About the Library


Mission Statement:

The mission of the James Herbert White Library is to enhance access and maintain a quality print and non-print collection that supports the university's mission of research, teaching and learning and service through the development of collections, access of services effective delivery of service. The library has as its goals the following:

  1. To collect and provide access to research materials
  2. To provide instruction in the use of the Library collection and resources through innovative user access education
  3. To provide optimal delivery of service

The James Herbert White Library, occupied in 1973 and renovated in 2011, is named in honor of the university's first president. The facility encompasses 56,192 square feet and has a seating capacity of approximately 350 students, 3 group study rooms and 6 individual study rooms, a computer commons with 32 workstations, a Music Listening room, a Social Work Reading room, a 42 seat electronic classroom and a Learning Resources Center. The mission of the library is to support the principal goal of the university which is to provide educational programs and services designed to serve students who move at an accelerated pace; to provide quality service and management of information and to house the primary and secondary resources essential to the university's mission of teach and strive to provide an inviting and supportive learning environment. The James Herbert White Library further supports the university's mission of research, teach, and public service through the development of collections, access services, and the delivery of quality services.


  • 213,860 Volumes ( 118,496 print book titles, approximately)
  • 295 print periodicals
  • 2,200 full text electronic periodicals
  • 23 daily print newspapers
  • 3,473 video titles
  • 57,000 electronic book titles

Electronic Databases:
MAGNOLIA which includes EBSCOhostFirstSearch, and Mississippi Academic Library Consortium. Other online databases include ACM Digital Collection, National Library of Medicine, Proquest Dissertations and Abstracts, Credo Reference, LexisUni, Ebsco EbooksJournal Storage (JSTOR) and MVSU's online public access card catalog "HERBIE". All of these databases are accessible to students enrolled at Mississippi Valley State University's main campus and remotely by logging on to http://www.mvsu.edu/library. Students at the Greenville Center, Coahoma, and Holmes campuses should contact either the Reference or Circulation Desk (662-254-3496 or 662-254-3500) at MVSU's main campus to borrow books or media resources."

MAGNOLIA, OCLC, Lyrasis, HBCU Library Alliance, MLA, Dancing Rabbit and ALA.

User Access Education Program and WorldShare ILL (InterlibraryLoan)
Policies and Procedures: