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What Library resources or services are available to visitors?

Last Updated: May 15, 2014  |  331 Views
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Library Exterior, Parking Lot sideVisitors are allowed to enter the building and go into the public areas of the library, which includes the open study areas.  See the links at the bottom for locations, hours and parking.  Most of our hard copy collections are on open shelves that you can look at and copy without requiring any sort of identification.  The campus WiFi system (which is available in the Library) has a "guest" logon that anyone can use.

You can access our library catalog from home to see the hard copy resources we keep in the building.  If you come to electronic content that is intended for just our students and faculty, you will be blocked by a password screen from viewing the actual content. You would have to come into the Library and use the "Quick Look Up" computers to access this content.

portion of the 2nd floor map These do not require a password to start up.  You can see the locations of the “Quick Look Up” computers on our floor maps (they are represented with a letter “Q”: look at the maps for the 2nd, 3rd and 4th floors: most of them are on the 2nd  floor)  This page tells what software is available on the “Quick Look Up” computers (scroll down to find the right part).  The computers can get very busy, so you may have to wait.  You can access most of our electronic content from the “Quick Look Up” computers.  This would be ebooks, electronic journals, electronic articles and databases.  Due to licencing requirements, some of these products require login with a campus password, so visitors cannot use them, no matter how they try to access them.

You can purchase a visitors card from the second floor Circulation/Reserve desk which will allow you to check out books from the general circulating collection.  This card does not allow you to check out periodicals, DVDs, CDs, or reserve materials.  You also cannot use Document Delivery (Interlibrary Loan) or LINK+ borrowing. The visitor’s card does not give you remote password access to our electronic resources: you will have to come into the library to use the “Quick Look Up” computers for those resources.

You can pay for printing from a computer or photocopying using the cash based  Pharos system.  The library is not a good place for general purpose photocopying or any special types of printing.  The locations of the photocopiers and the PHAROS kiosks (where you insert your cash) are shown on the floor maps. None of our scanners are available for visitors.

dollar bill Things you should consider bringing with you:
  • Paper and pen or pencil for making notes (or electronic device for same).
  • USB compatible storage device (flash drive) for storing work or downloaded items; or use a cloud storage provider (cloud storage will not work for microfilm or microfiche copying).
  • $1, $5, $10 or $20 bills to pay for printing and photocopying using the Pharos printing system: nothing in the Library accepts coins, and nothing in the library gives change or refunds.
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If you need help researching a topic check with the 2nd floor Research Help Desk; for help with locating and checking out materials, or purchasing a visitors card, check with the 2nd floor Circulation/Reserve desk.

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