Services for Students

University Libraries provides a wide range of services to Southern Miss students. Students have full access to all print and electronic resources in the Libraries' collections. Use the links below to learn about specific services available to you.



Guides for Students

For general information about Cook Library’s facilities and services for students, visit the Welcome to Cook Library guide or Welcome Guide for Online Students.

For more specific services and resources, check out our Student Success, Citation Help, and Curriculum Materials Center guides or visit one of our many subject guides.



 
Checkout & Borrowing

A University ID card is required to check out items from any University Libraries location.

All library notifications are sent via email to the official university-issued email address.

Students may check out library materials according to the following item limits:

 

  • Undergraduate Students - 25 items at any one time
  • Graduate Students - 50 items at any one time

 

 

Loan periods vary according to collection or material type as follows:

Undergraduate Students

  • 30 days - General Collection Materials
  • 14 days - Curriculum Materials, Media and Media Equipment
  • 3 days - Bound Periodicals
  • 1 day - Reference Materials and Atlases

 

Graduate Students

  • 120 days - General Collection Materials
  • 14 days - Curriculum Materials, Media and Media Equipment
  • 3 days - Bound Periodicals
  • 1 day - Reference Materials and Atlases

 

 

Dry-erase board markers are available for checkout at the Circulation Desk. They are due by closing of the day they are checked out.

 

For more information: University Libraries Circulation Policy

 

Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary Loan assists currently enrolled students by requesting library materials not available at USM from other institutions. Requests can be made by logging into Illiad. Click here to learn more about interlibrary loan services.

 

Course Reserves

The purpose of the course reserve system is to facilitate access to resources needed for instructional use by students. You may search for reserves by using the instructor’s last name or the course name. Electronic reserves are accessible through the online library catalog and print reserve materials are located at the Circulation Desk in Cook Library.

 

Borrowing Programs

University Libraries is a member of the Mississippi University Library (MUL) Borrowing Program. The MUL Borrowing Program is a consortium of eight institutions in Mississippi that extend reciprocal, on-site borrowing privileges to current faculty, staff, and students of member institutions. Current students, faculty, and staff in good standing with Southern Miss Libraries are eligible to borrow library materials from the participating universities. Participating institutions are Alcorn State University, Delta State University, Jackson State University, Mississippi State University, Mississippi University for Women, Mississippi Valley State University, University of Mississippi (Oxford campus only), and The University of Southern Mississippi.

Mississippi Universities Library (MUL) borrower's cards are available from the circulation desks at Cook Library and Gulf Coast Library. The cards are non-transferable. Participating libraries will honor MUL borrowing cards when they are presented in conjunction with a valid picture identification card issued by The University of Southern Mississippi.

Loan periods are designated by the lending institution. Return of borrowed materials to the lending institution and any overdue fines are the responsibility of the individual borrower. Charges for damaged or lost material will follow the governing circulation policy of the lending institution.

For more information about the MUL Borrowing Program, please contact Sarah Mangrum, Access Services Librarian at Cook Library.



 
Research Help

Visit the Ask-a-Librarian page for research assistance via telephone, e-mail, or chat. For one-on-one or small group help, schedule a research consultation with a librarian.



 
Technology Help

For information about printing, faxing, scanning, public computers, wireless access, and passwords, please see below.

Printing: The University of Southern Mississippi uses the WEPA system. Click here for more information on using Wepa.

Faxing: Faxing is available at the Circulation Desk, located in the lobby of Cook Library. Local faxes are $1.00 flat rate. For long distance faxes the first page is $2.50 and additional pages are $1.00 per page.

Scanning: Multiple scanners are available in the Learning Commons on the first floor of the Cook Library.

Public Computers: 307 PC’s are available throughout Cook Library along with 8 iMac Computers in the Learning Commons on the first floor. iTech maintains a complete list of available public computing.

Wireless Access: Is available on campus. Go to iTech's site for additional information

Passwords:The University of Southern Mississippi has a self-service Campus ID password management portal.

 



 
Room Reservations

Students can make reservations for group study rooms by using the online reservation system. If it is your first time using the system you will need to make an account and will then be able to make reservations.

Cook Library has several rooms to meet the needs of our community. Cook Library Room 123, Room 110, Cook Library Art Gallery, and SLIS Room 208 can all be reserved by a faculty or staff member.



 
Other Help

For information about affiliated services located inside of Cook Library, please see below.



 
Individuals with Disabilities

Students requiring special assistance in the University Libraries should be registered with the University's Office for Disability Accommodations, which will help to ensure that the libraries are aware of all reasonable and appropriate accommodations.

Other inquiries about library services and assistive technology may be made by phoning or visiting any service desk located within a particular library or by using Ask-a-Librarian.