Welcome to the Lamar Memorial Library
The faculty and staff of the Lamar Memorial Library welcome you. We are here for you!
The library is part of an integrated information infrastructure that consists of the Library, Instructional Technology, and Information Technology departments. Together, these departments provide computing and information resources and services central to the mission and educational goals of Maryville College.
In its commitment to service, the library provides resources and services designed to stimulate intellectual curiosity and to encourage and teach the use of information.
McQuest, the library's web site, provides an online portal to materials held in the library, to the library’s electronic resources, to materials designed by librarians in support of classroom instruction, and to resources available through the Internet. The collection of approximately 133,000 volumes, complemented by online books and journals, electronic databases and reference sources, and interlibrary services, strives to be current and suited to the research expected of Maryville College students. In cooperation with the faculty, librarians create a carefully selected collection that supports the College’s rigorous curriculum and reflects a diversity of viewpoints and modes of inquiry.
The spacious, relaxed atmosphere of the library in historic Thaw Hall provides varied research and study areas, including individual study carrels and group study rooms. The campus network and the Internet are available throughout the Library via wired and wireless connections. The Library also hosts public computing facilities for the entire campus. In a world of networked information, the library remains committed to providing a physical space that is inviting and user-oriented and that accommodates individual study, collaborative learning, and the building of a community of learning.
The library staff is responsive to individual needs and committed to the highest standards of quality in librarianship and information services. Reference librarians are available during most hours of service and via email to work with students to formulate information needs, identify sources, and assist in their use. Librarians and teaching faculty are partners in the educational process. Information skills are taught across the curriculum with special emphasis during the freshman year. Through individual attention and class instruction, librarians help students develop skills for locating and evaluating information that will serve them in completing independent research and in a lifetime of learning.