Librarians at Sterne Library recognize the library's importance in the progress of responsible citizenship, local education, and culture. We encourage students to develop research skills before admission to college. Therefore, to promote information literacy, higher education, and the University of Alabama at Birmingham, we offer instruction to area schools.

We are eager to collaborate with your school on projects, papers, and activities. In order to make your students' time at our library more rewarding, we encourage you to schedule a library instruction session. We are happy either to come to your school for the instruction or set up a time for you and your students to visit our library.

If you would like to set up a time to visit Sterne Library or would like a librarian to visit you, please review the information below and contact either Dana Hettich or Peggy Kain at 205.934.6364.

Library Instruction Checklist

The Sterne Library is a complex information system designed to meet the scholarly needs of the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s students, faculty, and staff, along with the local community. In order to make your students’ time at the library more rewarding, we ask that you:

  • Contact the Student Success Librarian, Dana Hettich, or the Reference Librarian for Education, Peggy Kain, prior to your visit. Both can be reached at 205.934.6364
  • Arrange for a teacher or librarian pre-visit consultation either on-site or via the telephone to allow us to tailor the instruction to your students’ needs and topics
  • Arrange for appropriate adult supervision
  • Remain with the students at all times while in the library. Following instruction, the class may pursue individual research topics under the guidance of their teacher

Practical Information about Visiting the Library

Printing and Scanning

  • BlazerBucks cards can be purchased for two dollars, and you can add money in one dollar increments. You will need one to use the printers.
  • Printouts are available at $.09 per page for black-and-white prints and $.36 per page for color. Double-sided printing is also available.

Learn more about ePrinting services at UAB.

Location & Parking

The Mervyn H. Sterne Library is located at 917 13th Street South. Parking is available for visitors to campus. Contact UAB Parking and Transportation for details.

Dining

UAB has several places to eat on campus, from Starbucks at the Library to the offerings at The Commons on the Green and the Hill Student Center. Visit www.uabdining.com for more information.

The UAB Libraries Policy for Use by High School and Middle/Junior High School Students

Public computer access is limited to authorized guests. Authorized guests include high school students with a valid Sterne Library Courtesy Card, Friends of Sterne Library with an active card, or active members of the UAB National Alumni Society with a card.

The following guidelines maximize the research experience for visiting groups and/or individuals while minimizing the inconvenience to UAB students, faculty, and staff. By following these guidelines, students can have a productive visit to the Library.

  • Individual students may come in during library hours to use the print resources. Groups larger than four students should inform the library before they arrive and should schedule a library instruction session.
  • Computer access is limited to high school students with an active Courtesy Card. Adults who accompany the class should be prepared to assist students with their work. Visiting users may be asked to relinquish their computers when there is a significant demand by UAB students.
  • Students in groups are encouraged to schedule an instruction session. High school students may request reference desk assistance on an individual basis. However, due to demands from our primary users, the amount of support they can provide to high school students may be limited.
  • Courtesy cards with circulation privileges may be granted to Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate high school students upon request of their teacher and library media specialist, contingent on approval from the Head of Circulation. Please contact Dana Hettich with any questions. Students are free to use book resources within the library and are encouraged to use printers and scanners if they need to take information from the library.
  • High school and middle/junior high school students are guests in The UAB Libraries. Should they misbehave, mistreat books or equipment, or break any other library rules, the staff may call security and the student's right to use the library may be revoked. For specific The UAB Libraries policies regarding cell phone use, Internet and computer use, and access to electronic resources, please see our policies page.

Sterne Library is not responsible for lost or stolen articles or problems of a medical nature.

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