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Access Services

Access Services includes Circulation, Interlibrary Loan, and Reserves. The Check Out Desk is on the 1st floor of the Library.

Borrowing Library Materials

How Do I Check Out Library Material?

Your HootLoot ID serves as your library card. Full-time faculty, adjuncts and staff may borrow library materials from any of the CSCU libraries. All library patrons must present a current, valid University identification when checking out material and agree to abide by all applicable policies.

Southern Connecticut State University library patrons who have lost their  ID can obtain a replacement by going to the Wintergreen Building, Room 109. For additional information see Hours of Operation, and information about the Card Office website.

Library Circulation Policies for CSCU (Connecticut State Colleges & Universities)

Circulation of Library Materials

  • A maximum of 50 items from the CSCU Library System (Connecticut State Colleges & Universities and the Connecticut State Library) can be checked out.
  • Books will circulate for 120 days with the option to renew twice.
  • Library books are subject to recall after 2 weeks. If another library patron places a hold on an item that's checked out, the book(s) will need to be returned with 14 days. The due date for the requested book will change to a two-week status.
  • Media (CDs, DVDs, VHS tapes) circulates for one week with the option to renew twice.
  • Report all lost or stolen cards immediately or you may be held responsible for any library materials borrowed.

How Do I Get Items from the Other CSU Libraries?

  • Requests for books from any other CSCU libraries can be done through the catalog and will be sent to Buley by campus courier. be sure to select Buley as your pick up location.
  • You also can check out library material by going directly to the library.

Non-Circulating Material

The following collections do not normally circulate:

  • Reference Collection
  • Archival Sources
  • Special Collections
  • Periodicals Collection – Both the bound and current issues
  • Microfilm/Microfiche Collections

The library has 1 scanner/printers on the first floor of the library. You can scan items and print out, e-mail or save to a drive.

Return of Library Material

Library material can be returned to the Circulation Desk or the book drop located outside of Buley Library. Material borrowed from any of the CSCU libraries may also be returned to Buley Library and will be returned through the courier service. Interlibrary Loan material should always be returned to the Circulation Desk.

INTERLIBRARY LOAN - BASIC INFORMATION

HOW DO I GET A BOOK, JOURNAL OR DISSERTATION FROM ILL?

  1. For books and media, check the SouthernSearch Library Catalog to determine if Buley or one of the other CSCU libraries own.

  2. If the item(s) are not owned by any library in  the CSCU Library System use Interlibrary Loan to request the item.

  3. GO TO: ILL REQUEST and follow the instructions.

HOW DO I GET A JOURNAL ARTICLE FROM ILL?

  1. First check the journal finder to determine if the article is available in full-text online.

  2. If you're in a database (Ex. Academic Search Premier) look to see if a PDF or HTML file is available. This indicates that the journal is full-text.

  3. If not available in full-text go to ILL to request.

HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO GET MY ILL REQUEST FILLED?

Book Requests, from Connecticut libraries, will normally be shipped within 5-10 business days. Books coming from other states may take two weeks or longer to arrive.  Check the ILLIad System to see the status of your request. All books/dissertation material will be kept at the Check Out Desk for pickup. The library will return all items after 10 business days. Please contact our library if you have any additional questions.

Journal Article Requests will be delivered electronically to your desktop and often are available within 24-48 hours.  All journal articles can be kept by you.

The Interlibrary Loan Department will process only five requests per patron per day during the busy periods.

WHO CAN USE THE ILL SERVICES?

Interlibrary Loan Services are limited to SCSU faculty, students, and staff. Other library patrons should use their public or university library to request materials.

HOW DO I GET MATERIAL FROM THE OTHER CSCU LIBRARIES?

In the catalog, use the "REQUEST IT" function to order library items.

The catalog will ask you for your Campus Network Username and Password. This is what you use to log into the campus computers or Blackboard.