Parents & Families

Things Parents and Families Should Know about UM Libraries...

Personalized Expert Assistance & Study Space

  • As a parent or family member of an Ole Miss student, we want to welcome you to the University of Mississippi Libraries.  The University of Mississippi is a highly residential campus, with the majority of campus buildings being located in the compact central core of campus. The Libraries are located in the heart of campus and receive very heavy usage. There is a good chance your student will spend a great deal of time with us in the Libraries working on research projects, papers or studying. Part of your mission is to help your student be successful in college.
  • subject specialist with a Masters in Library Science has been assigned to each discipline to assist your student with their projects and research. A librarian is available to assist them, without an appointment, at the Reference Desk in J.D. Williams Library, or by phone, email or chat. They may also make an appointment with a subject librarian if you need in depth research assistance.
  • Guides can help them find specific resources by discipline. 
  • A variety of study spaces are available in the Libraries, including quiet and group study spaces. 
  • You are also welcome to use the libraries or join on a tour if you are here visiting or attending orientation.


  • University Libraries are the J.D. Williams Library (Main) and the Science Library. The Science Library is located in the Thad Cochran Research Center and houses chemistry and pharmacy collections.
  • The Libraries subscribe to over 231 databases with access to articles and magazines, newspapers, trade periodicals and scholarly journals. You are welcome to access databases from within the Libraries
  • The Libraries provide over  640,000 e-books, 26,500 periodicals and 75,973 e-journals. Alumni with a valid driver's license may receive a borrower's card and check out library materials, subject to current circulation policies.

Archives and Special Collections

Located on the third floor of the J.D. Williams Library, the Department of Archives and Special Collections houses important collections of Mississippiana. Since 1975, our primary purpose has been to acquire, conserve, and make accessible rare books, manuscripts, maps, visual and audio materials, and ephemera related to the University of Mississippi, the state of Mississippi, and the Blues.

The Department of Archives and Special Collections invites patron visits during our regular hours from 8:00 to 5:00, Monday through Friday, except during selected University holidays.

Archives and Special Collections often host or present exhibitions, both on site and online. 

Important Links

  • Keywords: The library newsletter Keywords is available to read online.
  • Borrowing Privileges: The University of Mississippi Libraries are open to all members of the University community: students, faculty and staff, as well as alumni and Mississippi residents with a valid driver's license. Circulation privileges for all categories are subject to approval. Anyone is welcome to use Library materials in the building. An adult must accompany children under the age of 12.
  • Ole Miss Parents Association: The University Libraries is grateful for the support we regularly receive from the Ole Miss Parents Association. If you are interested in becoming a member please see their website.

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