Memorial Library provides access to an excellent collection of resources in all formats and a well-qualified staff whose first concern is the student. Personalized reference assistance, interlibrary loan at no charge and library instruction upon request are among the many services offered to all Berry undergraduate and graduate students.
The spacious, well-furnished facility, centrally located on campus, is open 90 hours a week, including evenings and weekends. More than 400 individual study seats, as well as comfortable group study areas and a coffee shop, are available. All library computer workstations offer access to the online catalog, the Internet, e-mail and selected applications. Library-wide wireless access and laptop docking stations expand user options for complete connectivity with notebook computers and other portable electronic devices.
Print and microform holdings total more than 700,000 volumes. The library subscribes to more than 1,700 journals. Additionally, the library provides access to more than 125 discipline-based research databases, including those in GALILEO (Georgia Library Learning Online), as well as additional subscriptions to numerous other online academic information resources. Selected databases include full-text access to more than 21,000 journals and newspapers. The library coordinates electronic information resources for the campus; most are easily accessible from the library's home page, whether the student resides on or off campus.
As an official selective Government Depository, the library's collection also includes more than 100,000 government documents. The Berry College Archives collections include the Martha Berry papers, administrative records of the institution, college publications and photographs.
Each student is assigned an academic advisor, with whom to consult in selecting a schedule of classes each semester enrolled and in planning a program of study leading to the chosen degree. Questions and concerns related to the student's academic program and progress should be discussed with the advisor, who is available for consultation on other matters as well. The advisor provides advice and will help the student understand the ramifications of their choices, but the final responsibility of completing all requirements for a degree rests with the student.
Academic Support Center
The Academic Support Center located in Memorial Library provides Berry students with learning support in their academic work. Tutorial services are provided free of charge for any student who needs help. A professor(s) in the discipline(s) recommends peer tutors who tutor and provide coaching in the various disciplines. One-on-one counseling in study skills and time management is available, and pamphlets and brochures on study skills, writing, and time management are also available in the center free of charge. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Resolution 504, Berry College accommodates students with documented disabilities. It is the ASC that provides services for students needing accommodations for learning, psychological, and permanent or temporary medical disabilities.
The College provides several general-access computer laboratories, allowing access to approximately 150 PC and Mac systems. These facilities are strategically located around campus and are available 90 hours a week during academic sessions. Most of the labs are staffed by well-qualified student workers and supported by the Department of Computing and Technology. A help desk is staffed 40 hours a week during academic sessions to provide computer hardware and software support. An answering service is available on a 24-hour basis daily for reporting major outages.
The college provides Internet access to all students accessible by both network outlets and wireless in all residence halls. Wireless access is also available in the major classroom buildings, Memorial Library, Krannert Center, Cage and Hermann Hall.
Each residence hall room has a telephone for local service and cable TV outlet. Service for both are included in the room rate. The college does not offer long-distance telephone service, but rather students are encouraged to use cell phones.
All faculty have access to instructional software that allows the use of Web-based course materials and interactive experiences for students.
The college continues to honor its commitment to improve and increase computing capabilities and resources.
The Writing Center
The Writing Center is a central element in Berry's commitment to Writing-Across-the-Curriculum. The Center provides support to students at any stage of the writing process in a variety of courses and disciplines. Students receive help on all aspects of writing from brainstorming strategies to revision to editing. The Writing Center is staffed by undergraduate peer consultants, trained to work with students through one-on-one sessions, online through e-mail tutoring and through workshops.