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Circulation Desk
Government Documents Collection
Periodicals Area
Printing and Photocopying
The Ross Pendergraft Library & Technology Center Building
Standard Procedures and Policies
Cell Phone/Noise
Food and Drink
Government and State Documents
K-12 School Visits
Posters and Handouts
Public Services and Documents
No Tobacco Policy
Social Networking
Computer Use Standard Procedures

Circulation Desk
You may apply for your library card online or at the Circulation Desk. Cards must be presented when checking out all library materials. Books are checked out for a four week period with renewals allowed if a hold has not been placed on the book. Multimedia items are checked out for three days. Students must present their ID/library card once a year to update their information to continue using their library card. Courtesy patrons must present their library card and a valid ID to update their information to continue using their library card.
Phone number: (479) 964-0569
Fines and Charges:
A fine of $0.25 per day per book will be charged for overdue items. The maximum fine on an overdue book is $10.00.
Books not returned in 30 days of the due date are billed to Student Accounts. You will be charged for the replacement cost of the book and a $5.00 processing fee per book. Applicable taxes and shipping charges will also apply to replacement costs.

The Library uses the Dewey Decimal Classification system for all materials. Books and government documents can be located by using the Library Catalog, also accessible from the Library Website homepage and in the upper right corner of this and all other Library Website pages. The Library houses over 160,000 bound volumes (books and journals), over 110,000 government documents, and over 10,000 multimedia titles (sound and video recordings). As an academic library, we own many books and materials relating to the full range of human experience, some of which you as an individual may, or may not find appropriate. Therefore, we ask that what you view in the Library remain private. As a parent of a minor we also ask that you sign a waiver form for any minor requesting a library card. The Tech Library places no restrictions on the type of materials an individual may checkout once they have a library card.

Government Documents Collection
The Tech Library is a selective depository for U.S. and Arkansas documents. These items are cataloged and shelved in a separate collection. The Library also provides a list of government related sites on the Internet. Assistance with all government documents can be requested at the Reference Desk or in the Government Documents Department. Further inquiries may be addressed to Frances Hager at

Periodicals Area
The Library subscribes to over 500 current periodicals. The most recent issues of these titles may be found on the first floor. Periodicals cannot be checked out. Shelved in the same area are print indexes to various subjects and several newspapers. View a short video to find out where the periodicals area is located. An alphabetical list of the Library's periodicals holdings may be found located in the Reference Area or located by using the Library Catalog.

Printing and Photocopying
Students may use their Student ID to print and photocopy in the Library. Photocopies and regular computer prints cost $0.10 each, color prints cost $0.30 each. (Color Printers are located on the third floor only.) Each student starts a new semester with $20.00 credited on their accounts for printing/copying purposes. Once the "print" money is used, one can add money to one's account using the PHIL station located at the South end of the Circulation Desk (first floor of the Library). If needed, ask for assistance at the Circulation Desk. The PHIL station accepts $1, $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100 bills.
If a student has "Wonderbucks" on his/her account, that money can be used to print or photocopy only if the account has no other resources.
Courtesy Patrons are able to photocopy or print using their Library Card. A courtesy patron must add money to his/her library card using the PHIL station. Only then can the courtesy patron can use this card to print or photocopy.
The Ross Pendergraft Library & Technology Center Building
The Ross Pendergraft Library & Technology Center at Arkansas Tech University opened in June of 1999 with the official dedication taking place in October. Planning for the new facility began in 1997 with a $12.4 million gift for the project from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation of Tulsa in honor of Ross Pendergraft, class of 1948. A ground breaking ceremony was held in April 1997. The previous library facility had been constructed in 1936 and remodeled in 1966 when enrollment was 2,202 students (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 1997).
The new building was designed by AMR Architects Inc. of Little Rock. It is 91,000 square feet with 27,000 sq. ft .of usable space on each of the three floors. The facility houses the library, Music Lab (Where?), technology center, computer services, a board room, and various offices. The display case in the North lobby contains memorabilia and information about Mr. Ross Pendergraft who passed away in 1998.

Standard Procedures and Policies
Please report any standard procedure violations to the Library Circulation Desk on the first floor of the building. Violations may affect the violator's Library priviledges.

Cell Phone/Noise
The Ross Pendergraft Library & Technology Center seeks to provide an environment that supports a wide range of academic endeavors for Arkansas Tech University students, faculty and staff. Some Library users require quiet areas for individual research and study, while others need to interact with others or to study in groups. In an effort to meet these varied needs, the Ross Pendergraft Library & Technology Center has established zones for designated levels of noise, conversation, and cell phone use. Look for small signs on structural supporting columns on the first and second floors of the Library.
Quiet Study Area
Quiet study areas designate quiet areas for individual study. Conversations and noise should be kept to a minimum. Cell phone use is discouraged. Calls should be taken in the designated low noise areas available on both floors.
Low Noise Area
Low noise areas designate areas for moderate conversation, low-level group study (first floor), and minimal cell phone use.
Library users, including staff and visitors going to and from meetings and classes, are asked to comply with these efforts to create and preserve a better study environment for everyone. Inappropriate and excessive noise should be reported to the nearest service desk.

Food and Drink
No food or drink permitted in the building.

