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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.



    Reference Desk Phone: 601.266.4345
    Reference E-mail: Ask-A-Librarian
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    McCain Library & Archives
    The University of Southern Mississippi
    118 College Dr. #5148
    Hattiesburg, MS 39406-0001


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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.