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Does the library have resources especially for the course that I'm in?

49 views   |   Last updated on Jun 30, 2016    Research guides Search and Research

Perhaps. We have developed research guides for several courses. If your course is not on the list, check the subject guides for a research guide for the major.

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How do I add a printer to my laptop?

47 views   |   Last updated on Jun 30, 2016    Equipment

To add a printer in Windows 8:

  1. click on the window-pane button that is right under the screen (not on the keyboard) + the R key on the keyboard to bring up the Run command dialog box;
  2. type in \\prnt02\ and browse for the desired printer;
  3. double-click on the name of the desired printer to add this printer
  4. the newly added printer should now display in your list of available printers. if not, you may need to restart your computer.

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Does the Library charge overdue fines?

39 views   |   Last updated on Jun 30, 2016    Borrowing

No. The library will send you two overdue notices. A third notice will inform you that you will be charged with the replacement value of the item, plus a $15 processing fee. Also, usage of your card may be blocked until the matter of the overdue item has been resolved.

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How do I get a library card?

39 views   |   Last updated on Jun 30, 2016    Borrowing

Loras College Library's primary clients are students, staff, and faculty at Loras College.

We also serve Loras College alumnae and retirees; students, staff and faculty at Clarke University, Divine Word College, Emmaus Bible College, the University of Dubuque, Northeast Iowa Community College, and Wartburg Seminary; students from Highland College in Freeport, Illinois; members of the clergy of the Archdiocese of Dubuque; and Friends of the Loras College Library.

In addition, by presenting their public library card and Iowa picture identification, public library patrons may check-out most materials from the Loras College Library.

Note: Library patrons, other than the students, faculty, and staff of Loras College, will not have access to interlibrary loan services, reserve materials, or electronic databases/resources. For those services, we encourage public library patrons to check at their local public library and other patrons to check at their primary institution.

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I live just a block from Loras. May I use the Loras Library?

37 views   |   Last updated on Jun 30, 2016    Borrowing Facilities

Anyone who has an Iowa public library card and a picture ID may use the Loras Library.

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What are the rules and policies that govern borrowing material from the library?

37 views   |   Last updated on Jun 30, 2016    Basics Borrowing

This guide to "My Library Privileges" will walk you through library borrowing rules and responsibilities.

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How do I get to the Library's research guides?

34 views   |   Last updated on Jun 30, 2016    Research guides

Choose a research guide by subject, by course, or find a tutorial guide or an event guide.

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What is the Roseliep Collection?

31 views   |   Last updated on Jun 30, 2016    Collections

This collection, located on the third floor, contains the literary materials of the late Rev. Raymond Roseliep, Professor of English at Loras College who served in the Department between 1946 to 1982. A description of the collection is available here. Roseliep was an established poet who gained a reputation as a haikuist, and was the winner of the prestigious Henderson Award. He tied for first place in 1977, received an honorable mention in 1979, and won the first place award in 1982.

The Roseliep Collection contains the books from the poet's personal library, his literary correspondence, his own published books, and drafts of published and unpublished work in progress. The collection is available to researchers by appointment. Contact: Heidi Pettitt, (563) 588-7873 heidi.pettitt@loras.edu or Joyce Meldrem, (563) 588-7164 joyce.meldrem@loras.edu.

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I'm supposed to use the library database "Proquest Criminal Justice." How does it work?

31 views   |   Last updated on Jun 30, 2016    Databases

"Proquest Criminal Justice" is a comprehensive collection of U.S. and international criminal justice journals. For details, go to the library's tutorial for Proquest Criminal Justice.

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How can I verify what items I've checked out?

30 views   |   Last updated on Jun 30, 2016    Borrowing

First, go to the Loras College Library home page. Then....

  1. Go to the 'Services' column
  2. Click on the 'My Library Account' link
  3. You will be taken to the My Account tab
  4. Enter the barcode from your Loras ID card
  5. Click on the 'Login' button
  6. You'll see your Account Overview
  7. Click on either the 'Checked Out' link on the menu bar, or the 'Items Out' link on the left-hand side of the screen to see what items you have checked out
  8. Click on the red 'Logout' button when finished.

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Is there a telephone in the Library for patron use?

30 views   |   Last updated on Jun 30, 2016    Facilities

There is a courtesy phone outside the elevator on each floor. In addition, a pay phone is available on the fourth floor of the Alumni Campus Center.

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Does the Library have a color printer?

30 views   |   Last updated on Jun 30, 2016    Equipment

The Library does not have a color printer for patron use. However, patrons can use the color printer available in the Alumni Campus Center, in the lounge area next to Duhawk Market.

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Does the library have free WIFI?

28 views   |   Last updated on Jun 30, 2016    Facilities

The library has free WIFI for visitors, but when the students are using the WIFI network, it can be a bit slow to respond. When you are visiting, ask at the checkout desk for the WIFI password.

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I'm a new faculty member at Loras. How can I learn about what the library has to offer?

28 views   |   Last updated on Jun 30, 2016    Basics

Welcome! Please browse the "Library Survival Kit for Faculty." The library staff is looking forward to working with you.

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How do I return Library materials?

27 views   |   Last updated on Jun 30, 2016    Borrowing

​You may return library materials in one of two drop boxes on campus:

  • Outside the Library—Located along the sidewalk to the main entrance of the Alumni Campus Center (ARC)
  • Inside the Library--Located at the end of the Check Out Desk closest to the front door of the library (look for the slot)

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What are the Library's hours?

26 views   |   Last updated on Jun 30, 2016    Basics Hours

Find the library's hours here. If special circumstances require a change in hours, these changes will also be posted on the campus portal and on the door of the Library.

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Does the Library accept donations of books I don't need any more?

26 views   |   Last updated on Jun 30, 2016    Collections

Yes, there is a large wooden drop box on the main floor of the Library where books can be deposited. You can also call and make other arrangements for dropping off books. If we do not add the donated books to our collection, they are sold on the Better World Books web site, with proceeds benefiting the library.

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Can Loras alumni use the Library's subscription databases?

25 views   |   Last updated on Jun 30, 2016    Databases Research guides Search and Research

Yes and no.

The library's catalog is available from on and off campus.

Other library databases, such as those linking to articles and ebooks, are available in the library building only, per our licenses with the database vendors. You may visit the Loras College Library and access the databases by using our public desktop computer stations near the check-out desk.

For a description of other library services for alumni, go the the Alumni Services Info Guide.

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Does the Library have quiet study areas available to students?

24 views   |   Last updated on Jun 30, 2016    Facilities

The Library has both group and individual study rooms. Students can also use the carrels on floors one, three, and four.  A map of the quiet areas is available.

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Does the Library have copies of old Loras yearbooks and student newspapers?

24 views   |   Last updated on Jun 30, 2016    Collections

Old yearbooks (The Purgold) and student newspapers (The Lorian) are kept in the Loras College Archives on first floor. There are also copies of yearbooks and student newspapers in the main stacks.

The Purgold is located on second floor at call number 378.777P C723P. The Lorian is located in the Oversize area on first floor at call number 378.777q C723C Lo.

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