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Service Highlights: Obtaining Research Materials

LIU/Westchester Library Guide

Brooklyn Campus Library

Reference service, InterLibrary Loan, and a circulating collection specific to the LIU curricula are available through the Brooklyn Campus Library of LIU.

The Reference Desk, which is staffed during all hours of library operation, may be reached by calling (718) 780-4513.  When a librarian answers the phone, clearly identify yourself as a student at the Westchester Graduate Campus and then ask your question. You may also email us your reference query; we will answer you back as fast as we possibly can.

Library Catalog (LIUCAT) & Online Databases

Two computer labs (rooms 125 and 126) contain a total of 36 PCs which are connected to the LIU network. They provide Internet access and emulate the computer terminals that are available in Brooklyn. The Brooklyn Campus Library page has links to the Online Databases and the Library Catalog (LIUCAT), in addition to a full range of pages which describe the library, explain the resources available, provide a staff directory and list a variety of Internet sources.

LIUCAT is accessible from any Internet-connected computer, and appears in the same format as on the computers in the Brooklyn Library. (LIUCAT contains catalog information for all LIU campuses, and for all books at the Brooklyn Campus that were published or acquired after 1980.  Journal holdings and video titles may also be found on LIUCAT.

Most of the Online Databases subscribed to by LIU Brooklyn Campus Library are available remotely. The databases are therefore available from your home or office computer. You must provide your library barcode in order to search the databases off campus.

Using LIU Materials or Interlibrary Loans

Materials may be borrowed from the LIU collection using a valid LIU ID card to which a library barcode has been affixed.  The number represented by the barcode is what authorizes the transaction. You may also request materials which are not available at LIU or at Purchase, through Brooklyn’s Westchester-dedicated Interlibrary Loan page, or call the Desk at (718) 780-1679. Interlibrary loan requests may also be made using the electronic forms available on the library web site. Processing of these requests is usually done within 24 hours, but it may take several days (or, in the case of ILL, more than a week) for the material to be delivered to the Westchester Campus reception desk.

When the requested book or article arrives, it will be held in your name at the reception desk. Loan periods vary by type of material and according to the policies of the lending institutions. Check the due date of everything you borrow and return it to the reception desk promptly.

The LIU Reserve Collection & ERes

Books, journal articles, or other materials placed “on reserve” by LIU faculty are kept at the Purchase College circulation desk.  When requesting this material, please identify yourself as an LIU student, and provide as much information as possible about the material that you need.  Some reserve materials are available through Brooklyn’s electronic reserve system, called ERes.  The web address of ERes is  http://breserves.liu.edu/.  Your professor will indicate which materials are available electronically and can provide passwords for accessing the material.

The Library at Purchase College

Students, faculty, and staff of Long Island University’s Westchester Campus may use the services and collections of the Purchase College Library.

The Library contains approximately 255,000 volumes, plus collections of microforms, sound recordings, slides, computer files, video recordings and films. It subscribes to over 1,000 periodicals and around 100 indexing and abstracting services. The Library is also a partial depository for U.S. government documents. Most of the Library’s collections are shelved on open stacks (once you have the call number for an item, you can go directly to the shelves and retrieve that item yourself).

A number of printed guides to the Purchase library are available, as is a self-guided tour.  Reference librarians are available to help you find what you need, and to give library instruction. Books may be borrowed using a Purchase College ID card, which has been properly bar-coded in the Library.

 

Created by P. Salber; revised by P. Tremblay 1/07
Updated by I. Wang 5/07

 
 
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