About the Library
The Charles Andrew Rush Learning Center / N.E. Miles Library is a center for scholarship on campus. In support of the educational mission and values of Birmingham-Southern College, the library is committed to serving the intellectual and creative needs of the college community. We strive to provide access to high quality information resources, to educate our patrons, and to provide a space that is conducive to study, research, and learning. Our core values include:
respectful service to our patrons;
equitable access to quality information;
academic excellence and integrity;
thoughtful selection of materials;
intellectal freedom and inquiry;
a welcoming, safe, and responsive environment; and
the expertise of a talented library staff.
Birmingham-Southern is an active member of the Network of Alabama Academic Libraries (NAAL), the Associated Colleges of the South (ACS), and the regional library network LYRASIS.
As an integral component of the College's Academic Resource Center (ARC), the library contains a variety of facilities for individual and group study and research. These include study carrels, seminar rooms, an electronic classroom, an auditorium with video and copmuter projection facilities, a video screening room, and a recently renovated and equipped learning technology center.
The library's public computer workstations are loaded with a number of software applications, and wireless access to the internet is available throughout the building. The learning technology center is equipped with hardware and software to produce and manipulate electronic information.
The library's collection contains over a quarter-million catalogued items that reflect the College's current curriculum. A collection of electronic books is available through our subscription to eBooks via EBSCOhost.
More than 35,000 periodicals are available in either print or electronic format. These can be found or accessed through the library's website under the heading Ejournals.
The library provides access to over 135 databases, covering every discipline. Examples include Project Muse, Science Direct, JSTOR, Oxford Music Online, EBSCOhost's Academic Search Premier, LexisNexis Academic, ProQuest Research Library, Gale Virtual Reference Library, Standard & Poor's NetAdvantage, and many others.
The library's holdings include CDs, DVDs, videotapes, LPs, and cassette recordings. Much of our collection of entertainment videos and DVDs is funded by the Student Government Association.
As a selective Government Document Depository, the library maintains a print collection of federal documents. Many more documents are available electronically.
Historic materials requiring special handling and preservation are kept in the library's various Special Collections. The College Archives maintain BSC publications and records relating to the College's history and the accomplishments of its faculty. The Archives of the North Alabama Conference of the United Methodist Church, a sponsoring institution of the College, are also in the library. Rare and unusual books are housed in the Wood Room. These and other collections can be identified through the library catalog.
Accessing the Library's Collections
The library's online catalog contains the records of all the materials in the library, including books, government documents, media, and periodicals. It includes excerpts and reviews for some items. The catalog allows users to review their accounts, place materials on a waiting list, and renew books. The catalog is available through the library's website at any time.
BSC students, faculty, and staff may check out materials using their BSC ID card. Community patrons and alumni of the College may apply for a library card at the Circulation Desk. The library has borrowing agreements with the major academic libraries in the Birmingham area. Students with a valid BSC ID card may check out materials from these libraries and the Birmingham Public Library. In addition, students and faculty may request items that are not available in the BSC library through our Interlibrary Loan service.
Library patrons have on-campus access to BSC library databases in most buildings. Dormitory and off-campus access in limited to current BSC students, faculty, and staff and requires a valid BSC username and password.
Librarians are available to assist students and faulty at the library, or via phone (205-226-4740), chat, or email. We encourage you to visit the library often, and to let us know how we may be of service to you.