libraries are contained within four buildings on the UGA campus in Athens, Georgia with several additional collections at research facilities located around the state. The Main Library collects materials in the social sciences, humanities and business. The Science Library contains materials in the physical and life sciences. The Map Library provides an extensive collection of atlases, topographic maps and aerial photos. The fourth location, the Student Learning Center, provides access to electronic library holdings and study space in a convert|200000|sqft|m2|sing=on electronic library and classroom facility at the heart of campus. Together the Libraries own over 3.9 million volumes, 33,027 serial subscriptions, 613,200 maps and over 6.5 million microform units. The Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library and Richard B. Russell Library, both within the Main Library, together hold 3 million manuscripts and 56,700 linear feet of archival documents.

In the mid-1990s the University of Georgia Libraries played a leadership role in the launching of the statewide GALILEO system in Georgia, providing common access to an online catalog of physical holdings, called [ GIL] , and online databases throughout the state's academic facilities. The combined total of databases at UGA is over 400, containing access to 20 million citations and 2 million full text documents.

[ GIL] : GIL is the UGA Libraries OPAC (Online Public Access Catalog), which provides access to the locations of items in all of the Libraries' collections.

[ GIL Universal Catalog] : This OPAC allows users to search the combined holdings of all University System of Georgia Libraries. Users may also request items from other GSU libraries to be delivered to their home institution free of charge.

[ GALILEO] : The state-wide consortium of over 400 databases covering scholarly material like peer-reviewed journal articles, statistical and governmental information, as well as popular magazines, images and more. The UGA Libraries supplement the database collection in GALILEO by purchasing access to sources that meet the needs of students and faculty at UGA.

Campus Libraries

Main Library

The [ Main Library] , located on North Campus, houses most of the research materials owned by the UGA Libraries. It supports instruction and research in the arts and humanities, social sciences and business. It also contains a large government documents collection, and a substantial microform collection. The Libraries Administration offices are located on the second floor of the Main Library. Several of the Libraries’ special collections are housed in the Main Library. The Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library is located on the third floor of the Main Library, the Media Department, which is also the home of the University of Georgia Libraries Walter J. Brown Media Archives & the Peabody Awards Collection, is located on the seventh floor, and the Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, which maintains its own entrance on the west side of the Main Library, is located in the subbasement of the building. The statewide Digital Library of Georgia is also based in the Main Library.

cience Library

The [ Science Library] collections support research and instruction in the basic and applied sciences, including agriculture, biological and life sciences, human and veterinary medicine, mathematics, computer science, physical sciences, engineering and technology. It is located on south campus adjacent to the Boyd Graduate Studies building. The collection presently has over 750,000 volumes and over 3,000 print journal titles with access to 19,000 full-text electronic journals on all subjects through the Electronic Journal Locator. The Science Library also supports library research facilities at Coastal Plain Experiment Station in Tifton, the Georgia Experiment Station in Griffin, the Sapelo Island Marine Institute , and the Skidaway Institute of Oceanography in Savannah.

tudent Learning Center (SLC)

The [ Student Learning Center] is a convert|200000|sqft|m2|sing=on electronic library and classroom facility in the center of campus. Built in 2003, the SLC combines an electronic library with access to GALILEO and GIL, with research and study space for students. 96 study rooms are available for group project work, and a non-circulating collection of books are available for student use in the SLC’s Reading Room. 500 computers with extensive production software are located throughout the building to facilitate seamless integration of research into coursework. A new state-of-the-art digital media lab is available for students to edit digital audio and video for multimedia projects. Librarians and student computer consultants staff service desks to help with all aspects of a student’s research needs. In addition to research and computer assistance, the SLC hosts a Writing Center and tutoring in several core subjects.

Music Library

The [ Music Library] collections, housed in the Main Library and the School of Music, are developed to facilitate the research and performance needs of the School of Music faculty and students, but also contain many titles of interest to the greater University community and general public. The books, scores, sound/video recordings, music periodicals, and electronic databases and full text resources are available which cover all aspects of musical performance, all periods of music history, music education and therapy, and curriculum materials.

