Resources for Learning

John Brown University Library

The two-story John Brown University library—also known as the Arutunoff Learning Resource Center—is the central location for library resources supporting the research needs of the JBU community. The library is an important part of the academic program at JBU and functions as a partner in the teaching/learning process. The main collection consists of over 120,000 items, including books, e-books, microforms, sound recordings, DVD and video recordings, curriculum, computer software, and archival materials. In addition, the library subscribes to more than 12,000 periodical titles that appear in online, paper, microform, or CD-ROM formats. The library also subscribes to 60 electronic databases (full-text periodicals, online reference resources, indexes, and abstracts). The professional library staff provides research and reference services to both individuals and groups, and efficient interlibrary loan services to the JBU community. The library facility includes study rooms, meeting rooms, a group research lab, and a computer lab for student use.

In addition to resources in the main library, a number of materials are housed in four library branches. The Music Library, on the lower level of the Cathedral, contains music sound recordings, scores, and appropriate listening equipment. The Career Development Center Library, on the first floor of the Walker Student Center, houses materials related to vocational counseling and graduate school opportunities. The Construction Management Library, in the Engineering Building, houses books and periodicals related to that discipline. The Soderquist Center's Library is located in the Soderquist Business Center and contains materials relevant to business and ethics.

The gateway to the JBU Library is its web site,, where information about all library collections and services may be obtained. The library web site features an online catalog that can be accessed from any computer with an Internet connection. Students can connect to electronic databases through the campus network and via remote access. Reference questions and interlibrary loan requests can be made using online forms found at the web site, instant messaging, or via e-mail.

The JBU library belongs to several networks and consortia. To provide efficient interlibrary loan services, the library is a member of the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC), which gives users borrowing privileges to over 110 million items held in over 12,000 member libraries worldwide. The library belongs to ARKLink, a consortium of 47 academic libraries in Arkansas, which provides free reciprocal borrowing for students at participating libraries.

Special collections in the library include the published materials of the school's founder, John E. Brown, Sr., materials of radio evangelist J. Vernon McGee, the Romig juvenile literature collection, and the Gary and Carrie Oliver Marriage and Family Resource Room. In addition, the JBU Archives houses an extensive collection of artifacts related to the history of the university.

Library Hours (may vary)
Monday - Thursday            7:30am - 11:00pm
Friday                                 7:30am - 5:00 pm
Saturday                             Noon - 5:00pm
Sunday                               3:00pm - 11:00pm

Library Contacts
Circulation                          479.524.7272
Reference                          479.524.7153
Interlibrary Loan                 479.524.7276
Instructional Services        479.524.7355

CATALOG ACCESS                   At the library website:

LIBRARY CARD                          Use student ID card

CHECKOUT PERIOD                   21 days - renewal period is 21 days.  May be renewed twice if there is no hold on the book; renewable by phone or by email.

CHECKOUT LIMITS                   A student may have up to 15 books checked out at any time.   Books can be mailed to students (the student pays return postage).

OVERDUE FINES                         $.25 per day per book

UNRETURNED MATERIALS       You will be billed for replacement of item(s), plus $10 processing fee per item.

INTERLIBRARY LOANS             Requested items will be available in 1 - 2 weeks.  Request items in person or by mail, phone, fax, or email, or use the online form at the library web site.

REFERENCE QUESTIONS           May be phoned in or sent electronically using the online form at the library web site or email:                               

BUSINESS E-RESOURCES          Available from any computer with Internet access via the library web site -  click on “E-Resources.”  When prompted, enter your JBU username and password.  If you don’t know your JBU username and password, email:

EBSCO Academic Search Elite (full-text journals)

ProQuest Direct (full-text journals)

ABI Inform (full-text business journals)

BioOne (full-text biology journals)

Britannica Online

Business Source Elite (full-text business journals)

ERIC (education digests)

Gallup Polls

HealthSource (full-text health journals)

Hoover’s Online (company information)

IDEAL (full-text science articles)     

Legal Collection (full-text legal journals)

LexisNexis Academic (business and legal information)

MLA International Bibliography (literary journal index)

Newspaper Source (regional newspapers)

PsycInfo (psychology journal index)

STAT-USA (U.S. and international economic statistics)          

WorldCat (worldwide book catalog)

EDUCATION RESOURCES:  Available from any computer with Internet access, via - click on “E-Resources.”  When prompted, enter your JBU username and password.  If you don’t know your JBU username and password, email the Help desk.

Print Materials: How to access: - enter keyword in JBU Catalog search box on home page.  Education books are in Reference Collection of the library, and  in L – LT in the Main Collection. Curriculum materials are located in the DoIt Lab, and Juvenile books are located in the room between the library and the lab.

Ebooks: How to access: - click on NetLibrary icon on home  page; more than 350 ebooks on the subject of education.

Magazine and journal articles How to access: - click on E-resources heading; from drop-down menu select Teacher Education.  You will find the following links to education articles:

ERIC  (education digests).

