STUDENT NAME:_____________________STUDENT ID NUMBER:___________________________
1) Print a copy of this walking tour.
2) Visit the university libraries.
3) With the copy of the walking tour in-hand, follow the directions and answer all 16 exercises in the spaces provided. Note: To answer the last two questions you will need to visit the Ward E. Barnes Library on the SOUTH CAMPUS.

Walking Tour of the UM-St. Louis Libraries

Thomas Jefferson Library

Please begin the tour in the main lobby by the front entrance.

Welcome to the Thomas Jefferson Library building. In this facility you will find:

  • the Thomas Jefferson Library,
  • the St. Louis Mercantile Library at UM-St. Louis, and
  • the Western Historical Manuscripts Collections and University Archives.

Each has distinctive collections which you will see on this tour.

The Ward E. Barnes Library branch is also a part of the UM-St. Louis Libraries. In this branch are books and journals supporting the Colleges of Education and Nursing and the School of Optometry. The Barnes Library is located on the South Campus and is included later on in this tour.

Level Three

You have entered the Thomas Jefferson Library building on Level 3. Just inside of the main entrance you will find the Access Services area. Access Services includes the Circulation/Reserve desk (to the left of the main entrance as you arrive) and the InterLibrary Loan Department (ILL) to the right of the main entrance. The Circulation/ Reserve desk is where you:

The InterLibrary Loan Department handles requests for materials which we do not own and/or which cannot be requested using the Library Catalog. ILL can request both books and journal articles, but generally will not borrow a book being used as a text for an UMSL class. ILL also fills requests for books and articles received from patrons of other libraries who need to borrow our materials.

Exercise #1
There is a slot with a sign on the left side of the Circulation Desk. What is the slot for? (Hint: What is on the sign?)
Answer: __________________________________________________________________________________.

In the main lobby of Level 3 you will find a group of computers which are available to the general public for doing research. You may use these stations to:

Some of the electronic indexes include the full text of some journal articles; others describe articles which we may or may not own. You can download or email much of the information you find, but you cannot print at these stations. We provide online tutorials for both the Library Catalogs and the electronic indexes to help you learn about these resources, but we also encourage you to visit the Librarians at our next stop, for assistance.

Across the lobby from the computers is a brightly-lit seating area in front of a set of shelves which hold two groups of books. The first group contains the most recently purchased books for the library. These volumes cover a wide variety of topics and are arranged in call number order. New books are added on a regular basis to this group and the older materials are removed and placed in the general collection.

The second group of volumes consists of books which are received through a rotating "subscription" program. Many of these items are "best sellers" and/or more popular non-fiction works. These books are arranged in alphabetical order by author; they are periodically removed and returned to the bookseller and replaced with new materials. Books which the Libraries choose to keep are added to the Catalog and shelved in the general collection.

Books from both sets may be checked out using a valid UMSL ID.

Exercise #2
There is a model of a riverboat on the shelves in this NEW BOOK area. What is the name painted on the side of the riverboat?
Answer: __________________________________________________________________________________.

Just past these stations on the east side of the floor is the Reference Desk. If you have questions about anything in the Library, this is the place to go for answers. The desk is staffed by Librarians whose specific purpose is to answer questions about:

If it is busy when you stop at the Reference Desk and the Librarian can’t spend much time with you, you may want to sign up for a Research Consultation. At a time mutually agreed upon, you can meet with a Librarian who will make suggestions of the best materials to use and will demonstrate the electronic resources available.

Exercise #3
On the front of the Reference Desk are display racks filled with handouts. What is the title of the top-most, left handout on the left rack?
Answer: __________________________________________________________________________________.

A little further past the Reference Desk is the Library Research Commons (LRC). This is a computer lab where you can:

Reference librarians will be nearby to help you with library research, while campus Information Technology Services staff will help you with technical questions.

Exercise #4
How many printers are available in the Library Research Commons?
Answer: __________________________________________________________________________________.

