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Library FAQ

What are the Library's hours?
The Library is open over 100 hours per week. Library hours are affected by Holidays and Term Breaks. See our Website for details. Hours during regular session are as follows:

  • Monday - Thursday 8 a.m. to 2 a.m.
  • Friday - 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Saturday - 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Sunday - 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.

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How do I arrange for special instruction in using the Library?
Reference Librarians Mandee Williams and John Henderson provide hands-on library workshops in the Library digital classroom that introduce students to basic or advanced research strategies. Workshop topics and resources presented are tailored to the assignment and level of the students in the class. Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Using the library catalog
  • Using subscription databases to find periodical articles
  • Evaluating information
  • Effective web searching
  • Advanced research techniques

To schedule a workshop, contact Mandee Williams (Ext. 6048) or John Henderson (Ext 3032).

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How do I request materials through Interlibrary Loan?
Interlibrary loan requests can be submitted using paper forms, which are available in the Library's brochure racks, or by filling out online forms at the Library's Web site (www.washjeff.edu/library/). If your journal article requests cannot be filled via interlibrary loan, the Library will purchase the article through an alternative document delivery service.

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Can I check out materials from the University of Pittsburgh's Hillman Library?
Yes! To do this, you must first come to the U. Grant Miller library and fill out a form. These forms are available at the circulation desk. Present the authorization form along with your faculty ID the first time you visit the Hillman Library. Their staff will then issue you a card that allows borrowing privileges. The U. Grant Miller Library will return items to Hillman Library for you.

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What resources does the Library offer?
Books & Videos
The Library supports an open collection of 210,000 volumes including Circulating, Reference, Periodicals, eBooks, and Children's materials. Books circulate to faculty for one year. Videos (VHS and DVD) circulate for three days. eBooks are an integral part of our GeoTom catalog and can be accessed online 24 hours/day. No checkout is necessary.

CD-ROMs and LPs
The Library's music collection includes over 4,000 LP records, listening stations, and about 300 CDs. The collection covers a wide variety of styles including blues, classical, and jazz. All of the CDs and LPs are available for checkout.

Journals
The Library subscribes to about 500 periodical titles in paper format. Current issues and bound periodicals are housed on the main floor. This collection is supplemented by over 17,000 eJournals online, 9,500 of which are full text and integrated into our GeoTom catalog. These eJournals can be accessed either through Central Search or their their native interfaces, such as EBSCOhost, Lexis-Nexis, PsychArticle, JSTOR, and others.

The Walker Room
The Walker Room on the lower level of the Library is a recreation of John Walker's private library as it existed in his Western Avenue mansion in Pittsburgh. The Walker Room contains a rich collection of books, bookcases, pictures, furniture, chandeliers, and exquisite stained-glass lamps. John Walker was a Pittsburgh industrialist who amassed a fortune in the steel and iron industry. When he died in 1932, he left the bulk of his estate to his family who in turn offered the whole library and furnishings to Washington & Jefferson College.

Rare Books, Manuscripts, and Archives
The U. Grant Miller Library also houses rare books, manuscripts, and archival materials. These include materials in the Archives & Special Collections Library related to eighteenth- and nineteenth-century U.S. history with emphasis on Southwestern Pennsylvania and primary source materials in the areas of the Underground Railroad and the Whiskey Rebellion.

Digital Archives
The U. Grant Miller Library Digital Archives Project is a multimedia exhibition of materials from the Archives & Special Collections Library at Washington & Jefferson College. This site offers students, faculty, and historians interested in Washington & Jefferson College history an inside look at the rich collections held in the Library's historic archives. You can access this service from the Library's Website, or by connecting directly to http://washjeff.cdm.oclc.org/.

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Can faculty ask the Library to purchase materials?
Yes. Requests for the purchase of Library materials should be sent to the Acquisitions Department. You can submit your requests in person or through campus mail. For more information call Ext. 6104 and speak to Cheri Duball.

Submit your requests on either order cards or choice cards. Order cards are available at the circulation desk in the Library. Choice cards are book review cards that are distributed by the Library to each department chair. To make a request using choice review cards, print your last name across the top of the choice card and return the card(s) to the Library. Whether you use choice cards or order cards, you will be notified when your materials have been processed.

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Can faculty ask the Library to start subscriptions to new journals?
Journal requests should be sent to the Director of Library Services via your department chair.

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How do I place materials on reserve?
Forms for placing items on reserve are kept at the Library's circulation desk. Items placed on reserve will be available to students within 24 hours. The Library supports two-hour, one-day, and three-day reserves. At the end of each semester, any personal items on reserve will be returned along with a report on the circulation activity of your reserves.

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Are there photocopying services in the Library?
The Library has one photocopier and two microfilm reader/printers. You can charge photocopying to your department by requesting to do so at the circulation desk.

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What audio-visual equipment is available for checkout?
The following hardware is available for checkout:

  • Digital still cameras with tripods
  • 16mm projector
  • Slide projector
  • Overhead projector
  • Screens
  • Videocassette player (no monitor)
  • Record player
  • Audio cassette player

The equipment may be reserved at the circulation desk. The borrower is responsible for pick-up and return of these items.

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Can VHS and DVD videos be viewed in the Library?
Yes. There are two VCR/DVD systems on the main floor for use in the library that support foreign and American formats.

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Are there listening stations for LPs and CDs in the Library?
Yes. There are two music listening stations on the lower level of the Library that support LP records and CD-ROMs.

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How do faculty submit requests for film rentals?
Requests should be directed to Cheri Duball in the Acquisitions Department (Ext. 6104). Requests should be submitted at least a month in advance to better insure their availability.

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