Lupton Library Says Farewell

At forty years of age, Lupton Library has begun its last semester as heart of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga campus. Opened on January 21, 1974, the library was one of the first campus buildings planned after the merger of the university into the University of Tennessee system in 1969. The library cost $5.4 million to build and spans 116,000 square feet. When it opened, the library served a campus of 4500 students. Today, UTC enrolls over 11,000 students. Special Collections & University Archives is hosting an exhibit that looks back at the library, as well as and some of the persistent urban legends about the building and its collections.

Lupton Library

Do you think the library is sinking?

View the exhibit and say goodbye to Lupton Library in Special Collections & University Archives, located on the second floor in room 205.

Westlaw Cancelation

screensAfter consultation with the Legal Assistant Studies Program, UTC Library will not renew its subscription to Westlaw Campus Research.

UTC Library instead offers access to Lexis Nexis Academic, which features a plethora of legal resources including:

Tennessee Code Annotated

United States Statutory Code

US and Canadian Law Reviews

Shepard’s Citations

American Jurisprudence Encyclopedia

Ballentine’s Law Dictionary




What is Dr. Chatzimanolis Reading?

portal-steliosDr. Stylianos Chatzimanolis (Dr. C!) from the Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences shares some of his favorite books for the new UTC READS program. Read about them below, find the books in the library’s online catalog, or visit the display on the 1st floor of the Library.


Dr. Chatzimanolis says:

This is a collection of my favorite fiction/non-fiction/popular science books. Several of the popular science books listed below (such as the “The Naturalist on the River Amazons” or ‘The Song of the Dodo”) are the ones that inspired me to become a biologist and an entomologist. The fiction/non-fiction books listed below are the ones that somehow left a mark or provided comfort during various periods of my life.


Share your thoughts about these books with Dr. C – find him on Twitter @schatzimanolis!


Here are the books (see the books online through the UTC catalog here)


Nothing to be Frightened Of  by Julian Barnes
Dr. Tatiana’s Sex Advice to all Creation: The definitive guide to the evolutionary biology of sex by Olivia Judson
Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls by David Sedaris
The Naturalist on the River Amazons by Henry Walter Bates
The Song of the Dodo by David Quammen
The Amateur Naturalist by Gerald Durell
Hitch 22: a memoir by Christopher Hitchens
The Signal and the Noise: Why so many predictions fail but some don’t by Nate Silver
The forest unseen: A year’s watch in Nature by David George Haskell
Jennifer Government by Max Berry
Replay by Ken Grimwood
Intuition by Allegra Goodman
Little Infamies by Panos Karnezis
The Poet at the Breakfast Table by Oliver Wendell Holmes



Back to School at Brainerd Mission

Welcome back students and faculty!

In honor of the first week of classes, we’re highlighting some correspondence from the Penelope Johnson Allen Brainerd Mission Correspondence and Photographs digital collection. As part of the collection’s Brainerd Mission correspondence and receipts series, founder Ard Hoyt wrote to U.S. Indian Affairs agent Return J. Meigs about the construction of the women’s school at Brainerd Mission, a multi-acre mission school located on the Chickamauga River. Learn more about Brainerd Mission, a mission established in 1817 by the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions to educate the Cherokee Indians.


Ard Hoyt correspondence with Return J. Meigs, 1820 April 1

Letter from Brainerd Mission founder Ard Hoyt to Indian Affairs Agent Return J. Meigs detailing the construction of the women’s school at Brainerd Mission requesting more funds for completion of the building.


Learn More

Take a look at additional resources that support research about Brainerd Mission and the Cherokee Indians, including Chattanooga author Robert Sparks Walker’s Pulitzter-nominated book, Torchlights to the Cherokees.


What is Dr. McCarthy Reading?

portal-mccarthyFor the new UTC READS program, Dr. Andrew McCarthy shared some of his favorite books with us. Read about them below, find the books in the library’s online catalog, or visit the display on the 1st floor of the Library.

Dr. McCarthy says:

Though my research and teaching is concerned with Shakespeare and Renaissance drama, I love contemporary novels. I try to read as widely as possible, though one of my favorite subjects is our fraught relationship with technology and the difficulty we have as humans connecting with one another. Reading is supposed to be fun (a novel concept, huh?) and so I am merciless about tossing aside books that just don’t do it for me. The following are some of my favorites; if you read one and find yourself with an irrepressible desire to talk about it with someone, come find me!


Here are the titles Dr. Andrew McCarthy recommends:

1. Dave Eggers, The Circle

If there is a single contemporary novel everyone should read, it is this one. As entertaining as it is haunting, it will have you questioning your use of social media and technology. The last two or three pages are delightfully disturbing.


2. Zadie Smith, White Teeth

I ran into a number of street signs while trying to walk and read this novel at the same time. So smart. So well written. And a ton of fun to read.


3. Craig Thompson, Blankets

Fantastic graphic novel about all the most important things: growing up, falling in love, and asking the big questions. This was the first graphic novel I read (at my wife’s recommendation) and though I was initially hesitant, I am now a huge proponent of the form. Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis is pretty darn good too.


4. Chad Harbach, The Art of Fielding

A really compelling campus novel about baseball, love, and baseball.


5. Lev Grossman, The Magicians

Unfortunately dubbed “Harry Potter for grown-ups,” The Magicians is a gritty urban fantasy that engages and reworks the genre. A school for wizards! Talking animals! And the best part? It is the first book in a trilogy. (The third book comes out in August)


6. Elizabeth Kostova, The Historian

I love novels that take place in and around universities and also involve foreign travel. This one has both. And vampires.


7. Anthony Doerr, All the Light We Cannot See

I’m not a huge fan of novels set during the World Wars, but this one grabbed me. It is a beautifully written story that is equal parts sad and hopeful.


8. Nick Hornby, Ten Years in the Tub

This is a collection of Hornby’s writing about the books he buys and the books he reads and the weird discrepancies between the two. I realize that sounds about as exciting as a lecture on Shakespeare, but it is fascinating stuff with all sorts of pop culture and digressions thrown in for good measure.


9. James Collins, Beginner’s Greek

I almost feel guilty about putting this one on here, but I laughed, I cried, I pulled for the characters. It begins with boy meeting girl. Girl gives boy phone number. Boy loses it. When boy finds girl again, she is about to marry his best friend. The perfect summer read.


10. David Nicholls, One Day

I’m still crying.


11. Jonathan Tropper, This is Where I Leave You

I’m still laughing.


12. Lisa O’Donnell, The Death of Bees

Set in Scotland, this novel begins with two teenaged sisters burying their awful parents in the backyard and follows their attempts to face life’s challenges with the help of a reclusive neighbor.


13. Audrey Niffenegger, Her Fearful Symmetry

Terrifying. Absolutely terrifying. Niffenegger’s first novel, The Time Traveler’s Wife, is a really enjoyable book, but this one is full of memorable, creepy characters and has a crazy twist.