Confederate Constitution to be displayed April 24

April 17, 2015 – 2:33 PM - Jean Cleveland

The only surviving  signed manuscript of the permanent Constitution of the Confederate States of America will be displayed April 24 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Richard B. Russell Jr. Building Special Collections Libraries.

Displayed only one day each year due to its fragility, the Constitution and an accompanying exhibit of related Civil War materials, including illustrations from Harper’s of President Lincoln’s funeral and information on battlefield medical practices, will be on display through summer.  Items from a newly acquired collection providing a first-hand account of  the Union bombardment of Fort Pulaski, will also be featured.

For more information:

Empty Sleeves: Amputation in the Civil War South, by Brian Craig Miller and published by the UGA Press, is the April selection for The Rest of the Story Book Club at the Special Collections Libraries. In this highly original and deeply researched work, Miller explores the ramifications of amputation on the Confederacy both during and after the Civil War and sheds light on how dependency and disability reshaped southern society. More info:, and to follow book club news, sign up at:



Georgia Writers Hall of Fame: Recent news

April 9, 2015 – 2:36 PM - Amy Watts

The Georgia Writers Hall of Fame recognizes Georgia writers, past and present, whose work reflects the character of the state — its land and people. Its honorees are a diverse, talented group. Here are some recent news items regarding GAWHoF Honorees.

Flannery O’Connor

O’Connor’s birthday was March 25, so several of the stories were pegged to that.

Pat Conroy

Johnny Mercer

National Recording Registry To “Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive”

Margaret Mitchell

Alice Walker

Zora Hurston, Alice Walker Ties Explored In Writers Series – with audio of recent lecture by UGA professor Valerie Boyd

James Dickey

T.C. Boyle’s 6 favorite books that explore man’s inherent violence – includes Dickey’s Deliverance

All of our Georgia Writers Hall of Fame news posts can be found on our Tumblr

Undergrads: Want free pizza?

April 9, 2015 – 10:36 AM - Deborah Stanley, Web Editor

If you like pizza, and you would like to share your thoughts about the UGA Libraries web site, this opportunity is for you!

We’re working on a redesign of our web site, and we need some undergraduate students to take part in a focus group to help us figure out the best design.

Here’s what it involves:

  • The focus group will last no more than an hour, from 11:30-12:30 on Tuesday, April 21st at the Main Library.
  • We’ll provide free pizza and soft drinks.
  • We’ll ask the group some broad questions about the site, what you think of it, how we might improve it, etc. It will be a casual conversation, with one librarian leading the discussion, and a couple of librarians observing and taking notes.
  • We will not be recording the focus group, and all your comments will be kept anonymous.

We plan to have 8 students in the group, and we want to get a representative sample from across the University.

Please email Deborah Stanley at if you are interested in taking part!

CML Closed Sunday, April 5th

April 2, 2015 – 10:56 AM - cbuss

The CML will be closed this Sunday, April 5th.

Also, our renovation time is fast approaching. If you think you will need something from the CML before the end of May, now is a good time to charge it out. For complete information on the renovation work, please see the information in our LibGuide.

Map and Government Information Library now open

April 2, 2015 – 9:59 AM - Jean Cleveland
 MAGIL and the microform areas of the Main Library are back in operation, following recovery from a watery mishap. 
Thank you for your patience!

LSA Books & Baked Goods Sale

April 1, 2015 – 10:42 AM - Amy Watts

The LSA Spring Book and Bake Sale is Thursday, April 2!

It will be from 10:00 am-3:00 pm in the Lobby of the Main Library, (although we never guarantee that the baked goods will last that long – so yummy). There will be a bake sale in the Science Library from 10:00 am – 2:oo pm.

Please join us and enjoy tasty sweets made by library staff, and take home a book or several (or a CD, or a DVD…) for a bargain price!


Update on MAGIL and microform areas

March 27, 2015 – 2:22 PM - Jean Cleveland

The microform area in the Main basement is expected to open to the public this weekend, barring any unforeseen setback preventing them from completing work today.

In MAGIL, new carpet is being installed, but some work on the movable shelves remains. Based on the latest information from Parker Young Construction, we believe MAGIL will be ready to reopen in the early to middle part of next week.

The areas sustained water damage March 13.


MAGIL and microform areas closed

March 24, 2015 – 3:21 PM - Jean Cleveland

The MAGIL (Map and Government Information Library) and the microform (microfilm and microfiche) areas of the Main Library will remain closed for approximately two weeks due to water damage. 

In MAGIL, staff will be able to retrieve some materials from collections ( Due to the movement of the microform cabinets for the purposes of restoring the impacted basement area, we will not be able to retrieve material from that space.

Limited reference assistance is also available by:

Phone: 8:30am-5:30pm Monday through Friday: 706-542-0690


Parker Young Construction and FireStar have been on site regarding  efforts to dry, clean, and repair the portions of MAGIL and the basement microform area impacted. They are currently estimating that work will be complete in both areas in the next two weeks. This timeline is subject to change. 

House framing to commemorate opening of Habitat for Humanity papers at Special Collections Libraries

March 24, 2015 – 12:29 PM - Jean Cleveland

This April Fools’ Day will be one to remember at the UGA Libs

 Habitat for Humanity International will frame a house, to be used as affordable housing in Athens, on the lawn of the University of Georgia Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries April 1.

 The symbolic house framing will be the highlight of a program to announce the opening of the Habitat for Humanity International records at UGA’s Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Habitat’s materials are the latest and largest addition to a growing body of related collections at Hargrett that revolve around the topics of housing, philanthropy, and social change. These materials document the formation, growth, and operation of one of the most recognized non-profit organizations as they have worked toward the mission of ending substandard housing around the globe.

 The day’s activities include the ceremonial raising of an exterior wall of the house during a program beginning at 11:30 a.m. The theme for the day is “Preserving our Past, Building our Future.”

 An exhibition of highlights from the collection that call attention to the history and international significance of Habitat for Humanity, including the philosophy of partnership housing; newsletters from Koinonia Farm, a Christian intentional farming community that would become the catalyst for Habitat’s establishment; photographs and memorabilia from significant projects, such as the Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project, Women Build, and the Global Village Program; and gifts of gratitude received by homeowner partners, including sculptures, paintings, and textiles will be on display in the Rotunda.

 After the event, which will involve UGA students and the Athens Habitat chapter, the structure will be moved by Athens Habitat for Humanity to the Carpenter’s Circle neighborhood, where it will be completed by local volunteers and become home to Kim Arnold and her daughter Molly.

 “Habitat for Humanity International’s decision to place its materials with us establishes the UGA Special Collections Libraries as a resource on the grassroots movement to address affordable housing,” said P. Toby Graham, university librarian and associate provost. “They join a growing body of related collections in the Hargrett Library that revolve around the topics of housing, philanthropy and social change. Others include the Millard and Linda Fuller papers, the Fuller Center for Housing records, and the Clarence L. Jordan papers.”


New Engineering Resources Added

March 23, 2015 – 3:26 PM - mariann

The UGA Libraries announce two new resources to support engineering research and teaching: the SPIE Digital Libraries e-book archive, featuring online books in optics and photonics 1989-2015, and retrospective literature searching of the EI Village Engineering database from 1884 to the present. EI Village is one of the primary research databases in the Engineering fields.

To learn how to use these databases, contact Chandler Christoffel:

For questions about the Engineering collections at UGA, contact Mariann Burright: