UPDATE: Library relocated end of summer term

As part of the ongoing renovations to the HVAC system, the library is experiencing intermittent closings this semester. One of these closings, July 12 – August 13, will occur during Summer finals. Below are a few recommendations to promote a successful end to the semester.

  1. Start early
    This is something we always recommend, but it’s even more important with these interruptions.

    1. Students: Start your research early so we can help access any materials you may need.
    2. Faculty: Assign projects requiring library access earlier in the semester so students have time to make arrangements.
  2. Ask for assistance
    Likewise, this is a typical suggestion that is more relevant now. Much of our collection is, literally, under wraps and inaccessible to the public, but we go daily to pull requested books. We can also direct you to digital resources when physical ones are not available.

    1. Students: Book an appointment with a reference librarian to get connected to the best information sources.
    2. Faculty: Invite a librarian to your class to provide an overview of helpful resources tailored to your subject area and assignments.
  3. Identify alternative spaces
    Use this time to explore other useful spaces on campus. Find quiet study space outside the Provost suite on the 2nd floor of the University Center. Power your laptop at one of the tables in the UC Commons. Contact the Center for Academic Success to reserve a study room, and cozy up in comfy seating with lake views at the Lakeview Discovery & Science Center.

We’re still here for you
Even though the library building is closed to the public, WE are not, and we will work to make library resources and services as accessible as possible during this time. Beginning Friday, July 13, Library staff will be available in room G-101 in the Arts & Sciences building. Visit us there to:

  • Check out and use course reserves – Reserves materials will be housed in G-101 and available for loan. A document scanner and DVD player will be available for materials that can’t leave the premises.
  • Borrow laptops and equipment – Laptop computers and small equipment like phone chargers and webcams will be available for 6 hour loans.
  • Pick up library owned physical resources – Request library-owned materials using the Item Pickup Request Form and pick them up in G-101.
  • Pick up GIL Express/ InterLibrary Loan items – Submit requests online and pick up in G-101.
  • Get Reference Assistance Reference librarians will be available during normal hours in G-101 and remotely via chat, email, phone, and text.

The relocation process will begin July 9, and access to some resources and services will be impacted then. We will close at 5pm on July 11 and remain closed July 12 to allow for final preparations and equipment relocation. Library staff and limited resources will be available in G-101 beginning July 13. Hours for the remainder of summer semester are: Monday – Thursday, 8am – 9pm and Friday 8am – 5pm. The library is closed Saturdays and a librarian is available for virtual support only on Sundays, 12 – 9pm. Beginning Tuesday, July 24, we will be available in G-101, Monday – Friday, 8am – 5pm.hard hat atop stack of three books

Faculty and staff of the Clayton State Library are committed to providing quality service and support to the Clayton State community during this project. Follow us here on our blog and our other social media channels to stay up to date on the progress of this exciting renovation, and please reach out to us at library@clayton.libanswers.com with any questions or concerns.


Be a library rock star! Apply today

Are you a problem solver? Do you enjoy helping others reach their goals? Are you a quick learner, comfortable with new technology? Then the library might have a job for you.

Four rocks holding hands. Do you rock? Come join our team

We are looking for some stellar student assistants to work in the library during Fall 2018.


General duties will include answering basic library questions, greeting patrons in person and over the phone, assisting with library equipment, checking in and out library materials, and maintaining order of library collections on the shelf. In addition, student assistants may monitor the online chat service, provide basic reference and technology assistance, and assist with closing the library. Specific duties will vary depending upon which floor assistants are assigned to work, but students will receive training for all tasks.


The right candidates will demonstrate a commitment to customer service, attention to detail, and the ability to work independently and as part of a team. Dependability and flexibility are also required. Candidates should also demonstrate good written and verbal communication skills and have some computer experience. The library uses an Integrated Library System, so the ability to learn new technology is required.


To qualify, you must be an undergraduate student in good academic standing. We are currently accepting applications for the Fall 2018 semester. Student assistants may work a maximum of 19.5 hours per week. Assigned weekly hours will vary depending on student availability and library coverage needs. Most student assistants work between 12-15 hours per week.

