Library Collections

Purchase Requests

The University Libraries welcomes suggestions about materials purchases, but reserves the right to make all decisions about materials purchased for the collections.

New faculty members may have teaching and research interests that fall outside the current collection scope of the University Libraries. In recognition of that fact, the Dean of Libraries annually sets aside a modest allocation to support requests from new faculty for one-time or start-up purchases. This allocation allows the Libraries to provide prompt, one-time funding as requests are received and to reassess long-term collection policies. Please direct requests to Michael Arthur (maarthur@ua.edu), Department Head, Resource Acquisition and Discovery, The University Libraries.

  Teaching Support

Library Instruction

Librarians are available to teach library instruction sessions. These classes are designed as working sessions and should be scheduled to coincide with an assignment requiring library research. Sessions range from basic introduction to library resources for freshman classes, or more in-depth research techniques for upper-level classes.

Distance Education

The University Libraries also provides instructional services designed especially to engage students in an online environment. Contact Erica England, Distance Education Librarian, for more information.

Course Reserves

The University Libraries allows for faculty members to place items on reserve for his or her courses. Reserve lists must be submitted at least 10 days in advance and are processed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Subject and Course Guides

Librarians can create research guides for any class, project, or subject area. To be placed in contact with a subject specialist librarian, please email Denise F. Quintel, UA Libraries LibGuides administrator.

  Getting Materials

Faculty members can authorize another person as a proxy borrower to check out materials on the faculty member account. A proxy borrower may be a student, staff person, or an immediate family member. The completed form can be submitted to any of the University Libraries to create the account. Items can also be borrowed through interlibrary loan by proxy.