Oklahoma State University

20 Questions About the Library for Faculty

Important Library Numbers

  1. Where is the Library?

    The Edmon Low Library is centrally located on campus. It is north of the Student Union and is the only other building on campus with a bell tower. The Stillwater campus also has four branch libraries: the Architecture Library, in the Architecture Building, the Mary L. Williams Curriculum Materials Library, in Willard Hall, the North Boomer Annex, and the William E. Brock Memorial Library, in McElroy Hall.

  2. What kind of remote services does the OSU Library have available?

    You can use the Library’s website to access the OSU Library Catalog (where you can check the circulation status of material and renew items you have checked out), the A to Z listing of approximately 200 electronic indexes and databases, over 23,000 full-text journals, magazines, and newspapers, online course reserves, and email reference assistance and tech support. To access these tools off-campus you need to logon to the EZProxy. There are detailed instructions at www.library.okstate.edu/dls/ezproxy.htm.

    Our Digital Library Services (DLS) Department is available to answer any questions about the Library's electronic resources. Contact DLS at (405) 744-9161 or via email at lib-dls@okstate.edu.

  3. When is the Library open?

    During the fall and spring semesters the Main Library is open Monday through Thursday 7:30 am to 2:00 am, Friday 7:30 am to 10 pm, Saturday 9 am to 10 pm, and Sunday 9 am to 2 am. Hours vary during holidays and intersessions. You can get the most up to date information about Library hours by calling (405) 744-5029 or visiting www.library.okstate.edu/services/hours.htm.

  4. How long can I check out books and how many can I check out at once?

    Faculty have two due dates a year, February 27 and August 31. There are special materials (laptops, videos, DVD's, maps, reserve materials, branch library books) that have shorter loan periods. Staff will tell you when items are due. You may renew most items online. Faculty can have 150 items checked out at one time.

  5. Where can I find reference assistance?

    Librarians or Library GAs are available at the 1st floor Reference Desk to answer questions and give hands-on instruction 94 hours a week. You can also find instructional guides to using the Library in bins at the Reference Desk and both entrances. All guides and additional tutorials can be found online at www.library.okstate.edu/guides/handout.htm.

  6. How can I find recently purchased books?

    Many of the new books are displayed on the 1st floor north side. You can also search for recent acquisitions in the OSU Library Catalog by selecting "New Books."

  7. Can I place things on reserve?

    Yes. The OSU Library offers both hard copy Reserves, at the Circulation Desk on the 1st floor, and electronic Reserves, through the OSU Library Catalog. You can place items on Reserve by completing a Reserve Materials Request Form. The form is available at the Circulation Desk or online at http://reserves.library.okstate.edu/index.htm.

  8. Are there Librarians who specialize in my discipline?

    Each OSU academic department is assigned a Subject Specialist Librarian. Most Specialists hold a degree in that subject or a related field. If you would like the Library to purchase specific books contact your Subject Specialist. A list of the Subject Specialist Librarians can be found at www.library.okstate.edu/services/liaison.htm.

    Your Subject Specialist can also give you information on Library resources and services or instruct your students on finding information using the OSU Library Catalog, bibliographic databases, and the web.

  9. Do faculty pay Library fines?

    Faculty do not pay standard overdue fines. However, special fines such as laptops, reserve, recalled, and special permission fines are charged. These range from $5/day to $1.20/hour! If an item is lost or damaged you will be charged the replacement cost of the item plus a $20 processing fee. Fines not paid at the time material is returned are billed to your Bursar's account.

  10. As OSU faculty, can I borrow books from other Oklahoma libraries?

    OSU-Stillwater is one of 35 institutions that take part in the OK-Share program (view list at http://www.library.okstate.edu/access/circ/okshare.htm). Any eligible faculty, student or staff member may use the collections of any OK-Share library on site. To participate complete an OK-Share card application at the Circulation Desk. When visiting a participating library, you may present your OK-Share card and request a courtesy card from that library. This courtesy card, with proper identification, may be used to borrow materials.

  11. Can I checkout a laptop or use my own to access the campus network in the Library?

    Yes! The Library is set up for wireless internet access. You can access the campus network using a laptop available for checkout at the Circulation Desk or with your own laptop if it has a properly configured 802.11B or WIFI ethernet card. For assistance, see the ITD Help Desk in 113 Math Sciences.

