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Library Frequently Asked Questions

Hours

When is the library open?
Is the library open to the public?

Checking Out or Returning Items

What do I use for a library card?
How many things can I check out?
How long can I keep the items I check out?
How do I renew items?
What’s the fine for overdue items?
How long can I keep a Reserve item?
Can I return books when the library is closed?

Cell Phones

Can I use my cell phone in the library?

Distance Education

How can I get books and articles from the library if I live a long distance away?

Food and Drink

Can I bring food and drink into the library?

Online Resources and Passwords

Where do I get passwords for the library databases?
Can I use EBSCO and other databases off-campus?
What are eBooks?
How do I use eBooks?
Can I use EBSCO eBooks off-campus?

Recording Equipment

Can I check out recording equipment?

Study Rooms

Are there study rooms that I can use?

Technology

Is wireless Internet available in the library?
Can I plug in my laptop in the library?
Who do I talk to about problems logging into my student email account?

Textbooks & Books

Are all my textbooks available in the library?
Can I submit a request for a new library book or video?

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Is the library open to the public?
Yes, we are open to the public for medical research Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. We participate in Iowa's Open Access program and allow the public to check out materials. A picture ID and a library card from a local public library are required. The printers/copy machines are not available for public use.

What do I use for a library card?
You need your student badge to check out items from the library.

How many things can I check out?
Students may check out a total of five books or journals. Some high-demand items such as NCLEX videos or books on certain subjects are limited to two so other students have a chance to use them as well.

How long can I keep the items I check out?

  • Books – 14 days
  • Journals – 7 days
  • Videos/DVDs – 7 days (although some may only be checked out by faculty)
  • Popular Reading Collection – 4 weeks
     

How do I renew items?
Come into the library or call us at 643-6613, and we will be glad to renew them as long as no one has placed a hold on them. No more than two renewals to be fair to others.

What’s the fine for overdue items?
We do not charge any fines for overdue books, but we ask that you honor the due dates so that other students and faculty can have access to them. We do charge a replacement fee for lost items. See Overdue or Lost Materials for details.

How long can I keep a reserve item?
Most reserve items are available for use in the library for 1 hour.

Can I return books when the library is closed?
Yes! There is a book return box in the Sullivan Center lobby entrance.

Can I use my cell phone in the library?
To keep the library a quiet study place, we ask that you do not use your cell phone in the library. Please turn your phones to silent mode before entering the library and make any phone calls in the hallway outside the library.

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How can I get books and articles if I live a long distance away?
To get books:

Email your book request to mchslibrary@catholichealth.net.
Identify each book title, authors, call number, and date.
Be sure to include your name, mailing address, and contact information.
Limit your request to 3 items.
Books will be mailed the next business day.
You will be responsible for mailing items back within 30 days.

To get articles:
Most journal articles are available online.
To get articles that are only in print, email your request to mchslibrary@catholichealth.net.
Identify each article title, authors, journal name, volume, issue, page numbers, and date.
Include your email address.
Limit your request to 3 articles.
Articles will be emailed the next business day.

Can I bring food and drink into the library?
Yes. We know student schedules are busy. We just ask that you clean up your trash and keep the food and drinks away from the computers.

Where do I get passwords for the library databases?
You can also get passwords by coming into the library. Passwords are also posted on the Student Course in ELEOS. Look for the Library section.

Can I access EBSCO and other databases off-campus?
Yes, you can use EBSCO off-campus. You will need to get the passwords from the Student course on ELEOS or the library.

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What are eBooks?
eBooks are books in an electronic format (usually PDF or EPUB). EBSCO's eBooks are electronic versions of print publications.

How do I use eBooks?
You can search for eBooks by title, author or subject in the library’s online catalog. Once you've found an eBook of interest, click on the title and look for the Web address link that starts with http://www.netlibrary.com. You may also search directly on the EBSCO eBook site for titles Mercy College owns. Only one copy of each book is available, so if someone else is viewing one, you will not be able to. Available books can be read online, and a limited number of pages may be printed.

Can I use EBSCO eBooks off-campus?
You can access EBSCO eBooks from any computer with Internet access. You may also download eBooks to your home computer, laptop, or various mobile devices.  In order to do so, you need to have a personalized EBSCO account, which takes about a minute to create at no charge.  You will also need Adobe Digital Editions for Windows or other additional software and apps for your particular device (usually at no charge).  Information is available at http://support.epnet.com//help/?int=ehost&ver=live&lang=en&feature_id=eBooks.

Can I check out recording equipment?
The College Library has both pocket video cameras and digital audio recorders that can be checked out. Reserve a camera by emailing your request to mchslibrary@catholichealth.net stating the type of camera you need (audio or video) and the date you need the camera. Borrowers agree to return the camera within two days and are responsible for any loss or damage. Replacement cost for the video camera is $229; cost of the audio recorder is $90.

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Are there study rooms that I can use?
Yes, we have four study rooms in the library available for students to use. Each is equipped with a white board and a VCR/DVD player. The two on the west side are “first-come, first-served" and the two east side rooms have sign-up sheets on the door. There is a 3-hour-per-day limit on the study rooms. Groups and students wishing to view a video or DVD have preference.

Is wireless Internet available in the library?
Yes, wireless Internet is available in the library and throughout the Mercy College campus. It permits guest access to the Internet but not to the network drives or printers. Wireless laptops are available for checkout to use in the library.

Can I plug in my laptop in the library?
Yes, there are electrical outlets next to the study carrels on the north side of the library. For safety reasons we ask users to limit use of power cords to the study rooms, the study carrels, and the tables equipped with outlets.

Who do I talk to about problems logging into my student e-mail account or using wireless Internet with my laptop at the college?
Contact Bao Diep, the college's Technology Specialist. His number is 643-6704 (cell:515-473-8158) and email is bdiep@mercydesmoines.org

Are all my textbooks available in the library?
We have many but are not able to purchase every textbook. To be sure that they are available to everyone, textbooks are placed on reserve and must be used in the library. Ask for them at the library's main desk.

Can I submit a request for a new library book or video?
Sure, just stop in the library and fill out a Request to Purchase Library Materials form or e-mail your suggestion to Jennifer Thompson.

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