The University of Georgia Libraries include four principal facilities on the UGA campus in Athens: the Main Library, the Science Library, the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries, and the Miller Learning Center. The UGA Libraries also has primary responsibility for a number of smaller on-campus libraries, reading rooms, and materials centers, and collaborates with several UGA research facilities throughout the state.
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- Together the Libraries own over 4.6 million volumes and 6.6 million microform units, and we subscribe to over 7,000 print journals.
- We provide online access to over 48,000 electronic full-text journals, and approximately 400,000 full-text e-books.
- UGA Libraries is a member of the prestigious Association of Research Libraries.
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The Main Library collects material in the arts and humanities, social sciences and business. It also contains a large government documents collection, the Media Department, and a substantial microform collection, and in addition is the home of the Libraries Administration. The Music Research Collection is located on the 7th Floor of the Main Library, and includes books, scores, periodicals, and microforms. The Libraries’ collection of commercially distributed motion pictures, television and radio programs is provided through the Media Department in the basement of the Main Library. The statewide Digital Library of Georgia is also based in the Main Library.
The Science Library supports collections for research and instruction in the physical and life sciences. The collection presently contains over 750,000 volumes and over 3,000 print journal titles.
The Miller Learning Center, a 200,000-square foot electronic library and classroom facility at the heart of campus, is designed to function for the way today's students learn. It combines an electronic library, providing access to online journals and books, research databases and electronic indexes with research and study space for 2,240 students, 500 computers with the latest software, and a pervasive wireless network.
The Richard B. Russell Building houses three Special Collections libraries: the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, which consists of the Rare Book and Manuscript Library, the Georgiana Collection, the University of Georgia Archives and Records Management; the University of Georgia Libraries Walter J. Brown Media Archives & the Peabody Awards Collection, and the Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, which supports scholarly research in modern political history, and is the first repository to document modern politics and policy development in the Southeast. The building contains exhibits showcasing the collections of all three departments.
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 undergraduograms, 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's literature courses. Books and periodicals of the CML can be located in GIL, the Libraries' online catalog.
Created by the merger of the former Map Library and the UGA Libraries' extensive government documents collections, the Map and Government Information Library (MAGIL) is located in the sub-basement of the Main Library on North Campus. Its mission is to provide bibliographic, physical and intellectual access to cartographic and government information in all formats.
The Music Library, located in the School of Music, operates in association with the Main Library, with its collection of materials developed by the Music Bibliographer. The Music Library contains commonly used books, scores, pedagogical materials, and major curriculum series used in elementary and secondary school music programs, and also serves as the primary access point for music audio and video recordings, as well as all music course reserve materials.
The Veterinary Medicine Reading Room serves the needs of College of Veterinary Medicine faculty, staff and students. The services offered include literature searches, a journal contents service, interlibrary loans, book and article deliveries from the Main and Science Libraries, class reserves, GALILEO and GIL, and instruction and orientation.
The Gwinnett Campus electronic library offers students, faculty and staff access to the collections of the UGA Libraries, as well as to the GALILEO suite of databases. There are 10 computer workstations and several tables available for group work. The campus reference librarian is on-site to assist students in conducting research, identifying, locating and retrieving electronic and print materials, as well as with basic computing.
Research Facility Libraries
The Library for the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences' Tifton Campus houses a representative collection of publications on agricultural engineering, agronomy, animal science, entomology, horticulture, plant pathology and related subjects. It holds over 4,000 monographs and subscriptions to about 200 periodicals, along with approximately 500 theses and dissertations on peanuts and related topics, one room of USDA publications and experiment station publications from 25 states. The Library is located in the Administrative Building on Moore Highway, 4601 Research Way.
The Griffin Campus Research Facility library, a branch of the University of Georgia Libraries, houses a representative collection of agricultural and applied economics, biological and agricultural engineering, crop and soil science, entomology, food science and technology, horticulture, plant genetic resources conservation, and related subjects. The Library is located in the Stuckey Building.
Sapelo Island Marine Institute focuses on critical problems of marsh ecology and the transport and fate of materials brought from the upland and marsh through the estuary and into the nearshore. The Institute fosters an atmosphere of cooperative research, employing the expertise of visiting scientists. Its reading room includes books and other publications focusing on research in marine and estuarine biology. The facility is only accessible by ferry as there is no causeway.
The Skidaway Institute Library is the largest in the state devoted almost exclusively to marine science. The 6,100 square foot facility contains holdings of 4,000 book volumes and 17,000 serial volumes.