  12. What if the Library doesn't have the book or journal I need?

    If the Library does not own a book or journal, we will borrow it for you from another library. The Interlibrary Services (ILS) office is located on the west end of the 1st floor. ILS borrows materials from other libraries, so you can use them here. Some material can even be sent to you electronically, saving you time and another trip to the Library. Stop by the office for details or visit the ILS website https://illiad-s.library.okstate.edu/illiad/logon.html to submit requests electronically.

    If you would like the Library to purchase specific books or subscriptions contact your Subject Specialist Librarian. A list of the Subject Specialist Librarians can be found at www.library.okstate.edu/services/liaison.htm.

  13. Where can I find journal articles?

    Current issues of print journals are shelved in alphabetical order by title on the 1st floor east. Older issues are bound and shelved by call number in the regular stacks. Check the OSU Library Catalog for individual journals' status.

    Many journals are also offered in full-text on our website. Visit the Full-Text Periodical Titles and Coverage List at www.library.okstate.edu/ftdb/index.htm to see what we offer online.

  14. Can I be alerted about new articles in my discipline?

    Yes, there are several alerting services. A full list can be found at www.library.okstate.edu/database/alertservice.htm with links to set up an alert with each. Alerts will come via email. If you have questions about a particular service or setting up a profile, contact Digital Library Services at lib-dls@okstate.edu or (405) 744-9161.

  15. Where can I find theses and dissertations?

    Bound copies of OSU theses and dissertations can be found on the third floor. They are shelved first by year, then by author. Non-circulating copies can also be found in Special Collections/University Archives on the 2nd floor. Check the OSU Library Catalog for availability.

    The OSU Library also subscribes to ProQuest Digital Dissertations, which allows you online access to citations and abstracts for every title in the Dissertation Abstracts database. Dissertations published since 1997 and OSU Dissertations since 1961 are available full-text. You can find Digital Dissertations in the A to Z list of indexes and databases or go straight to http://argo.library.okstate.edu/login?url=http://proquest.umi.com/login?COPT=REJTPTNiMTAmU01EPTQmSU5UPTAmVkVSPTI=&clientId=4653gateway.

  16. What if the book I need is checked out?

    If you need a book that is checked out, you can place a recall on the item at www.library.okstate.edu/forms/recallbk.htm. A recall changes the due date to two weeks after the request is placed. When the book is returned, you will receive an email and a letter. The book will be held for you for ten days.

    If a book you have checked out is recalled, you will receive notification of the new due date. Remember to return recalled material on time. The fine for past due recalled items is $5 a day.

  17. How are books in the OSU Library arranged?

    The OSU Library uses the Dewey Decimal System. Each book is assigned a number representing a different subject area. You can read more about the Dewey Decimal classification at www.library.okstate.edu/info/ddh.htm.

  18. Can I bring food or drinks into the Library?

    Yes, you may bring drinks with a secure lid and small snack items. The Edmon Low Library even has its own cafe, Java Dave's, where you can buy specialty coffees, blended beverages, sodas, water, and snacks.

  19. Are there designated study areas?

    The Library is sectioned into Group Study areas, for large groups to meet and conversation is allowed; Quiet Study areas, for smaller groups with moderate conversation; and Silent Study areas, where there is no talking. There are also meeting rooms on the 1st and 2nd floors. You can reserve these rooms at the Circulation Desk on the 1st floor. Regrettably, there are no faculty carrels in the Library.

  20. Are there any special programs at the Library?

    The Library holds a variety of events geared to different audiences. There are exhibits, lectures, readings, book clubs, discussions, and dinners. Most of the Library events are free and open to the public. For information on exhibits and upcoming events in the Library call (405) 744-7331 or visit our calendar of events.

Important Library Numbers

Hours Hotline (405) 744-5029

Reference Assistance (405) 744-9775

Circulation Desk (405) 744-6812

Library Website www.library.okstate.edu

Library Catalog http://osucatalog.library.okstate.edu

Information Literacy Site www.library.okstate.edu/infolit/findinfo.htm

Help accessing online journals & databases (405) 744-9161.