This could be you!

How to apply

If this sounds right for you, please download, complete, and submit the Library Student Assistant application to: LibraryJobs@groups.clayton.edu.

Please direct all questions to LibraryJobs@groups.clayton.edu

NOTICE: Construction affects library access

Image of blueprints and ruler with text Renovation in progressIf you’ve taken a look around campus lately, it’s no surprise that there are a number of construction projects going on. The Clayton State Library, as part of these planned campus projects, will be undergoing renovation of the entire heating and cooling system.

Over the years we have listened to your comments about the temperature in the library, and we hope that this update will provide for a more comfortable internal climate and better temperature control throughout the building.

However, in the words of American writer, Max Beerbohm, “No fine work can be done without concentration and self-sacrifice and toil and doubt.” As you can expect, a project of this magnitude will require some sacrifice, specifically in the form of disruptions in service and access to the library.

Below are the expected dates of impact to the library and how we are planning to mitigate their effects. Please be aware that specific dates are subject to change. (Updates will be posted here in RED.)

May 8 – May 21 The physical library and University Archives will be inaccessible.

  • Library staff will be relocated temporarily.
  • Phone lines accessible: 678-466-4235 (Main), 678-466-4345 (Circulation), 678-466-4346 (Reference)
  • Virtual reference assistance available via chat Monday – Friday, 8am-5pm.
  • In-person reference assistance available on Main St., Monday – Friday, 10am – 3pm, May 9-18.
  • Electronic resources available 24/7 from library website.
  • Patrons requiring physical resources should use GIL Express and InterLibrary Loan services during this time.
  • UPDATE: Request items from the Circulating Collection to be picked up the next day with the Circulating Item Request Form.
  • Patrons who use the library for printing services should use other SmartPrint locations.
  • Return library books to exterior book drops (near Jazzman’s and library courtyard entrance).

May 22-July 12

  • Upper Level of the library will be open to the public during regular summer semester hours: Monday – Thursday, 8am – 9pm; Friday, 8am – 5pm; Sunday 12pm – 9pm.
  • University Archives reopen
  • Lower Level of the library will be closed to the public.
  • Patrons may request items from the Circulating Collection to be pulled and held for pick up on the Upper Level using the Circulating Item Request Form.
  • GIL Express and InterLibrary Loan materials will be held for pick-up on the Upper Level.
  • Course reserves available on the Upper Level.
  • Most electronic equipment, such as public desktop computers and group room display monitors will be housed in temporary storage.
  • Limited number of public desktop computers will be available for use in the library.
  • Equipment lending (laptops, chargers, webcams, etc.) is not impacted and will be available on the Upper Level.
  • Most group rooms will be available throughout this period, and the reservation calendar will be updated accordingly. Groups with special needs should contact Heidi Benford to request accommodation. HeidiBenford@clayton.edu
  • Librarians will travel to classrooms for in-class instruction during this time frame only.

July 13-August 13 The physical library and University Archives will be inaccessible. Same conditions apply as during May 8 -21.

“We will make every effort to update the campus community regarding the availability of our resources and services during this phase,” says Dr. Gordon Baker, Dean of Libraries. “While we can’t predict exactly what will happen and when, what we are certain of is our commitment to delivering quality service and support to the Clayton State community. The dates presented in this news item are projections.  As with any construction project, dates are flexible. Thank you for your patience as we work to provide you the best library experience possible.”

Follow us here on our blog and our other social media channels to stay up to date on the progress of this exciting renovation, and please reach out to us at library@clayton.libanswers.com with any questions or concerns.

Help us celebrate National Library Week

Each year in April the American Library Association sponsors National Library Week, a week for celebrating the life-changing work of libraries, librarians and library workers. Libraries aren’t just places to borrow books or study—they’re also creative and engaging community centers where people can collaborate using new technologies and develop their skills and passions. April 8-14, the Clayton State University Library joins libraries nationwide in celebrating the many ways libraries lead their communities through the transformative services, programs and expertise they offer.

