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Academic Department Liaisons

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


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, x2246

Archives and Special Collections

The College Archives is a collection of 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, located on the lower level of Morse Library next to the Paula Black Seminar Room.

Archivist Fred Burwell assists students, faculty and staff with discovery, access, and interpretation of these historical collections. To arrange an individual visit, classroom research instruction session, or research support for students tailored to a specific course topic, contact us.


Hours during the academic term:

  • Monday, Wednesday  8:30am - 6pm
  • Tuesday, Thursday  8:30am - 5pm, 7pm - 10:30pm
  • Friday  8:30am - 5pm

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.

Students may not know that librarians are research consultants. Faculty recommendations can help students make that connection. Please consider including this sample text, or similar information, in your syllabus or Moodle pages:

For help with research, you can stop at the Library Reference Desk, email, or call x2544 to ask questions most hours the library is open. Library staff will consult on research strategies, database selection, and finding sources for your assignments.

Beloit College Digital Collections

The Beloit College Digital Collections (BCDC) provide online access to materials from the Archives, The Logan Museum of Anthropology, and the Wright Museum of Art.

The library strives to digitize collections that are heavily used or particularly relevant to courses offered by the college in order to allow more convenient access. In addition, BCDC houses repositories of student and faculty work. Ideas for future archival, student, or faculty collections are always welcome.

Contact: Josh Hickman, x2246


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 the Library Catalog. Avoid overdue fines and lost replacement fees by renewing items on or before their due dates.

Faculty loan periods are the end of the semester for books and 30 days for DVDs.

Loan Periods for Students

Type Duration Can be renewed?
Books 30 days Renewable
Reserves 3 hours/Overnight Not renewable
Video/DVD 5 days Renewable
Audio CD 14 days Renewable
A/V equipment 3 hours Not renewable
Interlibrary Loan varies Contact ILL department


Research Class Instruction and Library 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.

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, x2544

Innovation Space

The purpose of this space is to facilitate the creation of a variety of digital media projects - podcasts, videos, and other multimedia. This space will work in concert with the Learning Studio providing a place where students can use what they learn about these tools to create new digital projects.Technology in this space includes:

  • 7 audio/video editing stations
  • A group collaboration space (LCD display with connection for a laptop or other device)
  • A ReadyAnimatorTM  stop-motion animation system
  • An audio recording booth
  • A flatbed scanner

The computers have the following software applications installed:

  • Adobe CC Design suite
  • Audacity
  • Comic Life
  • Final Cut Pro
  • iLife suite (iMovie, iPhoto, GarageBand)
  • iWorks suite (Keynote, Pages, Number)
  • Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)

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.

The best way to submit book requests is via the Library Catalog. 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 and faculty and staff living in Rock County 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 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 7 to 10 days for receipt.

Contact: Cindy Cooley, x2567

Instructional Technology

Instructional Technology (ITEC) provides expertise and leadership in the intersections of technology, teaching, and learning in support of the academic mission of Beloit College. We support faculty and staff through consulting and development opportunities. We support student academic success through facilitated learning opportunities and through collaborative relationships across campus.

Contact: Jedidiah Rex, x2456

IT Support in the Library

  • Location: next to the Reference Desk
  • Hours: Sunday through Thursday 4pm-midnight
  • Phone: 608-363-2476
  • E-mail:

Learning Studio

The Learning Studio provides a venue for instruction. Located in the library's lower level, this space will work in concert with the Innovation Space providing a place where students can learn about the tools available to create new digital projects.

  • May be reserved for library instruction sessions
  • Open to general campus users after 4:00 p.m., Sunday through Thursday
  • 12 student stations and an instructor station which is connected to a projector.

The computers have the following software applications installed:

  • Adobe CC Design suite
  • Audacity
  • Comic Life
  • Final Cut Pro
  • iLife suite (iMovie, iPhoto, GarageBand)
  • iWorks suite (Keynote, Pages, Number)
  • Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)


Moodle is the college’s learning management system administered by Instructional Technology.We have two separate instances of Moodle.

  • Moodle [for all academic courses]
  • Moodle Groups [for all administrative courses (committees, reading groups, etc.)]

If you are a student or instructor and would like information about working in your course, you may find information in the Moodle Help course.

Please see the Moodle Overview and Moodle Policy pages for more information about Moodle.

Contact: Jedidiah Rex, x2456

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. When adding a link to Moodle or syllabus please insert:

See the EZproxy FAQ for more information.

Ordering Library Materials      

Selecting content for the Library's collections is a responsibility shared by the librarians, faculty, staff, and students. In order to provide access to the materials most relevant to the curriculum as well as the teaching and learning goals of a liberal education, faculty recommendations are critical. This collaborative approach to collection management focuses the subject knowledge of faculty on the content evaluation of materials and this expertise improves the content of the collection – the community's resource.

Developing new areas of the collection may require special planning and consideration. We will make every effort to meet your needs within our budgetary and collection scope limits.

Books and audio-visual materials orders:

See Ordering New Library Materials

Journal orders:

Requests for new journal subscriptions are best accompanied by a rationale, and may initiate a librarian and faculty review of existing department or program-related subscriptions.


Josh Hickman, x2246

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, x2246


Search for reserve material here or from the Library Catalog (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, x2230