Library Handbook

Library Collection and Services
Library Privileges
Visitor Policy
Loan Periods
Requests, Recalls, Books on Hold
Class Reserves
Fines and Fees
Library Catalog
Reference Services
Computerized Reference Sources
Interlibrary Loan
Periodicals
Music
Videos
Computer Labs
Copy Machines
Food and Beverages
Handicapped Access
Restrooms
Smoking
Study Areas
Telephones and Typing Rooms
Archives of Modern Christian Art
The Californiana Room
Theses File
Book Bag Policy
Gifts


Library Collection and Services

The College of Notre Dame Library is committed to providing materials and services that support and expand the College's undergraduate and graduate academic programs. Books are chosen based on the following criteria:
    1) lasting value of the content
    2) appropriate level of treatment
    3) suitability of format
    4) authoritativeness of the author
Periodical titles are chosen based on student research needs and availability of indexing. In general, the library does not carry student textbooks, although some instructors may place textbooks on class reserve. Student suggestions for purchase are welcome. In addition to a collection of approximately 100,000 volumes, 800 current periodical subscriptions, 7,500 sound recordings and over 700 videos, the library offers a variety of services, including reference assistance and computerized reference databases. Lectures and tours are available upon request.

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Library Privileges

Access to the library is open to all faculty, students, staff and alumni. You must have your CND Student ID card to apply for library privileges. No exceptions. Library cards must be used to check out materials. You are responsible for all materials checked out on your card. There is a $1.00 replacement fee for lost cards.

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Visitor Policy

Visitors on official library business or with serious academic needs are welcome to use library resources but may not borrow materials. Visitors should stop at the front desk for information about policies and procedures. Identification may be required. CND students have first priority to all equipment, including computers and photocopiers. The library reserves the right to deny access and service to those not affiliated with the College of Notre Dame.

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Loan Periods

General circulating books may be checked out for three weeks. All books are subject to recall and must be returned within seven days after recall to avoid fines. High-demand books (e.g. books with two or more holds) may be placed on temporary reserve status in order to facilitate access. There is a one-time renewal limit for general circulating books. Renewals are not granted for reserve materials or for items requested by other students. Reference books, videos, recordings and periodicals are Library Use Only. Please consult the sections on "Requests, Recalls, Books on Hold" and "Class Reserves" for more information.

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Requests, Recalls, Books on Hold

If a book is checked out, it may be requested by another student. You must have a library card to make a request. Requested books will be recalled and due within seven days from the date of recall. Fines for recalled books are $1.00 per item per day after the seven-day recall period. Requestors will be notified by telephone when an item is available. Requested items will be placed on the library's "hold" shelf for a period of seven days after which they will be returned to the shelf The library will not hold reference books, class reserves, periodicals or other non-print media.

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Class Reserves

At the request of faculty members, library materials for class assignments may be placed on reserve. Reserve materials may be requested at the circulation desk; loan periods range from library use only up to seven day circulation. You must have a library card to use any reserve item.

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Fines and Fees

Overdue books from the circulating collection are fined at a rate of 25 per item per day. There is a 7-day grace period before fines accrue. Reserve materials and materials for which a verbal recall notice has been issued are fined at a rate of $1.00 per day per item (or $1.00 per hour for Library Use Only materials). The fine limit per item is $15. Students who have accrued fines of $5.00 or more will not be permitted to check out materials until all fines have been paid. Students may not renew overdue materials until fines have been paid on those materials. Lost books will be charged to the borrower; charges will include the replacement cost of the item plus a $15.00 processing fee. All overdue materials that reach the maximum fine will be considered lost and will be charged to the borrower. Students will receive two overdue notices; the third notice will be a bill. Unpaid fines and fees, if not resolved in person at the library, will be sent to the Business Office for posting on student accounts.

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Library Catalog

The library catalog on CD-ROM provides access to bibliographic information for books, serials, videos, and music. Access is by author, title, subject, call number, and other methods including keywords. The library catalog is also accessible via the library's Bulletin Board Service (BBS). Please pick up a brochure describing this service at the circulation desk.

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Reference Services

The reference area contains an extensive collection of encyclopedias, dictionaries, directories, biographies, bibliographies, indexes, abstracts and yearbooks. Librarians are available to help with research problems and explain the use of reference materials. At the request of faculty members, reference librarians also prepare bibliographic instruction lectures for library research assignments. Please ask for details regarding reference services for off-campus programs.

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Computerized Reference Sources

The library has both CD-ROM and Internet databases for student use. These databases include Expanded Academic Index, Business Index, Standard & Poor's Corporations, ERIC, PsycLit, full-text newspapers, and several other business and general reference sources. Please note that the periodical indexes are purchased from library vendors (not developed by CND staff) and may index periodical titles not held by the CND library. (We can't change this, folks!) Students are allowed ten free pages of printing per session; each page of printing after the first ten pages will be charged at $.10 per page. Downloading to floppy disk is encouraged. Please consult with a reference librarian for assistance in using the databases.

