Libraries

The University has one main library (Collier) and two specialty libraries located on the main campus (Music & Kilby).  Collier Library’s seating capacity is approximately 650, including communal spaces, classroom spaces, and group spaces.  The University Libraries provide access to approximately 319,368 physical volumes, including 33,587 bound periodical volumes, 512,493 electronic books, 38,115 electronic periodicals, 986,409 microform units, 10,003 audiovisual items, and 94,460 steaming videos.  Other holdings include a robust technology lending collection, a textbook reserve collection, a small collection of games, 3,829 maps, 8,180 photographic prints, 2,057 photographic negatives, and 33 study print sets.  

Collier Library supports an interlibrary loan program to obtain access to materials not currently owned by the University. Additionally, the University of North Alabama is a member of the Network of Alabama Academic Libraries (NAAL).

Collier Library Archives & Special Collections provides access to an eclectic collection.  Its primary focus is the preservation of records, ephemera, and photographs related to the University’s history.  In addition, it contains materials related to the city of Florence, Lauderdale County, the Shoals area, and the TVA’s Wilson Dam.  The Archives and Special Collections also holds historically significant and geographically relevant personal research materials.  In addition to books, maps, and other oversized items, there are 60 boxes containing over 2,764 items and more than 3,275 photographs.  Archives also houses over 850 scripts and 2,000 memorabilia items donated by alumnus George Lindsey, Ernest Borgnine, and others.  There are more than 600 videos from an annual University sponsored film festival.

Collier Library & Information Services supports a robust instruction program. Information literacy and research sessions are taught at various points throughout the curriculum. Instruction topics include critical thinking with information, information literacy, information retrieval, information evaluation, information usage, and more.

Collier Library provides access to over one hundred internet-connected computers. Those include desktop machines and laptops for borrowing. Supplemental technology in addition to the computer terminals includes 3-D printing, 3-D scanning, video and media editing software, presentation screens, a green screen, a digital piano, a poster printer, scanning software and hardware, and more.

The address of the UNA website for library resources is http://www.una.edu/library.