The Library subscribes to over 90,000 periodical titles, which include scholarly journals, newspapers, and magazines.  Periodicals are available primarily via electronic access, although the Library maintains a robust print periodical collection on the 1st floor and a microtext periodical collection on the 2nd floor.  Search for periodical titles using the Journal Locator.  Exact holdings and location information are included in the catalog record for each title.

Periodicals Area, First Floor

Print periodicals are located on the first floor of the library, at the south end of the building. If you require assistance locating a periodical or using the collection, please ask a librarian.

All periodical titles are filed alphabetically by title in the Periodicals area.  Current issues and older bound issues are shelved together. 

Library pictureAll periodical titles are filed alphabetically by title in the Periodicals area.  Current issues and older bound issues are shelved together. 
Walker Library provides full text access to local, state, national, and international newspapers through Library Press Display.  The Library also maintains subscriptions to local newspapers.  Current newspapers are available in the Lounge Area near Periodicals, 1st floor. 

Microtext Area, Second Floor

Periodicals held in microfilm format are located in the Microtext area on the west side of the second floor. Titles are arranged by microfilm reel number. Exact holdings and reel numbers are included in the Library catalog records. Staff at the Microtext Service Desk can assist in finding and using materials.

Electronic Journals

The library is continually increasing its access to periodicals in electronic form by subscribing to online access for individual titles or purchasing full-text databases that offer a collection of titles. Individual titles may be found by using the library’s catalog. Titles that are included in full-text databases are located by using the Journal Locator to locate online access by title or subject. However, not every title available through our full-text databases is searchable through the Journal Locator. To be certain that you are aware of all online access in a subject area of interest, please view the relevant research page on the Research Guides page.

Borrowing Periodicals

Print journals housed in the Periodicals area are available only for very limited circulation.  Faculty and graduate students may borrow bound volumes for up to one week with the permission of a reference librarian.  Faculty may borrow current issues for one day.


For questions about currently subscribed titles, contact Beverly Geckle at 615-904-8519 or

For new title requests, please use the online request form.

For questions about items at the bindery or missing issues contact Toni Butler-Click at 615-904-8513 or

For questions about print periodicals located on the 1st Floor in Walker Library, contact Gale McLean at 615-898-2819 or