Curriculum Materials Library (CML)

The [ Curriculum Materials Library] , in Room 207 of Aderhold Hall, is designed to serve the specialized K-12 curriculum needs of the College of Education. The collection's primary focus is on materials for the College of Education's undergraduate programs, particularly those related to teacher training and preparation. Materials support Educational Field Experiences in the College of Education, the methods and practicum courses in the education curriculum, and children's and young adult literature courses. Textbooks from area high schools are available, as well as videos, DVDs, posters and various media. The CML also boasts a large juvenile and young adult literature collection.

Map Library

The [ Map Library] is a research level cartographic collection whose substantial holdings include maps, aerial photography and remote sensed imagery, atlases, digital spatial data, and reference materials, with a particular emphasis on cartographic information related to the State of Georgia. Its mission is to provide bibliographic, physical, and intellectual access to cartographic information consistent with the mission of the University of Georgia Libraries. As a regional resource center the Map Library serves the University's students, staff and faculty as well as state, regional, national and international researchers. The Map Library is located south of the UGA campus at the intersection of Milledge Avenue and East Whitehall Road in Athens, Georgia.

pecial Collections

Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library

The [ Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library] of the University of Georgia consists of the [ Rare Book and Manuscript Library] , the [ Georgiana Collection] , the University of [ Georgia Archives] and [ Records Management] . The Library serves the University scholarly community, as well as scholars and researchers worldwide. Subject interests include Georgia, Book Arts, Theater, Music, History, Literature, Journalism and Genealogy. The [ Georgia Writers Hall of Fame] is also administered through the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library.

Richard B. Russell Library

The Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies supports scholarly research in recent political history in the Southeast. The Russell Library has over [ 100 collections] of papers from politicians, political parties, public policy organizations, federal and state appointees, and political observers from modern Georgia (1900-present). The Library's collections are both deep and varied; they provide significant documentation of the broad spectrum of political activities of modern Georgia through over 12,000 linear feet of correspondence, speeches, drafts of legislation, policy planning materials, polling data, sound recordings, electronic records, photographs, film, and artifacts.

Walter J Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection

The [ Walter J Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection] are also found in the Main Library. The Media Archives holds original archival audio and visual collections while the [ Peabody Awards Collection] comprises over 50,000 radio and television programs submitted to the Peabody competition dating from the 1940s to the present. The Peabody collection provides a cultural cross-section of television from its infancy to the present day, featuring news, documentary, entertainment, educational, and children's programming.

Digital Library of Georgia

The rapidly developing Digital Library of Georgia is a gateway to Georgia’s history and culture as found in digitized books, manuscripts, photographs, newspapers, audio, video and other materials. The Digital Library of Georgia connects users to 500,000 digital objects in 90 collections from 60 institutions and 100 government agencies.

Research Facility Libraries

John F. McGowan Library at Skidaway Institute of Oceanography (Savannah)

The [ John F. McGowan Library of the Skidaway Institute of Oceanography (SKIO)] , located on Skidaway Island in Savannah, has the largest marine sciences collection in the state. Its collection supports research in the areas of ecology, geochemistry, geology, marine biology, and oceanography. The facility covers an area of convert|6100|sqft|m2 and houses 4,000 books and 17,000 serial volumes. It provides access to more than 500 bibliographic and fulltext databases on the state's GALILEO internet network, and to 19,000 full-text electronic journals through the University of Georgia. The Library is an important source of scientific as well as local historical information for the general public. It is an associate library of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) network. It serves the offices and support center of the NOAA Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary, as well as the Georgia Institute of Technology Laboratory for Chemical Ecology, Georgia Southern University's Applied Coastal Research Laboratory, the University of Georgia's Marine Extension Service, and the Savannah State University/SkIO Laboratory, which are all housed on the Skidaway campus.

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