2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog

University Libraries

Ball State University Libraries serves users by providing access to and assistance with resources to meet student information needs related to the teaching curriculum, research mission, service programs and general interest. The Libraries also provide a range of physical spaces to support individual and collaborative learning.

The University Libraries, comprised of the Alexander M. Bracken Library and the Architecture and Science-Health Science branch libraries, offer convenient access to more than 1.5 million books, periodicals, digital resources, DVDs, CDs, microforms, software, government publications, maps, manuscripts, music scores, archival records, and electronic databases.

The University Libraries’ home page  provides access to an array of research resources and services including full-text databases, course reserves, online tutorials, interlibrary loan, digital resources, library information and much more. OneSearch, available from the homepage, is a powerful tool and the primary entry-point for discovering resources in the Libraries’ collections – online, media and print. 

Friendly assistance in using these resources, as well as help with beginning or advanced research, is available at the Reference Desk, Bracken Library, First Floor West, 765-285-1101, or via email, live chat, and/or text msg. Extended individual help, featuring one-on-one reference appointments with research librarians, is a great way to get started on a research project. Research guides for over 200 popular subjects and short tutorials are available to further assist students in the research process. 

Digital equipment, including laptops, data projectors, camcorders and video cameras, webcams, power cords, adapters, and more are available for use from Educational Technology Resources and Collections.  Bracken Library features multimedia workstations for video editing, GIS, and other intensive computing applications.

Bracken Library is open a generous 123 hours weekly during academic semesters, with hours to meet the needs of both early birds and night owls. The library’s arrangement of service, collection, and study areas facilitates access to information sources. Library personnel are available at each service point to assist library users.  Group study rooms are available for collaborative use throughout Bracken Library and may be reserved online.

Wireless connectivity is available throughout the libraries. Scanners, a large-format printer, laminating, and standard-format color and B&W printers and photocopiers are available. Bracken Library hosts the Bookmark Café, featuring hot and cold beverages and light snacks.

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