C.A. Kirkendoll Learning Resources Center (LRC)

Library Mission

The main purpose of the Learning Resources Center is to support the College’s Mission by acquiring, organizing, facilitating the use of and maintaining a well-balanced, up-to-date collection of information resources through technological and personal services that promote life-long learning.

The library supports students and faculty in their educational and instructional goals by providing on-site and off campus access to a variety resources and an environment that promotes inquiry. The Kirkendoll Learning Resources Center opened for service on February 13, 1978 and was officially dedicated on October 17, 1978.

The Learning Resources Center (LRC) is named in honor of Bishop Chester Arthur Kirkendoll, then presiding Bishop of the Fifth Episcopal District of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church (CME), and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Miles College. The Center embodies the concept of integrated support services and enrichment to the instructional program of the College by providing information resources in a variety of styles and formats.

The Kirkendoll Learning Resources Center is comprised of four levels, located on the west side of the campus in close proximity to student housing and classrooms. The First Level houses a centralized pool of educational media and instructional services for all divisions of the College. Areas included are those for television, graphics preparation, photography, video/DVD previewing, classrooms,

The Communications Department, instructional materials, staff and faculty lounge, Board Room, and a computer laboratory. The Second Level is devoted to general library services: circulation, reference, periodicals, library administrative offices, and technical services. Loan service is extended to all students, faculty and staff as well as residents of the community.

The Third Level contains the College and CME Church archives, African-American materials and stacks and study areas including nine closed carrels for individual study. The Mattie Gill Jackson African-American Materials Center in the LRC is a growing collection of books, periodicals, recordings, films/DVD’s on Black Culture. The Center is open for use of the community and visiting scholars as well as faculty, students and staff.

The Fourth Level is occupied by Freshmen Studies and Student Support Services. The collection of the LRC numbers more than 77,000 volumes, including books, e-books, bound periodicals and a growing collection of databases, multimedia materials and equipment. The facility has the capability of housing more than 100,000 volumes and seating more than 150 patrons. To facilitate effective use of the LRC, personal assistance and guidance are provided by the library staff to faculty, students, staff and patrons. The LRC HANDBOOK, available at all service desks, is available for a more detailed description of LRC services and regulations.

Kirkendoll LRC Hours of Operation:

LRC Schedule 2022

Please note that LRC hours are subject to change during Mid-Term and Finals Week. 

Contact Us:

Online Resources

Miles College Library Catalog 

Alabama Virtual Library - The Alabama Virtual Library provides all students, teachers, and citizens of the State of Alabama with online access to essential library and information resources. It is primarily a group of online databases that have magazine, journal, and newspaper articles for research.

HBCU Digital Collection - A Digital Collection Celebrating the Founding of the Historically Black College and University is a collection of primary resources from HBCU libraries and archives

Ask A Librarian - Email a librarian your questions and receive an answer.

My Account - Check your online account


General Library:

Credo Reference


EBSCO Databases:

(Log in information is not required for on-campus use.  Ask a librarian for log in information if you need to access EBSCO databases off-campus.) 

Business Abstracts with Full Text
Education Full Text
General Science Full Text
Humanities Full Text
OmniFile Full Text Mega
Readers' Guide Full Text Mega
Social Sciences Full Text


GALE Databases:

(Log in information is not required for on-campus use.  Ask a librarian for log in information if you need to access GALE databases off-campus.) 

Academic OneFile
Educator’s Reference Complete
Expand Academic Asap
GREENR (Global Reference on the Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources)
Infotrac Agriculture Collection
Infotrac Communications & Mass Media Collection
Legal Trac



Alabama Libraries
Alabama Mosaic
Encyclopedia of Alabama
Birmingham Public Library

Image Collection via MasterFILE Premier 
Oxford Scholarship Online
Info Trac General OneFile
Literature Resources from Gale


Business and Company Resource Center
Business Index
Business Source Premier
Regional Business News
Vocational and Career Collection
Professional Development Collection

Career Library

Professional Development Collection

Informe (Spanish)

Book Collection: Non-Fiction 
Britannica E-Books
Oxford Records Online

Academic Search Premier
Britannica Online Academic Edition
Ethnic News Watch
Expanded Academic ASAP
Funk and Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia
Gale Virtual Reference Library
Gale Power Search
InfoTrac General One File
Student Research Center

Alt Health Watch
Health Source: Consumer Edition
Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition
Medline Plus

Alabama Mosaic
History Reference Center
Military and Government Collection

Library, Information Sciences & Technology Abstracts


Ethnic Newswatch
Newspaper Source
Opposing Viewpoints in Context
World Data Analyst

Library Orientation Presentations

Library Orientation - Presentation

Guide to using APA Style - Presentation