The Brackett Library is a staple for Harding students. While the library has always offered a quiet place to study and get work done, there are some things students may not know they can utilize.
“Brackett Library has many sources that students can utilize to really help them succeed in their studies,” Jean Waldrop, library director, said. “Some of these things are new and others are just not known.”
Brackett Library offers services for students at the library or online. Students may access the library’s resources through the library’s website — tools like hundreds of databases, study room rentals, book rentals, checking the availability of computers from your phone or computer and much more.
Students also have access to game and movie rentals. The library staff has been working to create a collection of movies and games for students to take advantage of.
“We started [renting] out games to students in the summer of 2017,” Whitney Hammes, public service librarian, said. “We noticed other universities renting out games and it being very popular, so we wanted to make that available to our students. We take donations and have new games available for students. There is a wide variety to choose from — from games that are easy to play and … games that take a lot of thought.”
Having these sources available to students is something the library is passionate about. The staff wants students to know that these tools, such as the databases, are there for their benefit.
“I think students could use the databases more. In the research and scholarly world, the library is the first place you should go when looking for sources, not Google,” Brenda Breezeel, systems librarian, said. “Most of the sources are reliable and teacher approved, making it easier for students to find great information.”
The Brackett Library is more than just a place to print off papers in between classes. There are fit desks for students to cycle and study at the same time and standing desks available as well. Students also have access to the writing center, a branch of the English Department and the media center within the library to help with class work and projects.