Libraries—The current Sherrod Library, containing the major learning resources that support the university’s program of teaching and research, opened in 1999. The collections include one-half million volumes, over one million microforms, over 12,000 periodical subscriptions (electronic and print), more than 350,000 federal and state documents and maps, audiovisual media, and the state depository collection of K-12 state-adopted textbooks. All of the materials in the collections can be found in the MILLENNIUM catalog, which is accessible from any Internet-connected computer. Over sixty computers (including 25 laptops) are distributed throughout this state-of-the-art, wireless building which has more than 1,800 seats. A study room open 24 hours a day is accessible with a student ID. (423) 439-5309 - http://sherrod.etsu.edu
The ETSU at Kingsport Library has a collection of over 25,000 volumes and maintains subscriptions to over 100 periodicals. (423)392-8010
The Medical Library is located in Building 4 of the Veterans Affairs Medical Center. The library has a seating capacity of 213 and houses a collection of over 96,000 books, journals, computer databases and media which support the academic, clinical, and research programs of the College of Medicine. http://com.etsu.edu/medlib (423) 439-6252
Museums—A campus history project initiated in the late 1920s created a repository that ultimately emerged as the B. Carroll Reece Memorial Museum. Its initial collections were made up of art and artifacts which had been collected and housed by the Department of Art and Design and Sherrod Library. The museum is a component of ETSU’s Center for Appalachian Studies and Services and has been accredited by the American Association of Museums since 1972.
Exhibits include annual quilt exhibitions, items from the permanent collections, contemporary art, and traveling displays. The museum is at the junction of Stout Drive and Gilbreath Circle on the East Tennessee State University campus. All events and admission are free to the public. Allow one hour minimum. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., Monday-Wednesday and Thursday, 9 a.m. until 7 p.m., closed holidays and the week of December 25. Phone: (423) 439-4392. www.etsu.edu/reece/
The George L. Carter Railroad Museum is located in 113 Campus Center Building on the ETSU campus in Johnson City. Devoted to the region’s historical ties to railroads, the museum is dedicated to the memory of George L. Carter who built the Clinchfield Railroad through 275 miles of mountainous terrain to carry coal from Eastern Kentucky. In 1909, when the state’s selection committee visited the area while searching for a site for a proposed teachers college, Carter offered his 120-acre farm and $100,000 toward the establishment of the school, which became ETSU. The Museum is open Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Phone: 423-439-3382.
The ETSU & General Shale Brick Natural History Museum & Visitor Center introduces visitors to the 5-million year old Gray Fossil Site, discovered in 2000 by TDOT highway crews. Opened to the public in August, 2007, the museum offers tours of an ongoing fossil dig, interactive exhibits, and educational programs for people of all ages. The museum also features temporary traveling exhibits that change three times a year and is open daily 8:30 am until 5 pm except for 3 major holidays: Christmas Day, New Year’s Day and Thanksgiving Day. ETSU students are granted ½ price admission with valid ID cards. For more information, visit www.grayfossilmuseum.com or call toll-free 1-866-202-6223.
Research Development Committee—The ETSU operating budget provides funds for assistance to faculty and staff members for individual research projects. These funds are administered by the Research Development Committee which evaluates applications for research grants, summer stipends, and grants-in-aid.