ABOUT THE LIBRARY
On behalf of the staff at David L. Rice Library, welcome! The librarians and staff members at the library are committed to serving our users, whether it's selecting a new reference book; reviewing a new database; digitizing a photo; or obtaining an item through interlibrary loan. Our efforts center on our vision of providing "an environment that supports teaching and learning, and encourages intellectual exchange, scholarship, and creative expression."
Rice Library offers many key services of interest to students and faculty members alike. Our reference librarians are available at least 60 hours per week – in person, or via email, chat, or text. One-on-one consultations with a reference librarian are available, as are library instruction sessions tailored to a specific course or assignment.
Each department on campus has a librarian subject liaison, who selects material specifically geared toward that area of study. Liaison librarians work with faculty members in each area to be sure the library maintains a relevant and well-rounded collection to support the university's curriculum, even as it changes from year to year.
The University Archives and Special Collections hold treasures of all sorts – diaries and journals, correspondence, literary manuscripts, art work, account books, minutes of business firms and organizations, scrapbooks and newsletters, photographs and memorabilia – both physical and digital. The Rice Library Image Collection – viewable by anyone with a computer and an internet connection - includes thousands of fascinating images related to the history of the University of Southern Indiana and Evansville, Communal Studies, and more.
Patrons of the library can check out books, DVDs, laptops, and more from our Checkout Counter, or by using any of the self-checkout stations around the building. The library houses two computer labs, and work stations, scanners, printers, and copy machines are also available.
Our Interlibrary Loan unit will obtain items that the library does not own. The library maintains relationships with other libraries all over the world in order to locate and borrow what our students and researchers need, quickly and efficiently.
There has always been a library at this institution. It began with a collection that could be housed in two small classrooms, and is now housed in a modern building of four floors, full of books, technology, and comfortable places to read, write, or work on a group project. Although the facility and its services have changed, David L. Rice Library endures as a vital intellectual hub for the University of Southern Indiana.
Marna M. Hostetler
David L. Rice Library, Director