Welcome to Barton College! The following information is intended to orient you as new employees to an overview of the resources and services available to you through Barton's Willis N. Hackney Library. The links found within each section of this page will lead you either to more in-depth information about each of the following topics or to the actual resources described here, so feel free to explore them in more depth at your leisure.

Materials Available in and through the Library

Library Home Page (
This is the primary gateway to library resources--from it you can access most of the following resources (both from on campus, and from off campus with Barton login):

Articles Plus Tab Includes the following resources to find articles in journals, magazines, and newspapers:

Resources for Finding Articles General and subject-specific databases that index articles in the following formats:

  • Print (Shelved in the periodicals area between the reference and AV collections on the first floor of the library)
  • Electronic (Available full-text through NCLIVE and other online databases on both on- and off-campus computers)

Books & More Tab Includes the following resources to locate books in print and electronic format:

Library Online Catalog Lists / Provides Access To:

  • Books (Traditional paper format)
  • Electronic Books (E-books are read on the computer screen)
  • Government Documents
  • Audiovisuals (Videos, DVDs, audiotapes, computer software)

Search Full-Text E-Book Reference Collections Allows you to search the full-text of electronic books in three separate e-book collections

Journal Availability Tab Allows you to determine through JournalFinder what journal, magazine, or newspaper titles are available in the full text

Other Resources Tab Selected Web Sites and Non-Article Databases

Subject Guides Link on Left Sidebar Gathers discipline-specfic resources together in a LibGuide

Course Guides Link on Left Sidebar Gathers library resources for specific courses and assignments together in a LibGuide

Reference Help Available to Students (and Others) Through the Library

In Person:

During library orientations provided to individual classes
During individual consultations with the reference librarians at the reference desk


Through email ( to reference librarians
Through Help pages available from all pages on our library web site
Through Course Guides (LibGuides) from class orientations available on our library web site

Via Chat:

Through real-time chat sessions, either with a Hackney Library reference librarian when available, or through NCknows (an online reference chat service to which we subscribe) with a librarian elsewhere 24 hours a day on weekdays and 8 am - 12 midnight on weekends, when Hackney Library reference librarians are not available.

By Phone:

Reference help is available by phone when we are open at 252-399-6502 (or x6502 from a campus phone)

Circulation Policies

Detailed circulation policies for library materials can be found on the library's Circulation Policies web page, but in general, most books circulate for faculty and staff for an entire semester (although for all others for 28 days). Some exceptions include audiovisuals, which circulate for 14 days for all patrons. Overdue notices are sent, either via email or campus mail, to faculty when items are not returned on time. Faculty and staff members do not accrue overdue fines, although we encourage faculty and staff to return items in a timely manner so all may have access. However, for lost or damaged books, faculty along with all other patrons will be assessed a replacement charge.

Although students and other patrons are not permitted to check out either reference materials or periodicals, faculty and staff may do so, with assistance from the circulation supervisor or reference librarian on duty.

Accessing Online Resources from Home / Off Campus

Services Available to Faculty / Staff through the Library

Class Orientations Reference librarians offer orientations in library research resources to classes at individual instructors' requests. Both introductory and upper-level class orientations are available, either in the library classroom or in various computer labs or classrooms around campus, depending on the needs of the instructor and students. To set up a class orientation, contact the reference desk at 252-399-6502 (x6502 on campus).

Interlibrary Loans Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is a service which allows all our patrons, including faculty and staff, to obtain books or journal articles that Hackney Library does not own. We work with libraries all across the country to obtain materials that our patrons need. For faculty and staff, in most cases, ILLs (books and articles) are free. Articles are often faxed to us, and for book requests, the lending library will send the entire book to be checked out to our patron. Because these items come from other libraries and are often sent through the mail, there is normally a delay of seven to ten days before interlibrary loans are received. To request a book or journal article on interlibrary loan, patrons may fill out electronic forms found under the "Interlibrary Loan" link in the Library Services section in the blue sidebar on the Library's web page. More detailed information about our Interlibrary Loan policies and online forms may be found on the Interlibrary Loans page as well.

Reserves Books and other materials--whether they come from the library's collection or from an instructor's personal collection--may be placed on Reserve by instructors for in-library use by students. Items that have been placed on Reserve are located behind the Circulation Desk. Reserve materials may only be used by students in the library and are circulated for three hour periods to ensure availability to all students in a given class or classes. (There are sometimes exceptions for overnight reserve checkout when faculty request it.)

Items may be placed on reserve by contacting the library's Circulation Supervisor at 252-399-6500 (x6500 on campus), or by downloading a reserve request form and submitting it at the library's circulation desk along with the materials to be placed on reserve.

Use of Library's Digital Technology Classroom The library's classroom features an interactive Promethean ActivBoard with ceiling-mounted projector and an ActivSlate for mobile use throughout the classroom, as well as ActivExpress interactive voting technology (32 clickers). In addition, the instructor's computer is an HP Touchsmart, complete with wireless keyboard and mouse. Twenty-four wireless Netbook computers are also available for use in the classroom. Also available are video flip cameras for student and faculty/staff use within the classroom for creation of podcasts, and more. Instructors interested in occasionally using the library classroom for instruction may contact the reference desk at 252-399-6502 (x6502 on campus) to reserve a time slot.

Services Available to the Barton Community through the Library


Use of Hard-wired Computers The library provides access to 20+ hard-wired networked student computers throughout the library. From these computer stations, students may search the library catalog and access all online library resources, complete assignments using Microsoft Office products, send and receive emails, surf the web, save to flash drives or to their own folder on the network. Students may also print to adjacent printers at these stations (the cost of print jobs is deducted from each student's print quota, which is renewed each semester).

