From the Director

Welcome to the 2009-2010 academic year. On behalf of the Plough Library staff, we’re glad you’re here. If you’re new, well, everything will seem new to you. Should you be a returning library fancier, however, you’ll notice we’ve made some changes. We’re restless that way, always striving to serve you more effectively. Let’s look at the big changes:

· COFFEE SERVICE – by popular demand, Plough Library is re-opening the BucCup. Coffee (and hot chocolate) will now be pouring upstairs, to the immediate left of the circulation desk as you enter the building. In this way, it should be more convenient for the library staff to keep an eye on the beverages, and you’ll feel the peer pressure to clean up messes rather than leave them for the next person. What could be better?
· NEW FURNITURE – speaking of messes, we’re encouraging you to keep your spills at a safe distance from the plush sofas and chairs we now offer on the main and upper levels of the library. Furniture so new it still smells factory-fresh should be kept spill-free, at least until everyone has a chance to take it for a test sit. You’ll notice that the furniture creates new group study possibilities, also by popular demand.
· NEW PERIODICALS – continuing the trend we started last year, the library now offers a variety of magazines for your reading pleasure as well as your required assignments. Don’t see a magazine you’d like to read? Let us know. This is true for academic journals as well, though we may have to sell a lot more coffee to pay for them.
· OVERSIZED BOOKS – these big and bold titles are now shelved separately from their modest-sized counterparts, their new home is in the two ranges between the new furniture and the study tables on the upper level. They should be easier to find and to browse.
· NEW HOURS – weekday hours remain the same, but we are expanding our Sunday service to cover 100p-1100p and dropping Saturday but for various special dates throughout the semester. Data indicated folks weren’t visiting on Saturday and that more time on Sunday would be beneficial. Plough Library is nothing if not responsive to your needs.

Many of the same features are continuing, such as access to printing, copious resources, and 24 computer work stations downstairs in our Infolab. Plough Library is where you’ll come to pick up readings and assignments reserved by your instructors and to check out books. You may come over for library orientation with your classmates or colleagues or even on your own. And in an era when all the old silences are going away, the library is still the best place to hear yourself think, no matter what you’re working on.

The lead may have been buried, though: it’s the skilled and helpful staff that makes Plough Library such an esteemed destination. We will update our progress on many fronts throughout the year, but the constant that is excellent service is, well, constant. New people, ask the returning people. They’ll tell you we do good work here, and we’re eager to do good by you. Please make yourself at home.

Chris Matz · · (901) 321-3430

Renew Your Books Online!

It's easy! Simply go to the BUCCAT library catalog at and click on the My Account tab at the top of the page. Log in using your student ID and last name. Once you've logged in, you will see a list of your checked out items and their due dates. Click in the box by each item you need to renew and then click on the Request Renewal button.

NOTE: Items that are already overdue cannot be renewed. Call the library at 321-3432 or email for more information.


Assignment Assistance Sessions:

Need help with Term papers? Essays? Take home assignments? Literature reviews? Book reviews? Annotated bibliographies and more?

Come to one of our walk-in classes in the Infolab:


Wednesday, September 9 @ 10:00 a.m.
Tuesday, September 15 @ 3:00 p.m.
Wednesday, September 16 @ 2:00 p.m.
Tuesday, September 22 @ 1:00 p.m.
Thursday, September 24 @ 10:00 a.m.


Tuesday, September 15 @ 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday, September 22 @ 4:00 and 6:00 p.m.

Library Tours

Library tours are scheduled at the beginning of each semester, last 20 minutes and are limited to 17 students. Tours cover the Main Floor’s Circulation Desk, reference books and Reference Desk; the Upper Level’s circulating collection, online catalog terminal, study carrels and quiet study area; the Lower Level’s Infolab, periodical collections, DVD viewing room, Curriculum Library, Writing Center and the Ross Art Gallery. A relevant activity will be conducted at each phase of the tour.

Students may sign up at the Reference Desk or by phone at 321-3432.

Faculty may schedule a class for the tour.


Thursday, Sept. 3 @ 9:00 am
Friday, Sept. 4 @ 10:00 a.m.
Thursday, Sept. 10 @ 1:00 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 11 @ 9:00 a.m.
Thursday, Sept. 17 @ 9:00 a.m.
Friday, Sept. 18 @ 11:00 a.m.
Thursday, Sept. 24 @ 2:00 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 25 @ 10:00 a.m.
Monday, October 5 @ 10:00 am
Wednesday, October 7 @ 11:00 am

Benjamin Head · · (901) 321-4355

Students: Avoid Paying Library Fines & Fees

The best way to avoid accruing library fines is to know what materials you have checked-out and when they are due back. You can view your account online or contact library staff by email, phone (321-3432), or stop by to talk to us in-person.

If you need to keep your library books and videos longer, you may be able to renew your materials. If you renew online or contact library staff to renew the items before they are due, you won't have to pay any overdue fines.

If you've already received an email from us stating that you owe fines and fees for a long overdue item and you know where the item is, simply return the item. If the item is still in the same condition it was when you checked it out, we will waive the lost charges and processing fees, and you will only owe overdue fines per each item.

NOTE: Please be aware that you may not be able to register for classes next semester or receive your diploma or transcript until you have returned overdue items and have paid your library fines.

Maya Berry· · (901) 321-3554

What Do You Mean It's Not Full Text?!

It's that special time of year again, the time of year when you hear those magic words 'Research Paper'. While researching, be sure to use our online databases where you will find thousands of articles on a wide range of subjects. Your search may lead you to the perfect article for your paper... but what if the full-text of the article isn't in the database?

Don't give up hope!

Local academic libraries are a good place to find that elusive article. Several nearby libraries are part of an agreement that allows CBU faculty and students to use their resources. The University of Memphis, Rhodes and Memphis Theological Seminary, to name a few, are only minutes from the CBU campus.

Interlibrary loan is another option. We can search a nationwide network and normally borrow the article you're searching for with no fees. Keep in mind that Interlibrary Loan requests take one to two weeks to arrive. With online databases, library catalogs and ILL request forms, you can search for articles any time of the day or night.

Melissa Verble · · (901) 321-4018

New BUCCAT Library Catalog

Early this Summer, we upgraded our BUCCAT Library Catalog with a whole new look and many new features that should make your catalog searches more productive. New features include the ability to save searches (My Searches) and results lists (My List) and to set personalized search preferences. The printing, emailing, and exporting results processes have been streamlined as well. Please contact us if you encounter any problems using the new BUCCAT Library Catalog. We're always here to help!

Deborah Babb · · (901) 321-3433

American History in Video

We now have access to American History in Video, a brand new database from Alexander Street Press.

American History in Video allows students and researchers to analyze historical events and the presentation of historical events over time, through commercial and governmental newsreels, archival footage, public affairs footage, and important documentaries. This release includes over 1260 titles, equaling approximately 420 hours.

Deborah Babb · · (901) 321-3433

Beverly & Sam Ross Gallery

August 21 - October 1, 2009:

"Paper & Wood" Works on paper by Martha Kelly / Woodworking by Elmore Holmes

In the Foyer: "God's Winged Creatures" - the photography of Alan Sparks, Joe Sullivan and Tom Richey

News Release»

Coming Soon:
Artists' Link, October 16 - December 10, 2009
Raw Silk by Phyllis Boger & Constance Grayson, January 15 - March 11, 2010
Studio Glass by Shane Fero, March 19 - May 7, 2010