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Library FAQs

General

 

1. When is the library open?

The library’s hours are posted here.

2. Are food and drinks allowed in the library?

You can have light snacks and drinks in the library. All drinks must be in containers with lids.
Carry-out items (meals, burgers, wraps, etc.) must be consumed in the 24-Hour Study Lounge.

3. What is the 24-Hour Study Lounge?

If you need a place to study after the library closes, the library provides a 24-Hour Study Lounge on the Main Level, just inside the front lobby entrance. Students can use their PC ID card to enter this area during times when the main library is closed.

Access to the library is restricted to PC students and staff after 10:00 PM (until closing at midnight) Sundays through Thursdays, during the regular fall and spring semesters. During those hours, patrons enter the building through the 24-Hour Study by scanning their PC ID card.

4. If my professor placed an item on “Reserve” in the Library, where do I find it?

Professors often place items (books, articles, DVDs) on Reserve at the Circulation Desk. These items are usually restricted to use within the building for an hour or two. Reserve items must be checked out at the Circulation Desk using your PC ID card.

5. Where can I go to print in color or to print a poster for my presentation?

Media Services is located on the Lower Level of the Library. You can make color prints, copies, posters, scan images, laminate, bind reports, as well as get help with video production, check out a camera, and much more. Please contact Doug Wallace and his staff at 833 -8312 for pricing and questions.

6. How many study rooms does the library provide?

The Library has 12 small (1-2 person) study rooms, and 12 large study rooms in addition to the 24-Hour Study. The larger study rooms vary in size, accommodating 4 -12 or more persons. Many study rooms have wall-mounted whiteboards and students can check out dry-erase marker kits at the Circulation Desk.

 

Research

 

7. How do I get help with my research?

For help with your research, Ask A Librarian!

8. How do I find a book?

To search for books and ebooks, use ThomCat, the Library's catalog. Search for books by author, title, or keywords.

Search by Author:
• Select the Author tab
• Type in the author’s LAST NAME, FIRST NAME

Search by Title:
• Select the Title tab
• Type in the exact title of the book, or the first several words of the title.

Search by Keyword:
• Choose the best keywords to describe your topic
• Type in the keywords using AND between each term.

Finding books on the shelf
• Location: Indicates which level of the library to go to.
• Call Number: Indicates where on the shelf the book is located.
• Status: Indicates if the book is checked out or available on the shelf.

9. How do I find journal articles on my topic?

The library subscribes to a large number of journal article databases. Visit our Databases A – Z for a list of all available databases. Use the pull-down menu in the  “Browse by Subject.” box to view a list of databases by that subject area.. Choose a database and search for articles. For help, Ask A Librarian.

Know the journal title?

If you know the name of the journal you want to search, go to Journal Finder to find out if PC has a subscription to that journal.

10. How do I find newspaper articles?

The library subscribes to several online newspaper collections. These are also listed on our Databases A – Z page:

 

 

 

 

    • Newspaper Source Plus (EBSCO) – Includes more than 860 full-text newspapers, providing more than 35 million full-text articles.

 

 

 

Account Information

 

11. How do I view and renew items I have checked out?

You can view your library account online by logging into MY LIBRARY RECORD from the library’s homepage. To log in, enter your name and the 10-digit barcode on the back of your PC ID. Once you are logged in, you can view the materials you have currently checked out and can renew materials if needed.

12. How do I pay library fines?

Please pay library fines at the Circulation Desk on the Main Level. We accept cash or checks only.

 

Technology

 

13. Is wireless available in the library?

Yes! You are able to connect to the BlueHose wireless network within the library.

14. Does the library have printers?

Yes! Printers are available in the Reference area on the Main Level, in the 24-Hour Study, and in Room 39, the Instruction Classroom/computer lab on the Lower Level. To print, you will need to use your printing username and password. We only offer black & white printing. For color printing, visit Media Services.

15.  How do I reset my printing password?

Go to http://password.presby.edu and select the Reset Password link.  You will need to have your student id number and the last 4 digits of your Social Security Number.  If you are an international student or you encounter problems while trying to reset your password, please contact Abigail Fuller at asrush@presby.edu for help.

If you are Faculty/Staff, you will have to be enrolled first before you can reset your password which requires your current password.  If you do not have your current password, please contact Abigail Fuller at asrush@presby.edu for help.

16. How do I access library resources off-campus?

PC students, faculty, and staff can access the Library’s online resources from off-campus locations.

You must enter a database, eBook, or eJournal through the Library website and then provide your printing username and password when prompted. This information will authenticate you as a licensed Presbyterian College user and allow you to access all PC subscription databases remotely until you close the browser [Safari, Firefox, IE, Chrome] you are using.