Cumberland University

Library Mission and Policies

The mission of the Doris and Harry Vise Library is to provide quality resources and services that support the teaching and research mission of the University and contribute to the development of critical thinking and lifelong learning. The library enables the direct and remote retrieval of information in a variety of formats and collaborates in shared resource agreements to broaden the availability of materials to its users. The library is the gateway to exploring the world's knowledge and is dedicated to providing reference services and instructional programs that assist students and faculty in successfully locating and critically evaluating information. The library is responsive to the needs of its users in providing effective technology and facilities that enhance the pursuit of scholarly endeavors in a comfortable and intellectually stimulating environment. The library's collection development policies reflect the principles of intellectual freedom and academic integrity. The library supports enrichment programs that seek to promote and preserve the cultural heritage of the university community. The library continually evolves by responding to the changing needs of the university it serves by supporting staff development and engaging in activities that enhance the quality of the resources and services we provide.



Group Visits 

The Library’s primary mission is to serve the students and faculty of Cumberland University.  Community groups, including school classes, are welcome to visit the Library but should contact the Library Director at least one week in advance to discuss the purpose of the visit and to schedule an appropriate time.  Group visits are not allowed during final exams. Visitors are expected to respect the rules of the Library and to maintain a quiet atmosphere conducive to study and research.

Usage Policy 

Only currently enrolled Cumberland University students and Cumberland faculty and staff may check material out of the library. Students may borrow books for three weeks and DVDs and videocassettes for three days. Faculty and staff may borrow books for four weeks and DVDs and videocassettes for one week. The following materials are for library use only: Periodicals (magazines, journals and newspapers), Reference books, Reserve items, CDs, Microfilm and materials in the Tennessee Room. Please note that users assume full responsibility for all borrowed items. Community members and other visitors do not have check-out privileges but may use the library's collection in-house during regular hours. Students and faculty are expected to have a Cumberland University ID which will serve as the library card for the user. ID cards are required in order to check out materials or use course reserves.

Late fees and Lost Book Replacement

Late fees are 10 cents per day per item, with the exception of videocassettes, DVDs and reserve items, which are one dollar per day per item. Patrons will not be able to check out new materials until overdue items are returned. A replacement cost equal to the cost of the materials, if available, or the average price of materials in the respective discipline will be charged for lost materials. In addition, a $10 fee will be added to each item to cover the cost of purchasing, cataloging, labeling, and other processing tasks to make the replacement copy shelf-ready. Failure to return/renew library material on time can result in restriction of library privileges and holding of grades at the end of the semester. 

Computer Use Policy

Patrons are expected to abide by all university computing policies posted at the library's computer workstations. Failure to do so can result in suspension of computer privileges. The primary purpose of the library computers is to provide students with access to the library's databases. Therefore, students doing research take precedence over students using the Internet for entertainment.


There are two photocopiers/printers in the library copier room. Students are given 500 free copies per semester, after which each copy deducts 10¢ from your student account. The copier machines do not accept coins. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask at the reference desk.

Cell Phones

Please set your cell phones and other communication devices to vibrate or silent. You may take or place calls in any available room near you. Please do not have phone conversations anywhere out on the main floor.


Please use headphones when you will be using the computers to play audio files. We have sets you may borrow at the front desk by presenting your CU student ID.

Food, Drink and Tobacco

It is fine to bring a drink in a closed container or a small snack into the library as long as you dispose of your trash and clean up afterward. Full meals, take-out orders, pizza delivery, etc. are not allowed. Tobacco in ANY form is not permitted.