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New Faculty Orientation

Library information helpful to new faculty.



Just ahead and to the right of the entrance, you will see the Circulation Counter. Staffed by student assistants and paraprofessionals and supervised by Access Services Manager Jill Wixom, this area is the main service point in the Library. Materials housed at the Circulation Counter include course reserves and maps for classroom use. It is also the pick-up point for interlibrary loan materials. Please contact a circulation staff member with questions regarding circulation matters.

Circulating books, AudioCDs, CDs, and maps are loaned to faculty for a semester. (We employ an end-of-semester due date.) We also have an extensive collection of scholarly and popular DVDs that circulate for seven days. We also have an extensive collection of scholarly and popular DVDs that circulate for seven days.  All library materials are searchable in the online catalog. We will notify you at the end of each semester, asking you to either renew the item (which you may do if it has not been requested by another patron) or return it promptly. Items may also be renewed through our website by clicking on ‘My Account.’ Faculty members with long overdue items will be billed for replacement and processing costs and may have borrowing privileges suspended.

Interlibrary Loan

Since the Library's first responsibility is to meet the needs of students by purchasing materials in support of the curriculum, we are not always able to accommodate requests for the purchase of materials solely supportive of faculty research projects. Our modest budget compels us to carefully choose materials that are appropriate to the Franklin Pierce University curriculum, to undergraduate study and to select areas of graduate study. We can successfully accommodate your research needs through our Interlibrary Loan (ILL) service. As members of OCLC, a database containing the holdings of thousands of libraries worldwide, we can borrow materials that Franklin Pierce University Library does not own from other libraries. When you request an item through ILL, you do not need to know where the item is located, as that information is in the database. If a journal article is sent to us in digital format, we will send it to you electronically rather than printing a copy of the item. Contact a circulation staff member with questions regarding interlibrary loan.

For more information, see the Interlibrary Loan Guide.

Class Reserves

The Reserve stacks behind the Circulation Counter house books, films, sound recordings and print copies of journal articles that teaching faculty set aside for use by students in their classes. If you would like to place library materials or personal items on Reserve for a semester, please bring those items to the Circulation Counter and fill out a course reserve form (available at Circulation).  Faculty members are responsible for compliance with U.S.C. 17 (copyright laws).

Please allow at least two business days to prepare the reserve materials before notifying your class of the availability of the items (note: at the beginning of this semester this time may be extended.) Options for loan periods include 2-hour in-library use and overnight use. At the end of the reserve period, personal copies will be returned to you and library copies will be reshelved. Jill Wixom, or another circulation staff member can answer your questions regarding reserves.