As an integral support service for the programs and purpose of South Plains College, the Library is committed to providing the primary and secondary materials needed to support all aspects of the educational enterprise, including university parallel curricula, occupational education programs, and continuing education/community service programs, as well as serving as a resource for the cultural, recreational, and intellectual development of its community. The Library seeks to deliver its services through a variety of delivery systems and strives to facilitate maximum access to information as appropriate to user needs.
Its collections consist of a carefully selected blend of traditional print and electronic resources organized for easy and convenient access by students and faculty. The Library participates actively in networks and consortia at the regional, state, and national levels, thereby extending access to materials far beyond the physical boundaries of the building. Hours of operation are ample to accommodate individual schedules.
Professional librarians are always available to provide individual assistance in the use of the Library. Group tours are available on request. Other services include interlibrary loan, photocopying, laminating, and a variety of audiovisual services.
A Library Committee consisting of a faculty representative from each department meets regularly and serves in an advisory and liaison capacity.
Faculty involvement in the growth and development of the collection is essential. Faculty members are urged to recommend titles for purchase, especially in their fields of expertise. Request forms for this purpose are available from the Technical Services Librarian or may be submitted online.
The normal loan period for regular circulating materials is three weeks for students and a semester for faculty. However, faculty members may request that these materials be placed "ON RESERVE" for overnight or building use only. Faculty may contact the Circulation staff for arrangements.
Reference books, periodicals, and audiovisual materials are available for Library or classroom use only. However, faculty members may check out these materials overnight by contacting the Circulation staff.
Materials unavailable in the South Plains College Library may be borrowed from other libraries through interlibrary loan. Forms for this purpose are available from the Public Services Librarian or may be submitted online.
Library staff is available to conduct tours, instruct students in the use of Library resources and services, and to assist faculty in their use of the Library. These services may be obtained by contacting the Public Services Librarian.
AUDIOVISUAL SERVICES AND FACILITIES
The Library offers a variety of audiovisual services including CD and tape playback machines, a microform reader with printer, an image magnifier, loan of audiovisual equipment, and laminating.
In addition to individual viewing and listening carrels, the Library has a forty (40) seat computer lab and three classrooms which may be reserved for class or group use. Access and reservations for any of these services may be booked by contacting the Public Services Librarian.