John W. Finney Memorial Library

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Mission Statement
The primary purpose of the Library is to provide access to the information, resources, and services that support the College's educational programs.


Library Item Returns

  • All library items need to be returned before 4 p.m. on Tuesday, August 3, 2021. Scroll down for Check Out and Return Instructions for Calculators, Books & Technology

Rented Books and Borrowed Technology

  • Need to return Rented Books or Borrowed Technology? The Library and the Bookstore are here to accept all your returns. Scroll down for Rented Book Returns
Lend Me Your Ears!

Can you match the quote to the audio book? Click the link below for instructions and quotes, then send your matches to Deadline for your entries is August 3 at 4 p.m.

If you like what you hear, you can download the book and listen for free anytime, anywhere, on any device. 

Complete the Contest
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Check Out & Return Instructions for Calculators, Books & Technology

Technology Check Outs
Technology Returns
Calculator & Book Check Outs
Calculator & Book Returns
Overdue Items
Rented Book Returns
Room Reservations

Study rooms and conference rooms can be reserved in Columbia upon arrival subject to availability utilizing an electronic panel outside the study rooms for 30 minute increments.

Rooms can be reserved in Franklin upon arrival, subject to availability. Advanced reservations can be requested at each location's Circulation Desk or by emailing

Room kits may be checked out in Columbia with a current Columbia State ID each kit contains HDMI cables with adapters to connect laptops to the flat screens in each room, white board markers and eraser.

Campus Library Contact and Hours

Columbia Campus Library: 931.540.2560

Library Secretary:
Sara Young

Library Director
Anne Scott 

Summer Hours

In-person: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 7:45 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.
By appointment: Monday: 7:45 a.m. - 5 p.m.
By appointment: Friday: 7:45 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Computer Lab: By appointment

Library Hours

Monday-Thursday: 8 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Williamson Campus Library: 615.790.4406
Lauren Cole: 

Summer Hours

In-person: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 7:45 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.
Friday: 7:45 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.


Lawrence Campus Library: 931.766.1449
Rory Berry: 

In-person Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 7:45 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.

Library Resources
Click to access all of Columbia State's Library Resources and LibGuides.
Check out the Library Resources and LibGuides
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Read & Return
Read & Return books are books that have been donated by faculty, staff and students. They can be loaned, borrowed, returned and exchanged without a library card. This collection includes mysteries, biographies, historical fiction, young adult novels, romance and suspense novels. To donate a book, place in book drop at the circulation desk for library staff to clean prior to placing the books on the Read & Return book shelf.

Student Resources Located in the Library

  • The mission of the TRiO/Student Support Services program is to provide underrepresented student populations with the added support mechanisms needed to meet the challenges of higher education.
  • The Tutoring and Learning Center's dedicated staff work together to ensure student success with an open lab environment providing students with free tutoring in math, writing, science and more! 

  • We are committed to ensuring that a college degree is accessible to all, including those who have responsibilities that prevent them from enrolling in day courses. We offer courses in most academic subjects Monday through Thursday evenings during the Fall and Spring Semesters!

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John W. Finney Memorial Library