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Library Services

The SCO Library prides itself on providing personalized library services to all of its students, faculty, and staff, as well as to its individual and institutional customers.


Circulation Policy

Books:  2 week loan (campus only)

Journals:  Do not circulate

Audio Visuals:  Do not circulate



Reference service is available Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.


Interlibrary Loan

If you need items that are not available in our library, please contact Ms. Brooke Caldwell ([email protected], (90)1-252-3673), and supply all the essential information needed to locate the material in another library (e.g. title, author, page numbers, etc.). 

Please allow about two weeks for this service, although journal articles may be delivered in only a few days by lending libraries that use e-mail and fax delivery methods. You will be notified promptly as soon as our library receives the material from another library.

Users' Guides:

(For best results, use the PowerPoint version.)

Library Instruction

Instruction in the use of library services, including searching the Visionet database, is available by appointment to all SCO faculty, students, and staff. In addition, upon request, the library offers information literacy instruction sessions, based on ALA (American Library Association) and ACRL (Association of College and Research Libraries) standards.

The ALA and ACRL have defined Information Literacy as "a set of abilities requiring individuals to recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information." According to this definition, an information-literate individual is able to:
  • Determine the extent of information needed
  • Access the needed information effectively and efficiently
  • Evaluate information and its sources critically
  • Incorporate selected information into one's knowledge base
  • Use information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose
  • Understand the economic, legal, and social issues surrounding the use of information, and access and use information ethically and legally

To make an appointment for instructional services, please contact Leslie Holland ([email protected], (901) 722-3238.)

Library Links

Beall’s List of Predatory Open-Access Publishers:

Antique Spectacles: Historical information, images, videos

Eyes and Vision Specialist Library (EVSL): an evidence-based vision information center of the British National Library for Health. This site provides evidence-based information geared toward the vision sciences, and it draws from sources such as the Cochrane Library, and other important professional body publications.

The EyePathologist: A Web-based, instructional environment on the anatomy and pathology of the eye designed to emulate one-to-one interaction with an expert eye pathologist; 3500 images

Pubmed: An index of medical literature supplied by the U.S. National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health

Directory of Open Access Journals (full-text journals available for free):

Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL): A writing and citation aid website maintained by the English Department’s Online Writing Lab at Purdue University. Students and teachers from around the world use this site to verify how to cite various resources (including online journals, emails, Twitter, and more) for their papers in MLA and APA style.

Library Staff

Leslie Holland, MLIS
Manager of Library Services

[email protected]
(901) 722-3238
C. Brooke Caldwell, MA, MSIS 
Electronic Resources Librarian

[email protected]
Sandra Morgan, BS 
Integrated Library System Specialist

[email protected]

Library Phone Numbers

Phone: (901) 722-3237
Fax: (901) 722-3292

Library Calendar and Hours

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Spring 2019 (PDF)

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