Other areas on Level 3 are:

Exercise #5
Using the Government Documents bookcases on Level 3 (see map) what is the earliest decade for which the library has Census material? (Hint: Use the dates listed on the guide cards at the ends of bookcases 3-6).
Answer: __________________________________________________________________________________.

On the western side of Level 3, opposite from the Reference Desk, you will see a hallway which leads to the lower two floors. You will also find the elevators for the building in this hallway. (Please feel free to use the elevators for this “walking” tour if you are unable to use the stairs.) Please proceed to level two.

Level Two

When you get to the bottom of the stairs on Level 2, you will see in front of you a set of double glass doors which lead into the Mercantile Library at UM-St. Louis

Exercise #6
Whose death mask can be found on Level 2 just before you enter the Mercantile Library?
Answer: __________________________________________________________________________________.

This facility originated in downtown St. Louis in the mid-1800’s as a library for local businessmen. The Mercantile moved its collections and other materials to the Thomas Jefferson Library building in 1998. As you stroll through Level 2, you will see many wonderful paintings, artifacts, statues and other non-traditional library materials. Student seating is pleasant and plentiful, particularly under the pyramid-shaped skylight. The Mercantile general book collection has been merged with the Thomas Jefferson Library general book collection. The Mercantile, however, is better known for its "special" (i.e., archival) collections which attract researchers from around the country:

Exercise #7
How many riverboat pilot wheels are in the Mercantile Library? (Hint: On Level 2, and in the sunken area under the skylight).
Answer: __________________________________________________________________________________.

Please proceed to Level 1.

Level One

The Mercantile also has the St. Louis Globe-Democrat morgue. Located on Level 1, the morgue contains the clippings file from 1925-1989 of the now-defunct Globe-Democrat newspaper. On Level 1, along with the Globe-Democrat morgue, you will find the shelves which hold Thomas Jefferson Library and Mercantile Library general collection books with call numbers A through F. Additional seating, many more paintings and other artifacts can also be found on this floor.

Exercise #8
Up against the south wall of Level 1 is the bust of which well-known navigator?
Answer: __________________________________________________________________________________.

When you exit the Mercantile Library on the eastern side of Level 1, you will be in a lobby area for the elevators. You will also see a hallway on the right leading to a special “compact shelving” room. This room is filled with moveable shelves. You may run across a location code in the Library Catalog – UMS TJ COM 1 – which lets you know that the material has been placed in this room. Oversize items and some older Reference materials are shelved in this area.

Exercise #9
Find the **Caution** signs in the compact shelving room. What is the warning they provide?
Answer: __________________________________________________________________________________.

Please return to Level 2 and go to the base of the stairs leading to Level 3.

As you exit the Mercantile Library through the glass doors, you will notice an area tucked to the right under the stairs. This is where the Western Historical Manuscripts Collections (WHMC) and University Archives are located. WHMC contains many non-traditional library materials:

The collections are varied and more historical in nature, and are strong in:

The papers of the late Marlin Perkins (star of Wild Kingdom and ex-director of the St. Louis zoo) can also be found in WHMC.

The University Archives houses:

These can all be found in the University Archives, along with other historical documentation of the University’s activities. For help with the WHMC or University Archives collections, please contact the staff in those areas.

Exercise #10
What is the room number of the Western Historical Manuscripts and University Archives area?
Answer: __________________________________________________________________________________.

Please return to the base of the stairs leading up to Level 3.

Just before you get to the Western Historical Manuscripts area, you will find a hallway leading to your right. (Please refer back to the floor plan for Level 2.) If you follow that hallway back and to the left you will find two more collection areas. The first that you come to is our Tax area, where we have the various research materials used by the Business Income Taxation and Personal Income Tax classes. The second, is the main shelving area for the Government Documents collection. The call numbers for the Government Documents materials are different from those used for the general book collection. The first letters of the call numbers represent the government agency which has produced the publication. As you go past the shelves, you will see that the call numbers closest to you start at Y. They go to A towards the back of the room. We receive approximately 93% of the materials available through the Federal Depository Library program, including:

Exercise #11
As you pass the last table on your way to the Government Documents area (see the map for level 2), you will see a map on the wall to your left, next to a red campus phone. What is the full, seven word title of the map? Question updated 10/18/2010
Answer: __________________________________________________________________________________.

