About the Jack Tarver Library
Located in historic downtown Macon, Jack Tarver Library provides services primarily for Mercer University’s Macon campus. As part of a University-wide initiative, the Library supports research at all levels. The Valerie B. Edmonds Student Research Award encourages and recognizes outstanding undergraduate research for projects incorporating the Library’s resources. Students have access to group study rooms, computers for individual and group projects, and a 24-hour study area. Partnership with Information Technology enables the Library to offer technology assistance during evening hours. In addition to encouraging student research, the Library offers individual carrels for faculty research. Research assistance is available through instant messaging, email, individual consultations, and classroom instruction.
Housed in Jack Tarver Library are various collections and exhibits unique to Mercer University. Special Collections is located on the Library’s 3rd floor and preserves the University’s archives and records from all Baptist traditions. Special Collections’ staff assist with University faculty, students, and staff as well as patrons from national and international scholarly communities. Mercer University alumnus, Yulssus Lynn Holmes, shares artifacts from the Holmes Holy Land Ancient Artifact Collection for regular exhibits in the Library. The collection is comprised of over 700 pieces dating as far back as several thousands of years and can be viewed on the Library’s 2nd floor. The Library is named after Jackson Williams Tarver (1917-1999), a Mercer alumnus, former University Board of Trustees member, and editor of The Atlanta Constitution. A replica of Mr. Tarver’s office at The Atlanta Constitution can be seen on the Library’s 2nd floor.
The Library has been a member of the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) since 1964 and is committed to providing free public access to United States Government publications. Other collections available throughout the Library are the Curriculum Materials Collection, juvenile literature, film and audio books, scores, and sound recordings. University faculty, staff, and students donate fiction and non-fiction books to Mercer Reads a collection geared toward recreational reading.
Campus exhibits and events are showcased in the Library on a regular basis. Past exhibits include the annual All-Student Art Show and Undergraduate Research Symposium. The Library sponsored an authors’ reading and reception for the inaugural publication of Regeneration!, a collection of writings contributed by students from Mercer’s College of Continuing & Professional Studies. Displays highlight events initiated by the Mercer community, such as the Asia Initiative’s Spotlight on India and China and Service-Learning’s Caring for Creation Conference.