The Clayton State Library helps lead the community by offering research support and innovative programming and resources to our campus and its visitors. Here, students will find quiet spaces for study and reflection, group study rooms for collaborative projects, and technology resources to help accomplish their academic goals. Our library offers access to approximately 35,000 ebooks and countless journal articles that can be accessed in person or online. We provide all of this without sacrificing the traditional role of the library’s print reference and circulating book collections and quality, personalized reference services. In addition, we have collaborated with other groups to offer exhibits and bring unique programs to our campus and community. In the past year, we have explored the fantastical world of Harry Potter and the harsh realities of World War I.


This year the Clayton State Library is celebrating National Library Week with some fun and games (educational of course) on Main Street and online. We hope you’ll join us throughout the week as we recognize the impact of all libraries on their communities and lead the fight against Fake News.  See more details of our National Library Week activities below:

National Library Week (April 8– 14)

Main Street games
Find us on Main Street Tuesday (4/10) through Thursday (4/12) from 11am – 2pm for fun opportunities to learn about Fake News. We’ll have interactive games so bring your competitive spirit and a wi-fi enabled device to play along. Let’s show the world that Lakers don’t like Fakers.

Bad News game
Learn how fake news is spread by trying to get as many followers in the Bad News Game. Play on your computer, phone, or tablet.

hand holding mobile phone with Bad News game graphics




Where did the library lead you? Promotion
Share your library story for a chance to win a $100 VISA gift card and a copy of “Firebird,” the Coretta Scott King Award-winning book by Misty Copeland, 2018 National Library Week Honorary Chair. Details here.


National Library Workers Day

National Library Workers Day is April 10th. Stop by the library to thank a library worker in person or leave a thank you note on any of our social media networks (http://facebook.com/claytonstatelibrary; http://twitter.com/claytonstatelib; http://instagram.com/claytonstatelibrary). Library patrons can also nominate library workers to the “Galaxy of Stars”

From ALA.org: To show appreciation for library workers and the work they do every day, the public is invited to “Submit a Star” by providing a testimonial about a favorite library employee at http://ala-apa.org/nlwd/#galaxy. Examples of nominations can include how library staff helped with learning a new technology, writing a cover letter, starting a small business or researching a topic for a term paper. Each testimonial (listing first names, library type and city/state location only) will be posted in the “Galaxy of Stars” on the NLWD website to honor deserving library workers. To follow or post on Twitter, the public can use the hashtag #librarystars. In addition, those celebrating National Library Workers Day can share their celebrations on Twitter, using #nlwd18 and/or posting to the NLWD Facebook page http://facebook.com/NationalLibraryWorkersDay. For more information, please visit http://ala-apa.org/nlwd/.

Star flickr photo by Bitterjug shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license

EBSCO Retiring its eBooks App

EBSCO announced that they will be retiring their eBooks app in late May 2018. If you have been using EBSCO’s app on any of your devices and would like to continue using something similar for your electronic books, EBSCO recommends the Bluefire Reader or any other app supported by Adobe Digital Editions.
Fortunately, users are not required to use any of the aforementioned applications. Most EBSCO eBooks can be viewed on any PC or Mac as PDF or HTML files.
EBSCO plans to focus on the EPUB format according to their announcement:

“With EPUB files becoming increasingly advanced, EBSCO has invested in this format to provide a robust online and mobile experience. EPUB allows for reflowable text, display modification and increased compatibility with screen readers, so we are confident that the future of EPUB will provide the best user experience for our customers and your users. Since the current EBSCO eBooks app is not compatible with this advanced functionality, we have decided to re-evaluate our mobile offering.”

Have questions about electronic books or how to access them on your mobile device?  Clayton State University librarians can help.  Our eBooks @ the Clayton State Library LibGuide details all of our ebook holdings plus tips on how to use them.
Have questions about other topics? LibAnswers is available 24/7 for the answers to frequently asked questions and all of our contact information.

March Featured Resource: Nexis Uni

LexisNexis Academic has long been on of our most popular resources. It recently underwent a massive interface upgrade and name change. You can still find the same newspapers, medical journals, company financial information, wire reports, and law reviews, but you’ll find a more intuitive and customizable interface in Nexis Uni. Registration is recommended to set personal preferences and customizations.

