About Special Collections
The Special Collections Virtual Reading Room centralizes access to the varied
collections held in Special Collections on the Hattiesburg campus
of The University of Southern Mississippi. Search
our primary source materials, browse our digital collections, or review past items of the month. Exhibitions and Events features news &
events and publicizes exhibits and other activities.
Learn more about the materials by going to the Collections
page for summaries and links to the de Grummond Children's Literature Collection, Historical Manuscripts & Archives, Mississippiana, Rare Books and the Digital Lab. Genealogy
books related to Mississippi are shelved in the reading room where researchers
may browse the open stacks, examine files, and make photocopies.
The Research & Instruction page offers a search engine that
locates items found in the
online library catalog, and a unified search engine that searches materials housed in the various collections held in Special Collections.
Links to online resources, research guides, and finding aids are also provided.
All materials are accessed in person on the third floor in the Cleanth Brooks Reading Room (Room 305) and do not circulate. Reference requests are taken
via the telephone, e-mail, and regular mail.
McCain Library Hours
Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Desk Phone: 601.266.4345
Library & Archives
The University of Southern Mississippi
College Dr. #5148
Visiting Special Collections
The USM Libraries welcomes gifts of books, papers, records, and other items that complement its research collections. Such materials are carefully preserved
and available for research under supervision. Also appreciated are bequests through
The University of Southern Mississippi Foundation that serve to support the
programs and collections of the University Libraries. For more information regarding donations, please view our Donating to Special Collections page.
For more information about conducting research in our Special Collections, see our Research and Instruction page.