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By: Christian Sarna

It might only be located on the second and third floor of Hearnes, but the Missouri Western library has countless stories. Day two of the library open-house will take place today from 1-4 p.m. Students can enter to win one of two $30 Amazon gift cards and prize baskets. Prizes aside, library staff will be tabling to show students a variety of available resources.

In addition to physical books, which can be checked out for up to four weeks by showing Missouri Western ID, students can check out audiobooks and DVDs. They can also check out laptops for up to six hours and dry-erase markers for up to three hours for use inside the library.

Jackie Burns is a reference librarian who specializes in distance education resources. Burns has been with Missouri Western for 18 years and said that the library staff are also a valuable resource.

“If you have a project where you’re really having trouble getting some research, you can meet with us one-on-one,” Burns said. “You can ask us any questions – they don’t have to be library related – and we’ll get you to the right person.”

Burns said that while many students take advantage of library resources, plenty more could.

One student who takes advantage of library resources is junior Demetrius Pittman. According to Pittman, he makes a point to visit the library frequently.

“I try to come once a day, Monday through Friday,” Pittman said. “I try to do it three hours at a time, but sometimes my schedule won’t allow it.”

One resource that Burns said students could take advantage of from outside the library is their catalogue of nearly half a million eBooks. The library also provides access to a variety of online databases across multiple subjects.

Missouri Western and the library are currently celebrating 50 years being located at Downs Drive. For students looking to take a trip down memory lane, nearly every edition of the Griffon News and all editions of The Griffon yearbook are available as well.

Stephanie Spratt is the assistant director for technical services in the library. Spratt said that the library tracks both the circulation rates of physical books and the usage of online resources. This information is used to determine what resources should be invested in. 

“The more use we see, the more likely we are to renew that resource,” Spratt said. “I want to see the print used more. I want to see the online stuff used more.”

For students looking to learn more about research techniques, Spratt said that the library will be hosting information literacy sessions throughout the semester. 

More information about the sessions and other library resources can be found on their website at missouriwestern.edu/library/. Students can also visit the library in person on the second floor of Hearnes.

Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that the library eBook collection contained nearly one million eBooks. This has been corrected to half a million eBooks.