Flood Recovery Update


  • As many of you know, we froze some of the wet Library books after the flood as a way of preventing the development and spread of mold. Now these approximately 8,500 books are on the way to Texas for a special de-freeze process that helps to preserve the books as they thaw.  We hope to have them back in 4-6 weeks.  Upon return, we will review the items for integration back into the collection, or for replacement depending on the condition of the book.
  • We will shortly begin our book-by-book review of the entire impacted book area on the Ground Floor.  To date, we completed a book-by-book review of those sections that were hardest hit by the flood. We now need to remove, inspect, and clean all of the books, as well as the shelf itself.
  • Pending review time we will hire additional institutional students to complete this task in the most expeditious manner possible.
  • Personnel in the Collections Department, with assistance from Library IT, is working to price the close to 9,000 identified as impacted to date, with assistance from Ambassador Books and Amazon.  Items not priced via either of these services will be manually priced.  At present 3,900 of the 8,500 books included a replacement cost.
  • The new paging system is working very well by all accounts.

The Building

  • We are awaiting the delivery of replacement ceiling tiles for the Ground floor.
  • We are awaiting sample carpet tiles for the Ground and First floors.  Once a new pattern has been selected, the state will either approve the direct purchase and replacement, or we will use a public bid option for carpet replacement.
  • Group room walls have been repaired and partially painted.
  • Floor electrical outlets will be replaced on the Ground and First floors, as well as several light fixtures on Ground.
  • An external company helping us with the recovery, Belfor, is in the process of scraping the glue off the First and Ground floors, left by the original carpet tile.
  • Belfor has removed most fans and dehumidifiers from the building.
  • Students have been flexible in adapting to the new 2 hour study room reservation length, reduced from 4 hours to 2 hours in order to provide more rooms to more students.
  • The next Emergency Response meeting with the state is scheduled for this Thursday.
  • We have No Estimated Time of Opening yet for the First or Ground floors; we will update everyone once we have more information.

Library Update as of January 26, 2016


  • Recovery efforts continue throughout the 1st and Ground floors. Library staff is working with building, insurance, and state professionals to salvage materials and restore operations as quickly as possible.

Requesting Library Materials

  • The Library has instituted a temporary paging (or retrieval) system so that students, faculty and staff can use undamaged materials. While the Ground floor is still off-limits, you are now able to place a hold on an item you want. If it’s available, library staff will retrieve the item from the Ground floor and will make it available at the 1st-floor CheckOut Desk within 24 hours of your request.  You will receive an email as soon as the item is ready for pick-up. What happens if the material you need has been damaged in the flood? We’ll borrow it from another library on your behalf using the inter-library loan system! Click here for complete details on how to get the materials you need.

3rd Floor Study Rooms

  • As 1st-floor study rooms are currently unavailable for use, the Library has temporarily made all  3rd-floor study rooms reservable for 2-hour study sessions. You may reserve online and check out a room key from the 1st-floor CheckOut Desk. Click here to see the room reservation calendar online. Please note: the Roth Grand Reading Room and the two 3rd-floor quiet study lounges continue to be available for regular study use as well.

Building Access

  • Most of the 1st-floor and the entire Ground floor remain closed at this time.
  • Construction is underway on 1st floor repairs.
  • The exterior building entrance on Vine/Douglas is now open for routine traffic.
  • The interior West Stairwell (the one the closest to the new Auditorium) remains closed.

We will update you on construction progress over the next week, and we hope to have more specific information available soon.

Project MUSE Journals

The Project MUSE Standard Collection offers access to over 350 high quality journals in the humanities and social sciences. The database features full text current and archival journal articles with significant coverage of literature, literary criticism, film studies, performance reviews, dramatic arts, cultural studies, race and ethnicity, religion, human rights, global public health, environment and sustainability, and gender studies.

Check out the title list broken down by subject here !

