Utah State University Library
Library services at Utah State University are provided in the Merrill-Cazier Library, a newly constructed facility that combines collections that were formerly housed in two buildings. Merrill-Cazier Library opened in September 2005 and houses materials in the arts, humanities, social sciences, agriculture, life and physical sciences, medicine, and engineering. The new library building (305,000 sq. ft.) was constructed from the existing Cazier Science and Technology Library, expanding the original building of 116,000 sq. ft. with an additional 189,000 sq. ft., thus replacing the 202,000 square feet of the Merrill Library building.
Despite having slightly less total space, several technological innovations make the new library a much more functional building. An automated storage and retrieval system (ASRS) has capacity for over 1.5 million new volumes, allowing for approximately 20 years of collection growth. In keeping with the University?s land-grant mission the Library has named the automated storage and retrieval system the BARN (Borrowers Automated Retrieval Network). Lesser-used books and all bound volumes of periodicals are stored and retrieved on demand from the BARN. Library users may use the Library Online Catalog from their offices, homes, or any computer with network access to request materials from the BARN. The materials are retrieved and made available at a service desk in the library within minutes of the request.
The new library makes extensive use of computer technology for staff and library users as well. An Information Commons will offer over 150 workstations from which USU students and faculty will be able to use a wide variety of productivity software, such as word processing, spreadsheets, digital image manipulation, and statistical packages. Librarians and computer support staff work in tandem to provide technological training and research assistance to customers in the Information Commons.
The Merrill-Cazier Library provides extensive service hours during the day, and is accessible to the USU community and the general public throughout the year (except during designated University closings). The new building has 305,000 total square feet, with a seating capacity of over 2,000.
Additional library services are provided on campus at the Anne Carroll Moore Library of the Edith Bowen Laboratory School (children?s books), the Young Education Technology Center (curriculum and teacher preparatory materials), the Intermountain Herbarium, the Quinney Natural Resources Library in the College of Natural Resources, and a number of smaller, independently administered departmental libraries.
The Merrill-Cazier Library is a member of several library consortia. The Utah Academic Library Consortium (UALC) is comprised of 24 academic libraries throughout Utah and Nevada. The consortium receives support from the State of Utah to help defray the cost of online journal and database purchases. Consortial prices make many of these products more affordable for member libraries. The Merrill-Cazier Library receives a similar benefit from membership in the Bibliographical Center for Research (BCR) and the Greater Western Library Alliance (GWLA), a consortium of over 30 libraries spread across the western United States. Members of the Library staff serve on administrative boards and committees of these consortia.
Hours: Sunday 12:00pm-12:00am; Monday-Thursday 7:00am-12:00am; Friday 7:00am-7:00pm; Saturday 9:00am-6:00pm