POSTED: 9:23 AM, January 8, 2021

To help us continue providing safe and clean learning spaces at the Ralph Brown Draughon (RBD) Library, and in consultation with various campus units, Auburn University Libraries will be making the following change to in-building food polices for spring 2021.

Effective January 11, 2021, food may only be eaten in the area directly adjacent to the Panera Bread on the second floor of the RBD Library. No food of any kind may be consumed in any other part of the RBD Library.

While in the area around Panera Bread, face coverings may be removed to consume food but otherwise must be worn. This will allow students to still be able have meals in the library, minimizing interruption to their studies, while making it easier to remain masked in the rest of the building.

In all other areas of the building, face coverings must be worn at all times. In all areas of the library, including the area around Panera, proper social distancing must be maintained at all times.

This policy change will be in effect until further notice.

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POSTED: 8:18 AM, October 23, 2020
Start Date: 20201027

On Tuesday, October 27 at 1 p.m., Auburn University Libraries’ Discover Auburn Lecture Series will host Professor Tim Dodge for a lecture entitled “Hardrock Gunter: Country’s Missing Link to Rock ‘n’ Roll.” This lecture will be presented remotely and everyone is welcome to attend by joining via Zoom at


Before Elvis Presley, before Little Richard, and before Bill Haley and the Comets, Alabama’s own Hardrock Gunter had a hit record in the emerging style of popular music that soon became known as Rock ‘n’ Roll starting with his “Birmingham Bounce” in 1950.  For the next dozen years Gunter continued to record Country-flavored Rock ‘n’ Roll and kept up with the rapid evolution of the music.  Dr. Tim Dodge, History and Political Science Librarian, will explore Gunter’s musical contributions and seek to reclaim recognition of Hardrock Gunter as a pioneer in the history of Rock ‘n’ Roll music.


For those not able to attend live, the program will be recorded and available to view approximately one week after the live date at:

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POSTED: 2:36 PM, October 2, 2020
Start Date: 20201005

Due to popular demand, Auburn University Libraries and the League of Women Voters of East Alabama will be hosting a third voter registration and information event on October 5 from noon to 8 p.m. in the Ralph Brown Draughon Library. Those wishing to register to vote or just wanting information on voting are welcome to stop by.

A help desk staffed by League of Women Voters volunteers will provide information about voter registration and voting by absentee ballot. Laptops will be available at the help desk so that individuals may register to vote online.  Printer/photocopier machines are located nearby so that visitors requesting an absentee ballot may print out their driver’s license or state-issued ID card.  Print mail-in voter registration and absentee ballot application forms will also be available.

The help desk will be located at the 1st floor parking deck entrance to RBD Library, adjacent to the circulation desk.  The help desk will be staffed between 12 and 8 p.m. Approved virus safety protocols will be observed.

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POSTED: 8:59 AM, September 29, 2020
Start Date: 20201014

Auburn University Libraries will present a Digital Video 3: Adobe Premiere Pro workshop with Auburn’s Adobe student ambassador, Ramsey McAtee, on Oct. 14 at 3 - 4 p.m. The one-hour workshop via Zoom will help users create and edit video using Adobe’s professional video editing software. No prerequisite is needed. This workshop will introduce more advanced video editing techniques such as time remapping, position and scale keyframing and color correction.

An Adobe ID and use of a computer with Premiere Pro installed are required. This workshop is offered via Zoom and a link will be sent in an event reminder email. To register, click here. For questions, contact Chelsy Hooper at

Adobe student ambassadors are responsible for planning, promoting and hosting product training, spreading the word about Adobe on campus and online and developing relationships and partnerships with relevant student organizations. Ramsey is a senior at Auburn studying communications and marketing. As a special guest presenter, Ramsey will lead the workshop with Chelsy Hooper, instructional technology specialist, in the AU Libraries’ Innovation and Research Commons creativity workshop series.

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POSTED: 8:51 AM, September 22, 2020
Start Date: 20200922

On Tuesday, Sep. 22 at 3 p.m., Auburn University Libraries’ Discover Auburn Lecture Series will host associate professor of History and Women’s Studies faculty affiliate Dr. Melissa Blair for a lecture entitled “New Faces and New Obstacles: Current Interpretations of the Fight for Women’s Suffrage.” This lecture will be presented remotely and anyone is welcome to attend by joining via Zoom at

Dr. Blair’s talk will focus on the role of women of color in the suffrage fight, why their contributions were ignored for so long, and how the 19th Amendment was the end of one fight but, for Black Southern women, the beginning of another.

For those not able to attend live, the program will be recorded and available to view approximately one week after the live date at:

This program is co-sponsored by Auburn University Libraries and the AU Women’s Studies Program.

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POSTED: 9:56 AM, August 17, 2020

With the reopening of the Auburn University Libraries’ buildings, the justifications for keeping emergency temporary access to additional HathiTrust assets no longer apply and this access was deactivated on Friday, Aug. 14. Library patrons are now welcome to enter the library to select materials from the stacks or request delivery of materials through Campus Delivery services,

AU Libraries began its access to additional HathiTrust assets in early April 2020 when the Libraries’ buildings were closed. This allowed library patrons to have online access to almost 48 percent of  AUL’s collection.

After the deactivation, titles that previously appeared in HathiTrust as “Temporary Access” for logged-in users will now be displayed with the label “Limited (search only).” These are the items where copyright restrictions apply. Items in “Full View” are items available via the public domain or through Creative Commons licensing.

AUL became a member of the HathiTrust in 2015. HathiTrust is a large-scale collaborative repository of digital content from research libraries. It includes content digitized as part of the Google Books project and Internet Archive digitization initiatives, as well as content digitized locally by member libraries.

Please contact your liaison librarian if you have any questions on use of HathiTrust and other Libraries assets.

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POSTED: 10:21 AM, August 11, 2020

Due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, Auburn University Libraries will be on a modified operations model through the fall 2020 semester.

“This model will help the Libraries to operate safely both for our users and employees,” said Dr. Shali Zhang, Dean of Auburn University Libraries. “Certain steps have had to be taken to keep the building and their materials clean and safe.”

All users will be required to wear a face covering while in library buildings. They are also required to adhere to current campus social distancing policies.

To accommodate daily thorough cleanings of the building, Ralph Brown Draughon Library will be open the following hours:
Mon. to Thurs.: 7:45 a.m. to midnight
Fri.: 7:45 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Sat.: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sun.: 1 midnight
Full library hours may be viewed here:

In order to prevent transmission of the virus through shared materials, the following modifications to lending have been put in place:
• Active faculty may request items be delivered to their office via Campus Delivery. Please be aware that processing times may vary depending on current workload and staff availability.
• Loaning of physical books through traditional reserves has been suspended due to the "high touch" nature of hourly reserves and the need to properly quarantine material between patrons.
Faculty may explore two options for providing resources to their class:
1. Request scans of selected book chapters from our current collection via AUBIExpress.
2. Reach out to the Subject Specialist Librarian to request the purchase of an eBook or streaming video if available.
• AUBIExpress and other interlibrary loan services are available and can be accessed through the online catalog or from the Delivery Services web page:
• Current staff and graduate students may request materials via Campus Delivery for no-contact pick up in the atrium at the parking deck entrance You will be emailed once items are ready at which point you may pick them up at your convenience during the RBD Library’s current operating hours.

Faculty may contact their subject specialist liaisons at to find out more about accessing library resources.

For a frequently asked questions list detailing fall 2020 library operations visit:

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POSTED: 8:23 AM, May 29, 2020


Auburn University students, faculty and staff now have remote access to powerful software loaded on 85 high-end computers at Auburn University Libraries labs within Ralph Brown Draughon Library and the Library of Architecture, Design and Construction.  Users of the service will not be required to upgrade their computers or purchase additional software to access the computers.


“Getting our users access to the computers and software they have grown used to having at the AU Libraries has been a high priority for us since we were forced to close our doors to users at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Chris Mixon, senior information technology specialist in the newly built Innovation & Research Commons (formally Media & Digital Resource Lab) at Auburn University Libraries. “The 85 computers we have configured for remote access are machines running expensive software such as ArcGIS Pro, Autodesk Architecture and SolidWorks computer assisted design software.”


Users may access the Libraries computers at:  Login requires Auburn University credentials.


Mixon indicated that though this access was conceived as a way to bring additional library services to remote workers and learners during the current crisis, if it proves successful it will likely be retained so users may access the computers during times when the Innovation & Research Commons is closed after hours.

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POSTED: 8:00 AM, May 20, 2020

While the buildings of AU Libraries remain closed to the general public, library faculty and staff continue to offer a full suite of research and instruction services for all members of the university community for the summer semesters. These include expanded access to online resources and services. See how we can help at:

AU Libraries has arranged for expanded access to e-resources. E-journals, e-books, databases, streaming videos and digital collections, are accessible to faculty, students, and staff through the Libraries’ online platform, Discovery, at In addition to the library’s regular holdings, many publishers and hosting sites have opened up or expanded access to these kinds of resources. For more information, see: HathiTrust is providing emergency temporary online access to almost 48 percent of AU Libraries’ print collections. For more information visit:

If a book from the AU Libraries’ physical collections is needed, library users may contact subject librarians to discuss arrangements for pickup services outside the library building. Contact your subject librarian to learn more:

AU Libraries continues to provide research assistance via chat, email, and phone at the RBD Help Desk. When classes are in session this summer, real-time research help will be available Monday through Thursday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday afternoon from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Librarians and our trained research assistants are ready and able to help faculty and students navigate library resources for their research and teaching/learning needs.

