Welcome to Guyton Library 

Guyton Library named in honor of former Blue Mountain College faculty members, Dr. and Mrs. David E. Guyton, was completed in 1957. It houses collections of primary and secondary materials needed to support the purposes and programs of the college.  Compact disks, audio-visual materials and computer software are also housed in Guyton Library. A separate curriculum materials collection located in the Education building is maintained by education department.  Faculty and students have access to additional resources through interlibrary loan service.
Entrance to Mo Kwong Room

The Anderson Room provides additional study space along and houses a collection of Chinese memorabilia donated by Dr. Mary Raleigh Anderson, a Blue Mountain College graduate who served as a missionary to China for 20 years, doll collection, alumni artifacts, and the oversized reference and art book collections.


Mission Statement  

The Guyton Library supports and strengthens the objectives of Blue Mountain College by providing appropriate materials for a broad liberal education and vocational studies within a Christian setting. The collection, built around the undergraduate liberal arts oriented curriculum and graduate education program, is one of the more significant intellectual resources of the College and is enhanced by a policy of constant, systematic, and intelligent acquisition.


 

Books

Stack books may be checked out for three weeks and renewed times. Faculty members are given extended time for books needed in teaching or research.

Reference books are to be used in the library. Special permission is given for use in a specific class period or faculty use.

Reserve books are checked out according to time limits set by individual faculty members. Most reserve books are for in-library or 2-day use.

Electronic books are available through EBSCOhost-- A comprehensive collection of 36,094 online books (eBooks) and resource materials. 



Electronic Resources

The Guyton Library webpage provides access to electronic resources and is available at www.bmc.edu/library_minisite.asp. The Guyton Library webpage includes links to Atriuum (Guyton Library's on-line public access catalog), ten databases from EBSCOhost Web, FACTS.COM, Gale Literary Index, netLibrary and World Book Online. The list of electronic resourses and links are available under library services. Instructions for using the electronic resources are available under Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) or from Help. Contact the librarians for password information and additional instructions by email at library@bmc.edu or by phone 662.685.4771 Ext. 147. 

 


Periodicals

Periodicals are to be used in the reading areas. A list of periodical titles is available on the Guyton Library web page. Current issues are displayed on the shelves in the reading area.  Back issues are shelved downstairs. To access, fill out a green periodical call slip for each issue and a staff member will retrieve. Return periodical to circulation desk when you finish. A self-service copy machine is available for photocopying. Be aware of copyright restrictions.

EBSCOhost Databases offer online full-text periodical databases. Instructions are available online under FAQ.


Newspapers

Commercial Appeal, Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, New Albany Gazette, and Southern Sentinel are located on the newspaper rack. Please replace when you finish. Back issues are housed downstairs and retained for four months.

Non-book Materials

Videos and DVDs may be checked out for two days or they may be viewed in the library. CDs are also available for students to listen to in the audio-visual room. Other materials may be checked out in response to special assignments by faculty.

Mary Dean Hollis Historical Doll Collection

Housed in the Anderson Room of Guyton Library, the Mary Dean Hollis Historical Doll Collection contains dolls representative of the clothing styles worn by Blue Mountain College students from 1875 to the most recent graduation year. Mrs. Sibyl Brame Townsend Warren suggested the dressing of dolls to augment the collection of graduation dresses began by Mrs. May Gardner Black and Belle Ferguson Simmons. The early dolls were usually made of porcelain and china and clothed in fine white cotton or linen gowns. Later dolls included dolls made of composition, resin, vinyl, and plastic. Doll types span from early china dolls, mannequin dolls of the 1940's, to the current Barbie dolls. The clothing styles range from graduation frocks, recital dresses, May Queen and formal dinner gowns to everyday street clothing with a variety of hemlines. Today, the president of the senior class selects a doll and dresses it in the fashion of the day to present at the annual alumnae meeting.

May Gardener Black Alumnae Collection

Upon the suggestion of May Gardner Black, 1936 Alumnae President, an alumnae museum was established by the Blue Mountain College Alumnae Association. Dresses, caps, essays, diplomas, society pins, clippings, programs, etc. were collected through the generosity of Blue Mountain College students, graduates, and faculty. The collection has continued to grow and was housed in various places on campus. Many of the newspaper clippings, scrapbooks, letters, pictures, and other memorabilia were organized by Dr. Thomas D. Cockrell, Chair of the Department of Social Sciences, in 2002 as part of the Alumnae Archives. The Alumnae Archives are located in Guyton Library Administrative Building. Currently items representing BMC through the years are on display at Guyton Library in the May Gardner Black Alumnae Room and Mo Kwong Room.

Anderson Collection

Added to Guyton Library in 1993, the Anderson Room houses a collection of artifacts representative of daily life in China and collected during Mary Raleigh Anderson’s missionary service to China. "Mo Kwong" translated means "seeker of the light" and was the name of a fund established by Janie Lowrey Graves to support a home for blind Chinese girls prior to the Communist Revolution. Dr. Anderson and many other BMC students were loyal contributors through the years.

The granddaughter of General Mark P. Lowrey and daughter of Reverend J.D. and Margaret Anderson, Mary expressed a desire to be a missionary from childhood. After graduating and teaching at Blue Mountain College and later Hillman College, Mary attended the Missionary Training school in Louisville, Kentucky before joining her aunt, Mrs. Graves, at the Pooi To Academy located in the South China Mission in 1910.

Anderson returned to the U.S. and earned her doctorate from Columbia University with her dissertation, A Cycle in the Celestial Kingdom, in 1936. The Mary Raleigh Anderson Trust funded the room addition to "proclaim a spiritual message for Chinese Missions so that others will be inspired to continue their prayers, their gifts, the dedication of their lives as missionaries and their love for the souls of the Chinese people; that this room will be in daily use and a daily inspiration to students who study there."


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