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Library Services

Academic Division Liaisons Government Documents
Access to Databases from Off-Campus Interlibrary Loan
Acquisitions & Cataloging Periodical Subscriptions
Archives Reference Questions
Audio-Visual Media Research Help
Circulation Reserves
Class Instruction & Tours Special Collections
Computers Staff Directory
Director's Office  

Academic Department Liaisons

Faculty are encouraged to contact liaisons with questions and to send them requests for library purchases.

Access to Databases from Off-Campus

The proxy server enables Beloit College students, faculty, and staff to view campus-restricted pages, such as research databases, from off-campus. See the EZproxy FAQ for more information.

Acquisitions and Cataloging

Acquisitions & cataloging staff order and catalog library books, videos, CDs and other materials. To request an item for purchase, fill out a purchase request form. You may also direct questions or suggestions to Chris Nelson.


The College Archives is a collection of materials relating to the College's history, including official publications, photographs, and memorabilia. Interested students and researchers are encouraged to visit the Archives, which is open Mon. and Wed. from 8:30 to 12 and 1 to 5, Tues. and Thurs. from 8:30 to 12:30, and Fri. from 8:30 to 12 and 1 to 2:30. Inquiries may also be sent to the Archivist, Fred Burwell. For more information, see the Archives home page.

Audio-Visual Media Collection

The library's audio CDs are checked out from the main circulation desk. DVDs and videos are shelved on the main floor. Items are included in BELCAT, the library catalog. Inquiries about the availability of AV materials not held at Beloit should be directed to the reference librarian.


The circulation staff check out books and reserves. BELCAT, the library catalog, will show whether or not an item's status is "checked out". If you would like a book that is in use to be held for you when it's returned, or if you can't find a wanted item on the shelf, place a request at the circulation desk. To review and renew items you have checked out, go to the My Library Account choice in BELCAT (coming soon). Avoid overdue fines and lost replacement fees by renewing items on or before their due dates.
Loan periods for students

Books 30 days Renewable
Reserves 3 hours Not renewable
Video/DVD 5 days Renewable
Audio CD 14 days Renewable
Interlibrary Loan Loan period varies Contact ILL department about renewal options

You may direct questions about circulation services, policies and fines to Christine Nelson.

Class Instruction and Tours

Class instruction and tours are provided on request. Librarians present research strategies and sources aimed at specific courses and assignments. Please contact Christine Nelson.


The Library features three floors with computers available for users with a current Beloit College ID. Your Beloit College email account User Name and Password will serve as your network authentication User Name and Password. Please use the Log off icon on the desktop when you are finished working.
Limited guest access to computers is available. Please visit the Circulation or Reference Desk desks for a copy of our Building and Computer Use Policies.
See more information about library computers on the labs web page.

Chief Information Officer

The Director's office administers Library policies and financial resources. Inquiries may be directed to Megan Fitch, Chief Information Officer, or Pegg Stoddard, Executive Secretary.

Government Documents

The government documents collection at Beloit includes historic runs of Congressional documents, foreign relations materials, census statistics on CD-ROM, and 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, 363-2544, for more information.

Interlibrary Loan

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 $5.00.
You may submit an article request form.
A good way to submit book requests is via WorldCat Local. 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.
Class requirements/textbooks are not eligible for interlibrary loan.
For materials available at Beloit Public Library, you may borrow directly with them.  To apply for a borrower's card, Beloit College students should take their college IDs and state ID or license.
Note: Obtaining DVDs, videos, and CDs via interlibrary loan 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. Please direct questions about interlibrary loan to Cindy Cooley.

Periodical Subscriptions

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. Inquiries about periodical subscriptions may be directed to Josh Hickman, 363-2246,

Reference Questions and Research Help

Reference staff are available to answer questions about the library collection and services, and to give help to researchers. If you're not sure where to begin, or who to ask, go to reference staff for help. Any questions are appropriate, from finding call numbers to identifying articles on a specialized topic, from using microfilm to tracking down web sites. Personal assistance is available at the library most open hours. You can also contact Reference staff via phone, email, and instant messaging.


Reserve readings for courses are available for 2 hour loan at the library. Some items can go out overnight within two hours of closing time. To search for reserve items in BELCAT, click on Reserve Desk. Tips for faculty putting items on reserve are on the Academic Reserves Policies and Procedures page. Contact Deb Lynch for more information.

Special Collections

Several distinct collections are shelved in the Archives area, including the M.L. King Peace Collection, the Beloit Poetry Journal Collection, the Kull Collection of books on Woodrow Wilson, and the Rheingold Collection on F.D. Roosevelt. Books in these special collections are included in BELCAT, the library catalog. For more information, see the Archives Special Collections web page. Questions about the collections may be directed to Fred Burwell.