The library is a physical space where we hold books and periodicals, have study rooms, puzzles, games, and other things you'd hope to find in a library. However, it is also a digital space, where we keep searchable records of all those physical items, and provide online access to a large amount of digital content through databases and other resources.
Because using the library requires navigating both spaces, this Library Guide is designed to help you understand them better, and hopefully answer a few questions.
The front desk is a hub for assistance. This is where you can find our friendly librarians and student-workers, ask questions, and check out materials. Don't be afraid to approach the front desk and ask questions! We're here to help you, and the front desk makes it easy to find us!
Things you can get at the Front Desk
Of course you can check out items here! Bring your resources and student ID and we'll get you ready to go! Need a bag? We do have some, so ask if you can't carry it all yourself, or to protect books when it's raining!
Interlibrary Loans (ILL)
If you requested an ILL item and got the email that it is ready to be picked up, your item is waiting for you behind the front desk. Simply come to the desk and give us your name and Student ID.
The vast majority of our test-prep materials are behind the front desk on short-term loan. Please ask and we can get you the materials you may need. Our most popular test-prep materials are: MSAT, LSAT, GRE, and Praxis.
Instructors frequently put items on short-term checkout for classes. These items might be library books with limited copies, or even the instructor's personal copy. If your instructor has asked you to look at a course reserve item, or you found an item through the Search and Discover! box which is located at "Course Reserve", simply ask for it at the front desk. It is helpful to know the title of the material or the course name/number. Instructors can have multiple classes with reserved items, so just asking for "a book for Professor X" may take longer to find. But we'll get there either way.
The cameras are on loan from the Art Department. We manage the checkout process, but these items are not available to everyone. You must be on a course list OR have written consent from a professor in the Art Department to check them out. If you have neither, you may check one out from the ITC office. Please see the ITC tab for more information.
We do provide markers, rulers, paper cutters, hole punches and staples for in-library use. As policy we do not have paper-clips or tape available for your projects. If the stapler is empty or jammed, or the printer is out of paper, please let us know at the front desk, and we can fix that right away.
Working in the library is a great way to make some money during the semester! Ask for an application at the front desk. We are always looking forward to the NEXT semester when hiring, and rarely hiring for the current semester. So get your applications in early, and stay at the top of the stack!
Databases are collections of information which can be easily searched using keywords, dates are publisher info. These are one of the main tools of library research. For more information about databases and how to use them, click Here
Libguides, or "Library Guides" like what you're reading right now, are useful webpages of content pertaining to specific subjects, class, or even individual instructors. They contain information, links, videos, and other useful resources. For more on how to use Libguides, or to see the list of active guides, click Here
Get lost or don't remember how you got to where you are now? The banner at the top of the webpage has two embedded links. The CUNE logo on the left will take you to CUNE.edu, while the Link Library logo on the right will take you to the library home page. This is useful if you need to quickly swerve to new content or just don't want to click the "back" button a bunch. This way, home is always just one click away!