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Circulation:  Located on the first floor, the Circulation Department serves as the center of all activity in the Library/Learning Resource Center.  This is where borrowing and returning of all library materials takes place, items are placed on reserve, and conference/study rooms are reserved. Bethune-Cookman University identification cards are also validated for library use at the circulation desk.  For more information call (386) 481-2186 or send an e-mail to

Reference:  The Reference Librarians' offices are located on the first floor of the Carl S. Swisher Library. Stop by the Circulation Desk for assistance.

The Reference Department offers personal assistance and instruction in the use of library resources to members of the B-CU community (for on-campus and remote users)Reference librarians will answer questions concerning the location and use of the library’s resources. The staff in the Reference Department offers help with any question, using the full range of print materials and electronic databases, online public access catalog (OPAC), indexes, full-text journals, e-books and online encyclopedias, dictionaries, directories and data available in the library. The Reference Area includes 12 public workstations with access to library resources. The Reference staff can advise in the selection of the most appropriate databases for any given topic and instruct in their use.  For more information contact Dr. Clarissa West-White at (386) 481-2198 or, or Andre Jansons at (386) 481-2184 or, or Laura Quatrella (386) 481-2118 or

Library Research Instruction: Understanding how to find and use relevant information is essential to the success of a student’s academic career.  The Reference Instructors are responsible for introducing the various information resources that are available in the library so that students from both academic and lifelong research skills can meet their information needs.  Instruction is given specifically in how to search within the university’s online databases, how to search for books and other materials in the library, and how to determine relevant information on the World Wide Web.  Other important library services are also discussed.

How to Request Library Research Instruction Sessions
The BCU library offers library instruction for students. The training sessions are most successful when coordinated with specific class assignments. Please send a copy of the assignment you are using with your class when requesting library instruction. The librarians are happy to work with the teachers to create or modify assignments to achieve the best results. As library instruction sessions are collaborative in nature, the library requires that the teachers be present during the reference instruction session.

Email Us or use this online request form
To request library instruction for your class, please send an email to Dr. Clarissa West-White,, Andre Jansons, or Laura Quatrella, with the following information:

  • Course number and name
  • Time/days of the week that your class regularly meets
  • Number of instruction sessions
  • Number of students
  • Assignment(s) students are working on
  • Writing style for citations (MLA, APA, etc.)
  • Your email and phone extension.

For courses offered after 5 p.m., please contact Andre Jansons at (386) 481-2184 or

Kindly provide us at least 14 days advance notice to enable the best possible scheduling and planning of your session. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact Andre Jansons at (386) 481-2184, Laura Quatrella (386) 481 2118 or Dr. Clarissa West-White at (386) 481-2198.

Archives: The Bethune-Cookman University Archives contains a wide variety of materials in various formats that depict the lives and works of individuals who contributed to this institution.  There is a collection of documents, which include numerous programs and a wealth of photographs that date back to the time of our founder.  There is also an extensive collection of documents which reflect the business of this school in detail up to the contemporary time.  Many materials are now housed in acid-free boxes, but there are also significant amounts of organized vertical files in the Display Room.  All materials are available for the use of visitors and researchers within the parameters of a strict in-house use only policy.  The Display Room is openly available to visitors during the hours of 9 to 5 from Monday to Friday, and most on-site research by patrons takes place there.  The archive provides copies of any textual or visual items for a minimal fee, depending on the type of medium in question.  Digital copies of some material may be available.  Contact Dr. Tasha Lucas-Youmans (386) 481-2181 or or Dr. Anthony Dixon (386) 481-2180 for more information.  Please submit archive request form before contacting the Archives

Technical Services: Technical Services is responsible for selecting, organizing, and managing the library’s print, media, and online resources and equipment. 

The Acquisitions/Collection Development Librarian evaluates, selects, and orders materials for the library that will support B-CU’s educational programs and meet the needs of library users.   The librarian performs subject analysis of library collections, reviews requests from faculty, staff, and students for new items, supervises weeding, and participates in organizing materials.

The Cataloger assigns classification codes, subject headings, and creates a machine-readable record for each item that is added to the library collection.  These records are displayed in the library’s online public access catalog (OPAC) and provide access points for identifying and locating needed materials.  The Cataloger supervises the physical processing and repair of library materials and participates in weeding and organizing materials.

For more information, contact Collection Development/Acquisitions Librarian Helen Morey at (386) 481-2417 or; Also contact Cataloger, Geraldine Kohn at (386) 481-2187 or

Distance Learning: Online Library orientation information and tutorials are available for Distance Learning students. Also contact Betty Story,, Distance Learning Liaison for further assistance.

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