Government and State Documents
Access Standard Procedure for Government Information in Electronic Format Including the Internet Open this PDF in a new resized window
Collection Development for Federal and State Documents Open this PDF in a new resized window

K-12 School Visits
Planning the Visit
The Tech Library requires a four weeks advance notice. Requests for a visit less than four weeks away will not be taken in consideration due to the application process.
The teacher in charge will initiate the process by contacting Chareen Austin, Circulation Department Manager by phone at 479-964-0588 or by email at
Required preliminary information collected at first contact:
- Desired date for the visit
- Arrival time
- Departure time
- Number of students, teachers, and chaperones
A maximum of 25 students will be accepted at one time. The teacher in charge will be present at all time during the visit. There will be one adult per 15 students. So if there are 21 students in the group, the teacher in charge must find one chaperone that will stay with the group at all times during the visit.
After the first contact
The teacher in charge can download and print the application available at Each visitor who wishes to have access to the computers and borrow books must fill an application. When distributed, the teacher in charge must emphasize that all fields must be filled. If a student is under 18 years of age, the student must have the application signed by a parent or guardian and the teacher in charge must check that it is done prior to sending the applications to the Tech Library.
At least two weeks prior to the visit
- The teacher in charge will send all applications to the Tech Library at the attention of Chareen Austin.
- Applications received less than two weeks before the planned visit will not be taken in consideration. Visitors without application or with tardy applications will not have the privilege to check out books or use the computers.
The day of the visit
The Tech Library reinforces a Cell Phone/Noise regulation. The teacher in charge will remind his or her students to be aware of their surroundings and to keep the noise level very low. There are students in the library studying, doing homework, or taking tests and there are classes taught in the building.
The visitor students with completed application will have the privilege to use the computers and check out books.
The visitor students who did not turn in an application in time or turned in an incomplete application will not have these privileges.
After the visit
The teacher in charge will take over the responsibility of collecting and returning the books checked out at the time of the visit. If any books are reported as missing or lost, the borrower will be charged late and/or replacement fees; lose his or her privileges to the Library for the remainder of the year; and will not be allowed access the following year.

Posters and Handouts
Non-University Affiliates - must have approval stamp from Student Services AND date/initials of the Library Director.
University Organizations & Affiliates - must have date/initials of the Library Director.
Posters & handouts may not be posted on the glass doors, but the glass sidelights to either side are all right.

Public Services Standard Procedures for Documents Open this PDF in a new resized window

No Tobacco Policy
The use of any tobacco product is not permitted on campus. Arkansas Tech is tobacco free on its campuses in Russellville and Ozark since August 1, 2009.

Social Networking
In keeping with the Tech Library's mission, the Library participates in various "social software" applications whereby library staff and community members can interact through virtual communication. These information tools, summarized below, allow all members of the community access to the Ross Pendergraft Library and Technology Center without mandating a visit to the physical library. The Tech Library regards online social software applications in the same way as its other information resources in accordance with its mission of serving the Tech Library's needs for informational, educational, cultural and recreational pursuits.

Social software is defined as any website or application which allows users to share information. Social software can include, but is not limited to, blogging, instant messaging, social networking sites, and wikis. Many social networking sites allow users of those sites to become a "friend", "fan" or otherwise associate their own "profiles" or virtual presences with the Library's profile on these sites. Examples of such sites are Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, YouTube, and various blogging sites like Blogger and WordPress. As with more traditional resources, the Library does not act in place of or in the absence of a parent and is not responsible for enforcing any restrictions which a parent or guardian may place on a minor's use of this resource.
The Library does not collect, maintain or otherwise use the personal information stored on any third party site in any way other than to communicate with users on that site, unless granted permission by users for Library contact outside the site. The purpose for contact outside the site may include program promotion, volunteer opportunities, reference help, or other similar activities. Users may remove themselves at any time from the Library's "friends" or "fan" lists, or request that the Library remove them. Users should be aware that third party websites have their own privacy standard procedures and should proceed accordingly.
Comments, posts, and messages are welcome on the Library social networking sites. While the Tech Library recognizes and respects differences in opinion, such interactions may be regularly monitored and reviewed for content and relevancy before publishing. All postings which contain any of the following will be removed and the poster barred from posting any subsequent messages to library social networking sites:
  • Obscene or racist content
  • Personal attacks, insults, or threatening language
  • Potentially libelous statements
  • Plagiarized or copyrighted material
  • Private, personal information published without consent
  • Comments totally unrelated to the content of the forum
  • Hyperlinks to material that is not directly related to the discussion
  • Commercial promotions or spam
  • Organized political activity
  • Photos or other images that fall in any of the above categories
  • In addition, the Ross Pendergraft Library and Technology Center reserves the right to edit any postings or comments for space or content, while retaining the intent of the original post. The Library shall also be granted the right to reproduce comments, posts, and messages in other public venues. For example, a response to a YouTube book review may be quoted in a newspaper or on the library website. Identifying information, other than first name or other appropriate user name, will be removed unless prior approval is granted by the user.
    The Ross Pendergraft Library and Technology Center assumes no liability regarding any event or interaction that takes place by any participant in any Library-sponsored social networking service, and does not endorse or review content outside the "pages" created by Library staff. Participation in the Library social networking services implies agreement with all Library standard procedures, including its Social Networking regulations and the Computer Services Appropriate Use of Computer Resources standard procedure, and the Terms of Service of each individual third-party service. If a user does not agree to these terms, they are not to use the services provided.
    The role and utility of social networking sites will be evaluated periodically by library staff, and may be terminated at any time without notice to subscribers.

    Computer Use Standard Procedures
    Please report any regulation violations to the Circulation Desk on the first floor of the building. Violations may affect the violator's Library priviledges.

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