The Reference Collection contains fact books, atlases, encyclopedias, dictionaries, almanacs, and bibliographies, as well as general and specific information tools. MSFRIC policy restricts circulation of reference materials to use in-house.
The Reference Desk is staffed by librarians to answer your questions and provide information about Air University, the Air Force, MSFRIC collections, the on-line catalog (*.mil only), resources and services. The Reference Desk is staffed during all hours of operation and is located near the main entrance on the first floor.
You may want to ask reference questions or verify facts. For more information, call the Reference Desk at 334-953-2888 or e-mail us. We'll be happy to assist you.
For quick, factual questions, the library offers electronic reference services. Air University students, staff members, or faculty members receive first priority on questions received. Your request will be sent to an e-mail box that will be checked twice daily, Monday through Friday. Answers to questions will be provided as time permits. To submit an electronic reference question, simply e-mail us!
A scanning station can be found in the reference area.
Individual study and/or small group collaboration Rooms 106A-D and A221-A222, A225-A226 are available on a "first come-first served" basis. There are also several study rooms upstairs in the new annex, which are available on a "first come-first served" basis. Group Study Room A223 can be reserved at the main Reference Desk for up to two hours.
The Auditorium (Room 170) seats up to 90 people and AV projection equipment is available in the Auditorium. Reservations may be made by phoning the Chief of Administration's Office, (334-953-2800).
Access to wireless commercial internet services is provided throughout MSFRIC to Air University students, faculty and staff. The service is identified as AUCIS. Username and password are required for MSFRIC center desktops, personal devices and school issued laptops. Students and faculty will be notified of password changes through normal A3/6 communications. MSFRIC has six wireless workstations for commercial use of the internet.
The Cartographic Information Section of MSFRIC is responsible for all cartographic information support for Air University. This section enhances the educational function of Air University by providing maps and charts to students, faculty, and staff in residence at Maxwell/Gunter. Map support is also provided to AFJROTC and AFROTC detachments throughout the United States as coordinated through HQ AFROTC. The map room is staffed from 1-3pm on Monday-Friday. For more information about the Map Room or to request a map, click here.
Information presented on the Muir S. Fairchild Research Information Center Web Site is considered public information and may be distributed or copied. Use of appropriate byline/photo/image credits is requested.
Information concerning visitors, use of this site is collected for analytical and statistical purposes, such as assessing what information is of most and least interest, determining technical design specifications, and identifying system performance or problem areas.
For site security purposes and to ensure that this service remains available to all users, this government computer system employs software programs to monitor network traffic to identify unauthorized attempts to upload or change information, or otherwise cause damage.
Raw data logs will only be used to identify individual users and their usage habits for authorized law enforcement investigations or national security purposes. These logs are scheduled for regular destruction in accordance with National Archives and Records Administration Guidelines
Unauthorized attempts to deny service, upload information, change information, or to attempt to access a non-public site from this service are strictly prohibited and may be punishable under Title 18 of the U.S. Code to include the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1986 and the National Information Infrastructure Protection Act.
If you have any questions or comments about the information presented here, please forward them to us using the Muir S. Fairchild Research Information Center Web Site Comment Form
The Presence of Commercial/External Links
The appearance of hyperlinks does not constitute endorsement by the United States Air Force, Muir S. Fairchild Research Information Center, or the Department of Defense of this Web site, or the information, products or services contained therein. For other than authorized activities such as military exchanges and Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) sites, the United States Air Force does not exercise any editorial control over the information you may find at these locations. Such links are provide consistent with the stated purpose of the Web site.
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RESPONSIBILITY FOR LOST/DAMAGED MATERIALS
LOAN OF MATERIALS
Consult MSFRIC's Chief of Administration Security on all matters related to classified center materials.Proper identification is required each time a patron wishes to use a classified document. Upon signing for such materials, the borrower assumes responsibility for their protection under AFI 31-401. Patrons may use the East Wing Document Reading Room to review classified documents. Classified documents must be returned in person to the Document Loan Desk. Wait for their discharge by the assistant to insure that your responsibility is cleared.
New Air Force Policy Directives and Instructions and a current and historical collection of Air Force regulations, manuals, and pamphlets are located in the new Annex.
Closing the building is a complex security procedure begun fifteen minutes in advance of actual closing time. Flashing lights at 20 minutes before the hour signal the beginning of the closing process. Patrons should charge out any materials they wish to take with them at this time.