How To Contact The Library

Contact us!


If you have a question about finding books, articles, or DVDs, then you’ve come to the right place! We are happy to help you on your academic journey here at the library. But how can you ask us questions? There are several easy ways to contact us!



Visit the Circulation Desk or the Research Desk on the first floor. Our library staff and student assistants will be happy to assist you!



We have a new texting service! Text us at 731.201.4898 with your library-related questions.



There is a chatbox on the home page of our library website. You can use this service to ask us quick questions.



The main library number is 731.661.5070.



While each of the library staff have their own personal emails, you can also email the library in general at


Social Media

We are active on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and this blog (WordPress). Follow us for library news and updates!


However you choose to contact us, we are glad to help you!

How To Return Items To The Library

book drop

We love when our patrons check out books and movies from the library! However, once the due date is approaching, you will need to return the library items you borrowed. This blog post will help you do that!

How to return items to the library:

  • If you checked out a book or movie from the library:

You can return your item to one of our book drops, which are spread across campus.  There is a book drop in…

  • The Bowld,
  • The SUB, and
  • The PAC.

We also have one outside of the Logos that can be used as a drive-thru! We check these book drops 3 times a day to ensure that the returned items are cleared from your account.

book drop media

Lastly, you can return a book right to us at the Circulation Desk! That way we’ll check it in for you immediately. We do not have any book drops inside the library, so please return your books to a library employee at the Circulation Desk instead.


  • If you were looking at a book or movie while in the library and are now done with it (and did not check it out):

Place the item on a library cart; a library employee will pick it up and reshelve it later. You can also just leave the item on a table or at a carrel- we will find it! And, as always, you can simply return the item to the Circulation Desk workers. We are happy to take the item from you and will return it to where it belongs!



  • Please do NOT try to reshelve items yourself, and do NOT place items back on the shelves or on top of other books. This is how items get out of order, making them hard to find for our patrons who need them. The following are examples of what NOT to do:


^These books are not only out of order, but they make the shelves look messy, too.


Returning your library items is easy! Just place them in a book drop or hand them to someone at the desk, and leave items that were not checked out on a cart. We’re always glad for you to use the library’s resources!

How To Buy Print Cards At The Library

print card

It’s a known fact that some majors need to print an exorbitant amount of PowerPoint slides, essays, and book chapters. At some point during the school year, you may need to buy more prints. Here’s how you can do that:


1. Go to the Circulation Desk on the first floor of the library. Ask the worker at the desk if you can buy more prints.

2. There are two options of print cards to buy. You can buy 20 prints for $1 and/or 100 prints for $5. You can even buy multiple print cards if you need to.

3. Bring cash or a check to buy the print card(s). The library does not have a card reading machine.

4. Once you’ve purchased the card, log in to (the PawPrint website). Click the option to “Redeem Card.”

5. Enter in your card’s number. Now the prints will be added to your account.


There are 5 printers, all located on the library’s first floor, for you to use for printing, copying, and scanning. Once you have the prints you need, you are good to go!

How To Find Books In The Library


The library is not too difficult to navigate – after all, almost all of the books are on the 2nd floor! However, it can be confusing walking by the shelves and wondering where your particular book might be.


Here is a crash course in how to find a book in the library:

1. Look up the book on the library website using the search bar.

2. Locate the book in the search results. Check first to see if the book is Available. It will have a green check mark if it is Available and a red sign if it is Unavailable.

3. If your book is an ebook, click the link to access it online. If not, it will have a shelving location listed, like “Main Book Stacks” or “Main Reference.” Pay attention to the shelving location so that you go to the right area.

4. Locate the book’s call number. This is the specific order on the shelf where the book will be, in relation to all of the other books. An example is BS535 .L54 1987, which is the call number of The Literary Guide to the Bible.


*note: the call numbers are part of the Library of Congress system. View the basic graphic below for more info on that.*


loc system

5. Once you have the call number, write it down (on your phone’s notes or on a piece of paper) and take it up to the 2nd floor with you. If your book is actually in the Juvenile section, then take the call number to the Family Room on the 1st floor.

6. Using the call number, find the shelf that your book is on. If your book is in the BS535 section, then find the shelves that say “BS530-BS536,” for example.

7. Once the shelf has been located, look on the shelf for your specific book. The other books will be in numerical order (i.e. BS535.6 will come before BS535.7). Look at the call numbers on their spines to find them.

8. Once you’ve found your book, you can take it down to the Circulation desk or use a self-check machine to check out.


If you’re having trouble finding a book in the library, don’t hesitate to ask for help! Sometimes a book may have been misplaced, or perhaps you didn’t see that it’s actually in the Reference section instead of the Main Book Stacks. We are happy to help you find what you need!


Our Books Are Shifting!

carry books

This summer, we are moving books onto different shelves to make room for- you guessed it- more books! The Recreational Reading section has been moved to the shelves behind the DVDs, and sections A (General Works) & B (Philosophy, Psychology, & Religion) will be shifted to the left. If you’re having trouble finding a book during our shifting period, please ask us about it at the Circulation Desk. We’re happy to help!

How To Print In The Library (For UU Students & Faculty/Staff)

pex print paper

UU students, are you trying to figure out where you can print? Or maybe you’re a UU faculty member trying to login to a library computer? Have no fear; we have some “how to” lists for you!


How To Print Using A Library Computer:

  1. Locate a library computer. The library has several computer labs on the first floor. The most popular one to use for printing is the “TLC” (Technology Learning Center). It is located near the North doors & the Circulation Desk.
  2. Sign in to the computer using your Union credentials (what you use to login to your Union email or WebAdvisor).
  3. Find or create the document that you want to print, using the internet and/or Microsoft Word or Adobe.
  4. Find the print button and press it! Depending on your location, the printer should be nearby. If you can’t find a printer, ask for help at the Circulation Desk.





How To Print Using PawPrint:

  1. Log into from any computer or laptop.
  2. On the page that appears, click the “PawPrint” tab.
  3. Click “Submit a Job.”
  4. Click “Browse” or “Choose file.”
  5. Upload the document you want to print.
  6. The status report will say “Held in a queue” when it is ready to be printed.
  7. Go to any PawPrint printer to release the document for printing.
  8. Swipe your UU card or manually log in to the printer.
  9. Click “Release Pending Jobs.”
  10. The document will print!


For extra help with printing, send an IT Help request.


Matching Monday

Today happened to be an accidental “Matching Monday.” Evening Circulation Supervisor Olivia Skelton and student workers Teri, Seth, Esther, and Jordan all showed up wearing maroon. All of them are happy to help you at the Circulation Desk tonight!

For more fun photos and library events, be sure to follow the library’s social media sites: Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

How To Obtain An Alumni Library Card


If you belong to Union University’s alumni, you have the opportunity to obtain a free library guest card. The library guest card allows up to three books to be checked out at a time, with the ability of one renewal per book. This does not include media materials.

In order to get your card, simply visit the library staff member at the Circulation Desk on the library’s first floor. The staff member will update your patron information and issue your free guest card. All patrons must adhere to the general policies of the library.