Services for Faculty

 Instructional Services

  • Subject Librarians/Guides - Subject librarians and research guides are available for the departments, schools, and colleges located on the Macon campus. The subject guides list library resources for general subject areas as well as course-specific assignments. Subject guides and course-specific guides can be added to Blackboard by the faculty.
  •  Request Research Instruction - Subject librarians conduct library instruction sessions through requests made by the faculty. Library instruction can include a visit to the library or to another campus building.
  • Schedule a Research Consultation - Subject librarians provide one-on-one research consultations with faculty and students. For faculty, consultations may involve instruction on using library resources, identifying publishers for publishing research, assistance with author citation reports, etc.
  • Research Assignment Suggestions - These assignments are easily tailored to students at different skill levels and in different disciplines, and help them develop needed research and information literacy skills. Subject librarians are available to discuss ideas for adapting these to your course and needs.

Course Reserves

  • Reserves & e-Reserves - Faculty can place materials on reserve/e-reserve either by completing the downloadable Reserve Request Form (PDF document). If completing the printed form, you may either bring or mail the form to the Tarver Library Circulation Desk. Paper copies of the form are also available at the Circulation Desk.

Borrowing & Lending Services

  • Borrowing privileges for faculty include the following:
    Material Type Loan Period
    Books 4 months
    Sound Recordings 4 months
    Video (all formats) 7 days (no renewals)
    Mercer Reads 4 weeks
    Audio Books 4 weeks
  • Materials available at the Swilley Library in Atlanta or one of the Regional Centers may be requested through the library catalog by clicking on the "Request" button.
  • Materials not available at Mercer University may be borrowed through interlibrary loan.
  • Tarver Take Out - Macon campus faculty, staff, and administrative personnel may request that library materials be delivered to their campus offices.
  • Your Library Account - Log into your library account to view library materials checked out along with their due dates as well as to renew items.

Research Services

  • Faculty Research Carrels - The library has a number of faculty carrels available for research and study. Carrels are assigned for an academic year and may be renewed if there is not a waiting list. See the Faculty Carrel Policies and Procedures and the application (pdf file) for requesting a faculty carrel. For additional information or questions, please contact Jan Gillis, Circulation Supervisor, at (478) 301-2961 or

Guides and Tutorials

Tarver provides a variety of research guides and tutorials, mainly geared for our students. Below are links to specific guides that may be useful for your research process, or to share with your students: