FAQs for visitors and friends

Below are answers to some questions that are frequently asked by visitors to the Lafayette Libraries. If your question isn't answered here, please contact a librarian at 610-330-5155 or refdesk@lafayette.edu.

Access to Lafayette Libraries

May visitors use Skillman and Kirby Libraries?
Visitors are welcome to use our buildings and our collections. Special permission is not needed to enter the libraries during regular library hours.

Borrowing materials

May alumni or visitors borrow materials?
Borrowing privileges are not generally available to alumni or visitors, but an annual membership in the Friends of Skillman Library group at or above the $75 contribution level provides borrowing privileges for the duration of the membership term. Due to licensing restrictions, membership in the Friends does not include remote access privileges to the library's electronic resources. Note that membership in the Friends organization is tied to the college's fiscal year, which ends June 30, and borrowing privileges expire on June 30 regardless of when the contribution is made. Information on the Friends is available at http://sites.lafayette.edu/friendsofskillman/.

Electronic resources

May alumni or visitors access the libraries' subscription to JSTOR?
The Friends of Skillman Library provide alumni with access to JSTOR, a digital library of back issues of scholarly journals. Use the JSTOR Alumni Portal to connect to this content. (An alumni Network ID is required; to obtain your Network ID, visit http://help.lafayette.edu/faqs/alumni.)
Note that access to some of the content in JSTOR is available to users who are not Lafayette alumni through JSTOR's Early Journal Content and Register and Read programs. See http://about.jstor.org/individuals

May alumni or visitors access the libraries' other electronic resources?
Alumni and visitors who wish to use electronic subscriptions other than JSTOR should consult a Lafayette reference librarian. Access to these subscriptions is limited to in-library use only.

Internet access

May visitors access the Internet in your library?
Internet access is available to community users on a limited number of machines in Skillman Library, but access to the majority of computers is restricted to current faculty and students. Computers available for use by visitors have Web browser applications but no document creation or editing applications. Printing is not available. Wireless on campus is available only to current employees and students of the college and their invited guests.

Does the library issue guest accounts to visitors so they can use wireless on campus?
No. Invited guests of the college should request guest access through the party or department being visited.

LVAIC faculty and students

May LVAIC faculty and students use Lafayette's libraries?
Current faculty and students at LVAIC institutions may borrow materials with their valid college ID, but privileges do not extend to use of restricted computers or the campus wireless network. LVAIC faculty and students who wish to use Lafayette's electronic resources because their research need cannot be met with their home institution's resources should consult with a Lafayette reference librarian.


Does the library have PCs with Word, Excel, or other software that I can use?
No. Computers available for use by visitors have Web browser applications but no document creation or editing applications.