You will find you have access to:

  • over 15,000 news, business, legal, medical and reference publications
  • local, regional, international, and foreign language newspapers
  • broadcast transcripts and wire service reports
  • state & federal statutes, regulations, Shepard’s Citations
  • legislation, Supreme Court opinions back to 1790, law reviews
  • domestic and international company financial information, economic data, and SEC filings and reports

Need Help?

Technical issues have been reported and are being addressed by LexisNexis. To report an issue, contact the GALILEO support team, http://www.galileo.usg.edu/scholar/clayton/contact.

February Featured Resource: CINAHL Complete

CINAHL Complete provides broad content coverage of the health sciences including 50 nursing specialties, speech and language pathology, nutrition, fitness, medicine, and health administration. Coverage includes indexing of more than 5,400 journals with full-text access to 1,450 journals from 1937 to present. This valuable resource also provides access to systematic reviews, health care books, nursing dissertations, selected conference proceedings, evidence-based care sheets, and quick lesson disease overviews.

Laptop Lending Service

Do you need a laptop for class today? Is your laptop in for service at The Hub? Do you need to watch a DVD and your device doesn’t have that option? We’ve got you covered. Students can check out a laptop from the lower level Circulation Desk with their LakerCard to use on campus for up to 6 hours per loan. We require students to read and sign a Laptop Agreement Form to remain on file for the duration of the semester.

Tech Specs:

  • Dell Latitude E6520
  • Windows 10
  • WiFi Access
  • Integrated video webcam
  • VGA & HDMI ports
  • DVD-ROM, DVD+/-RW drive

Laptops are available on a first come, first serve basis. The inventory is periodically pulled for software and hardware maintenance. Check the Get It tab in the Catalog for availability.

Tax Season: Forms and Assistance

Tax season has officially started, so it is time to gather together those important documents. We have collected helpful resources for filing both your state and federal taxes. Needing more tips? Subscribe to Tax Tips from the IRS to receive a tip via email each business day during the tax-filing season.

The College of Business sponsors VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) which provides free tax preparation on a first come first serve basis. The service is offered on Saturdays from 9am – 1pm in the College of Business building. Contact (678) 466-4527 for more information.

Clayton State University Resources
VITA @ Clayton State

Georgia Resources
Georgia Department of Revenue
Taxpayer Assistance Centers in Georgia

Federal Resources
IRS.gov – Internal Revenue Service
USA.gov – File Your Taxes
Tax eFile
Tax Information for Students — Higher Education
Tax Benefits for Education
Publication 501: Do I have to file a tax return?
1098 tax form

Social Media and Apps
IRS2Go: IRS-developed app for Android, Amazon, and iOs designed to help taxpayers check on the status of their refund, sign up for helpful tax tips or get the most recent IRS Twitter feeds
Twitter – IRS News: news, guidance for the public
YouTube – IRS: tax tips, identify theft, small business, IRS tax pros
Tumblr – IRS: tax tips, videos, podcasts and more



flickr photo shared by kenteegardin under a Creative Commons ( BY-SA ) license

2018 MLK Day of Service

Are you looking for ways to celebrate the MLK Day of Service on January 15, 2018?

In addition to the many titles we own, you can enjoy several streaming videos about Martin Luther King, Jr. including Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: The Making of a Holiday from our Films on Demand collection. Learn more about his life from the historical documents and personal records found in our Archives Unbound collections like Federal Surveillance of African Americans, 1920-1984 or Black Nationalism and the Revolutionary Action Movement. The Civil Rights Digital Library delivers engaging multimedia and articles related to the struggle for racial equality in the 1950s and 1960s. GALILEO @ Clayton State has articles, images, videos, and the full text of his “I Have a Dream” speech.

In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday, the library will be closed on Monday, January 15th. We are open on Saturday, 1/13 from 9:00 am – 6:00 pm and Sunday, 1/14 from 9:00 am – 6:00 pm.

Events happening on MLK Day: