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.

WCC Testimonials

Wondering if you should visit the Writing & Communication Center this semester? We think you should! At the WCC, you can talk about your paper, speech or presentation—at any stage of your process—with a friendly, trained peer consultant. But you don’t have to take our word for it! In fact, this semester 98% of our post-tutorial surveys indicated that the student would recommend the WCC to a friend!

Keep reading to find out why students come to the WCC:

  • I loved the welcoming atmosphere.
  • I really appreciate the help. Since English is not my first language, I have some difficulty with writing and understanding some papers. The writing center is making me understand more and learn more about the English language.
  • It can be hard trying to seek help in college, but my consultant made me feel comfortable. I would come back in a heartbeat!
  • My consultant was such a nice person. She didn’t write the paper for me, but she made sure I was on the right track
  • My consultant made some really great suggestions, like reading my paper out loud so that we would both catch errors
  • Writing is a private process for the most part, so being able to rely on another student to review my work is nice. The atmosphere is open and non-judgmental, which lead to an overall great experience. I am very likely to return for help with future assignments.
  • I was a little nervous coming in that my paper would be torn apart, but I really appreciated the positive support I received.
  • My consultant made sure to help me but allowed me to find the answers on my own as opposed to giving me the answers I was searching for.
  • My consultant was exceptional. Her help really helped flesh more of my own ideas out and consolidate what I was really trying to say.
  • I came in with little information or completion on my paper and my consultant helped me draw out a plan to execute. I am very satisfied, impressed, and I will be returning!
  • My consultant really knew how to communicate with me as a student.
  • Talking out loud to someone who understands writing helped me get the thoughts out better.