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    Jul 14, 2024  
2023-2024 Catalogue 
    
2023-2024 Catalogue

Belhaven University Library Handbook


Table of Contents

GENERAL INFORMATION
LIBRARY RESOURCES
LIBRARY SERVICES & POLICIES
ACCESSING LIBRARIES

 

WARREN A. HOOD LIBRARY    
General Information

Welcome to the Warren A. Hood Library!  We hope our library will be a vital part of your academic experience at Belhaven University. We are here to help you in any way possible-Let us serve you!

Through its collection, its service, and its staff, the Warren A. Hood Library supports the academic programs of Belhaven University by providing resources to explore all areas of human knowledge within the framework of a biblical worldview. The students, faculty, administration, and staff are the library’s clientele; the library further recognizes and accepts community and interlibrary loan cooperation as a part of its larger function.

The Warren A. Hood Library is located on the Traditional Jackson Campus. With more than 95,000 print and non-print items and 100+ electronic databases, the library provides a wide range of material to support the curriculum.

The staff is trained to assist all faculty and students with a wide range of research activities. It is the librarians’ intent that each student at Belhaven develops transferable skills to enhance life-long learning through instruction and skilled use of the materials available. With these skills, students will be empowered to navigate resources at libraries worldwide.

 


 

PHYSICAL BUILDING    
General Information

Completed in 1974, the Warren A. Hood Library building houses the Library and University Archives on the second (main) and third floors. The building also houses Barber Auditorium on the first floor, the Wynn Kenyon Think Center on the main floor, and the Worldview Learning Center on the third floor. The library offers comfortable seating and study spaces for individual students and student groups.

Computers and Printers: The Library provides 12 computer stations connected to networked printers. Library computers are primarily intended for student class research and projects. Patrons not engaged in academic activities may be asked to relinquish a computer. Students can print from library computers at a cost of 50 cents per page for color copies.

WiFi: The Library provides wireless access for students’ personal devices.

Photocopiers: Two photocopiers are available for use.

 


 

HOURS AND CONTACT INFORMATION    
General Information

LIBRARY HOURS (SPRING, FALL)

Monday - Thursday 7:30 am - 12 midnight
Friday - Saturday 7:30 am - 10 pm
Sunday 6:00 pm - 12 midnight

 

SUMMER HOURS

Monday - Friday 8 am - 9 pm
Friday - Saturday 7:30 am - 10 pm
Sunday Closed

*For Fridays, we generally closed at 6 pm before going into holiday weekends.

Hours will vary during school holidays, breaks, and summer terms. Times are in Central Standard Time.
 

CONTACT INFORMATION

Belhaven University
Warren A. Hood Library
1500 Peachtree St., Box 306
Jackson, MS 39202

  • Phone: 601-968-5948
  • Web: www.belhaven.edu/library
  • Email: askalibrarian@belhaven.edu


The Library website Staff Contacts page lists staff individual email addresses and phone numbers.

 


 

ELECTRONIC RESOURCES    
Library Resources

The Warren A. Hood Library offers access to research databases, ebooks, ejournals, streaming audio & video products, and other resources. Simply use your Belhaven online credentials to access these materials from the library’s website here. Research Guides providing help and search tips can be found on the library website as well.

 


 

PHYSICAL RESOURCES    
Library Resources

CIRCULATING COLLECTION

Most of the materials in the library can be checked out. The library uses the Dewey Decimal Classification system. Along with adult non-fiction and fiction titles, the library provides DVDs and music CDs as well as children’s books.
 

REFERENCE COLLECTION

The reference collection contains books like encyclopedias, dictionaries, indexes, almanacs, and bibliographies. Reference materials can only be checked out with special permission. Otherwise, these titles must only be used in the library. Our reference collection is located on the main floor.
 

RESERVES

Items professors have placed on reserve for their classes are located behind the circulation desk. Professors decide circulation specifics for each item. Some items must remain in the building.
 

PERIODICALS

Current journals and magazines are located on the main floor. Older volumes and issues can be found upstairs. Periodicals do not circulate.
 

UNIVERSITY ARCHIVES

University Archives contain historical materials. The Archives are located on the third floor. Materials cannot be checked out and access is restricted. To gain access, contact the Reference/Periodicals Librarian or the Director of Libraries.

 


 

ACCESS AND BORROWING PRIVILEGES    
Library Services and Policies

The Warren A. Hood Library provides full access and borrowing privileges to Belhaven faculty, staff, and students. Users with outstanding fines or fees may have their privileges revoked until monies are paid.

 


 

REFERENCE    
Library Services and Policies

Belhaven University Librarians are available to answer questions and offer research assistance in person or via telephone or email. An Ask-a-Librarian email form link can be found on the library’s main page.
 

ASK A LIBRARIAN

Students are encouraged to utilize the help of campus librarians. Librarians can help with a range of information such as searching the library catalog, compiling a bibliography of books, order books or articles on interlibrary loan, asking about research guides, research consultations, bibliographic instruction, searching databases, or any other services. Have questions? Fill out the Ask a librarian form.

 


 

INFORMATION LITERACY    
Library Services and Policies

EMPOWER: Self-paced EMPOWER information literacy modules are available to increase student information literacy and knowledge. The EMPOWER link can be found on the library’s main page.
 

