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Welcome to Briggs Library

LeAnn Dean and Pounce

Welcome to your library and the myriad of resources available online and in the Briggs Library building at Morris! On behalf of the library staff, I invite you to explore the resources and services that comprise the library. Whether you visit us in person or virtually, we're anxious to play a vital role in your years at Morris—for class assignments, independent study, research and scholarship, continuous learning, or personal enjoyment.

Pounce, our online catalog, enables you to locate the 200,000+ items as well as the online resources—more than 150 databases, more than 56,000 e-journals, and 181,070 eBooks. The library includes a variety of collections as well as areas for quiet study or group discussion. I recommend heading to the first or fourth floors to find a quiet study nook and to the second and third floors for group collaboration and discussion space. Use our computers for online research, writing papers, email, social networking, and online exploration, or bring your own laptop and use the campus wireless capability.

The library is much more than collections, databases, and computers, however. We take pride in the services we offer. Librarians sitting at the reference desk just inside the front door or responding to "Ask a Librarian" email or chat questions genuinely enjoy listening to descriptions of research or information challenges and subsequently providing advice. For access to a worldwide array of resources not available in our library, the Interlibrary Loan department is happy to request them for you from other libraries. Community users are also warmly welcomed at Briggs Library.

Please consider us as a partner in your research and learning, and in making sense of the ever-changing world of information gathering and synthesizing. We also invite you to share your ideas for improving the library, its collections, services and learning spaces. Feel free to contact me.

LeAnn Dean Signature
LeAnn Dean
Rodney A. Briggs Library director