Library Services

The Thomas Winston Cole Sr. Library offers its patrons various services:


Circulation​​ Technology Printing​
Reference I​nterlibrary Loan (ILL) Library Instruction
Room reservations​ ​​

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Circulation

Circulation is the means by which library users are able to borrow library materials. The circulation desk is located on the first floor and is supervised by the Circulation/Archives Librarian.

​​Patron Eligibility

Borrow eligibility is established by means of a current College Iden​tification Card. Community patrons may borrow resources form the Library upon presentation of a valid driver’s license and completion of a library registration form. All patrons must present an identification card each time materials are to be charged out. Library patrons who are NOT in good standing, e.g., those with unpaid fines or fees charged against their card, un-returned materials, or t​hose who violate library policies may NOT borrow any materials and their use of the library may be restricted by the Director of Library Services

 ​​Circulation Privileges

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Faculty/Staff

Students

Alumni

Community/TexShare

General

Collection

Check out Limit

50

25

10

10

Check-out Period

90 days

30 days

14 days

14 days

# of Renewals

1

1

1

1

Renewal Period

14 days

14 days

14 days

14 days

Fines

$.10/day

$.10/day

$.10/day

$.10/day

 

Audio/Visual

Check-out Limit

4

2

2

2

Check-out Period

7 days

7 days

7 days

3 days

# of Renewals

1

1

1

0

Renewal Period

14 days

14 days

14 days

N/A

Fines

$.10/day

$.10/day

$.10/day

$.10/day

 

Journals/ Periodicals

Check-out Limit

5

3

3

3

Check-out Period

3 hours

2 hours

2 hours

2 hours

# of Renewals

1

1

1

1

Renewal Period

3 hours

2 hours

2 hours

2 hours

Fines

$2.00/day

$2.00/day

$2.00/day

$2.00/day

 

Reserve

Check-out Limit

5

3

Non-Circulating for Alumni, TexShare, and Community Borrowers

Check-out Period

3 hours

2 hours

# of Renewals

1

1

Renewal Period

3 hours

2 hours

Fines

$2.00/day

$2.00/day

Rare, archive, and reference materials are non-circulating for all borrowers.

 


Technology

The Thomas W. Cole, Sr. Library provides two computer labs totaling over 25 computers available to students. Library computers are primarily for research, business, and study purposes. Other reasonable uses are permitted, such as brief e-mail checks and; surfing the net; however, users in these applications may be asked to relinquish use of the computer by any library staff member on duty when demand for primary applications is indicated.

The hard disks on the library PCs are for storage of library software and information only. Patrons are requested to provide their own thumb drives to save their own files. The library is not responsible for damage to patron data resulting from library use. The library’s PCs are not to be used to create, transmit, print, or otherwise distribute pornographic, obscene, or sexually explicit materials, or racist, sexist, or homophobic materials.

Any damage to the hardware, software, or network infrastructure as well as illegal activities may result in loss of library privileges, legal action, or both.

 


Printing

Library patrons may use library printers and copiers for the nominal fee of $.10 cents a page. Currently, the library does not offer any scanning or faxing services.

 


Reference Services

Reference Services help students and faculty: locate information for research and entertainment, use multiple forms of citations styles (e.g. APA and MLA), as well as general academic help (e.g. brainstorming and organizing a paper). The reference collection offers resources such as encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks, guides, manuals, maps, and online databases.

Reference services is offered in two locations: the reference desk located on the 1st floor and the office of the Reference/Instructional Librarian, Room 203. For Reference Services during the day, please seek out the Reference/Instructional Librarian. For Reference Services at night, weekends, and holidays, please visit the Circulation Desk. For current contact information and office hours for the Reference Librarian, please visit the Library’s LibGuide. Please call or e-mail ahead to confirm an appointment time.

 


Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is a transaction in which the library patron may borrow a library resource not currently held at our library from an outside library. Patrons from other libraries may also borrow library resources from the Cole Library. Usually, it is a reciprocal relationship unless otherwise stated in that library’s lending policies. Any librarian or a designated representative may accept and fill ILL requests.

Books through Interlibrary Loan are primarily made available to faculty and students in upper level courses or engaged in research projects with approval from their professors. The library will retrieve copies of articles from participating institutions for all students, faculty, and staff.​


Library Instruction

Instructional Services include training and assisting patrons to use all facets of the library’s information, equipment, and its online resources. The Reference/Instructional Services Librarian teaches or team teaches most orientation programs for faculty and students designed to teach library research skills and information literacy, how to access bibliographic information, and other learning resources. This service is available to students, Organizational Management Program (OMP) and Criminal Justice Administration (CJA) adult degree completion students, faculty, staff, alumni, and Wiley College board members.

The goals of Library Instruction are to ensure patrons:

1. Gain a working knowledge of the Thomas Winston Cole, Sr. Library​

2. Become Skilled in Research techniques that will enable them to use the library more effectively

3. Develop a systematic method of research that can then be applied to the writing of term papers and reports in any chosen field.

 


​Room Reservation

The Thomas W. Cole, Sr. Library has the following areas that may be reserved: two meeting rooms (faculty, staff, and students), the Austin Room (faculty and staff), the Archives Room (faculty and staff), and the 2nd floor computer lab (faculty and staff).