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June 1st - August 24th



Saturday -Sunday


Staff Directory

Director Bob Gillette 793-4690
Cataloger Nancy Shanafelt 793-4684
Reference/ILL Terry Young 793-4683
Circulation Jeff Wright 793-4692
Secretary Trudy Mosley 793-4685
Acquisitions Lynn Roberts 793-4679
Cataloging Assistant Alichia Moon 793-4693
Media Center David Williams 793-4668

About the Library...

How To Find What You Need

The Jay-Rollins Library, like most university libraries in the United States, uses the Library of Congress Classification. This scheme arranges materials according to their subject matter using a combination of letters and numbers. Each item has a distinctive call number. Call numbers for books,videos, cd's, audio-cassettes and government documents (at McM, ACU, APL, HSU, and HPU) may be obtained from the public access catalog, which lists books by author, title, and subject. Call numbers for periodicals may be obtained from the public access catalog by searching "periodical title". A floor plan of the library can be found across from the first floor stairs. Assistance can be found at the Reference Desk and at the Circulation Desk on the first floor.

Loan Regulations

Regular books circulate for 3 weeks and can be renewed as long as there is no hold on the item. Renewals can be made in person, online, or on the telephone unless the book is overdue at which point the patron must bring the book in.. A hold may be placed on a book, which is checked out, and an attempt will be made to notify the individual requesting the book when it is available. Current barcoded ID is required when checking out materials.


Faculty members may request that certain library materials or personal copies be placed on limited circulation so that large numbers of students may have access to them for short periods. Faculty are urged to allow 48 hours for processing prior to when the materials will be needed by students.

Non-Circulating Material

Non-circulating material consists of those items that cannot leave the building. Examples include microforms, maps, rare books, reference books, current (unbound) periodicals, newspapers, and archival materials.


Regular books, college catalogs, records/tapes, and vertical files- - $.10/day including the day the item is returned. Videos- -$1/day. Reserve books- -$.25/day or any part thereof (when the library is open as well as closed)


Periodicals in the Jay-Rollins Library are classified like books. Current issues are located behind the Circulation Desk on the first floor in Reading Area. Bound volumes of periodicals are located on the first floor in classification order. Those on microfilm are also located on the first floor in the Microfilm Reading Area. The online catalog should be consulted first for the library's holdings of it and the call number.


Reference and information assistance is available on the first floor at the Reference or Circulation Desks.

Computers and Internet Access- There is wireless access throughout the library.Four Internet access only computers are available on the first floor. Patrons can:

  • access the Online Catalog and Databases
  • check email
  • search the Internet
  • print material at $.10 a page

The eight networked computers located on the first floor are available to McMurry students, faculty, and staff. They provide access to:

  • Microsoft Office & the Internet,
  • the Z: drive for saving materials,
  • online catalog
  • databases
  • e-mail services
  • scanners
  • printers:
  • students start with 600 print credits (pages) a semester
  • more credits can be purchased at the Computer Information office in Cooke 103 or the AEC located in the Student Center for $.05 a page.

To log-on, patrons need a current network ID and password. These are obtained through the Computer Information office, x4900.


Orientation tours of the library are offered to interested persons and groups. Arrangements may be made by calling the Reference Librarian.

New Books

New books are displayed for short periods of time on the first floor across from the public access computers.

Media Center

The Media Center is located on the first floor of the McMurry Library. The Coordinator of Media Services will work with faculty and students on media projects..

Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

While the library is usually considered adequate for most undergraduate needs, it is impossible for even the largest library to contain all the material needed for more sophisticated programs. To this end, the library staff, through the interlibrary loan system, is able to borrow from almost any library in the country if adequate time is allowed. If the material you need is not owned by the Jay-Rollins Library, discuss your needs with the ILL Librarian. Often there is no charge for the loan of materials. You assume only the cost of photoduplication, special mailing, or other charges imposed by the lending library.


The Jay-Rollins Library subscribes to the Abilene Reporter News, the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and the Sunday editions of the New York Times and Washington Post. These are located in the Periodicals &Reading Area located behind the Circulation Desk. Additional newspapers are available on line through the InfoTrac and LexisNexis databases.

Other Services

  • Photocopies- a self-service machine is located on the first floor- 10 cents a copy.
  • Microfilm Copying- is available by completing the forms located in the Microfilm Reading Area and taking these forms to the Circulation Desk. Copies are 10 cents a page and one of the library staff will make your copies for you
  • Word processors- four computers with access to the McMurry network are available on the first floor. These are for students/faculty/staff & have printers and scanners attached.
  • Typewriters- two are available on the first floor. No charge.
  • Library Courier Service- is available Monday - Friday between the five Abilene Library Consortium Libraries in town. You may turn in materials for the other Consortium Libraries.
  • Book Sale- the library runs an ongoing used booksale. Books - Hardbacks =$1.00, Paperbacks=$.50, See Staff For Assistance.
  • Blank floppy disks & CDs - are available for $1.00 each, ask at Circulation Desk.