Services for Faculty

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  • Support for the Center for Teaching and Learning
  • Ask A Librarian
  • Faculty are encouraged to recommend new materials for purchase. Request an item now.
  • Browse the library's recently acquired books and set up an RSS feed to deliver new titles to your RSS reader (e.g., Google Reader, Microsoft Office Outlook).
  • Proxy Borrowers: Faculty and academic staff may authorize another user as a proxy to check out library materials in their name. A completed application is required. Contact the Service Desk for additional information.
  • Are you considering on using an ebook as a class textbook?  Please read the ebook policy first!

 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 from another Mercer Library location 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.


A number of departments in the College of Pharmacy and College of Health Professions utilize preceptors in their programs. In order to create a new preceptor account, the department and preceptor need to fill out the current preceptor form, and submit it and a JPEF headshot as specified on the form to Auxiliary Services. Once you have done this, Auxiliary Services and IT will take care of the rest. The process should take 2-3 weeks.

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: