More about Hedges Library

Library Hours 
Monday - Thursday 7:15 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Friday 7:15 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Sunday 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
267-8505 Ext. 242

These hours apply while the school is in session. The Library will be closed Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings and whenever the school is closed (such as vacation days, snow days, etc.) Please call for summer hours.

Meet the Staff

Milly Rawlings: Head Librarian
Appointed 1986 - B.A., Wheaton College, M.L.S., George Peabody College of Vanderbilt University
Additional Study: University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, University of North Carolina, Oxford University
423-267-8506, ext. 209

Carl Owens: Reference Librarian
Appointed 1985 - B.A., M.S.L.S., University of Tennessee
Additional Study: University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
423-267-8506, ext. 208

Karen Padilla: Middle School Reference Librarian and Catalog Librarian
BA, University of the South, 1995
MS, Simmons College, Graduate School of Library and Information Science, 1997
423-267-8506, ext., 207

Vickie Harwood: Library Administrative Assistant
423-267-8506, ext. 244

Susan Simpkins: Circulation Manager
423-267-8506, ext. 244/604

Hedges Library

A recent $1.5 million renovation of the Hedges Library transformed the space into an area that students and faculty love to visit -- further enhancing what has always been a vital part of the school community. 

The open stacks and seating beckon visitors who step across the stone floor of the main entrance and walk through double glass doors. Windows once blocked by bookshelves or shades are now visible, and there are new large windows in place of wall space. All of the wonderful aspects of the space, such as the soft seating, the computer tables, are designed to draw students in — to make them feel comfortable and to strengthen their connection with the library.

The Collection

The library collection and the services offered by the library staff support the work done in the classroom, enhance the concepts being taught, and expand the academic possibilities through the use of printed materials and on-line resources. 

Destiny Network

Hedges Library has a vast array of resources in our collection. You can search our entire catalog using our Destiny network. Click here to access

Hedges Library Information Gateway Click here to access 

Middle School Library
Click here to access Library resources for the Middle School

Policies & Additional Resources

Circulation Policies

Loan limits
  • Students in grades 6, 7, and 8 can check out a maximum of two items at any one time.
  • Students in grades 9 through 12 can check out a maximum of five items at any one time.

Students that have reached this limit must return one of the items they have checked out before being able to check out another book or tape.

Loan Period
Students may borrow Library materials for 14 days. Faculty and staff loans are due at the end of each term. Items not recalled may be renewed in person or by email for 14 days.

Items may be recalled by email notice from any borrower after 14 days on loan.

Returns and Overdue Notices
Borrowers are responsible for timely return of Library materials. Overdue notices are sent by email. The fine for an overdue item is ten cents ($0.10) per day.

Lost Books
30 days after the date due of an item not renewed or returned, a bill is sent to the Business Office covering the replacement cost, $10 processing fee, and overdue fine. If the item is returned before the replacement copy has been ordered, the charge is reduced by the replacement cost; processing fee and overdue fine remain.

For questions about the circulation of materials, overdue notices and bills, email:
Susan Simpkins, Circulation Manager, or call her at 267-8505, extension 244
Vickie Harwood, Library Administrative Assistant, or call her at 267-8505, extension 242

Online Resources

Welcome to Hedges Library Online Resources and Databases page. Please use the links below to access resources and databases provided by Baylor’s Hedges Library. These subscription databases include reliable information that has already been published in reference sources and periodicals (journals, magazines, and newspapers). The resources can be accessed easily via the links below.

You can also access remotely from any Internet connection using a current First Class Client User ID and Password. Click here for remote access.

Destiny Network
Hedges Library has a vast array of resources in our collection. You can search our entire catalog using our Destiny network. Click here to access

America the Beautiful
This online database for state research reports is precise and easy to use, with options that allow for both narrowly focused and comprehensive searches. Over 1,400 colorful, easy-to-read, highly interactive articles with over 2,300 of the most useful Web links—complete with summaries—in just one click.

CQ Researcher
CQ Researcher explores a single "hot" issue in the news in depth each week. Topics range from social and teen issues to environment, health, education and science and technology. Available also in print in the bound periodical collection.

Encyclopedia Americana
A standard in school, academic, and public libraries, the Encyclopedia Americana is easy to search online. This database helps middle- to upper-grade students find a wealth of information to assist with homework and research projects.

Encyclopædia Britannica Online School Edition
Encyclopædia Britannica Online School Edition provides access to three databases:
1. Encyclopædia Britannica for high school students and up
2. Comptons by Britannica for middle school students and up
3. Britannica Elementary for elementary students and up.

You can search the chosen encyclopedia as well as magazines, Web sites, and videos. You can also explore Learning Materials, a dictionary and thesaurus, atlases, timelines, and other features -- all at the appropriate grade level.

Facts On File World News Digest
Facts On File World News Digest @ presents the full text of Facts on File World Digest since 1940, plus a live newsfeed from Reuters and thousands of in-depth features, images, charts, and primary documents. Facts On File World News Digest @ connects all the relevant material in the database, using more than half a million internal hyperlinks. Thousands of additional hyperlinks connect researchers to relevant information from the three other databases @ Issues & Controversies; Today’s Science, and the World Almanac Reference Database, including the World Almanac Encyclopedia.

Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia
Quick Reference with Rich Media and News -- Reduce search time across a wide variety of media with the Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia -- the powerful database that contains both resources for students and activities for teachers and librarians to use with their students.

JSTOR offers a high-quality, interdisciplinary archive to support scholarship and teaching. It includes archives of over one thousand leading academic journals across the humanities, social sciences, and sciences, as well as select monographs and other materials valuable for academic work. The entire corpus is full-text searchable, offers search term highlighting, includes high-quality images, and is interlinked by millions of citations and references.The archive is unique in terms of scale, content, and the significant use it receives. It is recognized specifically for offering a unique, interlinked aggregation of scholarly works; facilitating interdisciplinary and historical research; exemplary standards of digitization and completeness, functionality that support academic use; highly reliable access; and long-term preservation.

Lands and People
Encyclopedia of Countries, Cultures, and Current Events -- All of the 400 articles on continents and countries of the world have their own web links, article links, photographs, maps, flags, bibliographic references, ancillary stories, facts and figures.

Literary Reference Center
Literary Reference Center is a full text database that combines information from major reference works, books, literary journals as well as original content from EBSCO Publishing. This resource includes more than 10,000 plot summaries, synopses, and work overviews; 75,000 articles of terary criticism; 130,000 author biographies; full text of more than 300 ary journals; 500,000 book reviews; 25,000 classic and contemporary poems; over 11,000 classic and contemporary short stories; full text of more than 7,500 classic novels (anticipated by Fall 2006); over 3,000 author interviews; and over 1,000 images of literary figures. The database contains the Bloom Series of more than 500 books and all of MagillOnLiterature Plus from Salem Press, including the Masterplots series. It also includes other major reference works as well as the contents of over 275 major literary journals.

New Book of Knowledge
Reference and Current Events -- Easy to search and easy to use, The New Book of Knowledge online is the cool site with serious information for young students who are learning to use online resources for research.

Nueva enciclopedia Cumbre en linea
This is the only Spanish-language encyclopedia built from the ground up with a Latin-American perspective—perfect for both Spanish speakers and Spanish-language students.

New Book of Popular Science
WEB based on the six-volume print edition, the online version offers a variety of science and technology material including NewsBytes; SciClopedia; Celestial Maps in the SkyWatch section; Teachers' Guides; SciZone, with mind benders and word search; and SciFile, with conversion factors, mathematical formulas, etc.

ProQuest Direct
ProQuest Direct includes both the Platinum collection which provides uncompromising coverage from more than 2,000 newspapers, magazines, journals, and reference works and the ProQuest Professional Education which provides access to a comprehensive reference collection for K-12 professional development and continuing education of more than 500 titles. Many titles are updated daily and contain full-text articles from 1986 forward including the New York Times full-text from 1995 to the present.

ProQuest History Study Center
History Study Center provides current and backfile journal articles, rare books, newspaper articles, video clips, parliamentary papers, criminal trial records, radio and television news, maps, images, student guides and a bookshelf of respected reference titles. In addition, the history Web Gateway provides links to thousands of reliable and informative Web sites.
History Study Center provides over 40,000 documents and articles organized under 515 widely-studied topics, with over 50 reference works, 3,000 images and links to 2,000 Web sites.

ProQuest Historical Newspapers
ProQuest Historical Newspapers delivers the complete run of The New York Times. It offers an unparalleled online resource for the study of historical events, social and consumer history, economics, literature, technology, and more. Every issue is reproduced in cover-to-cover full-page image from news stories and editorials to graphics and advertisements. Our title coverage spans from 1851 to 2001. Students can search using keyword, Boolean, or natural language queries as well as limit searches by date, author, article type, and more.

ProQuest Learning: Literature
ProQuest Learning: Literature contains an unparalleled collection of resources including 3,000+ author biographies; 40 searchable full-text literature journals; full-text literary works; and other key criticism and reference sources. The site offers over 3,000 author pages giving access to biographies, original works, book reviews and criticism, and contextual multimedia to enhance the study of a particular text. Poetry resources include over 185,000 full-text poems, as well as The Poets on Screen collection, which offers contemporary poets giving readings of their favorite works. Drama students will find theater reviews, images from productions, and images and video for historical background.

SIRS Interactive Citizenship
SIRS Interactive Citizenship combines enduring educational concepts with the latest advances in technology to create three living interactive books.

Tennessee Electronic Library
TELnet provides free online access to selected Gale electronic databases for all libraries serving the citizens of the state of Tennessee. Gale provides access to magazines, newspaper, and reference sources through the following Gale Group databases: Gale Virtual Reference Library, InfoTrac OneFile, Health and Wellness Resource Center, General reference Center Gold, Expanded Academic ASAP, Informe (Spanish language resource), General Business File ASAP, What Do I Read Next?, National Newspaper Index, Junior Edition, Junior Edition - K12, Student Edition - K12, Computer Database, Military & Intelligence Database, Religion & Philosophy Database, Professional Collection, General Business File International, and most recently, the Literature Resource Center.