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Stay on Top of your Semester with MSL Book Loan and Tutoring

It’s the start of a new semester and now is the time to think about how you can stay on top of the semester and not fall behind. This is where Multicultural Student Life is here to help! Between the tutoring program and the book loan program, the staff in MSL is here to make sure the semester doesn’t take you by surprise.

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Let’s face it: textbooks are expensive! Luckily, Multicultural Student Life has a program to ease the financial burden of buying books. Through the Book Loan Program, students have the opportunity to borrow up to two books per semester completely free! Assistant Director of Multicultural Student Life Ronni Williams coordinates the Book Loan Program and is very passionate and excited to provide textbooks to students in need. The Book Loan Program was created to help all students subsidize the costs of purchasing books.

The Book Loan program offers a large and diverse number of textbooks and books. Textbooks from the 100 level to 400 level, with topics such as English, Sociology, Psychology, Foreign Language, Biology, Chemistry, and Math are available. Additionally, there are several study books that you can borrow to prepare you for the GRE, LSAT, and MCAT.

Here’s how to find out if the books you need are available and apply for the Book Loan Program:

Step One
Check the availability of the desired book.

  1. Go to the Library website, using the One Search option.
  2. Type “BLP” in the Course Reserves search box.
  3. All the books listed are a part of our library loan system. Go through the books to see if the ones you need are available.
  4. Some may be listed as “Available at Black Cultural Center (UT) Book Loan Program” even though they are already put on reserve for someone who has filled out an application. Therefore, you MUST fill out an application, and the ASU office will get back to you on its availability.

Step Two
If the book you desire is available, complete a Book Loan application.

  1. The Academic Support Staff will process your application and send you an e-mail regarding the status of the request within three business days.

Step Three
If your textbook is available, you will receive a notification through your UTK email address. This email will provide information on days of the weeks and times that you are able to pick up your textbook(s) from the Frieson Black Cultural Center. In order to pick up your book(s), you will need to bring your Vol Card & have confirmation that you received an email from an MSL staff member.


The staff in Multicultural Student Life are here to ensure that you succeed academically! The Academic Support Unit in MSL is committed to providing quality tutoring for a variety of undergraduate courses. We provide both individual or small group tutoring to fit your needs and hire quality tutors with the ability to combine their subject area expertise, communicate with you, and work towards creating self-motivated independent students.

Assistant director Ronni Williams shares, “Multicultural Student Life’s Academic Support Unit is a great way to invest in your academic career as you start your journey here at UT!! Our Tutorial Program and Book Loan Program are here to help you succeed academically! These resources are free and easy to access. Both aim to provide equitable resources for all UTK students throughout the duration of their time at UT and ease the financial burden.”

Our tutorial services will now be available with appointments through your MyUTK portal and Navigate. Enter MyUTK, and under “Student Success” click on Navigate. Through this software, you will be able to choose a tutor for your desired subject depending on the tutor’s availability. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Ronni Williams at