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 A Message from the Dean of the Library on Coronavirus


We’re halfway through the fall semester and I wanted to share some information regarding library services.

You may notice that our hours are now back to normal. Most of the week, we are open until 11:45 pm. On Sunday, October 24, we will again be open on Sundays until 1:45 am. At the end of the semester, we plan to be open until 1:45 am for the full week to help you to prepare for final exams.

Note that there are modified hours during Fall Break.  We will be closed on Saturday, October 16. Hours are reduced on Sunday and Monday and back to normal on Tuesday. Click on the “Hours” link in the upper right hand corner of the library’s home page for complete information.

We ask our users to continue to take steps to protect the health of our users and employees. Handwashing is extremely important in preventing the spread of COVID. In addition, we have a number of hand sanitizing stations located throughout the library. Please use them freely.

All floors are open to the public from Sunday through Friday. Small group study rooms are available on the 4th, 5th, and 6th floors. You can book a study room and check out a key at the Circulation Desk.

We have added a wealth of new information resources—all available digitally—over the summer. These include the complete JSTOR Arts and Sciences collections (thousands of journals from vol.1, no. 1 forward, in high quality digital format), archives of a variety of magazines (Life, Fortune, Time, and more), as well as Early American Newspapers, the business database IBISWorld, and several additional subject-specific databases.  Project Muse, a popular resource containing additional journal titles, will become available in January. These products represent an incredible increase in the information resources available to our users and are available online to all members of the Lamar University and LIT communities.

Library reference services are offered through chat. This allows us to provide you with access to a live reference librarian 24/7, including during hours that the library is closed.

All in all, we believe that you will see a higher level of service while we continue to maintain distancing and cleanliness. You can refer to the university’s COVID-19 information page for information on the university’s response to COVID. You can also access up-to-date information on case counts for the university and county by referring to the university’s COVID Dashboard.

If you have questions, please feel free to ask at the Circulation Desk on the first floor.

Continued best wishes to you as you finish the semester.

Best regards,

Arne J. Almquist, Ph.D.
Dean of the Library/Vice President for Information Management and Decision Support

 The JSTOR Collections - Arts & Sciences IV

In order to promote and expand access to scholarly journal content, the Mary & John Gray Library has recently added the JSTOR Arts & Science IV Collection of online journal archives, thus adding access to an additional 109 journals, with dates of coverage ranging from 1852 to 2016, varying by journal.

The library has also acquired the digital archives for the IEEE periodicals for the following date ranges: 1884-1964, and 1995-2000.

 Featured E-Resource - Films on Demand

Films on Demand

Films on Demand - Add Video Introductions to Playlists

The Video Introduction feature for playlists allows users to add a short intro video to any playlist they create. Educators can use this new tool to provide an overview or give context for the videos in the playlist. To learn more about this and other enhancements, please see On Demand - 2016 Platform Updates.

 Featured Digital Collection

Lamar University Press Archive Newspaper Collection

Lamar University Newspaper

Digitized Lamar University Newspaper issues, beginning with The Redbird (1933) to The University Press (2005).