|II. LIBRARY RESOURCES
The library contains many different kinds of items available for patron use. Currently the library has approximately 34,000 items including audio visual materials, electronic databases, monographs, anthologies, collections of scholarly essays, reference works, journals, and Midwest University theses and dissertations. These materials are available for patron use subject to the guidelines of the library outlined elsewhere in this handbook. The materials are grouped into four categories of materials according to their level of access for patrons.
A. General Circulation Materials
The bulk of the library collection is included in the general circulation. These materials include items which may be checked out of the library by patrons subject to the guidelines given elsewhere in this handbook. Most of the items in this category are books shelved in the stacks according to the Dewey Decimal System.
These items 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 library also maintains a helpful collection of reference materials including atlases, encyclopedias, 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 Director of Library Services, 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 Director of Library Services 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 library and should be able to direct patrons to additional resources online or elsewhere should those be required.
C. Reserved Materials
The 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 (if assigned) for reserved materials returned late will be significantly higher than those assigned for circulating items returned late. Failure to return reserve materials could result in the loss of library privileges.
D. Journals and Newspapers
The library maintains a collection of local newspapers and of scholarly journals, which include current research in the various emphases of the degree programs offered. 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 laws.
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 library maintains a small collection of audio-visual materials.
Requests for the use of audio-visual equipment is made through the IT department. Maintenance of this equipment is also handled by that department.
Computers are available in the library for student use as well as wireless capability so students can use their own personal computers.
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 available. Students in good standing, faculty and staff can obtain the necessary passwords by contacting the library.
G. Interlibrary Loan
Every effort will be made to secure interlibrary loans 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 Director of Library Services or one of the assistants for the proper forms. All required information must be supplied before the process of interlibrary loan can begin.