Self-checkout comes to Clayton State

UPDATE: Thanks to everyone who stopped by to check themselves out. We hope you aren’t too mad at our little April Fool’s prank. Time to start planning for next year 🙂

Self checkout


A quick scan of the literature shows that self-checkout stations are all the rage in the library world.  And why wouldn’t they be? There are self-service stations at many of our everyday establishments, gas stations, grocery stores, post offices. As part of our ongoing commitment to provide a state-of-the-art library and exceptional service to our patrons, the Clayton State Library has decided to offer a self-checkout station on a trial basis.

Currently, books may be checked out on either level of the library. However, the majority of checkouts take place at the Lower Level. The Upper Level, on the other hand, is focused primarily on providing quality reference service. For this reason, the self-checkout station will be located on the Upper Level. Supporting users in simple self-service activities here will allow the reference librarians to focus their attention on assisting researchers.

Even though the self-checkout station isn’t expected to cost the library much, we still want to test its viability before committing to it on a permanent basis. For this reason, we are conducting a pilot, or trial, this Friday. This day was selected deliberately because the reference librarians will be attending a conference off-site. There will only be one librarian on duty all day, and, well, according to Dean of Libraries Gordon Baker, “we normally limit her front desk hours for reasons I won’t go into on record. Suffice it to say, that the day that she’ll be in charge of the Upper Level is the perfect time to trial a self-checkout station.”

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This self-checkout pilot program is targeted to our most loyal library patrons, those of you who keep up with us on social media or follow our blog. The future availability of this service will depend on its popularity during the trial, so if you think you might be interested in it, be sure to come by the library Upper Level this Friday to check yourself out.


March Featured LibGuide: Women’s Studies

Each year since 1995 the President has issued a Presidential Proclamation designating the month of March as Women’s History Month. The Women’s Studies libguide provides information to help you begin research on topics related to the life and work of women in the United States and around the world. It highlights books, web resources, news, films, and how to find articles.


The National Women’s History Project announced the theme for 2016: Working to Form a More Perfect Union: Honoring Women in Public Service and Government

Study Room Changes

3/15 EDIT: Study rooms are now locked when not in use.
3/14 EDIT: Due to technical difficulties, study rooms will NOT be locked as described below. Everything else still applies. Please stay tuned for future updates.


Welcome back from Spring Break. We hope you are well rested and energized to work on your projects, presentations, or research papers. The library’s new group study rooms have proven to be a popular choice for many students to come together to exchange ideas, to study, to work, and to produce great scholarship. If you haven’t had a chance to see the rooms for yourself yet, here is a brief description of what each one offers.

Room 220Lower Level Study Rooms (2)

  • Room 140 – capacity 13, presentation practice room, one large white dry erase board, 55″ display monitor with HDMI connection, glorious view of Swan Lake
  • Room 141 – capacity 5, large white dry erase board, 55″ display monitor with HDMI connection, ADA accessible

Upper Level Study Rooms (9)

With the exception of the rooms listed below, all Upper Level group study rooms seat up to five people and have one white, magnetic dry erase board and a 55″ display monitor with HDMI connection.

  • Room 222 – capacity 5, advanced media room, white dry erase board, 55″ monitor that easily switches display among multiple devices
  • Room 224 – capacity 5, standard white dry erase board and 55″ display monitor, ADA accessible
  • Room 232 – capacity 6, two glass dry erase boards
  • Room 236 – capacity 6, two glass dry erase boards

Beginning March 15th, all study rooms will be locked in between each use. If you need to use a room, simply visit the nearest service desk to check out the key. While you are there, ask for a bag of markers too.

In addition to dry erase markers, we also have the following equipment available for check out at the service desks:

  • HDMI adapters
  • Laptop chargers
  • Wireless presenters

We are thrilled to see how popular the study rooms have become and want to make sure they remain available and in good condition for all users. Please keep in mind the food and beverage policy (covered beverages and snack foods only) and be sure to only use markers and erasers provided by the library on the dry erase boards.

Have a question about the study rooms or any other library service? Ask us on Facebook, Twitter, or through LibAnswers.

February Featured LibGuide: African American Studies

African American Studies is an interdisciplinary field dedicated to the scholarly study of the history, literature, culture, religion, and politics of African-Americans. The field is not limited in its scope to the continental United States, but includes the entire African Diaspora which encompasses African people descended from Africans dispersed, displaced, and scattered by enslavement, genocide, war, migration, and conflict. The African American Studies guide includes books, articles, electronic resources, and multimedia plus a focus on slavery & slave trade resources.



MLK Day Holiday Hours

In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday, the library will be closed on Monday, January 18th. We are open on Saturday, 1/16 from 9:00 am – 6:00 pm and Sunday, 1/17 from 9:00 am – 6:00 pm.


Normal hours resume at 8:00 a.m. Tuesday, January 19th.

Our electronic resources, including GALILEO, CSU Catalog and LibGuides, will be available for your research needs. If you have items to return, you can use the book drop near Jazzman’s in the University Center.

GIL Express Requests During Winter Break

gilexpressGIL Express requests will not be available from 12/14/15 through 1/1/16.

GIL Express is a resource sharing program that allows students access to all eligible circulating collections from other public universities in GA. You may go in person to a participating library and check out materials with your LakerCard. You may also search the GIL Express Catalog and request delivery of the books to the library of your choice. Learn how to request online with step-by-step instructions.

Got Questions? Ask a Librarian