Services for Students

University Libraries provides a wide range of services to Southern Miss students. Students have full access to all print and electronic resources in the Libraries' collections. Use the links below to learn about specific services available to you.

Guides for Students

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

For more specific services and resources, check out our Student Success, Citation Help, and Curriculum Materials Center guides or visit one of our many Research Guides.

Borrowing from Our Libraries

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

All library notifications are sent via email to the official university-issued email address.

Students may check out library materials according to the following item limits:


  • Undergraduate Students - 25 items at any one time
  • Graduate Students - 50 items at any one time



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

Undergraduate Students

  • 30 days - General Collection Materials
  • 14 days - Curriculum Materials, Media and Media Equipment
  • 3 days - Bound Periodicals
  • 1 day - Reference Materials and Atlases


Graduate Students

  • 120 days - General Collection Materials
  • 14 days - Curriculum Materials, Media and Media Equipment
  • 3 days - Bound Periodicals
  • 1 day - Reference Materials and Atlases



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


Course Reserves

The purpose of the course reserve system is to facilitate access to resources needed for instructional use by students. You may search for reserves by using Seymour Info. Print reserve materials are located at the Circulation Desk.



Borrowing from Other Libraries

Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary Loan assists currently enrolled students by requesting 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.

Mississippi University Library Borrowing Program

University Libraries is a member of the Mississippi University Library (MUL) Borrowing Program. The MUL Borrowing Program is a consortium of eight institutions in Mississippi that extend reciprocal, on-site borrowing privileges to current faculty, staff, and students of member institutions. Current students, faculty, and staff in good standing with Southern Miss Libraries are eligible to borrow library materials from the participating universities. Participating institutions are Alcorn State University, Delta State University, Jackson State University, Mississippi State University, Mississippi University for Women, Mississippi Valley State University, University of Mississippi (Oxford campus only), and The University of Southern Mississippi.

Mississippi Universities Library (MUL) borrower's cards are available from the circulation desks at Cook Library and Gulf Coast Library. The cards are non-transferable. Participating libraries will honor MUL borrowing cards when they are presented in conjunction with a valid picture identification card issued by The University of Southern Mississippi.

Loan periods are designated by the lending institution. Return of borrowed materials to the lending institution and any overdue fines are the responsibility of the individual borrower. Charges for damaged or lost material will follow the governing circulation policy of the lending institution.

For more information, please contact .

Golden Eagle Textbook Initiative (GETI)

The Golden Eagle Textbook Initiative (GETI) provides free access to textbooks for General Education Curriculum (GEC) courses. University Libraries began the GETI program in 2017 with help from grant funding from the Southern Miss Fund. Today, University Libraries continue to provide access to GEC textbooks in an effort to provide additional support and equitable access for students.

The GETI programs allows students to borrow textbooks for up to three hours at a time. Students can use the Course Reserves tool in Seymour Info or they can visit the circulation desk in Cook Library to find their textbook. For help finding a textbook or for more information on borrowing materials from University Libraries, contact Access Services at or 601.266.4250.

For more information about the GETI program, contact Hali Black, First Year Experience Librarian at or 601.266.4255.

Research Help

Visit the Ask-a-Librarian page for research assistance via telephone, e-mail, or chat. For one-on-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.

Wide Format Printing: The Gulf Coast Library offers wide format printing of various sizes. More information, including pricing, can be found here.

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: 307 PCs are available throughout Cook Library along with 8 iMac computers in the Learning Commons on the first floor. 93 PCs are available throughout Gulf Coast Library along with 3 iMac computers on the first floor and 1 iMac computer on the second floor. iTech maintains a complete list of available public computing.

iTech offers remote access to computers like those located at Cook and Gulf Coast Libraries. The remote access computers provide access to the same software that is installed on the public computers inside the libraries, including GMetrix, MATLAB, SPSS, and Office 365. The remote access computers provide online students and others with access to the same computing resources as on-campus users. For more information about remote access computing, visit the iTech web page.

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

Passwords: The University of Southern Mississippi has a self-service Campus ID password management portal.


Room Reservations

Students can make reservations for study rooms by using the online reservation system.

Eighty research carrels are available for rent inside Cook Library. Additional information is provided on the carrel request form.

Other Help

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

Individuals with Disabilities

Students requiring special assistance in the University Libraries should be registered with the University's Student Accessibility Services, which will help to ensure that the libraries are aware of all reasonable and appropriate accommodations.

Other inquiries about library services and assistive technology may be made by phoning or visiting any service desk located within a particular library or by using Ask-a-Librarian.