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Reference Department

The mission of the Reference Department is to support the intellectual development of planned instructional research, distance learning, cultural diversity and public service needs of the faculty, staff, students and the surrounding communities.

The Reference Department in the J. D. Boyd Library provides a variety of services to users with informational, directional, recreational and research needs in the accessing, retrieving, and interpreting the library's resources. Books in the reference collection are non-circulating. The reference collection is housed in open-stacks for accessibility to users on the second floor. These services are listed below:

Information Desk

The reference librarian assist users in locating information on the Online Public Access Catalog (OPAC), print resources, electronic databases, interlibrary loans, internet and library facilities. There are a variety of materials housed in this area such as the ready reference, brochures, policy and procedure manuals, workstations and offices.

The ready reference collection contains those frequently requested reference books and other materials. These materials are limited to a two hour time period when in great demand. For statistical purposes, the reference department asks that users sign a usage card when requesting materials from the ready reference collection.

Library Instruction

The library provides general to content-specific instructional sessions to support the academic and research needs of undergraduate and graduate students. Individual and group instructions are also provided to students, faculty, staff, and community users.

Interlibrary Loan Services

The library participates in the Interlibrary Loan Network (ILL). This allows us to borrow materials from other libraries needed for research that are not in our collection. Attempts are made to secure the needed data from libraries in our immediate proximity, thus expediting the loan.

Online Services

To support the university’s mission of teaching and research needs, the library offers instructional materials, such as peer-reviewed and scholarly journals, and eBooks, etc., via the online databases and the Online Public Access Catalog.


Tours of the library are available upon request. A tour of the library is useful in introducing patrons to programs, resources, and services.


Ask-A-Librarian is an electronic service available at the library. Users may ask a reference question via email at any time. Every attempt will be made to respond to requests as soon as possible. All email reference questions may be sent to refdesk@alcorn.edu.


Jawanda Wilson, Reference Assistant
Email: jawanda@alcorn.edu

Phone: 601.877.6357

Joanna Williams, Reference Librarian/Archivist

Email: jwwilliams@alcorn.edu

Phone: 601.877.2392


Monday- Thursday 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Sunday 2:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.