Gale Discovering  (full-text research materials for students K-12).

Middle Search Plus  (full-text for 150 popular magazines for middle school and junior high school research.  All full-text articles included in the database are assigned a reading level indicator (Lexiles)).

Primary Search  (full-text for 60 popular magazines for elementary school research.  All full-text articles are included in the database are assigned a reading level indicator (Lexiles)).

Professional Development Collection  (A highly specialized collection of over 500 full-text educational journals, including nearly 350 peer-reviewed titles).


Computing and Media Resources

John Brown University has many technology resources available for students. All campus buildings and remote sites are interconnected with an Internet infrastructure that allows for authorized access from classrooms, laboratories, offices, residence halls, and remote locations. Wireless networking also extends accessibility in most residential and study areas across the university.

Degree Completion students have access to additional computing resources at the Fort Smith Center, Central Arkansas Center, and Rogers Center. Computers with Internet access and laser printing are available for student use in common study areas. Wireless Internet access is also available.

On the Siloam Springs campus, there are two general classroom labs equipped with computers and instructional technology to be used for hands-on instruction. These labs are available for general use when class is not in session. Additionally, the Walker Student Center and the library have general purpose computer labs dedicated for student use and are available days and evenings throughout the week. Laser printing, both black and white and color is available for a small fee.

There is a Media Lab located in the Learning Resource Center for special printing and other media services. Technology such as digital cameras, projectors, and other audio/visual technology may be checked out for academic projects. Supplies for lettering, posters, banners, and other needs are available for sale. Large format color printing is available for a fee.

More complete and current information about technology services may be found through the web via the EagleNet portal or contact the Help desk.

Important Notice Regarding the Privacy of Electronic Information

John Brown University cannot and does not make any guarantee, explicit or implied, regarding the privacy of electronic mail or information saved in network folders.  Electronic communication is vulnerable to interception, misdirection, or rerouting.  Therefore, highly confidential materials should be delivered or stored in another manner.

Note also that occasionally a representative of the university may see all or part of an electronic message sent by you or addressed to you.  University personnel may also view files saved in network folders.  Information contained in electronic messages or network directory files may be used against you in disciplinary proceedings.



Policies for appropriate computer use at John Brown University:

Disciplinary action will be taken whenever anyone is found to be in violation of this code. Violations of civil or criminal law will be referred to Campus Security.

  • You should use only those computer accounts which have been authorized for your use.
  • You must always identify computing work with your own name or other approved ID.  Do not attempt to modify files or otherwise work on the JBU Network without logging in.
  • You are responsible for any activity conducted with your computer accounts. Do not tell anyone else your password or “log on” to a computer for someone else using your account.
  • If you have access to privileged or sensitive information, you may not disclose that information for any purpose other than official University business.
  • You must not attempt to access, copy, or destroy programs or files that belong to other users or to the University without prior authorization.
  • Unauthorized or fraudulent use of the University's computing resources is a serious violation of University regulations and may be against the law.
  • You may not use JBU computer systems to make or store illegal copies of copyrighted digital materials, including computer programs, pictures, clipart and other images, movies and videos, textual information, articles, reports, and music. If you are running KaZaa, Morpheus, iMesh, Grokster, Limewire, Bearshare, WinMX or any other similar programs and storing the files you download on JBU computers, you are probably in violation of this policy.
  • Programs acquired elsewhere must not be used on JBU computers. Only Information Technology Services (ITS) may place software onto the network or onto lab computers.
  • Do not store shareware, freeware, uninstalled plugins, or other downloaded software on lab hard drives or in personal network folders. Such files will be deleted regularly from lab computers and network folders.
  • Your use of software owned by John Brown University must abide by the copyright and license agreements. It is your responsibility to become familiar with the copyright/licensing agreements before using a product. It is illegal to copy most software products.
  • Theft of hardware, software, supplies or other properties will be reported to the University's Security Office as a crime.
  • Out of consideration for others, you should also observe the following guidelines:

o    Do not forward chain letters.

o    Do not send email messages to everyone on the JBU address list

o    Please keep your network home folder cleared out of un-needed files.

o    Please delete un-needed messages from your email mailbox.

o    Do not play games on lab computers.

o    Please observe the two-hour maximum use policy in labs during peak times.

o    Please observe any usage guidelines posted in labs.

  • Do not connect a wireless access point or any other wireless equipment to the JBU Network without consulting with ITS.
  • Do not attempt to modify system facilities in any way. Intentional compromise of system integrity by virus or other means may result in disciplinary action.
  • Do not attempt to disable or bypass network security systems. This includes the use of various “Tunneling” protocols and remote proxy web sites (“Anonymisers”) to hide the true nature of what you are doing.
  • Sending harassing, threatening, or sexually explicit messages will result in disciplinary action.
  • Internet users must abide by JBU's behavioral code while online, including but not limited to not using accounts to engage in gambling activities, obtaining pornographic or other objectionable material, or conducting for-profit business.