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

507 views   |   0   0   |   Last updated on Jan 15, 2020    Facilities Borrowing

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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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 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 have a color printer?

473 views   |   0   0   |   Last updated on Jun 13, 2019    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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I'm looking for the Writing Center. Where is it, and how do I make an appointment?

472 views   |   0   0   |   Last updated on Jan 23, 2020    Facilities

The Writing Center is located on the 2nd floor of the Library in the Learning Commons. For more information, or to make an appointment, visit the Writing Center’s homepage.

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How do I find DVDs and videos?

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The DVDs and VHS tapes are separated into two collections: The Wilkie Classic Film DVDs and eMedia (educational DVDs and VHS tapes). The Wilkie DVDs are located on the second floor, on the Loras Boulevard side of the building past the Learning Commons offices. The eMedia collection is located on the 2nd floor, in the low bookshelves right next to the Learning Commons.

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

 

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Is there a place for group study?

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Yes. All floors of the library feature not only group study rooms, where you may close the door for privacy, but group seating areas out in the open.

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I've heard the federal government is putting all their legislative documents online? How do I learn about this?

450 views   |   0   0   |   Last updated on Jan 22, 2020    Search and Research

Yes, the federal government is going online in a big way. Check out Govinfo for material from all three branches of government. For details go to the library’s tutorial for Govinfo.

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Where can I find the Bible, or different translations of the Bible, on the shelves?

446 views   |   0   0   |   Last updated on Jun 13, 2019    Location Collections

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?

445 views   |   0   0   |   Last updated on Jun 13, 2019    Databases

"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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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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Does the Library have quiet study areas available to students?

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The Library has both group and individual study rooms. Students can also use the carrels on floors one, three, and four.  More information about quiet areas is available. In general, the quiet areas are on the first, third, and fourth floors along the Keane Hall side of the building. 4th floor also has a quiet area on the Loras Boulevard side.

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Do I need my Loras ID to check something out?

432 views   |   0   0   |   Last updated on Jun 13, 2019    Borrowing

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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Someone mentioned that Zotero could help me keep track of paper references. How does it work?

426 views   |   0   0   |   Last updated on Jan 22, 2020    Search and Research

Zotero is a web browser add-on that helps you collect, manage, and cite your research sources. For information on using and installing Zotero, go to the library's guide to Zotero.

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What is the Special Collections and Rare Book Room?

368 views   |   0   0   |   Last updated on Aug 23, 2019    Collections

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 Kristen Smith, (563) 588-7042 kristen.smith@loras.edu

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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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Can Loras alumni use the Library's subscription databases?

364 views   |   0   0   |   Last updated on Jun 13, 2019    Search and Research Research guides Databases

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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Is there a typewriter in the Library for patron use?

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

348 views   |   0   0   |   Last updated on Dec 20, 2019    Facilities

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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Does the library have free WIFI?

341 views   |   0   0   |   Last updated on Jan 15, 2020    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 Library Services Desk for the WIFI password.

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