Journals can be accessed via the library’s Journal A-Z List.
Go To Project MUSE
Titles include:

Southern Cultures

Southern Cultures

WSQ: Women’s Studies Quarterly

WSQ: Women’s Studies Quarterly

Journal of the History of Ideas

Journal of the History of Ideas

Contemporary Literature

Contemporary Literature

Journal of American Folklore

Journal of American Folklore

Library Flood Update As of January 21, 2016

As you may be aware, the UTC Library  sustained water damage to its 1st and Ground floors on Monday evening.  Library staff are currently in ‘triage mode’ and still doing initial assessments before developing a full response plan.

Here’s the current status of the building and services:

Collection Services

  • Print and AV collections, located on 1st and Ground, are unavailable at this time.
  • All new item ordering has been stopped.
  • Requests for books, cds, dvds, etc. can be made through our catalog. (learn how)

Next steps for the Library’s Collection of Materials on the Ground and 1st floors:

  • We hope to have an internal system in place next week allowing students, faculty and staff to borrow undamaged items.
  • At least two-thirds of the print collection was exposed to water and must be reviewed item by item to determine exposure to water (which will result in mold).
  • We have completed assessing the 1st floor collections (children’s, new books, and textbooks) and moved wet items to freezer storage (in an effort to prevent the growth and spread of mold).
  • We are actively at work assessing the impact to the Ground floor collection, which is where the majority of the collection lives.

Building entrances and stairwells

  • The exterior Vine/Douglas entrance to the building is temporarily closed.
  • The interior West Stairwell (the one closest to the new auditorium) is closed.
  • Ground floor is closed until further notice.
  • The majority of the 1st floor is closed, please see details below.

Building services

The following 1st floor services are available:

  • Check Out Desk, including Reserves and Technology check out,
  • Copy Services,
  • 24/5 space, including a Go Print station,
  • The interior East (or main) Stairwell, and public elevators, are available to travel to floors 2, 3, and 4 (and the good news is that 2, 3, and 4 sustained no damage).

The following 1st floor services are not available:

  • No group rooms,
  • No lounges,
  • No public seating whatsoever
  • No Quick Look-Up or Go Print stations



We will post another update within a few days, and will keep you informed as to the status of all efforts to reinstate services and spaces.

Thank you for your warm wishes, offers of assistance, and your patience!

New Digital Collections for 2016

Welcome Back!

Over the past year, Special Collections has been busy creating new online resources for our faculty and students. Check them out!

Chattanooga Postcards and Viewbooks

Visit historic Chattanooga. Learn more about the Scenic City by exploring Lookout Mountain, Missionary Ridge, Cameron Hill, Moccasin Bend, the Walnut Street Bridge, and downtown in our collection of vintage postcards and souvenir booklets.

Looking north on Market Street, Chattanooga, Tennessee postcard, circa 1958-1979

Looking north on Market Street, Chattanooga, Tennessee postcard, circa 1958-1979.

George Connor Speeches

Created in celebration of the naming of the George C. Connor Reading Room in Special Collections for the eponymous Guerry Professor Emeritus of English, this digital collection includes manuscripts and drafts of speeches delivered by the gifted orator. In a speech in which Connor discussed the value of a college degree, he wrote the following.

I would hope that in four years you would become so accustomed to the first-rate, so imbued with the “habitual vision of greatness” that you will never in your life be satisfied with less. I would hope that you would come so much to love good books, good conversation, good friends, good deeds, that nothing will diminish you commitment or less your enthusiasm. “The life so short, the craft so long to learn” I would hope that your minds and spirits would be so touched with imaginative fire that you would happily acknowledge that these years are only the beginning on your education, that your search for knowledge and touch are only the beginning on your education, that your search for knowledge and beauty would be, quite literally, the task of a life-time.

We couldn’t agree more. Visit the digital collection to get inspired and learn more about this dedicated teacher!

Concha Espina Spanish Literature Correspondence

Calling all Spanish majors! This collection features 49 letters and postcards written in Spanish by acclaimed author of La Niña de Luzmela, Concha Espina. Her correspondence with University of Chattanooga professor, Terrell Tatum, documents Espina’s life and work until her death in 1955.