How do I obtain a library card?
A library card may be obtained by presenting your current I.D. to the circulation
desk personnel in the Library.
I've lost my library card! Is there a charge to replace it?
There is a $5.00 charge to replace cards.
I'm an SPS student. What library privileges do I have?
SPS students have the same borrowing privileges as any other student.
I live in the Cloverdale community. May I use your library?
The community may use the Library, but to check out materials a $50 yearly fee is charged.
This fee allows anyone in the same household to use the card.
I'm a LAMP student. How do I get a library card and what privileges do I have?
Lamp Students may obtain a card from the circulation desk by providing an I.D. and
completing an application form. You will be allowed to check out five books at any
I'm an alum. Do I still have library privileges?
Yes, you will need to bring in your old library card and have it updated to alum status.
What services does the Library provide for the disabled?
For those in a wheelchair or otherwise find it difficult to negotiate steps and stairs, the
Library provides a ramp entrance, located at the Smith parking lot side of the building. Once
inside the Library, there is a service elevator providing access to the second floor. As for
the old multi-tiered stack level (built in the late 1920s), assistance from library faculty
and staff is provided for retrieving books from this area. Only the first and second levels
are accessible via wheelchair and that access is very limited due to the width of the built-in
At the main computer station on the first floor of the Library there is a station provided at
a height conducive to wheelchairs or otherwise sitting.
How can I obtain an Alabama Virtual Library (AVL) card?
For Huntingdon faculty, students and staff, a virtual library card may be obtained by applying
for one with the Head of Circulation or, if you are a resident of Alabama, from your local
I'm a Huntingdon student. How many items may I check out at one time?
10 books, 2 AV items.
When are books due?
Books are due in 4 weeks from date of check out.
When are AV items due?
AV items may be borrowed for 3 days. Videos and dvds must be returned inside the Library,
not the bookdrop.
How do I renew items online?
To renew items online go to Library's Homepage and click on 'your library account'. Type
in your library card number with no spaces and a screen will appear showing materials you
have, then press the renew button. This may only be done once and only if materials are not
What is the late charge for books?
$.25 per day/book
What is the late charge for AV items?
$1.00 per day per item fine, $1.00 fine per item for placing in the book drop.
How much do you charge for photocopies (microfiche/film copies)?
$.10 per page.
Is there a way I can check books out of other local libraries?
Books may be checked out from ASU, AUM, TSUM, Faulkner University and Alabama Public Library
Service by obtaining a consortium sticker at our library's circulation desk. You will need
a current Huntingdon ID to obtain this sticker. When using any of these libraries it is
important to remember that you are under their policies and procedures, which may differ
from those of our library.
What is an inter-library loan?
Inter-library loaning is the process by which libraries, on behalf of a user (i.e. student,
faculty member, staff member), can borrow materials from other libraries located in the U.S.
or abroad. There are certain policies that must be followed and there may be a cost to the
student, depending upon whether the lending library charges for the loan. This charge may be
a loan fee for a book or the printing fee for a copy of a journal article. Contact Mrs.
Nordis Smith for further information and assistance at Ext. 4537 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
I found a citation for a book/article I'd like to read. How can I get a copy?
Contact Mrs. Nordis Smith, our Inter-Library Loan (ILL) and Reference librarian at Ext. 4537
How much does an Inter Library Loan (ILL) cost?
There is no charge for ILL items obtained from most Alabama libraries. Costs for items
obtained outside of Alabama vary. You should be prepared to tell Mrs. Smith how much you're
willing to pay for an item when you make the ILL request.
What is "Countess"?
Countess is the name of our library's online catalogue, and is named after Selina, Countess
of Huntingdon from whom the College took its new name in 1936, when it became co-educational.
(See A History of Huntingdon College, 1854-1954 by Rhoda Coleman Ellison, University of
Alabama Press, 1954)
Is there a charge for printing items from the library computers (i.e., Word documents, Internet articles, etc.)
Currently, there is no charge for printing your documents or internet copies, but if a large
number of copies are printed, donations to the fund for paper and ink cartridges are always
appreciated! We ask that users limited the number of copies made and avoid making unnecessary
Who are the Patrons of the Library? May I join?
Founded in 1972, the Patrons of the Library is a community support group - called a friends
group in the library profession - that who through membership dues and donations help support
the Library of Huntingdon College. For further information contact Mrs. JoŽl Godfrey, Library
administrative assistant at Ext. 4512 or email@example.com.
What if I lose/damage a book/video?
For lost or damaged items, we charge the actual cost of the item plus an additional proces-
sing fee. Please bear in mind that due to copyright restrictions, the cost of an item to
the library is frequently greater than the cost an individual pays for the same item.
I have a lot of late fees, but can't afford to pay them! What should I do?
We are usually able to work a payment plan or payment in kind for overdue, lost or damaged
items. Contact Mrs. Margaret Kinney, Head of Circulation at Ext. 4422 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
I live off campus. Is there a way to use the electronic databases from home?
Yes, but you must be an authorized Huntingdon Library user (student, faculty, staff). From
the Library's homepage, click on Databases. A login screen will appear. Enter your library
card number and last name.
Once you login, you can move from one database to another without having to login again
for that session. NB: Your browser must be set to accept cookies in order to access the
Who do I see about problems accessing the library website/electronic resources from my dorm room/home?