In order to facilitate remote work with archival materials and rare books, Special Collections and Archives is currently suspending scanning and photocopying fees for researchers. For faculty and graduate student research requests that cannot be met through remote delivery, Special Collections and Archives will be open by appointment. Please see for more information.

Throughout the summer sessions, library faculty and staff will offer virtual workshops on the Adobe Creative Cloud and research enhancement (, and information literacy instruction to support teaching and learning. For more information and to schedule library instruction for your class, go to:

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) services are the researcher’s link to materials not owned or subscribed to by AU Libraries. While ILL services across the country are partially curtailed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, library users can request the table of contents and/or index from a book and can then select pages or a couple of chapters to be scanned and delivered electronically by a member library in our lending network. Start a request at:

The Document Delivery Department, which oversees interlibrary loan (ILL), has also expanded its AUBIExpress service. Pages and chapters from items held in AU Libraries’ print collections are scanned and emailed to AU students, faculty and staff. Start a request at:

If your remote computer setup is lacking in computing power and software, take control of one of the Innovation and Research Commons’ computers and instantly have access to high-end computers and software. Go to to start.

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POSTED: 11:24 AM, April 28, 2020

When Auburn made the decision to go into remote learning mode, closed buildings, and encouraged working from home to protect all members of the Auburn Family, Auburn Libraries’ Interlibrary Loans (ILL)/Document Delivery Department became so very critical to the university’s research mission that it could not be limited and they continued to provide research material scans to remote learners, near and far.

“Both keeping up with the undiminished requirement for our services that necessitate access to the physical library collections and complying with the university mandate to disperse our employees to protect them from COVID-19 has been a challenge,” said Gail Barton, head of Interlibrary Loan. “The result has been a Herculean effort by our staff coming into the library to scan requests from print materials while still maintaining social distancing.”

ILL’s mission of borrowing/securing research materials from other libraries for Auburn researchers and lending/sharing our own research materials to other libraries in the USA and around the world made their continued operation critical.

From March 13 when Auburn Libraries closed their doors to users to April 15, 867 requests were made for research materials from Auburn users. In the same period, 2680 requests came in from libraries worldwide.

Other uses of ILL’s resources also presented themselves. When distant borrowers request materials from AU Libraries, pages are scanned from print and the article, chapter, table of contents, or index is provided to the requester electronically. This service has been extended to Auburn library users in order to cut down on in-person interactions. Over 1,500 pages of materials were scanned for Auburn users and provided to them electronically.

To assist in providing materials through ILL/Document Delivery, subject librarians, who know research materials in their subject areas thoroughly, have been pulling requested materials from shelves and delivering them to ILL for scanning and distribution.

In several instances ILL has notified library acquisition personnel to purchase eBooks so that research materials are available in the critical moment of need. Catalogers have been ensuring the discoverability of these new purchases for all Auburn students, faculty, researchers, and staff.

Its mission to the rest of the world has not been neglected, as research materials have been delivered regularly to global partners. Auburn University Libraries is one of the rare libraries where staff still has access to the print collection. Most libraries have staff working remotely who are only able to share from electronic resources. This has caused some interesting distribution gymnastics to be played out.

Recently a professor for small animal surgery working at the University of Munich in Germany contacted the Charles Allen Cary Veterinary Medical Library, a branch of the Auburn University Libraries, and requested an article from the publication, Auburn Veterinarian, which is held by few other libraries. The veterinary subject librarian, Rob Buchanan, and library technical specialist Jonathon Brock checked the collection and found that holdings in the VetMed branch library began after the requested date but discovered that the Special Collection in the Ralph Brown Draughon Library had the 1976 volume and issue needed. Buchanan contacted ILL with the researcher’s information and that “the catalog shows that we should have a copy in Special Collections.” He asked that ILL scan the article and deliver it electronically. ILL contacted the Special Collections department and almost immediately library technical specialist Elizabeth Bates pulled the journal from the archives and provided it to ILL personnel for scanning and delivery to Germany.

With the assistance of other departments of the AU Libraries, Interlibrary Loan/Document Delivery has been maintaining a robust research resources exchange with other libraries worldwide and providing our own library users with a continued access to AU Libraries materials through creative use of its capabilities. Users wishing to take advantage of these services should contact ILL through the Libraries website at:

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