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2nd Floor South

Cook Library Second Floor South (LIB 209) houses the media collection, microform collection, and U.S. government publications collection, as well as the equipment necessary to use these resources. Current periodicals, current newspapers, maps, and atlases are also kept in this area.


Media Collection
The Cook Library media collection is located in 2nd Floor South and includes videocassettes, DVDs, laser discs, compact audio discs, audiocassettes, and slides. The library provides a variety of equipment to support use of the media collection. The media viewing and listening area is located on the west side of 2nd Floor South. In addition, DVD and VHS players are available for checkout from the circulation desk in the first floor lobby. For help finding media, try the Libraries' FAQ How do I find media?

Microform Collections
Cook Library has large holdings in microform (microfilm, microfiche, and opaque microcard). The microform collection includes past issues of newspapers and journals, ERIC documents, and books. Many significant collections are available, such as “Selected Americana from Sabin’s Dictionary of Books Relating to America,” “Three Centuries of English and American Plays,” “Travels in the Confederate States, American Women’s Diaries, Southern Women,” and “Papers of the NAACP,”.

Government Publications Collection
Second Floor South houses the Government Publications Collection, which includes paper, microform, CD-ROM. Maps are also part of the Government Publications Collection. University Libraries collect selected federal publications distributed by the Government Printing Office (GPO) and the Libraries are one of eleven Federal Depository Libraries in the state of Mississippi. As a Selective Depository, the library receives roughly half of the government publications distributed by the GPO. For help finding government publications, try the Libraries' FAQ How do I find U.S. government documents?

Atlas Collection

Atlases are included in both the general circulating collection, located in the stacks, and in the reference collection, located in the Learning Commons. Oversized atlases are located on special shelving in 2nd Floor South.

Please consult the Libraries' FAQ for assistance in using the library catalog to find atlases.

Current Periodical Collection

University Libraries subscribe to nearly 600 periodicals in print format. The most recent issues of these journals and magazines are available in 2nd Floor South. Unbound periodicals do not circulate.

Please consult the Libraries' FAQ for assistance in using the library catalog to find periodicals.

Current Newspaper Collection

University Libraries subscribe to a variety of state, national, and international newspapers. Two to three months of paper versions are available in 2nd Floor South. Paper newspapers do not circulate.

Older issues of newspapers may be available in the microform collection, also located in 2nd Floor South or online in one of the Libraries' article databases.


Microform Equipment
2nd Floor South has several microform reader/printers for use with microfiche or microfilm and one for use with microopaque or microcards. The microfilm/microfiche readers are attached to computer, providing the ability create digital copies that can be saved or printed. All the microform printers use the library's online print account system to pay for printing. For help using the microform equipment, try the Libraries' microform equipment help guide.

Media Equipment
2nd Floor South has a small lab with the necessary equipment for viewing or listening to all materials in its collections. Most of the equipment is for use in-house. There are, however, portable DVD players and VHS/DVD combo units available for checkout.

Technology-Enhanced Study Rooms
Two technology-enhanced group study rooms are located on the second floor of Cook Library. Both rooms, 209D and 209J, are located on the east side of the second floor. A 42-inch LCD monitor is mounted to the wall and serves as the computer monitor. The computer has Internet access and the same software as other computers in the library, including Microsoft Word and PowerPoint.

2nd Floor South has several computers with Internet access and the complete Microsoft Office suite. All computers are available for searching the library catalog, article databases, and other electronic resources.

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