Please return to the base of the stairs leading up to Level 3.

Just left of the stairs leading back up to Level 3 you will see a short hallway off of which is another compact shelving area (designated UMS TJ COM 2 in the Library Catalog). The materials in this compact room are divided into two areas. As you enter the room you will first see the area for the journals, followed by the books in series.

Exercise #12
Please go into the COM 2 room. At the end of each shelf is a set of 4 buttons. What words are on the button with the left-pointing arrow?
Answer: __________________________________________________________________________________.

Also on Level 2 are Library office areas for the Cataloging and Acquisitions Departments.These departments order, receive and process all of the materials the UM-St. Louis Libraries purchase.

Please proceed to Level 4.

Level Four

Level 4 contains the shelving area for books from the Mercantile and Thomas Jefferson Libraries general collection materials with call numbers G through Z. Where books in the Barnes Library are specifically for the Colleges of Education and Nursing and the School of Optometry, the books in the Thomas Jefferson Library building cover a broad spectrum of subjects and disciplines ranging from Art through Zoology. Call numbers, however, do not match the subject. For an explanation of the Library of Congress call number system, please pick-up our handout at the Reference Desk on Level 3.

Exercise #13
The arts of what continent are exhibited in the glass case across from the elevators (see map) on Level 4? Question updated 10/18/2010
Answer: __________________________________________________________________________________.

Study areas are also available on Level 4 near the stairs and on three sides of the floor.

Please proceed to Level 5.

Level Five

Level 5 contains the majority of our periodicals collections. You may also hear these materials referred to as magazines or journals. The floor is separated into three areas:

  1. The regular shelves at the front of the floor contain the older bound volumes of journals; they are arranged by call number.
  2. The display area at the back of the floor houses recent newspapers and loose issues of our current subscription items. The newspapers are on hanging display racks in the northwest corner and the journals are on display shelves near the backwindows. These journals are arranged alphabetically by title with the newest issue on display,and older, loose issues stored under the lift-up shelf.
  3. In between the two sets of shelves is the area where we store our microfiche and microfilm materials. We have older volumes of newspapers, journals, and some book-like materials in microformat. These are arranged by call number with microfiche in one set of cabinets and microfilms in another set. They can be viewed and printed using the machines in the area.

The Current Periodicals/Microforms (CP/M) service desk is located on this floor. The staff at this desk can assist you in locating materials and can help you with using the microform reader/printer machines. There are also regular photocopying machines located in the hallway by the elevators for copying the paper journal materials. The photocopiers will accept coins or special debit cards. Vending machines for these cards are located on Levels 3 and 5.

On the eastern side of Level 5 is a listening room (Room 504) for viewing videos and listening to tapes or CD’s. You may exchange your UMSL I.D. at the Circulation/ Reserve Desk on Level 3 for the swipe card that unlocks the door to this room. The Library has copies of video lectures for the Video Instruction Program (VIP) and some music tapes and CD’s from the Music Department at the Reserve Desk. The call numbers for these items can be found by using the Library Catalog.

Exercise #14
What is the title of the very last journal shelved in the current display shelving area? Question updated 10/18/2010
Answer: __________________________________________________________________________________.

* The Library Catalog is comprised of three segments:

Because of the cooperative venture among the MERLIN and MOBIUS libraries, it is possible to request some materials directly through the Catalog and/or go to the institutions and use your UMSL I.D. to check things out in person. Items requested through the catalog may be picked up at the Thomas Jefferson Library Circulation/Reserve Desk. Back to Text

Ward E. Barnes Library

The Ward E. Barnes Library is located on the South Campus of the University of Missouri-Saint Louis. The collections focus primarily on the education, nursing, and optometry disciplines. As you enter the Library, the Circulation Desk is on your right. This is where you check out and return books and reserve materials, as well as materials you have requested from other libraries. The Circulation Desk at Barnes is often the only service desk open on the South Campus during nights or weekends, so the staff is able to provide information on a range of subjects other than library specific questions.

