Academic Department Liaisons
Faculty and students are encouraged to contact department liaisons with questions and to send them requests for library purchases.
Contact: Josh Hickman
Archives and Special Collections
The College Archives houses materials relating to the College's history, including official publications, photographs, historical records, and memorabilia. Any interested students and researchers are encouraged to visit the Archives.
Hours during the academic term:
Monday, Wednesday 8:30am - 6pm
Tuesday, Thursday 8:30am - 5pm, 7pm - 10:30pm
Friday 8:30am - 5pm
If you're not sure where to begin, or whom to ask - stop by, email, or call the Reference Desk for help! Reference staff is available to answer questions about the Library collection and services, and to give help to researchers.
Any questions are appropriate, from finding call numbers to identifying articles on a specialized topic to using microfilm. Personal assistance is available at the Library, by appointment, or drop-in most open hours.
GChat: 'Ask A Librarian'
The circulation staff checks out library materials, including headphones, microphones, USB flash drives, reserve materials, and hold requests. If you can't find something, the circulation desk staff can help.
Loan periods for students
|Reserves||3 hours||Not renewable|
|Audio CD||14 days||Renewable|
|A/V and computer equipment||3 hours||Renewable|
|Interlibrary Loan||varies||Contact ILL department|
Class Instruction and Tours
Librarians present research strategies and sources aimed at specific courses and assignments. To arrange an instruction session, call the Reference Desk at 363-2544, contact a department liaison, or complete a request form.
Library computers are available for users with a current Beloit College ID. Use your Beloit College email account username and password to log in.
Limited guest access to computers is available. Ask at the circulation desk for more information.
The government documents collection at Beloit includes:
- historic runs of Congressional documents
- foreign relations materials
- census statistics
- a variety of government information.
As a selective depository, the Library currently receives about one quarter of the available U.S. government publications.
Contact: Chris Nelson
Interlibrary Loan (ILL)
The interlibrary loan service obtains for students, faculty and staff, materials that are not in Beloit's collection. The service supports the teaching and learning goals of Beloit College and is free to College users. However, each request costs the College approximately $10.00.
The best way to submit book requests is via BELCAT. Find the item you need, click on Request Item through Interlibrary Loan, fill in the information about yourself, and submit. Tip: In the results list, you may want to change "Sort By" to Relevance Only. There is also a book request form and an article request form.
Class requirements/textbooks are not eligible for ILL.
For materials available at Beloit Public Library, current Beloit College students, local faculty, and staff may borrow directly with them. To apply for a borrower's card, students should take their college IDs and state ID or license.
Note: Obtaining DVDs, videos, and CDs via ILL is often difficult. Because our priority is to supply materials to support College classes, we ask that students use alternative sources to obtain items not relevant to their courses of study.
Allow about 10 to 15 days for receipt.
Contact: Cindy Cooley
IT Support in the Library
Location: next to the Reference Desk
Hours: Sunday through Thursday 2pm-1am
Off-Campus Access to Databases
When Beloit College students, faculty, and staff attempt to access a college resource from off-campus, you will be taken to an authentication screen. Simply enter your Beloit username and password to log in.
See the EZproxy FAQ for more information.
The Library receives over 1500 periodical subscriptions both in print and online, including scholarly journals, news magazines, and newspapers. Back files are maintained in paper, electronic form, or microfilm.
Contact: Josh Hickman
Locations: main and lower levels
- $.05/page single-sided copies
- $.10/page double-sided copies
Reusable copy cards are available at the circulation desk. Your first card is free, and subsequent cards are $1. Add money to cards at the circ desk.
Search for reserve material here or from BELCAT (go to the Search menu in the upper left and select Course Reserves). Reserve readings for courses are available for 3 hours in the library, or overnight.
Tips for faculty putting items on reserve are on the Academic Reserves page.
Contact: Deb Lynch