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Library Services

Academic Division Liaisons Government Documents
Acquisitions Interlibrary Loan (ILL)
Archives and Special Collections IT Support
Ask Questions Off-Campus Access
Circulation Periodical Subscriptions
Class Instruction & Tours Photocopiers
Computers Reserves

Academic Department Liaisons

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


Acquisitions

To request new books, videos, CDs, and other materials for purchase, fill out a purchase request form or contact your department liaisons.

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

Contacts: Fred Burwell, archivist, or Michelle Tom, digital archivist


Ask Questions

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.

Phone: 608-363-2544
Email: libref@beloit.edu
GChat: 'Ask A Librarian'


Circulation

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.

To review and renew items you have checked out, go to the My Library Account choice in BELCAT. 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
A/V and computer equipment ?? hours Renewable
Interlibrary Loan varies Contact ILL department


Contacts: Deb Lynch, Chris Nelson


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.  


Computers

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.


Government Documents

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 4pm-midnight
Phone: 608-363-2476
Email: itsupport@beloit.edu 


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.


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.

Contact: Josh Hickman


Photocopiers

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.


Reserves

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