How To Use The Library As A Guest

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Who is a guest at the library?

If you’re a Union alumnus or a member of the community that is not currently attending Union, you’re a library guest.

The library has several policies for guests that allow you to use a limited amount of resources.


  • Guest Cards

The following groups of guests are eligible to obtain a free guest library card.

  • Retired employees (faculty and staff) of Union University
  • Current ministerial personnel (i.e. pastor, minister of music, minister of youth, associate pastor) from a church within 25 miles of Union University
  • Current members of Union University’s Board of Trustees
  • Local academic or public librarians from the West Tennessee Area Libraries Consortium
  • Spouses of current Union University faculty and staff members


If you do not meet the criteria for a free guest card, you can purchase a guest card for $60/year.

Card holders must be at least 18 years old. A photo ID and proof of qualifying status must be supplied at the time of application. Guests are limited to three (3) books and cannot check out media items. Loaning of guest cards is prohibited and the user should be prepared to show ID if asked.



  • Guest Printing

Guests can be signed on to a library guest computer for 2 consecutive hours per day. If you need to print, printing costs 10 cents per page. All of your prints will automatically go into a queue that requires a library worker to release your prints. You will be asked to pay the library at the time of printing- you cannot make an I.O.U. for prints.

*The library is not responsible for guest patron privacy on the guest computers.*


  • Faxing & Copying

Faxing costs 25 cents per page, but a cover page is free. Copying costs 10 cents per page.


  • Scanning To Email

Scanning a page to your email address is free. Ask a library worker for help with scanning.


  • Using The Library Space

Walking around the library and sitting to read a book in the library is free! Guests cannot reserve study rooms, but you are welcome to use rooms that are not taken. If a study room does get reserved by a student, the guests may be asked to vacate that room.



Guest FAQ

1. Does the library offer tutoring services?

No, the library provides resources to Union University. The library does have research help for Union students, but not for high schoolers, children, or adults who do not attend Union.


2. Does the library partner with any local home school or education programs?

No, but families with children are welcome to visit the library.


3. I’m a college student at Jackson State. Can I check out books from Union?

Yes, though a local university & college agreement, higher education students at other nearby institutions can check out a limited number of Union library items. See our website for more information.


4. Can I look at eBooks as a guest?

Yes and no. If you are on Union’s campus, you can view eBooks on our library website. If you are not on campus, you will not be able to view them without a Union login.


5. I’m a Union alumnus. What can I do in the library?

As an alumnus, you qualify for a free guest card. You can also be logged onto a computer as a guest and print for 10 cents a page.

Library Staff Picks: Apps


Apps can make your life easier- or they can distract you from your homework. It all depends on how (and when) you use them!

I’ve asked some of our library team members to share their favorite apps. Most of these are for fun, but who knows- some of them could help you out!

1. Jeff Walker chose The Podcast App as his pick. With access to over 300,000 different podcasts, all for free, this app can be a great tool for learning and information sharing!

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2. For Olivia Chin, the new Paste Music & Daytrotter App is the way to go. This free app gives users access to an entire vault of live music, interviews, and comedy routines.


3. Shelby Lucius enjoys the creative photo editing app Enlight. Enlight can be used to make graphic designs, double exposures, and special effects. While it does have a price, Shelby finds it to be perfect for her editing needs.


4. The YouTube app is the one Teri Jelks spends the most time on. Another free app, YouTube makes it easy to watch videos, stream music, and discover new content.

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5. Janice Baumgardner likes to play games on her phone. One of her favorites is Cookie Jam, a free app filled with bakery-themed puzzles and prizes.

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6. Brandon Johnson recommends SongPop 2- Guess the Song, where users can compete with friends on guessing which song is playing. It’s free and easy to play!


7. For Callie Hauss, Duolingo is the way to go. This free app helps users learn different languages like French, Spanish, Danish, etc. and keeps track of their progress.


What’s your favorite app? Would you be interested in a library app?


Inter-Session Hours

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Congratulations To Our 2018 Graduates!

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Congratulations to Teri Jelks, Ben Pinkley, and Marqueisha Walker! They will be missed at the library, but we know these graduates have great futures ahead.

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Thank You To All Library Assistants!



The library staff would like to say thank you to all of our departmental student assistants. They worked hard this year to make the library run smoothly, and we were glad to have them on our team. For those graduating, we wish you the best of luck!

