Library

The Robert Block Library

Robert Block LibraryThe Academy’s library was officially named the Dr. Robert Block Library in 2016 in recognition of the institution’s Founding Chairman of its Board of Trustees.

The library supports the mission of the Academy by ensuring that faculty members and students have access to superior academic and sports-specific learning resources and services. The Academy Library, available to students on and off campus, holds over 9,000 monographs, 650 audiovisual materials, and 3,033 microforms. The Academy is a member of the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) with access to 16,737 libraries in 170 countries, representing over 1.5 billion records. It is also a member of the Network of Alabama Academic Libraries (NAAL), which was founded to promote resource sharing among Alabama libraries.

The Academy Library also participates in 24/7 Librarian, a world-wide network of librarians that provide students access to a librarian 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Library DisplayThrough the Online Public Access Catalog (OPAC), students can access Library holdings via the Internet. In addition, the virtual Library consists of major databases: Gale, EBSCO, and ProQuest. Library resources are also accessible through the Canvas Learning Management System. Students needing assistance may contact Library staff by phone or by email at library@ussa.edu.

Students may borrow books from the Academy Library by emailing library@ussa.edu. Students will be billed postage fees. If a book is not returned, the student will be billed the full cost of the book. If payment is not made, a hold will be placed on the student’s records. The misuse of library materials by writing on pages, tearing out pages, or taking materials is strictly forbidden.

The Olympic Room

Need to talk about the Olympic RoomThe ASAMA collection includes the Olympic Room, which is located in the Academy’s Library. Many different types of Olympic memorabilia are on display there including pendants, pins, medals, sculptures, books and manuscripts dating back to the earliest days of the Modern Olympic Games.