Use of Loaner Wireless Laptops in Library Several loaner laptops and an additional 24 Netbooks that can access the wireless network are available to Barton faculty, staff, and students for check-out for in-library use only. Barton ID is required for checkout at the circulation desk. Note: Personal laptops may also be used in the library with a wireless network password available from a reference librarian.


Use of Black/White and Color Printers In addition to several black/white printers available in the library, students also have the use of a color printer, located at the circulation desk on the first floor. Charges for printing are deducted from each student's print quota, which is renewed each semester. (Students may also add money to their print quota in the library when they exceed their allotted quota.)

Use of Black/White and Color Copier and Scanner The library has a combination black/white and color copy machine that is also networked to scan documents to email accounts. The copier's attached coin-op will take dollar bills and coins (and make change) to make copies. Black/white copies are 10 cents per page, and color copies are 25 cents per page. There is currently no charge for scanning documents to email.

Fax Services The library operates a fax machine which can be used by students for both the transmission and receipt of documents. There is no charge to receive faxes; however, we do charge to transmit them. The charges for sending a fax are as follows:

  • Domestic (Within United States): $2.00 for the first 5 pages, $1.00 for every additional set of 5 pages.
  • International: $4.00 for the first 5 pages, $2.00 for every additional set of 5 pages.
  • Faxes within Wilson County and to 800 or other toll-free numbers: Free.

The library fax number is (252) 399-6571. If you plan to receive a fax, please ask the sender to include on the cover sheet your name and a phone number where you can be reached. This will enable us to contact you in a timely manner. After notification to the recipient, faxes received are placed in a basket at the library circulation desk for pick-up.

Group and Individual Study Areas/Tutoring Assistance

Quiet Study Areas Individual study carrels and both individual and group study rooms (primarily on the library's second floor--the 'Quiet Zone') are available for students to use for more quiet study. The group study rooms are equipped with either whiteboards or chalkboards, and whiteboard markers/erasers and chalk/erasers are available for checkout from the circulation desk.

Collaborative Study Areas Group tables, a brainstorming table with whiteboard, sofas and easy chairs, plus the library classroom, are available for collaborative study on the library's first floor. Small portable dry-erase boards and markers to be used for collaborative study are available for check-out from the circulation desk. Quiet conversation and collaboration are encouraged on this floor.

Learning Café The library has a Learning Café area located on the first floor inside the front door, complete with diner-style booths and café tables available for collaborative study. This comfortable area has proven popular with students using laptops, doing group work, or taking a break from studying to relax. It is adjacent to the popular magazine display shelves.

Tutoring Sessions Hackney Library hosts group tutoring as well as individual peer tutoring sessions that are coordinated by the Office of Student Success, which is also located in the library building.

Popular Books and Magazines

Paperback Book Exchange Hackney Library has a small but growing Paperback Book Exchange, which contains leisure reading books for students to borrow when you need a break from your academic pursuits.

McNaughton Popular Fiction and Non-Fiction Hackney Library has contracted with McNaughton to lease selected new popular titles, both fiction and nonfiction. These new popular books circulate for four weeks; they are located in the Popular Reading collection on the first floor across from the circulation desk. Every month or so, new titles arrive and are placed in this collection.

Popular Magazines We also subscribe to around 30 popular magazine titles, and the most current issues of these are displayed for easy access in the Learning Café area of the library (magazines may not be checked out but must be read while in the library).

Other Services

Use of Video/DVD Players The library has several VCRs and DVD players on which students may watch videos or DVDs in the library. Most of these are on mobile carts which can be moved to individual or group study rooms as needed. Videos and DVDs may also be viewed using the computer and interactive whiteboard in the library classroom.

Food / Beverages Drink and snack vending machines are available on the first floor near the Learning Café area of the library. Refreshments may be taken anywhere in the library as long as care is taken to protect library resources from damage caused by spillage and as long as trash and debris are placed in proper receptacles.

Use of Local Public Library Hackney Library has a special arrangement with the local Wilson County Public Library to allow current Barton students (even those whose permanent address is outside the county or state) to obtain library cards to check out materials from the public library's circulating collections (your Barton ID is required when applying for a public library card). Access to the public library's collections, especially its fiction and children's/young adult books, helps augment our own limited collections in these areas, both for coursework and for leisure reading. The Wilson County Public Library's main location is just a few blocks' walk from campus.

How Library Materials are Selected

Books, AV materials, and periodical resources to be added to the library's collections are selected through the collaboration of library faculty and Library Committee faculty representatives chosen by each respective department or school.

Books and Audiovisuals: Faculty requests for specific books and audiovisuals to be purchased for the library should be directed to the Library Committee representative for the respective department/school.

There are several online among them--that can be used in formulating orders and reading reviews; these are accessible from the library's home page under the Faculty Resources button in the left sidebar. The cycle for ordering books usually begins in October when our budget is finalized and ends in December, to allow enough time for books ordered to arrive and be processed during the fiscal year (which runs from July to June).

Who's Who in the Library & Library Hours

Library Contact Information and Faculty/Staff

Library Hours
Regular semester hours are as follows: Mondays through Thursdays, 8 am-11 pm;
Fridays, 8 am-5 pm; Saturdays, 10 am-5 pm; Sundays, 2-11 pm. Accelerated Professional
Program hours and special holidays and other exceptions are listed on the Library Hours page.

Library News & Events

Hackney Library blog

For additional assistance about these or any other questions you have concerning the library and its services, give the reference desk a call at (252) 399-6502 (x6502 if on campus), send us an email at, or drop by Hackney Library and ask us in person when the library is open. Online reference via chat is also available from Hackney Library reference librarians when available and at other times from reference librarians across the country through NCknows.

Last updated January 15, 2013