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Using the Library When You're Not at the Library

Back in the day, there were very few library resources and services you could access without actually coming to the library. Sure, you could call the reference desk, or bring a book home once you checked it out, but for the most part, you had to be at the library to make use of it.

Times have changed -- every year there are more ways you can access library resources and services without actually entering the building. You can now do research, renew books, and perform many other library related tasks from wherever you are, whenever you feel like it!

Here are just a few of the ways you can use the library when you're not actually at the library:


  • Get articles and more online. Each year, more and more of the library's resources become available online -- not just databases, but journal articles, books, images, music and more! So long as you access the resource through the library website and log in with your NetID and password, you will have access to almost all of our online resources.

  • Renew books, check on fines, holds and recalls. Using your "My Minerva" account, you can renew books or check the status of your library account from anywhere, at any time. Simply go to Minerva, the library catalog, and log in to your My Minerva acount in the upper right hand corner. Once logged in you will be able to see all books you have checked out, their due dates and other information. With one click, renew all of your books!

  • Request print books and articles. If you are based at the downtown campus, our UA Delivery service allows you to request that books from the uptown campus be delivered to the Dewey Library, saving you a trip. Even better than that, if we have a journal article that is only in print, you don't need to come to the library to photocopy it. Make a UA Delivery request for the article and we will scan the article and email it to you in PDF form. If you make these requests late at night, they will be filled the next day!

  • Ask A Librarian! Sure, we love it when you come to the reference desk to ask us a question, but if you can't get to the library, there are many ways to contact a librarian for assistance: phone, e-mail, instant message, and text message. If it's the middle of the night, send us an e-mail and we'll answer it the next morning!

With all these great ways to access the library from home, we hope you'll still drop by sometimes just to say hello!