We welcome your research-related questions (including off campus access) in person and by chat, email, and phone.

 Image result for live chatChat with a Reference Librarian during the hours the Library is open. 

Image result for face to face icon Ask in person at the reference desk - Building D - Birmingham campus or Building A - Bessemer campus

Image result for telephone iconCall the reference desk at (205) 929-2068 - Birmingham campus or (205) 929-3526 - Bessemer campus

Image result for email iconAsk by email: askalibrarian@lawsonstate.edu  / Get a response within 1 business day


Borrowing & Renewing

1. Circulation Desk Hours: The Circulation Desk always closes fifteen (15) minutes before the closing of the Library. 

2. Credentials: In order to borrow items from the library, the borrower has to bring a valid identification card issued by Lawson State Community College,

3. Length of Loans: Students may borrow books for 14 days, with one renewal. Books may be  renewed in person, by telephone or online. The Circulation Desk’s phone number is (205) 929-2068 (Birmingham campus) or (205) 929-3526 (Bessemer campus). There is a four book limit for this service.

Printing and Copying

You must have your Lawson State Student ID card in order to print/copy.

Information for Students

What are Course Reserves?

Course reserves are items (books, films, articles, etc.) that instructors put behind the circulation desk or make available online for the class they are teaching.

Not all classes will have course reserves and the library does not have textbooks for every class. To search for course reserves follow the link below. 

Course Reserves


Information for Faculty

Who May Place Materials on Reserve?

Only class instructors may put materials on reserve for the classes they are teaching in a given semester.

How Do you Place Materials on Reserve?

The faculty member must complete a request form (see link below) citing each item that is to be placed on Reserve in the library 

Course Reserve Request

Birmingham Campus

     38 computers and printer access located in the library

     Ebony Computer Lab - 18 computers


Bessemer Campus

     13 computers and printer access located in the library

     Success Center Computer Lab - 16 computers


Bessemer Campus

     Three quiet study rooms (first come first served)

     Group study room 

     Three study carrels (each carrel has an accessible outlet)


Birmingham Campus

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Look for an upcoming announcement about the Collaborative Learning Center!


Library Liaisons are experts who help students and instructors make the most of LSCC's research services.

Your liaison is your main point of contact for the Library. As an information expert familiar with your discipline or field, your liaison provides in-depth research support and expertise.

    Your liaison can work with you to:

    • find the material you need to get your work done
    • understand and navigate library resources
    • connect you with specialized services
    • develop research strategies
    • connect you with experts for a specific research endeavor

    If you are an instructor, your liaison can:

    • provide classroom instruction for your students
    • serve as an "embedded librarian" in Blackboard
    • design research assignments
    • provide software demonstrations for citation tools, databases, and more 
    • create research guides for classes or assignments
    • unearth materials for your own research

    Look up your liaison by clicking the link below:

    Library Liaisons


    Library Instruction

    Librarians can provide instruction sessions tailored to a specific class or topic area. Sessions can be developed around any skill level or disciplinary interest.

    We aim to enhance the academic experience of LSCC students, to improve their research skills, and to foster information literacy and critical thinking. The Library highly encourages faculty in all departments to include library sessions in those courses that have a research component. Together we can introduce your students to:

    • effectively searching, locating, and evaluating information
    • popular and scholarly resources relevant to a specific assignment
    • basic and advanced searching of library resources, such as databases
    • discipline-specific resources and scholarly communication within that discipline

    Librarian-led classes can be held in library spaces (computer labs) or in the class's regular location.

    To arrange a session, contact your Library Liaison or submit an Instructional Request

    A Research Consultation is a one-on-one appointment with a librarian for extensive, in-depth research assistance. We require at least two business days notice for all appointments. 

    If you need assistance today:

    1. Ask for help at the Reference Desk 

    Birmingham Campus - Library is located in Building D

    Bessemer Campus - Library is located in Building A


    2. Call to speak with a library staff member

    Birmingham Campus - 205.929.2068

    Bessemer Campus - 205.929.3526


    3. Chat with a librarian  

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    If all service areas are closed, please consult the Research Guides associated with your subject


    If you’d like to request an in-depth appointment, please fill out the Research Consultation form.

    If there are materials you'd like to see added to the library's collections, submit a purchase request and we will look into acquiring it. We can purchase both physical and electronic copies of materials. 

    Purchase Request