Top 5 Nursing Databases



Nursing students not only learn from clinicals and hospital rotations- sometimes they have to research, too. If you’re a nursing major in need of a peer-reviewed article or health journal, the library has plenty of resources that will help. Listed below are 5 of the best nursing and health databases that the library provides.


1. Health Reference Center Academic (Gale)

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This database contains 25,951,793 articles. That’s a lot! Health Reference Center Academic has a “Topic Finder” option that helps students locate new topics or keywords and discover new connections found in the top results. It’s easy to use and a great place to start looking for resources.


2. CINAHL with Full Text (EBSCO)


CINAHL stands for the Cumulative Index of Nursing and Allied Health Literature, and it’s one of the largest nursing databases around. This resource provides full text for hundreds of nursing and allied health journals indexed in the CINAHL database. CINAHL databases claim to be “the most widely-used and respected research tools for nurses, students and allied health professionals around the globe.”




MEDLINE is a great place to look for international research in medicine. Information is indexed from approximately 3,900 journals published world-wide.


4. UpToDate


UpToDate is a clinical decision support resource and is “trusted at the point of care by clinicians worldwide.” Topics covered include anesthesiology, cardiovascular medicine, dermatology, family medicine, and more.


5. ScienceDirect

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Last but not least, ScienceDirect provides information on life sciences, health sciences, and related studies. Here you can not only search for journals, but also books and open access content.

*Click here to access our nursing-specific databases.





De-Stress In The Library!

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Take a study break in our de-stress space this week! You can grab a snack, color a picture, or play a game in the library starting on Monday.

It’s Limerick Day!

On this twelfth day of May, it is imperative that you take a moment to celebrate one of the highest literary forms in the English language…the limerick.

Limericks are a comic verse form usually involving outlandish rhymes, often using place names. They were most likely named after County Limerick in Ireland. Today is the birthday of Edward Lear, the talented poet who arguably perfected the art of the limerick (while managing to grow a downright impressive beard).


Here’s a sampling of ridiculous limericks by Lear:

There was an Old Man of Kilkenny,
Who never had more than a penny;
He spent all that money,
In onions and honey,
That wayward Old Man of Kilkenny.

There was an Old Man with a beard,
Who said, “It is just as I feared! —
Two Owls and a Hen,
Four Larks and a Wren,
Have all built their nests in my beard.”     [autobiographical?]

There was an Old Man in a boat,
Who said, ‘I’m afloat, I’m afloat!’
When they said, ‘No! you ain’t!’
He was ready to faint,
That unhappy Old Man in a boat.

Here’s an original limerick dedicated to the suffering students of Union – may they pass all their exams!

There was a young lady at college,
Who attempted to gather much knowledge.
She’d study at night
In finals-week fright.
Thus she learned to like coffee at college.



Finals Week Hours

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How To Check Out A Book From Reserves

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At some point in your college career, one of your professors is going to hand you a syllabus with a list of books that you’ll need to use. This syllabus might say something like, “You will find these books in the library on my Reserves,” followed by some call numbers and/or book & DVD titles. But what does all of this mean?

The library Reserves are essentially what they sound like- they are books, articles, and DVDs that are reserved for a professor. These items are housed behind the library’s Circulation Desk, and they are organized according to the professors’ last namesnot by their classes (since the classes change each semester). Professors put items on Reserve so that their students can easily access them for projects, assignments, and supplemental material.

So, how do you check out an item that’s on Reserve?

  1. Go to the library’s Circulation Desk.
  2. Tell the library staff that you would like to check out [name of book here] that is on Reserves.
  3. State the name of your professor.
  4. The library staff will locate the book for you.
  5. Reserves have 2 categories: ones that can not leave the library building (typically marked with a blue note), and ones that can leave for one night and must be returned the next day (marked with an orange note). The library staff will indicate to you the rule for the item you check out, but you can always ask questions to be sure.
  6. Use the Reserve item for your assignment.
  7. Return the Reserve item in a timely manner- there are probably other students from your class waiting on it!


Other tips:

*You can check out multiple books from Reserves if needed.

*You can share a Reserves item with a classmate (like if you both need to watch a DVD for a class).

*It is against library policy to tell you what another patron has checked out. So if you’re waiting for a Reserve item to be returned, we cannot tell you which person in the library has the item.

*Only UU students and professors can check out an item on Reserves.