John C. Hodges Library

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Southeastern view of the ziggurat-like structure.
The Centaur from Volos, on display on the first floor of the library.
Northeast view

The John C. Hodges Library is the main library of the University of Tennessee. Located at 1015 Volunteer Boulevard,[1] it is one of many libraries the University of Tennessee houses.[2]

Opened in 1969, the library houses 3 million library volumes, periodicals, and computer resources.[3] Its rare book collection numbers about 60,000 items,[4] the oldest dating from 1481 AD.[5] The University of Tennessee Libraries provides books, articles, media, technology, spaces, and research expertise.[6]

John C. Hodges Library is open Monday-Thursday for 24 hours a day. On Friday the library closes at midnight. The library runs on Saturday from 10:00 am to midnight and on Sunday the library opens at 10:00 am.[7] The library features several study areas designated for students to study quietly or in groups. The first, fourth, and fifth floors are designated for quiet study, while the second, third, and sixth are for group study.[8] There are also group study rooms on the first and second floors that must be reserved online.[9]

Reference librarians are available during operating hours through chat, phone, text, email, or even by appointment.[10]

In 2010-2011, the library was ranked 48 out of 115 of the top North American research libraries of the United States according to the Chronicle of Higher Education rankings.[11] It ranks 48th among all major academic research libraries in Canada and the U.S. by the Association of Research Libraries.[12]

The current administration of the John C. Hodges Library consists of:[13]

  • Steven Smith, Dean of Libraries
  • Rita Smith, Executive Associate Dean
  • Sandy Leach, Associate Dean for Collections
  • Holly Mercer, Associate Dean for Research and Scholarly Communication
  • Teresa Walker, Associate Dean for Learning, Research, and Engagement

The library's name acknowledges the contributions of Dr. John Cunyus Hodges (b. March 15, 1892 – d. July 7, 1967), a professor of English and a benefactor of the University of Tennessee libraries.[14] Hodges worked at UT for 41 years (1921 – 1962) and was the author of the Harbrace Handbook, often said to be the most widely used college text in the country.[15]

John C. Hodges Library has a Four areas strategic plan: (1) Teaching and Learning (2) Research Support, Discovery, and Access (3) Digital Initiatives, Scholarly Communication, and Technology Innovation (4) The 24-Hour Intellectual and Social Hub.[16]

John C. Hodges Library Mission Statement: We empower big ideas.[17]

John C. Hodges Library vision statement reads, "We are the campus main street and the crossroads for innovation, scholarship, learning and civility.".[18]

Its Joel A. Katz Law collection is the largest public law library in the state of Tennessee.

Its special collections department includes notable collections such as the writings of James Agee and Alex Haley, as well as film director Clarence Brown.[19] Materials in the special collections department do not circulate, so researchers wishing to study them must request the materials for viewing in the Special Collections Reading Room. The materials in the special collections department can be found using SCOUT (Special Collections Online at the University of Tennessee) or the library catalog.[20] Renovations for additional space to the Special Collections began in late 2015 and will be completed in 2016.[21]

The first floor galleria of Hodges Library holds several permanent exhibits of interest: The Centaur Excavations at Volos, A bronze bust of the late author Alex Haley, and the Alumni Academic Hall of Fame honors UT alumni.[22]

The second floor of John C. Hodges Library houses The Commons. This collaborative space between the Office of Information Technology and the University Libraries provides students with tools to be successful learners. These include a media production lab, research assistance, group meeting spaces, and technology services.[23]

Students can borrow equipment in The Commons. Laptops, headphones, scanners, power adaptors and an assortment of other cables are available for four-hour checkouts. Video cameras, digital cameras, audio recorders, lighting kits, and microphones are available for three day checkouts. Equipment is provided using the Student Technology Fees portion of tuition, so checkouts are only available for students.[24]

The John C. Hodges Library houses a media production lab known as “The Studio.” The Studio, located in room 235, is a resource for students, staff, and faculty that wish to work on production and media activities.[25]

The Center for Children’s & Young Adult Literature is on the third floor of Hodges.[26] The CCYAL maintains and promotes a non-circulating collection of children’s and young adult literature that the community is encouraged to come in and read on-site.[27]

Additionally, the third floor houses the Children's and Young Adult Collection. The items in this collection circulate.[28]

The building of Hodges library is lofty. The interior is designed to admit ample natural light and features Italian and Spanish marble and lightly-finished woods. The terraced effect of the library belies the building’s massive size.[29] The library was expanded in 1987 using the original 1969 construction and adding almost 250,000 more square feet.[30]

Research Assistance is available by phone, email, in person, or by online chat. The hours of availability for live research assistance may differ from the hours in which the library is open. However, online research guides and a library F.A.Q. are available at all times.[31]

The John C. Hodges Library currently strives for a "learning commons" atmosphere.[32] Librarians there are involved with a number of projects to engage with the student body, such as "Love Your Data Week" and "Lunch and Learn Discussion Series".[33] In the library, they also hold "De-stress for Success" to help students deal with the pressures of Finals Week every semester.[34] Hodges, as it is casually referred to, provides a number of areas for both individual and group learning. Hottest titles and leisure can be found in a quiet study area on the first floor. In sight of one of the entrances, is a small Starbucks and P.O.D. market for convenience and comfort to buys schedules. The area surrounding the stores are filled with booths, tables and small study rooms.[35] SEC team pride is sometimes on bright display in the library, as it fills with students adorned in orange.

Begun in 2005, with the mission statement, "Hodges Library serves as a center for learning and cultural enrichment for the University of Tennessee community. The exhibition area in the Reference Room creates an area of visual interest, encourages artistic appreciation and provides a venue for our students to display their artwork," the Student Art in the Library program features current undergraduate students' artwork submitted for the yearly juried exhibition held in the Fall and Spring semesters.[36]

Located on ground floor of the Hodges Library is the campus OneStop. OneStop Express Student Services is the all-in-one location for student help on campus. Students can receive help with “financial aid, student accounts, registration, and records.”[37]


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