RESEARCH GUIDES

Research Guides on various academic subjects and general research help guides are available here.

 


 

CIRCULATION AND FINES    
Library Services and Policies

PATRON REGISTRATION

All borrowers need to fill out a patron registration form. Belhaven University students, faculty, and staff must present their BU ID card at the Circulation Desk, and a barcode will be affixed to the back of the ID card. BU alumni and Belhaven neighbors must show a current driver’s license or MS State ID and will receive a paper library card.
 

BORROWING LIBRARY MATERIALS

All borrowers must take their items to the Circulation Desk and present their Belhaven ID or library card. A date-due receipt will be provided. The library catalog, https://belhaven.tlcdelivers.com/#section=home,  allows borrowers to view a list of their checked out material. The individual who checks out library material assumes responsibility for those items until they have been turned in, regardless of who uses them during the time they are checked out.
 

STUDENT CIRCULATION AND FINES

MATERIAL TYPE LOAN PERIOD LIMITS RENEWALS FINES
Books 21 days 15 books 2 $0
CDs 7 days 10 CDs 1 $0
DVDs & VHS 7 days 10 items each 0 $0
Course Reserves varies 5 items varies $3.00/day

 

RENEWING LIBRARY MATERIALS

Patrons may renew items in person at the Circulation Desk, through the library catalog, or via telephone or email, Items will not be renewed if another patron has requested them.
 

PLACING HOLDS

Patrons may place holds on items in person at the Circulation Desk, through the library catalog, or via telephone or email.
 

RETURNING MATERIALS

Library materials may be returned to the Circulation Desk or in the outside book drop. To prevent damage, DVDs and CDs should be returned to the Circulation Desk if possible.
 

COURSE RESERVES

Students may request course reserves from staff at the Circulation Desk.
 

FINES

Fines are not charged for the days the library is closed. Fines will accrue until materials are returned. When accumulated fines exceed $5.00, borrowing privileges are suspended. Unpaid fines and/or overdue books will prevent a student from receiving transcripts, receiving a diploma, or registering for a new term.

 


 

INTERLIBRARY LOAN (ILL)
Library Services and Policies

Interlibrary Loan provides articles and books from other libraries that the Warren A. Hood Library does not own. ILL is restricted to Belhaven University students, faculty, and staff. For full information and request forms, click here.

 


 

OTHER
Library Services and Policies

The Faculty and Staff Resources are directly under the databases web part on BlazeNet.
 

SMART CASES

The Hood Library makes available Smart Cases for Belhaven University faculty and staff on the Jackson Campus to use for classes and events. A Smart Case consists of a laptop and projector. A projection screen is also available. To request a Smart Case, click here.
 

ACQUISITION REQUESTS

The library welcomes suggestions for new material, and a link to an acquisition request form is available on the library main page.
 

COURSE RESERVES

Belhaven University faculty and staff members may use the Course Reserve Form to place personal and/or library materials on reserve for a course. To fill out the form, click here.
 

SHELVING

When using books and periodicals in the library, please do not re-shelve them. Leave them on tables or at the circulation desk for re-shelving.

 


 

JACKSON, MS CAMPUSES    
Accessing Libraries

CENTRAL MISSISSIPPI LIBRARY COUNCIL AND INFOPASS

Belhaven University is a member of the Central Mississippi Library Council (CMLC), a consortium of eighteen libraries (here), whose purpose is to promote optimal access to books and other informational materials, to provide reference services to patrons of member libraries, and to further develop interlibrary cooperation.

Access to other libraries within the CMLC is provided via the Information Passport or InfoPass which provides a means by which participating libraries may refer patrons with serious research needs to another library when the patrons require access to sources of information not housed in the home library.

Since participation in the InfoPass program is voluntary, cooperating libraries are free to determine the extent of service they will render to individuals from outside their own user community.

InfoPasses are required for several of the CMLC libraries and can be obtained from a library staff member.
 

MS COUNTY LIBRARY SYSTEMS

Students are encouraged to obtain a library card from their local public library In addition to borrowing privileges, it will entitle you to selected interlibrary loan service and perhaps other services as well. The three main library systems in the Jackson area are listed below:

Jackson-Hinds Library System

Website: http://www.jhlibrary.com/; phone: 601-968-5811

Main Library: 300 North State Street, Jackson, MS 39201
 

Central Mississippi Regional Library System

Website: http://www.cmrls.lib.ms.us/; phone: 601-825-2672

Main Library: 1475 West Government Street, Brandon, MS 39042
 

Madison County Library System

Website: http://www.mcls.ms/; phone: 601-859-3202

Main Library: 102 Priestley Street, Canton, MS 39046
 

MISSISSIPPI LIBRARY PARTNERSHIP

The Mississippi Library Partnership includes the libraries of Mississippi State University and Mississippi University for Women. Desoto students can access these resources through their local public library, First Regional Library, and request to have books from a member library delivered.

 


 

ONLINE STUDENTS    
Accessing Libraries

Contact the public library in your area; access is available for local residents with a public library card.

Contact local academic libraries in the area to see what special privileges are allowed for visitors to access their services. This information can be found by calling or visiting the library’s website.