The Georgia Tech Library houses collections of scientific and technical information as well as other scholarly resources. It is an official depository of the U.S. Government Printing Office and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The Library’s goals include increasing the accessibility and quality of information available electronically, increasing individual research and teaching productivity, and creating a rich learning environment for students. In addition to print holdings, the Library provides electronic access to over 25,000 electronic journals and over 300,000 e-books. The Library manages Georgia Tech’s digital institutional repository, SMARTech (smartech.gatech.edu). This digital repository is the largest in the Southeast, comprised of 48,000 GT-produced research items and campus publications, including: theses and dissertations, journal articles, conference papers, annual reports, newsletters, learning objects and more. The Library promotes and supports Open Access and provides implementation support for the Georgia Tech Faculty Open Access Policy including hosting of deposited articles and peer-reviewed online scholarly journals.
Georgia Tech Library’s five-year renewal project is a reimagining of resources, services and spaces in continuation of its commitment to research and learning excellence. This remarkable transformation will see the Library become the model institution of the 21st century — connected, responsive to sea changes in student and faculty need, and dedicated to the stewardship of analog information in a digital age. Put simply, the Library Renewal allows the Library to grow from physical place to a connected, ubiquitous presence in the service of teaching, research and learning. Beginning with the closing of Crosland Tower, or Library East, on Dec. 31, 2015, the renewal will see the opening of the Library Service Center, a partnership between Georgia Tech and Emory University, in January 2016. Crosland construction is slated to complete in 2018, at which time Price Gilbert, or Library West, will close for construction through 2020. The Library will maintain 24/7 operations during the construction period. Study spaces, computer resources, expertise, and a core collection of print materials will continue to be available during the renewal. For more information on this incredible transformation, visit renewal.library.gatech.edu or join our conversation on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
Library facilities include the Price Gilbert building, the Crosland Tower, the adjacent G. Wayne Clough Undergraduate Learning Commons (“Clough Commons”), a building dedicated to student academic enrichment and innovative learning opportunities, the Architecture Library, and the Library Service Center. The Library West Commons (1st floor West) is comprised of 85 computer workstations for individual student productivity. The 2 West Commons provides flexible spaces for individual and group study with a robust environment to support student-owned laptops. It includes eight group collaboration areas with large LCD monitors. The Multimedia Studio on the Ground floor West provides 24 workstations for multimedia creation and large format printing. The Library is open 24 hours most days of the semester and Clough Commons is open 24/7 year-round. The Library Service Center (LSC) is a joint partnership with Emory University with the goal of providing a long-term preservation environment for books while maintaining access to the collections. The LSC is located on Emory’s Briarcliff Property and will open in January 2016. Access to collections will be provided through digital delivery of chapter and article length requests, physical delivery via multiple deliveries per day, and on-site in the LSC reading room.
Library patrons can receive reference and research assistance from the Library Services Desk (1st Floor West) this desk also supports circulation, reserves, and technical support for the Library commons. The Library Services desk provides a wide variety of gadgets from digital cameras to laptops in support of student learning and projects. The Core Desk in the Clough Commons serves as a central academic help desk for undergraduates throughout their academic careers. Library Services and Core Desk staff also provide remote assistance 24 hours a day via email, phone, chat or text. The Library’s Information Delivery department provides access to materials held by other libraries and delivery services to faculty and graduate students for articles and papers not available electronically.
Subject librarians provide skilled assistance with information resources and services in all academic disciplines. Students and faculty are encouraged to collaborate with their subject specialists early in their academic careers. These librarians work with faculty on scholarly publishing, library instruction, and research assistance and with students on information and research skills. Expert librarians provide assistance, classes, and tools to help GT researchers comply with research data management requirements of federal and other funding agencies.
The Library is a member of the Association of Research Libraries, the Atlanta Regional Consortium for Higher Education, the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries, the Coalition for Networked Information, the LOCKSS Alliance, Portico, OCLC, Lyrasis, HathiTrust, and NERL.
According to the Institute’s financial reports, the Library has received the following funding for the fiscal years 2011 through 2015:
Table 6.6 Library Expenditures, Fiscal Years 2011-2015
|Fiscal Year||Expenditures||Percentage of Educational and General Expenditures|
Table 6.7 Library Collections and Usage, Fiscal Years 2014 and 2015
|Total Number of Books (Physical + Electronic)||1,098,890||1,037,409|
|SmartTech Unique Users||360,455||362,925|
|Articles and Books Downloaded (estimated)||2,533,844||2,668,340|
|Classes taught by Library Faculty & Staff||391||335|
*The renovation and renewal of the Price Gilbert and Crosland Tower Library includes a partnership with Emory Library to create a seamless collection. For more information go to http://renewal.library.gatech.edu/library-services-center.