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Can Loras alumni use the Library's subscription databases?

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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 guide.

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I'm looking for the Writing Center. Where is it, and how do I make an appointment?

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The Writing Center is located on the 1st Floor of the Library/Academic Resource  Center, in the southeast corner of the building. Click here to make an appointment with them.

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How do I get a book or an article that Loras does not own?

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If another local library has materials you need, it is possible for you to go directly to that library and save yourself the Interlibrary Loan processing time.

Loras College Library shares borrowing privileges with other colleges and universities in the Dubuque area, including the University of Dubuque, Clarke University, Northeast Iowa Community College, and Wartburg Seminary.

Loras College Library participates in the Open Access program through the State Library of Iowa. This allows our patrons to visit other participating libraries and borrow their materials, including the Carnegie Stout Public Library.

If the item is not available through one of these options, you can request it through Interlibrary Loan. Start the process.

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Are food and/or drinks allowed in the Library?

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Food and drink are both allowed in the Library

However, everyone is asked to be careful and to clean up after themselves because crumbs and spills can not only damage library materials directly, but indirectly, by attracting insects.

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Is there a typewriter in the Library for patron use?

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Can magazines, journals, or newspapers be checked out?

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No, they can only be used in the Library.

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

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Anyone who has an Iowa public library card and a picture ID may check out books and other items from the library, however, anyone is welcome to use our public computers or any public area in the library.

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Is there a telephone in the Library for patron use?

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There is a courtesy phone outside the elevator on each floor.

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How many books can I have checked out at once?

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Students, alumni, and the general public can have 40 books checked out at one time. Faculty can have 100 books checked out at once. 

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Do I need my Loras ID to check something out?

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Yes, your barcode ID (number on the back of your ID) is used to check out books to you. Please bring it when you come to the library.

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Does the library have free WIFI?

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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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Where can I find the Bible, or different translations of the Bible, in the stacks?

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Bibles (in various translation), and book about the Bible, can be found in the 220s, on the first floor of the library.

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

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"JSTOR" is a database archive of scholarly journal articles and primary source materials on a wide variety of disciplines. For details, go to the library's tutorial on JSTOR.

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How do I find DVDs and videos?

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DVDs and VHS tapes are shelved on the second floor, to the right classroom 202. They are separated into three collections, The Wilkie Classic Film DVDs, entertainment DVDs, and eMedia  (educational DVDs and VHS tapes).

To search for a specific title, click the Video tab on the Loras College Library’s homepage.

 

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How do I renew my books?

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You can renew material by bringing it to the Check Out desk, or by going online.

1.            Go to the Library’s home page (http://library.loras.edu/home)

2.            In the Navigation Bar go to “My Personal Library" and click on the "My Library Account" link.

3.            Enter your Network login and password

4.            There you will see your Account Overview

5.            Click on the renew button after the item you wish to renew

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Where can I take a paper to be critiqued before I turn it in?

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The Writing Center, located in Headwaters, can help with all aspects of the writing process. For more information, or to make an appointment, go to the Writing Center homepage.

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How do I access the Library catalog and electronic resources from off-campus?

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The Library catalog is freely available from off-campus; all other Library databases require authentication before reaching the resource. Simply enter the user name and password you use when signing into your computer when asked to login. Check the guide to Accessing Databases from Off-Campus for more information.

 

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What is the Special Collections and Rare Book Room?

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The Special Collections and Rare Book Room is located on the third floor of the Library. Items located in this collection include those which are very old, difficult or impossible to replace, limited and first editions, signed copies, unique manuscript materials, books by Dubuque authors, and Loras faculty publications. The Special Collections and Rare Book Room also includes folios by Shakespeare and incunabula (books published before 1501).

Most of the items in this room are in the online catalog.The room is open on Tuesdays from 1:30-3:30 p.m. during the school year, and at other times 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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Does the Library charge overdue fines?

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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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Does the Library have a local history and genealogy collection?

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The Center for Dubuque History, located on first floor, maintains the largest collection of local history resources in the tri-state region, featuring a large photograph collection, maps, art work, local business and organizational records, letters, manuscripts, diaries, post cards, oral histories, government records, and published books related to the Dubuque area and the Upper Mississippi River lead mining region.

Also included are numerous reference materials useful to genealogical researchers including state and federal census data, plat books, old newspapers, obituary files, city directories, individual family histories, etc.

Please make an appointment in advance to use the collection. Contact: Michael Gibson, Center for Dubuque History Director (563) 588-7163 michael.gibson@loras.edu

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