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Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary loan services are available to faculty, students and staff who have a demonstrated need for specific materials that are not owned by the College of Notre Dame Library. Materials may only be requested from cooperating libraries. The average interlibrary loan request takes 2-4 weeks to fill and may require a fee that will be charged to the requester. Please inquire at the reference desk for further information. Students who need specific materials that are not owned by the College of Notre Dame Library may be eligible to use the resources of Stanford University. Use is limited to seven days per year. Please contact a reference librarian for more information.

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Periodicals

Current issues of magazines and journals are located in the periodical reading area on the main floor of the library. Bound issues from approximately 1985- are located in the stack area nearest to the periodical reading area. All periodicals are arranged alphabetically by title. Bound issues prior to 1985 may be located in storage and must be requested. To request materials from storage, you must fill out a form at the circulation desk. Allow 24 hours for delivery (Mon.-Fri.). Periodical titles will be found in the library catalog. Check the orange periodical binders for a detailed list of holdings. Librarians are available to assist in locating periodicals and in using both print and computer indexes to periodical literature. Some periodicals are available in microform. Please ask for assistance in locating microforms and in using viewing equipment. Newspapers are also located in the periodical reading area. Inquire at the circulation desk for back issues. Note: the most current week of the Wall Street Journal is kept at the circulation desk.

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Music

Music books, scores and sound recordings (LPs) are located on the second floor balcony above the circulation desk; compact discs (CDs) are located at the circulation desk. Books and scores circulate; sound recordings do not circulate, but listening equipment is provided for in-house use. In order to use the equipment, you must check out headphones at the circulation desk.

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Videos

The video collection, located on the first floor near the reference area, is used primarily by the faculty for classroom instruction, but students may view videos in the library. Some videos are "Restricted Use Only" and require an instructor's permission to view. Most restricted videos are kept at the circulation desk. Videos should be brought to the circulation desk and checked out (Library Use Only) on your library card prior to viewing. You may also check out headphones from the circulation desk. Please remember to rewind videos before returning them to the desk. You are responsible for any video checked out on your card, so please be sure to return the video to a staff person and to wait until your record is cleared.

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Computer Labs

The library does not provide computers for word processing. Computer labs are located in St. Mary's Hall.

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Copy Machines

The library offers two coin or card operated copy machines. Copies cost 10 or less if you purchase a copy card. Copy cards can be purchased for as little as $1.00. If you purchase a copy card, be sure to keep it and "add value" to it as needed or recycle it. Do not throw it away. The library also provides microfilm/fiche reader printers. Printed copies are 10 each. Please pay at the circulation desk.

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Food and Beverages

Food and beverages are prohibited in the library. (Water bottles are permitted.)

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Handicapped Access

Some areas of the library are not handicapped accessible. Please ask at the circulation desk about special services for disabled students.

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Restrooms

Restrooms are located on the main floor next to the periodical area.

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Smoking

Smoking is not permitted anywhere in the library.

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Study Areas

Students wishing a quiet place to study are encouraged to use the study carrels located along the walls of the library on both the main floor and balconies. Students involved in group study are requested to be considerate of other students who are studying. Library staff on duty have the right to request that noise be kept to a reasonable level; students who are disruptive will be asked to leave.

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Telephones and Typing Rooms

The library does not have public telephones or typewriters. A public telephone is located opposite the Dining Hall and at the gym. Typewriters are available in the Tutorial Study Center located on the first floor of St. Mary's Hall.

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Archives of Modern Christian Art

The Archives of Modern Christian Art is located on the second floor balcony. The Archives was established in 1981 to preserve the record of Christian religious art and architecture in the modern world. The Archives is concerned with publications, personal papers, memorabilia and photographic files of and about those artists, architects and artisans primarily in the United States who have created environments for worship during the past 100 years. Materials in the library catalog with the designation AMCA Room are located in the Archives; many of these materials are available for general circulation. The Archives is staffed during the afternoon hours.

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The Californiana Room

Materials located in the Californiana Room are listed in the library catalog with the designation Calif: Room and must be requested from the library staff. The Californiana Room contains California history, faculty publications, and other materials of special interest.

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Theses File

The library has a special collection of CND theses in the following areas of graduate studies: art therapy, counseling psychology, education, English, gerontology, Montessori, and systems management. The theses are listed in the catalog by author, title and broad subject heading, e.g. Art therapy--Theses file. This collection is Library Use Only.

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Book Bag Policy

Please be prepared to open your book bag upon exiting the library. The CND Library staff greatly appreciates your voluntary cooperation with this policy. (We hate to ask...) Please be aware that library theft and vandalism are violations of the Student Rights, Freedoms and Responsibilities Handbook. We regret that theft has made this policy necessary.

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Gifts

The library welcomes monetary donations for the purchase of books and periodicals. Titles purchased from donated funds will receive a book plate with the donor's name (if desired).

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Last update: January 20, 1999
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