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About The Library

Renovated in September 1999, the James B. Duke Memorial Library is a 56,553- square foot facility with all of the amenities to support an independent and collaborative learning environment for undergraduate and graduate students. The library facility has two floors, with handicapped access and an elevator. The first floor includes a gallery, exhibit space, the Center of Information, reference collection, journal collection, eight individual study rooms, printing station, two student lounge areas, computer stations, open floor seating, and KoKoMo’s Coffee Café. Technical services and the librarian offices are located on the first floor. The second floors house the Black Heritage Room, the Inez Moore Parker Archives and Research Center, President’s Conference Room, Library Director’s office, general collection, four group study rooms, computer station (both Macs and PCs), open floor seating, two lounge areas, the Faculty Instructional Technology Sandbox, Multimedia room and the Information Technology (IT) Helpdesk.

The library was designed to support technology, and provide informal spaces for students to work individually as well as in a team environment. The library facility has the following features:

  • 430 seats (27% of 1,595 FTE), ALA standard: 25%
  • 322 data ports (74% of the library seating capacity)
  • Archives and Research Center (2,047 sq. ft.) The archive has a total shelving capacity over 1,260 square feet.
  • Faculty Technology Sandbox (900 sq. ft.)
  • Modern Communications Room for video/data projection (1,012 sq. ft.) This room, which is equipped with video/data projection equipment, provides seating for up to fifty-two students.
  • IT Help Desk (2,090 sq. ft)
  • President’s Conference Room (600 sq. ft.) This room is equipped with a data/video projector, and data ports that connect to the University’s network.
  • 10 study rooms (6 individual and 4 group study rooms) the study rooms are equipped with data ports that connect to the University’s network.
  • Two student lounges (600 sq. ft. each) the lounges provide comfortable seating for students, and are equipped with data ports.
  • Entry Gallery (1,682 sq. ft. with 92 feet of exhibit & 36 feet of glazed wall)

The James B. Duke Memorial Library is the core repository for information resources that support the academic curricula, applied research and graduate program at Johnson C. Smith University. The library is centrally located on JCSU’s campus. The facility provides access to printed resources, online resources, audiovisual materials, digital collections, e-books, and microforms.

The Center of Information provides a centralized location in which students, faculty and all users can receive support. Students, faculty and users can check books in and out, request study rooms, request course reserves, receive assistance with printing, faxing, and reference services. The Center of Information is the first point of customer service that supports the undergraduate and graduate programs at Johnson C. Smith University.

The Multimedia Classroom is equipped with video/data projection equipment, ten computers for group training and provides seating for up to 52 individuals. The room is used for viewing videos, student presentations, training and programming.

Faculty Information Technology Sandbox is a dedicated space that allows faculty to experiment with emerging technologies before entering the classroom. The sandbox has a SMART board, Mac and PC stations. Faculty and staff can check-out iPads, tablets, and peripheral equipment.

The primary function of the IT Helpdesk is to provide technical support to students.

The Inez Moore Parker Archives and Research Center contains manuscripts, journals, scrapbooks, photographs, clippings, and artifacts. The Black Heritage Room is a small collection of rare books, autographed books, manuscripts, and books written by and about Africans and African-Americans.

The Library’s web pages provide access to its online catalog, electronic resources, subject research guides, and other general information.

Fall and Spring Semester Summer School Semester Breaks
Monday:

7:30AM-12:00AM

Monday:

7:30AM-9:00PM

Monday:

7:30AM-5:00PM

Tuesday-Thursday:

7:30AM-11:00PM

Tuesday-Thursday:

7:30AM-9:00PM

Tuesday-Thursday:

7:30AM-5:00PM

Friday:

7:30AM-5:00PM

Friday:

7:30AM-5:00PM

Friday:

7:30AM-5:00PM

Saturday:

10:00AM-2:00PM

Saturday:

Closed- Open for Exams

Saturday:

Closed

Sunday:

2:00PM-12:00AM

Sunday:

Closed- Open for Exams

Sunday:

Closed

The library will close at 5:00PM Monday-Friday until the first day of classes begin each semester and before a holiday. The library will be closed on the weekend following a major holiday.