For how long may I borrow materials?
Faculty and staff may generally borrow books for one academic year. (Loan periods for ILL materials vary and are set by the lending library.) Videos and DVDs circulate for one month. Bound periodicals circulate to faculty for one week and current periodicals circulate to faculty for two days for research/teaching purposes only.
Can my spouse/partner or children borrow materials?
The Libraries extend borrowing privileges to spouses/partners and to children aged 16 and over; visit the Skillman Library Circulation desk for cards. Spouses/partners and children may borrow books for one academic year.
Can I renew my books and DVDs over the web?
Yes. You may use a feature in the Library Catalog to renew the materials you have checked out from Skillman and Kirby. From the Catalog home page, select “Your library record” from the right-hand column and log in using your Network ID and password (or your name and your barcode number). Note that you will not be able to renew an item if someone else has placed a hold on it, if you have already reached the renewal limit for the item or if it’s too soon to renew it. To renew materials borrowed via interlibrary loan, log on to the interlibrary loan system and select the option to “View/Renew checked out items” in the right-hand column.
How can I get a book that’s checked out?
The fastest way to obtain an item that is checked out is by requesting a copy from another library using interlibrary loan. If you are unable to obtain an item via interlibrary loan, you may have the item recalled by placing a recall request at the Circulation Desk or by sending an email request to email@example.com. The person who has the book will be asked to return it, and you will be notified when it is back in the library.
May I use my Lafayette ID to borrow materials from other libraries?
With a valid Lafayette ID, faculty and staff (and students) may borrow materials in person from any member library in the Lehigh Valley Association of Independent Colleges (Cedar Crest, DeSales, Lehigh, Moravian, and Muhlenberg). Borrowing privileges for faculty are also available at a number of other Pennsylvania academic libraries that are part of the PALCI consortium. More details are available at the PALCI web site.
Can I have a student acting as my research assistant check out materials on my behalf?
Yes. Lafayette College faculty members may arrange to have their research assistants borrow library materials for them by proxy. Both Skillman and Kirby Libraries can only extend this privilege if the faculty member employing the research assistant completes this authorization form. If you have more than two Research Assistants, please fill out another form. For questions or additional info, call x5151 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The faculty member is responsible for all materials borrowed, lost or damaged in his/her name and must notify when hiring (or terminating) his/her research assistant. All notices and correspondence regarding loans to library materials will be addressed to the faculty member, not the research assistant.
Can I have journal articles and book chapters owned by the Libraries sent to me?
Yes. Journal articles and book chapters from Lafayette-owned materials will be scanned and delivered as PDFs to your ILL account. Log into the interlibrary loan system and select the “Document Delivery Request” option from the main page. Requests should be filled within 24 to 48 hours. Due to copyright restrictions, requests for document delivery should be limited to items needed for private study, scholarship, or research (the library cannot scan for course packs or reserves).