Mrs. Brenda Kerwin is the Systems Librarian and may be reached at Ext. 4529 or at
What is the Library's policy on food, drinks, smoking and cell phone use?
Generally, food, beverages and tobacco products are not permitted in the building. However,
exceptions may be made with regard to food and beverages when a special college event is held
in the atrium.
Cell phones may be used as long as use does not disturb others in the building; we do ask
however that the ringer be turned down. For cell phone use that is prolonged and requires
a normal speaking voice, you should step outside of the building, or if available, make use
of the Library's seminar/conference room.
How do I reserve the Library's seminar/conference room?
The Library's seminar or conference room, which will seat approximately a dozen people, can
be reserved by students, faculty and staff by contacting Mrs. JoŽl Godfrey, Library adminis-
trative assistant at Ext. 4512 or email@example.com. The room is available for group
study, class meetings, or other college-related group meetings.
Can students make suggestions for books, periodicals and videos/dvds to be added to the library collections?
Yes, students may suggest titles of books, periodicals, videos/dvds and even electronic data-
bases for consideration as additions to the collections. Contact Mrs. JoŽl Godfrey, Library
administrative assistant at Ext. 4512 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
May I use my laptop in the library?
You are welcome to bring your own laptop to use in the library. However, you should be aware
that electrical outlets are limited so you would need to have your laptop charged.
Is there wireless access in the library?
Yes, the entire library.
Who are all those people in the portraits hanging in the Library?
A number of the portraits hanging around the Library's balcony are former Huntingdon
presidents. Some are former members of the board of trustees from the early years of the
College. There are a few others here and throughout the original library building for which
we have no identification, but assume they are nonetheless important contributors to
Huntingdon College's history.
Who is "Frank"?
In relation to the Library, Frank is the name of the library ghost. For many years our ghost
was anonymous but then eight or so years ago one of our students decided he (we've always
known he was a he) needed a name and offered "Frank." Several people over the years have
experienced Frank's presence and we are happy to report they are still doing well in life.
He hasn't shown himself to be a destructive spirit, we only wish at times he would help with
putting books on the shelf (as opposed to removing them, something he's been know to do).
What are the Archives?
The Library jointly houses the archives and special collections of the College as well as the
Alabama-West Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church. Though housed in the library
building, the Archives are administered as a separate unit and don't maintain the same hours
of operation as the Library. To use the Archives, contact Mrs. Mary Ann Pickard (Ext. 4413,
email@example.com) who is the certified archivist, or her assistant Sharon Tucker
(Ext. 4418, firstname.lastname@example.org).
What will I find in the Archives?
In the Methodist archives you will find archival information on the Alabama-West Florida
Conference of the United Methodist Church, as well as some special collections. The Methodist
archives are probably most heavily used for genealogical work.
In the College's archives and special collections, you will find information on the history of
Huntingdon, including when it began in Tuskegee in 1854, as well as college-related artifacts,
copies of the college annual Bells & Pomegranates, the campus newspaper The Gargoyle (earlier
known as The Huntress) and the college literary magazine The Prelude.
The special collections contain rare and autographed books. Items in the archives and special
collections do not circulate and must be used within the archives room.
What is the difference between a periodical, a magazine, and a journal?
A periodical is a document published on a regular, predictable schedule (though in the case of
some titles, just how regular and how predictable some librarians would question). Some
periodicals are daily; some weekly, some biweekly, some quarterly, or perhaps are annually.
The term "serial" is frequently used interchangeably with "periodical", though in the library
profession these terms are generally considered to have subtle distinctions.
A magazine is a periodical that has a popular or general audience, whereas a journal is a
periodical that has as its audience the scholarly community. Your academic research will
utilize journals much more often than magazines. Time, Newsweek, Sports Illustrated,
RollingStone, People, Reader's Digest, Architectural Digest, O are all examples of magazines.
While normally, a periodical that has the word "journal" in it's title is indeed a journal,
this like most rules has its exceptions - Ladies Home Journal is a magazine, not a journal.
Some examples of journals would be Science, American Journal of Psychology, the Journal of
Academic Librarianship, Modern Fiction Studies, Shakespeare Quarterly, the Journal of Music
Theory and the Journal of Popular Film and Television.
How can I get help with my research assignment?
The library faculty is available to students for point-of-service assistance (meaning help
at the reference desk for quick questions) and is also available for more in-depth research
assistance. If you feel at a loss of where to begin your research assignment and/or have
very little experience in doing research, you are encouraged to make an appointment with a
librarian so more one-on-one time can be scheduled to get you pointed in the right direction.
The Library also offers a 3-credit hour elective course called Library Research Methods 111.
Particularly if you have plans to attend graduate or professional school, you should consider
taking advantage of this course during your time at Huntingdon. It's an excellent preparation.
If a book I need is checked-out, why can't you tell me who has it? Maybe it's someone I know and I can just borrow it from them?
The Library's circulation records are confidential; privacy law, not to mention professional
ethics, requires that we take all reasonable precautions to ensure your privacy with regard to
your reading habits. Therefore, even though a close friend of yours may have checked out the
book you need, we cannot divulge that information to you. However, what we can do is either
place a hold on the book so you will be notified when it is returned to the Library, or we can
contact the person who has it and request that they return it early.
You guys have such cool jobs! How can I become a librarian?
Read more about how to become a librarian here.