Upper Level

The Upper Level of the library houses the Main and Oversize Collections, various study rooms and areas, the Dunn Conference Room, and the Office of Institutional Research.  This is where most student will come when they are looking for a book to check-out or trying to find a space to study.  Doctoral students and faculty members are invited to utilize study areas specifically designated for their use.

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Doctoral Study Rooms
Doctoral students have designated study rooms for their use. These can be accessed through the Circulation Desk on the Main Level. Faculty members working on degrees may speak with the Director of Library Services about securing study space in the library.

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Dunn Conference Room
The John R. Dunn Family Conference Room provides an excellent venue for meetings or private gatherings. Reservations must be made through the Reference Desk by calling (615) 248-1570.

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Library Online Catalogs
There are three public access computers on the upper level located amidst the stacks. These computers provide simple access to the library's online catalog via an Internet browser. Quick research via other websites is also possible. If you are looking for stepstools on the upper level, check by these computers.

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Main Collection
The main collection contains the vast majority of books held within the library. The books are sorted by the Library of Congress Classification System, which groups books by general subjects. Our stacks are "open," meaning that patrons are invited to find call numbers and look for books on their own. This is particularly important in academic areas to provide students with valuable research skills and the opportunity to explore subject areas. If you have any problems locating a book, please do not hesitate to ask for assistance at the Circulation Desk on the main level.

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Oversize Collection
Generally speaking, the oversize collection consists of books that are too large to normally fit within the main collection. If you notice that a book is located in the oversize collection, head to the back of the library's upper level.

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Study Rooms & Areas
There are several areas to study in the library. On the upper level, there are nine study rooms available on a "first-come, first-served" basis. In addition to study rooms, there are various tables, carrels, and seating areas available which are all marked by . Power and Internet connections are conveniently located in all study areas. Wireless Internet access is also available throughout the entire library building. Please do not leave your personal belongings alone in a study room, as they may be stolen. Also, do not lock study rooms or try to "reserve" them by leaving belongings in them.

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