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What are Special Collections ?

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Special Collections are located on the third floor of the Library. Items 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. Special Collections 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 only by appointment. Contact: Heidi Pettitt, (563) 588-7873 or Kristen Smith, (563) 588-7042

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I'm a staff member at Loras College. What can the library do for me?

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The Library is here to help you meet both your professional and personal goals. Take a look at our guide to staff services for more information. Hope to see you in the library soon!

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Where is the Loras College Library?

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The Loras Library is in the Miller Academic Resource Center (MARC), which borders Loras Blvd. The MARC is building #1 on the campus map

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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: Heidi Pettitt, 563-588-7873,

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How do I download an ebook to my laptop?

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Most of Loras Library's EBSCO eBooks can be downloaded to your computer. Here's how:

1. Click the Download (Offline) link for the eBook you would like to download.

2. Select a Checkout period from the drop-down menu and click the Checkout & Download button.

3. The eBook is added to the Checkout area of the folder, accessible from the upper-right corner of the EBSCOhost interface. If you are not logged into your My EBSCOhost folder, you are prompted to do so.

4. Select Open with or Save File from the resulting dialog box.

If you select Open with, your eBook is opened with Adobe® Digital Editions. See this guide for information about downloading Adobe Digital Editions. If you select Save file, the eBook is saved to your computer and can be opened with Adobe® Digital Editions at a later time.

5. When a downloaded eBook is opened, it is displayed in Adobe® Digital Editions.

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Where are "reference" materials? Can they be checked out?

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Reference books are dictionaries, encyclopedias, almanacs, directories, and other books that provide look-up information. The library does not maintain a separate reference collection so all these types of materials can be found in our general collection and can be checked out.

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What if I need an item that someone else has checked out?

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  1. Search for the item you want in DuSearch.
  2. Click on the title of the item.
  3. Click the Place Hold button.
  4. Log in using your network username and password.
  5. Click Submit.
  6. Click close after reviewing the confirmation screen.
  7. When the item is returned, you will receive a notification.

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

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

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

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GreenFILE offers well-researched information covering all aspects of human impact to the environment. For details, go to the library's tutorial on GreenFILE.

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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 Library Services Desk for the WIFI password.

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What and where is the PreK-12 Collection?

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The PreK-12 Collection is a collection of young adult and children's literature, mostly collected for use by the Education department, but available to be checked out by all Loras College library users.

The PreK-12 Collection is located on the 1st floor of the Miller Academic Resource Center, on the south, or the Loras Boulevard side of the building.

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How do I add a printer to my laptop?

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To add a printer in Windows 10:

 1. click on the window-pane key + the R key on the keyboard to bring up the Run command dialog box;

 2. type in \\prnt01 and hit OK, then scroll to the desired printer;

 3. right-click on the name of the desired printer and select Connect

 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 have reading or circulating copies of the textbooks used in classes?

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Generally, the Library’s collection development policy discourages the purchasing of textbooks. However, you can check the library catalog here.

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I need some information on copyright rules. Where should I go?

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To answer basic questions about copyright, the library maintains an information guide on copyright.

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What are the Library lending rules and policies?

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Lending rules vary a bit by category:

  • Most patrons can keep books, videos, educational media, curriculum library items, and government documents for 4 weeks. Faculty and staff may keep these items for 15 weeks.
  • All Wilkie Classic DVDs and entertainment DVDs, may be checked out for 1 week.
  • Loras College students working on their theses may check out books for the semester by special arrangement with the library director.
  • Unless labeled otherwise, Reserve items are checked out for a 2-hour time period. All Reserve items must be used in the Library.
  • Items that cannot be checked-out from the Library include those classified as reference, periodicals, microfilm or microfiche, or material from the Center for Dubuque History, Loras College Archives, or Special Collections.

You can find more information on our policies page:


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Can the library material I check out be renewed?

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Most library material can be renewed twice. However, items on reserve may not be renewed at all. You can find more information and on our Circulation Policies page.

To renew your items if you are a member of the Loras community, go to the Library's home page.

  • Hover over My Personal Library
  • Select My Library Account
  • Enter your network username and password (the same combination you use to log into your computer)
  • Click the renew button next to the items you want to renew
  • A note will appear above the box letting you know if you were successful or not

If you are a community member, call the Library at 563-588-7189.

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

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

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

2.            Enter your network login and password

3.            Click on the Login button

4.            There you will see your Account Overview; including the items you have checked out

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What is a "call number"?

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A call number is the collection of numbers, letters, and punctuation on the lower spine of each book in the library. Each book has a unique call number, and it is the key to finding the book on the shelf.

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What if I'm in the Library and unable to print?

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The students at the Library Services Desk are happy to help you troubleshoot printing problems, but there are two things you can check easily yourself.

  1. Did you select the right printer? It is easy to mix up the ARC and the ACC printers.
  2. Are you on the WLoras wifi network? If you aren’t on the correct network, you won’t be able to print.


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I just want to use the Library's online catalog. Where can I do this?

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A link to the library's online catalog is available on our home page. If you're in the library building, there's a computer at the check-out desk you can use.

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