The Dickerson-Johnson Library and Learning Resources Center contains the general reference, Black heritage Collections, Media Center and Computer Lab. The library occupies the second and third floors of the building.
The library is designed to facilitate student research and study with open stacks and continuously available assistance from library staff. It offers a wide variety of materials including over 45,000 bound volumes, nearly 400 periodicals in several formats including full-text CD-ROM databases, over 2,000 microfilms, as well as current issues of more than 125 magazines, journals and newspapers. Services provided include a microfilm reader/printer, photocopier, typewriters, typing rooms, a large group conference room which also serves as a viewing room, and a Media Center which houses a collection books, audio-visual materials and equipment.
With the rapid technological advance in the area of information storage, retrieval and delivery, it is possible to expand access to a world of information beyond the library walls. The library has the capability of providing comprehensive searches of the literature and students can access electronic databases to which the library subscribes as well as those provided through Mississippi Alliance for Gaining New Opportunities through Library Information Access (MAGNOLIA) Mississippi’s statewide consortium which is funded by the Mississippi Legislature and Mississippi Electronic Libraries On-Line (MELO) as well as the library’s on-line catalog. The online catalog provides access to the collection and can be accessed at www.coahomacc.edu/library.
The second floor of the library houses the reference collection along with the Black Heritage Collection. Newspapers, journals, and magazines are also located on this floor. The third floor houses the circulating books and Media Center.
The library provides access to print and non-print materials necessary to support all programs of the institution. These materials include essential references and specialized program resources. Selection of these materials is a continuous process involving administrators, faculty, students, and staff. The basic factor in the selection process is the curriculum. Faculty and staff members with specific fields of interest and experience are asked to make recommendations for materials in their respective fields as well as general references. A list of new books and other materials, cataloged and added to the collection is emailed campus wide at various intervals.
Materials are selected to support the curriculum and provide recreational reading for students and faculty. Faculty and staff members with specific fields of interest and experience are asked to make recommendations for materials in their respective fields as well as general references. A list of new books, cataloged, and added to the library collection is given to each faculty member at regular intervals and is also available through the online catalog.
Faculty and staff members are granted an extended loan privilege, which is based upon the recognition of the special needs of faculty members for materials over a longer period. However, these materials should be returned promptly when they are no longer in use or at the end of each semester so that they can be available to others. Instructors may place books on reserve at any time during the semester. The individual instructor will inform his/her students of the books placed on reserve for their use and of regulations regarding the use of these books.