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Featured Collections

The JSTOR Collections

In order to promote and expand access to scholarly journal content, the Mary & John Gray Library has recently added the JSTOR Arts & Science IV Collection of online journal archives, thus adding access to an additional 109 journals, with dates of coverage ranging from 1852 to 2016, varying by journal.

The library has also acquired the digital archives for the IEEE periodicals for the following date ranges: 1884-1964, and 1995-2000.

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Films on Demand

Films on Demand - Add Video Introductions to Playlists

The Video Introduction feature for playlists allows users to add a short intro video to any playlist they create. Educators can use this new tool to provide an overview or give context for the videos in the playlist. To learn more about this and other enhancements, please see On Demand - 2016 Platform Updates.

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Lamar University Newspaper

Lamar University Press Archive Newspaper Collection

Digitized Lamar University Newspaper issues, beginning with The Redbird (1933) to The University Press (2005). 
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Federal Depository Library Program

Federal Depository Library Program

The Mary and John Gray Library is a selective depository for publications of the United States government and a full depository for publications of the State of Texas. 

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You are invited to contribute to the Friends of the Library Endowment Fund. The Friends of the Mary and John Gray Library was originally established in 1983 under the direction of Maxine Johnston, who was the Library Director at that time. Membership dues from Friends and other gifts from many alumni and friends throughout the community funded this endowment. It was created as a permanent fund to provide continuing support for the Mary and John Gray Library and to permit purchases for services otherwise not possible under normal budget allocations.

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Mary and John Gray Library

Lamar University's Mary and John Gray Library cultivates student learning, supports individual and collaborative scholarship and contributes to academic and professional achievement

Ground was broken on the library on September 17, 1973. Governor Dolph Briscoe and Congressman Jack Brooks, a Lamar graduate, were among the dignitaries present for the groundbreaking. The ceremony coincided with Lamar's Golden Anniversary Convocation, harkening back 50 years to the original establishment of South Park Junior College. The Lamar University Regents named the building after Mary and John Gray. The Chairman of the Board of Regents, Otho Plummer, declared that the regents "kept two goals in mind--that we would be expressing deserved appreciation for past services and that the name would be an inspiration for the future greatness of Lamar." The eight story structure, constructed as a visible monument for the campus, was officially dedicated on April 26, 1976.

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