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The Samford Libraries Catalog currently contains holdings for materials in the Samford University Library, the Beeson Law Library and many materials in the Curriculum Materials Center and the Drug Information Center.

Main Circulating Collection

The Main Circulating collection refers to materials found in the Samford University Library. Circulation books with call numbers A and C-G are on the first floor, B are on the second floor and H-Z are on the third floor. Books are arranged by Library of Congress call numbers and may be checked out at the Circulation Desk on the first floor.

Other circulating collections include: Children's Books, Hellenic Scholars', The Marla Haas Corts Missionary Biography Collection, Multimedia and Reserves.

Children's Collection

The Children's Collection contains a selection of children's and juvenile materials (including Caldecott award winning books) that serve Samford's Education curriculum and the special needs of our patrons. As of June 2002 the collection numbered over 1,000 books. They are located on the first floor. (see map, legend Juvenile books)

Core Texts Collection

The Core Texts Curriculum is a two-semester course sequence, taken by all Samford University students. The Core Texts collection supports this curriculum.

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Hellenic Scholars' Library

The Hellenic Scholars' Library is located on the lower level by Special Collection (see map). This unique specialized collection represents an appreciation of Hellenic culture, thought, art and letters.

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Marla Haas Corts Missionary Biography Collection

The MHCMB Collection is housed on the second floor of the university library, in an alcove reading area between Government Documents and Theology (see map, legend MHCMB). The collection started with a nucleus of volumes from the Corts' personal collection, garnered from their international travels, and has been added to since. It includes biographies of Christian missionaries such as Lottie Moon, Albert Schweitzer, and others both familiar and less well known.

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Multimedia Collection

The Multimedia area of the University Library is located on the main level beside the Circulation Desk and provides educational and music resources, information, and services required by students, faculty, and staff. Our unified collection consists of sound recordings, video recordings, dvds, scores, and books. Faculty, staff, and students are welcome to come to the University Library to listen to and view sound and video materials and to check out books and scores.


Reserves, located on the first floor from the Circulation Desk, contains current reserve materials, including library books, photocopies, personal books, and some types of audio-visual materials on reserve for courses.

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Government Documents

The Government Documents Collection is housed on the second floor of the Library. The library is a selective depository for the US Government, with documents dating back to 1884. These publications may be identified and located through specialized indices available in the Government Documents Department. Documents published after 1976 are accessible through the library's catalog.

Electronic Resources

Samford University Library houses a growing collection of Electronic Resources. Over 100 journal indices and other electronic databases are accessible in the Library and campus-wide. Most are also available to currently affiliated Samford faculty, students, and staff accessing the Internet from home. Assistance in using electronic databases can be obtained from the Reference Desk.

The Government Documents Department maintains its own collection of government-produced information on CD-ROM, and the Government Documents Web pages provide extensive links to local, state, and national government information.

Periodicals / Journals

The University Library subscribes to approximately 1,000 journals, serials, and newspapers. Holdings are listed in the Library Catalog. The Library also provides access to hundreds of e-journals and over a thousand online newspapers via its News and Newspapers Online service.

Reference Collection

The Reference Collection is located in the Reference Department on the second floor of the Library's north wing. The collection consists of indices and abstracts, encyclopedias, dictionaries, atlases, guides, CD-ROM products and other reference books. Items do not circulate.

Special Collection

Primary and secondary materials focusing on Alabama and the Southeastern United States, including a large resource for Alabama Baptist materials, are located in Special Collection on the lower level. Resources include church materials, congregational and regional records, maps, local historical and genealogical periodicals, newspapers, census records, family histories and various audio visuals.

Also maintained is the Albert Casey Collection, an Irish Historical Collection, primarily focusing on the counties Cork and Kerry. Items do not circulate.

STORI- Samford Traditions & Oral History Recording Initiative

STORI is committed to collecting, preserving, archiving and disseminating oral histories from the Samford comunity, the Birmingham area, and the state of Alabama. Online access thru

University Archives

The Howard College/Samford University Archives is part of Special Collection on the lower level of the University Library. Most materials housed in the Archives do not appear in the Library Catalog. Materials of faculty, students and alumni are collected and stored in the Archives. Some of the materials included in the collection are catalogs since 1845, the matriculation schedule, Entre Nous beginning in 1909, The Crimson, Doctorate of Ministry projects, master theses and audiovisual materials.

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