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Location & Hours
The Mervyn H. Sterne Library is located at
917 13th Street South.
Regular hours during Fall and Spring are:

  • Monday - Thursday, 7:30 AM - 2:00 AM
  • Friday, 7:30 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Saturday, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Sunday, 1:00 PM - 2:00 AM
Regular Summer hours are:
  • Monday - Thursday, 7:30 AM - 11:00 PM
  • Friday, 7:30 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Saturday, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Sunday, 1:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Library Calendar

Frequently-Called Numbers
Circulation (User Services) -- To renew a book or check account status: 934-4338
Information/Reference -- To check library holdings or for questions: 934-6364

Library Layout
First Floor
Reference Department, Circulation Department, Interlibrary Loan, reference books, magazine and newspaper browsing area, Starbucks, University Writing Center, printers (one color, two black-and-white), scanner, staplers, a hole punch, group study rooms, Collaborative Learning Spaces and a Quiet Zone, copy machines, administrative offices, and Technical Services.

Second Floor
Periodicals, Collaborative Learning Spaces and Quiet Zones, group study rooms and individual carrels, microfilm, copy machines, and books for children and young adults.

Third Floor
Circulating books, group study rooms and individual study carrels, and Quiet Zone.

Maps of all three floors
Tour the Library

General Policies
Food and drink are allowed in the library, and we have a
Cell phone use is allowed in the collaborative areas. Cell phones must be silenced when in the library.
You can find other policies on our Sterne Library Policies page.

Study Rooms
You may get a
study carrel or a group study room in Sterne Library for a period of three hours. Carrels may be renewed one time, while group-study rooms may not be renewed. To check out these rooms, come to the Circulation Desk with your UAB ID.

Borrowing Privileges
Loan period: 28 days with one renewal
Maximum number of items: 50
Overdue fees: 25 cents a day per item

You may also check out books at these libraries with your BlazerID:
  • Auburn University
  • Bessemer State Technical College
  • Bevill State Community College
  • Birmingham Southern College
  • Jefferson State Community College
  • Lawson State Community College
  • Miles College
  • Samford University
  • University of Alabama
  • University of Alabama in Huntsville
  • University of Montevallo
Copyright Information and Resources
The Mervyn H. Sterne Library has created a resource to provide fast and accurate copyright information to the UAB community.

Course Reserves
Your professor might place information on reserve for you to read or bring to class. You can locate reserve material through our
Course Reserves page. Once in this page, select your instructor and class from the drop-down boxes to pull up the text.

Copying & Printing
Copiers are located on the first and second floors of Sterne Library. There are four printers are on the first floor; two near the
Reference Desk, one near the Circulation Desk, and one near the University Writing Center. All machines take BlazerBucks Cards or CampusCards with BlazerBucks. You can add BlazerBucks to your card at a machine next to the Circulation desk.
Copying: 9 cents / page (black-and-white only).
black-and-white color
single-sided: 9 cents single-sided: 36 cents
double-sided: 16 cents double-sided: 69 cents

Reference Librarians
All reference librarians can be reached by phone at 934-6364.

Head of Reference Linda Harris
Arts & Humanities Heather Martin
Business & Government Documents Jeff Graveline
Education Imelda Vetter
Engineering Craig Beard
General Dana Hettich
Instruction & Outreach Delores Carlito
Natural Science & Mathematics Jennifer Long
Social & Behavioral Sciences Brooke Becker

You can get help...
Research and Citation Help
Undergraduate Research Toolkit: Getting Started with Your Research

For more in-depth help with your paper, we offer individualized Research Paper Consultations and Citation Consultations. These one-hour, one-on-one consultations are aimed at either locating resources for your topic or formatting your bibliography and in-text citations. Consultations are by appointment only. To make an appointment, complete this form.

The librarians have created research guides to help you locate information on your topic. They are arranged alphabetically at

Interlibrary Loan
If you do not find all the books or articles you need in our collection, our Interlibrary Loan staff will attempt to obtain them from other libraries with which we have interlibrary loan agreements. These materials are usually acquired at no charge, and you submit your requests

You can access
UAB WIFI at Sterne Library.

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Delores Carlito, Reference Librarian for Instruction & Outreach
Created 09/09; Updated 06/13