|Types of Resources
|A. General Circulation Materials.
The bulk of the Midwest University library collection is included
in the general circulation. These include materials which
may be checked out of the library by patrons, subject to the guidelines
that apply. Most of the items in this category
are books shelved on the stacks according to the Dewey decimal system.
Library Materials are catalogued in the online catalog database.
Library personnel are available during hours of operation to assist
patrons in locating and checking out such materials.
Patrons may retrieve these materials from the shelves,
but should not reshelve items. In addition to ensuring the proper
reshelving of general circulation materials, this practice will allow
the staff to note damaged items on a more regular basis and will
allow more accurate evaluation of the usage demands of the items
in the collection.
|B. Reference Materials.
The Midwest University library also maintains a helpful collection
of reference materials including atlases, encyclopedias (including
specialized encyclopedias such as encyclopedias of the Bible), dictionaries,
statistical and demographic studies, concordances, standard commentary
sets, periodical guides, and the like. Reference materials will not
be allowed to circulate. Faculty members may request, subject to
the approval of the head librarian, the use of certain reference
materials for a particular class period, but the materials must be
returned immediately at the close of that class session, and the
head librarian is not obligated to honor every such request.
One of the library staff will be assigned the particular
responsibility of assisting patrons with reference needs. This staff
member will be familiar with the reference materials available in
the Midwest University library and should be able to direct patrons to additional
resources online or elsewhere should those be required.
|C. Reserved Materials.
The Midwest University library maintains a group of items identified
by professors to be available to students as reserved materials.
Access to these items is limited in order to provide fair sharing
of resources by multiple patrons. These items are collected promptly
after faculty requests and are shelved in a separate location accessible
only to library personnel.
Items on reserve may be used in the library only. They
may be checked out overnight, but must be returned within the first
hour the library is open. Fines for reserved materials returned late
will be significantly higher than those assigned for circulating
items returned late.
|D. Journals and Newspapers
The Midwest University library maintains a collection of local
newspapers and of scholarly journals, which include current research
in the various emphases of the degree programs of Midwest University. Current and
recent issues of these items are shelved separately, in alphabetical
order. These items are not to be checked out of the library. Professors
who wish to use articles from these items in their classes are encouraged
to assign the material to students as reading requirements. The students
may read them in the library and may copy material subject to copyright
Students are encouraged to set aside time during their
education to read current journals in their field of interest. Occasional
time spent reading these materials will make the student aware of
current trends in the field, and will acquaint the student with significant
journals in the field.
|E. Restricted Access Materials.
The Midwest University library maintains a small collection of
audio-visual equipment and of computer hardware and software which
can be made available on a limited basis for student presentations
(on campus only) or for faculty presentations and teaching assignments.
Midwest University faculty who are making off campus presentations or
are teaching off campus can borrow audio visual or electronic equipment
subject to written approval by the Vice President of Academic Affairs.
Requests for audiovisual materials must be made in writing
at least one week ahead of the date they are needed. The patron should
sign out the equipment from the library on a form provided by the
librarian. Each request should be approved in writing by the librarian.
Requests for the use of audio and electronic equipment
will be handled on a first-come first-served basis with priority
given to faculty teaching assignments, then faculty presentations,
then student and staff needs.
The patron who requests audio or electronic equipment
is responsible for picking up the equipment and for returning it
promptly to the Midwest University library. Equipment which is used on campus must
be returned immediately after the end of the presentation or class
session. Equipment used off-campus must be returned immediately upon
the return of the faculty member to the Midwest University campus.
|F. Electronic Databases.
Midwest University will subscribe to various databases, some online
and some for library use only. Students will be made aware of these
databases through orientation sessions and various other means of
communication. Training in the use of these databases will also be
|G. Interlibrary Loan
Every effort will be made to secure interlibrary
loan for items requested by students. All copyright laws of the United
States government will be observed and obeyed. Students will be responsible
for all costs incurred with the interlibrary loan process and will
be responsible for any and all fines should any be applicable.
To apply for an interlibrary loan see the librarian or
one of the assistants for the proper forms. All required information
must be supplied before the process of interlibrary loan can begin.
For the computerization of its system, Midwest University Library
has already established an on-line database system, SPECTRUM for