University Libraries supports the mission of the University of Southern Mississippi by creating and providing access to an information-rich environment that fosters the intellectual development, diversity, and creativity of the University community. University Libraries provides educational opportunities which support the success of Southern Miss students, faculty, staff, and other researchers in their academic endeavors through collections, instructional services, and emerging trends in scholarship.
University Libraries aspires to support world-class research, embrace diverse voices, and advance student success by empowering faculty, staff, and students to create new knowledge and thrive in a twenty-first century global society.
- Empowerment – Support student success and professional development.
- Engagement – Provide opportunities for collective interaction, scholarly activity, and lifelong learning.
- Intellectual Curiosity – Foster intellectual development and protect freedom of information.
- Collaboration – Secure partnerships that support or advance the Libraries' mission.
- Outreach – Connect to users where they are, building meaningful relationships that support the university and broader community.
- Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion – Embrace diversity by creating a welcoming environment and providing resources representative of the diverse university populations.
- Access – Evaluate, select, and provide access to resources that meet the information needs of users.
- Service – Deliver exemplary service.
The Joseph Anderson Cook Library contains the principle holdings of books, journals, microforms, music, media, and other materials, which support the research and instructional programs of the University. Cook Library has five floors of book stacks, study areas, computers, and access is provided to over five million books and microforms and over 150,000 journals. Library services, such as circulation, interlibrary loan, and research assistance, are available on the first floor, with the collections housed on all five floors.
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The building is named for William D. McCain, former Mississippi state archivist and long-time president of The University of Southern Mississippi (1955-1975). An avid genealogist and historian, Dr. McCain took up offices in the McCain Library as President Emeritus following his retirement in 1975. Today, current President Emeritus Aubrey K. Lucas works out of the third floor offices. Other tenants in the building include the Graduate School, and the Testing Center.