Library FAQ

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When is the library open?
What types of materials are in the Cochrane-Woods Library collection?
Who can use the library's resources?
How do I find specific books or articles on the topic I'm interested in?
Where in the library can I find materials?
Who can I ask for help finding materials?
How long can I keep items I check out?
Are there fines for overdue items?
Who can use interlibrary loan? How does it work?
As an NWU student/staff member/faculty member, can I check out books from other libraries?
What other services does the library offer?

When is the library open?   [return to top]

During fall and spring semesters, the library is generally open Sunday 12pm-12am, Mon-Thur 7:45am-12am, Friday 7:45am-5pm, and Saturday 12pm-6pm.  During the summer, the library is open Mon-Thur 8am-10pm and Fri 8am-5pm (closed Sat-Sun).  Hours may vary during university breaks. Any changes to regular hours are posted in the library and on the website. The library’s catalog and e-resources are always available.

What types of materials are in the Cochrane-Woods Library collection?  [return to top]

Books, periodicals, videos, CDs, e-resources (periodical indexes, e-books, digital collections), university archives, and equipment (laptops, tablets, cameras & accessories, projectors).

Who can use the library’s resources?  [return to top]

Currently enrolled NWU students, staff, and faculty may check out books, videos, CDs, and AV equipment and access e-resources. Lincoln residents, students at other Nebraska colleges and universities, and NWU alumni may apply for courtesy cards. “Reciprocal" or "Alumnus" cardholders may check out books, videotapes, DVDs, and CDs only. "Community" cardholders may check out books only. Any patron may use non-circulating items, such as reference materials and periodicals, while in the library. The library has two public computers that do not require an NWU log-on. Community members may use these to access the library’s catalog and e-resources for research.

How do I find specific books or articles on the topic I’m interested in?  [return to top]

Search the library’s catalog to find books, journals, and media owned by NWU, or widen your search to include other libraries beyond Nebraska Wesleyan. Search for articles and other digital resources using the e-resource list on the library’s website.

Where in the library can I find materials?  [return to top]

Items are generally shelved in alphabetical order according to the letters at the beginning of each item’s Library of Congress call number. Ask at the circulation desk if you need help finding an item or if you want to check out reserve material or AV equipment. For access to university archives or rare books, contact Barbara Cornelius.

1st floor: reference books (with call numbers starting with “REF”), videos
2nd floor: general collection books (call numbers A-G), periodicals
3rd floor: general collection books (call numbers H-Z), CDs

Who can I ask for help finding materials?  [return to top]

Any library staff member! Come to the circulation desk, call (402) 465-2400, or email.

How long can I keep items I check out?  [return to top]

In general, books check out for 3 weeks; videos, CDs, and AV equipment check out for 1 week.  Reserve items check out for shorter periods, ranging from 2 hours to 2 weeks.  To renew items, visit the circulation desk in the library, call the circulation desk at (402) 465-2400, or email us.

Are there fines for overdue items?  [return to top]

There are no fines for books, except in certain circumstances. Fines do apply to reserve materials, DVDS/CDs, and equipment.  See Library Policies for more information.

Who can use interlibrary loan? How does it work?  [return to top]

Currently enrolled NWU students, staff, and faculty members can request books and articles through interlibrary loan. A request form is available on the library website. Once your request is submitted, ILL staff will contact other libraries holding the material. The lending libraries determine whether the item can be loaned and for how long, and if it can be renewed. If we are not able to obtain your requested items, ILL staff will notify you by email. Books loaned by other libraries are mailed to NWU and then checked out to the requestor; this process may take up to two weeks. You will be notified by email when your requested items are available for pick-up at NWU. If you need to renew an ILL item, NWU staff will contact the lender to see if renewal is possible. Most articles are received electronically within 1-7 days, while others can take 2 weeks or longer. Occasionally, an article has to be sent by mail in print form. Once we receive articles, ILL staff will email them to you as a .pdf. You do not need to return these articles. For other questions about ILL, contact Cindy Mumford.

As an NWU student/staff member/faculty member, can I check out books from other libraries?  [return to top]

Yes; most other academic libraries in Nebraska offer NWU patrons reciprocal borrowing privileges.  To borrow items, visit the other library in person and take your NWU ID along to show your Nebraska Wesleyan affiliation. Each library sets its own policies regarding loan periods, fines, computer use, etc. for reciprocal users. Books checked out from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln libraries may be returned in the NWU library drop box. NWU library staff return these items to UNL on a weekly basis. Note that UNL does charge fines for overdue books, so plan ahead to be sure items are returned on time. Accruing unpaid fines at UNL can result in a hold being placed on your NWU student record.

What other services does the library offer?  [return to top]