Alumni and Friends

Alumni and members of the general public are welcome in all University Libraries locations and may use our resources on-campus. If you wish to check out books or use other services, please consider joining the University of Southern Mississippi Alumni Association (alumni) or the Friends of University Libraries (public).

Guides for Alumni and Friends

For general information about University Libraries facilities and services for students, visit the welcome guides listed below.

Check out one of our many Research Guides for more specific services and resources.

Checkout & Borrowing

A University ID card is required to check out items from any University Libraries location.

Community borrowers may check out up to 5 items at any given time.

Loan periods vary according to collection or material type as follows:

  • 30 days - General Collection Materials
  • 14 days - Curriculum Materials, Media, and Media Equipment

Bound periodicals, reference materials, and atlases are non-circulating for community borrowers.

Dry-erase board markers are available for checkout at the Circulation Desk. They are due by closing of the day they are checked out.


For more information: University Libraries Circulation Policy


Interlibrary Loan

Alumni and Friends may request library materials not available at USM from other institutions. Requests can be made by logging into Interlibrary Loan. Click here to learn more about interlibrary loan services.

Research Help

Visit the Ask-a-Librarian page for research assistance via telephone, e-mail, or chat. For one-one-one or small group help, schedule a research consultation with a librarian.

Technology Help

For information about printing, faxing, scanning, public computers, wireless access, and passwords, please see below.

Printing: The University of Southern Mississippi uses the WEPA system. Click here for more information on using Wepa.

Faxing: Faxing is available at the Circulation Desk, located in the lobby of Cook Library. Local faxes are $1.00 flat rate. For long distance faxes the first page is $2.50 and additional pages are $1.00 per page.

Scanning: A scanner is available in the Learning Commons on the first floor of the Cook Library. At Gulf Coast Library, one scanner is available on the first floor.

Public Computers: 13 PCs and 1 iMac computer are available for guest users in the Cook Library Learning Commons on the first floor. 4 PCs are available for community users at Gulf Coast Library, two each on the first and second floors.

Library patrons who are not current Southern Miss students, faculty, or staff must obtain a unique guest login to access the computers. To receive your login, please present your photo ID at the service desk in the Learning Commons at Cook Library or the service desk on the first floor at Gulf Coast Library.

Wireless Access: Is available on campus. Go to iTech's site for additional information


Other Help

For information about affiliated services located inside of Cook Library, please see below.