As you walk further into the Library, you will see three copy machines on your left. These machines operate with coins or Vendacards. Change may be available at the Circulation Desk.

On your right, past the Circulation Desk, are four public computers. They are not hooked up to any printers and do not have word-processing capabilities. However, these computers can be used for quick searching of the following:

By searching the UMSL Library Catalog you will become familiar with the books and journals that the Barnes Library houses. If you are looking for an item your instructor has placed on reserve, you can retrieve it by using your instructor’s name or the course title. If you can’t find a book you are looking for at any library on campus, try the MERLIN and MOBIUS catalogs. If you are looking for journal articles instead of books, you should conduct a search using an electronic database. You can access a list of databases arranged alphabetically by title or by subject from the Library's home page.

The first shelves you see just beyond the workstation area hold the Current Journals Collection. These are the latest issues of journals and magazines to which the Barnes Library subscribes. They are arranged in alphabetical order. Older issues are bound and interspersed by call number with the remainder of the General Collection on this level. Journals, bound or unbound, do not circulate and therefore may not be checked out of the library. The General Collection, supports the Colleges of Education, College of Nursing, and the School of Optometry.

Next, in your walking tour is the Reference Collection. It is primarily composed of:

Exercise #15
What is the title of the local newspaper located on the newspaper rack?
Answer: _________________________________________________________________________________.

Library Research Commons

As you pass the reference desk, you will see the the Barnes Library's Library Research Commons (LRC), which was opened to students in the Fall 2004 semester. This latest LRC features 57 high-end workstations and also has a color laser printer. Just as in the LRC described above for the Thomas Jefferson Library, here you can also do library research, word-processing, e-mail, surf the Web, print, scan, and work with computer applications of all kinds. This LRC also contains study tables where you can plug-in laptops (though the connection will have to be wireless). Here, too, librarians will be on hand to help you with library research while Information Technology Services staff will provide technical help if you need it.

Next to the Reference Desk you will also find a newspaper rack. Here you will also find current issues of "The Chronicle of Higher Education" and "The Times Educational Supplement".

In the corner, centered around a tall white column, you will find our Audiovisual area. We have VHS videoplayers, laserdisc, and CD Rom players to view materials the library collects in these media. Most of these consist of materials faculty members have placed on reserve for a class.

If you walk toward the next column, on the east side of the Library, you will find two special collections that support the programs of the College of Education. These are the Children’s Literature Collection, and the Elementary/Secondary Textbook Collection. The Barnes Library Children’s Literature consists of pre-kindergarten through young adult fiction, nonfiction, biography, and poetry. The Elementary/Secondary Textbook Collection dates from the 1950’s to the present. In addition to serving as a valuable resource for lesson plan ideas, it also gives a representative sample of the changes in elementary/secondary curriculum over the decades.

On the wooden shelves along the south wall, you will find the print versions of several of the indexes the Library also offers electronically. These include ERIC, Index Medicus, and CINAHL. Just past the indexes on the same wall, is the Government Documents collection limited to US Department of Education publications. Across from the the Government Documents shelves is the Microfiche Collection housed in large grey metal cabinets. Most of the microfiche are ERIC documents published by the US Department of Education. The ERIC documents consist of unpublished papers, government documents, conference proceedings, etc. This unique resource and ERIC journal article information may be accessed by searching the ERIC database.

Another collection stored in this area is the Kraus Curriculum Development Library. This microfiche collection is composed of state standards/frameworks and school district curriculum guides for Early Childhood Education, Grades K-12, and Adult Basic Education.

Exercise #16
Resting on top of the large grey microfiche cabinets are statues of what two great Italian poets?
Answer: _________________________________________________________________________________.

This concludes the walking tour of the Thomas Jefferson Library and the Ward E. Barnes Library buildings. We hope you enjoyed learning about the collections and services available to you. If you have any questions about the contents of this tour or about the various Libraries on campus, please come to the Reference Desks. We will be happy to answer your questions. Thank you.

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