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The Quick History of Inman E. Page Library

In January 1997, Lincoln University reached another milestone as the much anticipated new library opened its doors. The Jefferson City community joined forces with Lincoln University alumni, faculty and staff to raise $443,000 in cash and pledges toward the completion of the approximately $11 million dollar structure. The 80,000 square feet, state-of-the-art library, referred to as an 'information mall' is four times larger than the old facility.

Inman E. Page Library

Inman E. Page Library serves as the primary educational resource center of Lincoln University, supporting the curricula and research needs of the institution through the development of pertinent library collections and the provision of services designed to facilitate access to information. The facility has a seating capacity of approximately 450, contains over 204,948 volumes, and has 358 paper periodical titles and 190 serial microform titles. The library has been designed to accommodate computers, fiber optics, and Internet access. Ten private and 12 group study rooms are available for student, faculty and staff use. Two bibliographic instruction rooms, each with a seating capacity of 20, are available for faculty, staff, student and community use. Currently, the library houses the Blue Tiger Computer Lab to allow students access to computers during library business hours. Students may checkout laptops after filing out an application. A laptop lab may be used by faculty and staff to teach classes in the library. It must be reserved 24 hours in advance. Fourteen library staff members are available to assist students use the library during the 92 hours it is open.

Equipment has been added to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements. (Almost all the functions of the Library are fully automated with Innovative Interfaces, Inc., Millennium online catalog.) The system is also accessible from any personal computer with Internet access. In addition, an interlibrary loan service is available, in the event that a source is not available at Page Library. Page Library is a member of the MOBIUS Consortium which links the libraries of 55 colleges and universities in the state of Missouri. The library also has a partial membership with two major public libraries. MOBIUS is a common library platform, which creates a virtual collection of approximately 15 million items and gives members access to direct borrowing between member institutions. Requested items will be delivered within 48 hours.

Page Library is a member of the American Library Association and a full member of Online Computer Library Center (OCLC), which provides access to approximately 60 million bibliographic records. Page Library is also a member of Historically Black Library Alliance and the 1890 Library Directors Organization. In addition, the Library subscribes to FirstSearch and other major databases and serves as a partial depository of materials published by the United States Government. With the implementation of a proxy server, students, faculty and staff now have remote access to all electronic resources.

The University Archives/Ethnic Studies Center is located on the third floor of Page Library. It serves as the official repository for the historical records and documents of the University. The Archives Center strives to preserve Lincoln's history while providing access to the materials for users from the institution and the community. Programs are presented throughout the year on diversity issues, in an effort to reach Diversity Goal #5 in the Lincoln University Plan "Furthering the Dream 2002-2007" and Goal #1 in the Page Library Strategic Plan which states: Lincoln University will continue to foster and promote an environment that values and respects the distinct characteristics, qualities and elements of different people.

Spring 2005, Page Library hosted an exhibit from the Smithsonian Institute entitled, "Picturing the Century: 100 Years of Photography from the National Archives."

The Media Center, located on the ground level of the library, provides facilities for the development of multimedia and instruction distance learning programs. Two-way video is possible in the Teleconference Center, which has a seating capacity of 90. The Multimedia Presentation Room, which seats 20, has similar capabilities. The Media Center also features a videotape collection of approximately 2,000 titles.

Attention all patrons

Remember that everyone is welcome here, but you must follow these rules:

1. Appropriate ID must be presented in order to check out materials at the library,
2. Turn off cell phone ringers and take phone calls out of public areas of the library,
3. Respect others by holding quiet conversations only, in the public areas,
4. Make use of group study rooms to avoid disturbing others,
5. Always use head phones set at a low volume when watching video or listening to music,
6. Have drinks in covered containers and limit eating to the student lounge area located just outside the library entrance,
7. Limit computer use to class preparation during times of heavy usage,
8. Supervise children under the age of 12 at all times.

We appreciate your cooperation

Attention Lincoln Graduates

Any LU graduate may check out books if you have a picture ID and proof that you are a paid member of the LU Alumni Association. You can join the Alumni Association immediately by filling out a form available in the library. We will take a check for your local dues or, if you wish, the national association. Your check will be taken to the Alumni Association office and you will recieve proof of your membership. You will be issued a patron card after you fill out your alumni application. A patron application form must also be filled out. We will need to check your identification to verify address. Alumni may check out books for 30 days. 

Room Reservations

LU faculty, staff, and students have priority in reserving all rooms. Follow this link for a printable Room Reservation Form or ask at the Information Desk.

How to find Books

To find a book or author, use the LU Online Public Access Catalog (OPAC), the computer catalog is available throughout the library. You can search by title, author, subject, call number, etc. If you a re unable to find the item you are looking for, ask a librarian at the information desk. General Stack books are located on the lower level. For special subject areas, see the location charts.

How to find Articles in periodicals (journals, magazines, and newspapers)

Use the computer database (EBSCOhost, CD-ROM's, etc.) or printed indexes that cover your subject. The databases and indexes are located on the main level of the library. If you are not sure where to begin, ask a librarian which database is best to u se for your topic. Back issues of periodicals are located on the upper level.

How to find Government Documents

To find titles you are looking for, use the LU OPAC and the CD-ROM database, MARCIVES.

Government Documents are located on the upper level of the library.

How to find Reserve materials

To find a title, course number, or instructor's name, use the LU OPAC. Then come to the Information Desk to check out the material(s) you need.

How to find Media materials (AV, CD, Video, etc.)

Use the LU OPAC to find your title. If you are unable to find the title you looking for, ask a staff member or a librarian at the Media Center Information Desk on the lower level of the library.

How to obtain materials not available from the LU library

Lincoln University faculty, staff and students may use Interlibrary Loan Services. If a book or article is not available from the LU library, we can borrow items from other libraries for you. Ask a librarian at the Information Desk for details.

ARC (Automated Resource Center)

Computers in the ARC may be used to access CD-ROM's, E-mail, and the Internet. For assistance ask at the Information Desk. This area is located on the main level.

Archives/Ethnic Studies Reading Room and Collection

The Archives area is open from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Monday - Friday only. Most books in the special collections are rare and/or out of print. They are old, fragile, and must be handled with special care.

The Ethnic Studies Reading Room promotes ethnicity through supporting and sponsoring on-campus, ethnic related workshops; displaying archival artifacts, arts and other exhibits; obtaining collection and gathering bibliographies of ethnic related newspapers, journals, books, films, and filmstrips. Books in the Ethnic Collection are on the upper level and are designated BLACK BIB or ETHNIC above the call number. The reading room in this area is available for special gatherings by completing a room reservation form.

The Lincoln Collection

The Lincoln Collection is a valuable compilation of file folders housed in the Archives area. It contains photos, clippings, documents, and manuscripts about the history of Lincoln University. Folders may be checked out for room use only by depositing your student ID. It is important to note that the items in this collection are very fragile and must be handled with extreme care.

A photocopier is available at a cost of $.15 per black and white copy and $.50 per color copy.