The DeWitt Wallace Library provides a great breadth of collections and materials, stellar services to help you with your research and questions, and a variety of library spaces for academic work. For more detailed updates visit the library COVID FAQ.

Library Help and Research Questions

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Virtual Research Consultations

Librarians are here to help you remotely. Schedule a Virtual Research Consultation for help with remote library research, organization, citations, and more!

Electronic Resources

Articles, books, newspapers, primary sources, data sources…are all available online.

The best place to start is the Research Guide by Subject Area for your course. These guides will help point you to the best online resources. Connect to Library Resources for more information about library resources in electronic format.

If you have questions or problems with remote access, use this troubleshooting page to help you, or Ask Us email form.

Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary loan (ILL) can be used for articles and book chapters, no matter where you are located.

If you are able to pick up at the library, you can submit an ILL request  for physical items (books, DVDs, and CDs) from other libraries. This is in addition to scanned articles and chapters. See Connect to Library Resources for more information and instructions for Contactless Pickup.

Please note that the speed of getting books, DVDs and CDs –from our library or via interlibrary loan–will be slower than than it was prior to the pandemic.  This is due to factors such as staffing limitations in other libraries for ILL, current industry practice of quarantine ILL items in transit for several days before delivery, and contactless services. We encourage everyone to consider these factors as they plan their work in a shortened 7-week module time frame. 

Course Reserves and Tech Checkout

The DeWitt Wallace Library will not be offering a physical course reserves collection (print books, DVDs, or CDs) this academic year. This includes the MCSG print textbook reserve program.

In addition, equipment and tech items have moved to the Digital Resource Center and can be checked out using TechCheckout. There will be no laptop checkout on campus this year. Students who do not have access to a laptop that meets their academic needs should reach out to Financial Aid via the Emergency Aid Program. If you have questions about the library or accessing library resources, use the library’s Ask Us! form.

Contactless Pickup

If you live on or near campus, you can make a request for contactless pickup of physical items such as books in print. Contactless Pickup of library items and interlibrary loan items will be available during the library’s regular hours. Card swipe access is only allowed for individuals that are part of the campus ongoing COVID testing, training, community agreements, periodic full and partial quarantine periods, etc. See Connect to Resources for details and instructions.

Is the book in the library, but you are far away?

  • First, double check for a “View eBook” button on the library item description in WorldCat Discovery (nearly half of our print books are currently available as ebooks).
  • No link to an ebook or streaming media? It’s not a dead-end! Send a question through Ask-Us and we will work with you to find the best option to get you the materials that you need.

What if the online version of a book does not meet my needs?

If the online version of an ETAS title (print books temporarily restricted to online-only access) does not meet your needs, there are some alternate options.

  • If you need access to a print version of the complete book and you are on or near campus, please submit an interlibrary loan Book/DVD/CD request. In the Notes field of the request form please indicate that you need access to a print version of the title.
  • If you need access to a small portion of the book (e.g. 1-2 chapters), please submit an interlibrary loan article/chapter request. In the Notes field of the request form please indicate that you need to be able to print the chapters. Due to copyright law, library staff can scan several pages or a few chapters, but not significant portions of a book. Please do not submit multiple requests for chapter scans from the same book.

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