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How do I get a library card?

How can I find a book in the library? What is a call number?

How can I check if Olin owns the full text of a journal article?

How do I check out library materials?

How long can I check out library materials?

Does the library charge fines?

How do I renew my items?

What is my PIN?

How can Olin community members access e-resources while off campus?

Who can use the library?

Where can I find a map of the library?

What can I do if the material I want to use is not owned by Olin College?

What's an ILL (Interlibrary Loan)?

How do I place a hold on an item already checked out by someone else?

What can I ask the library to add to its collection?

Can the library purchase a copy of textbooks for use by students in the library?

What is the Olin Community Collection?

What is the Faculty Collection and where is the Faculty Office location?

 

How do I get a library card?

For all current Olin students, faculty, and staff, your Olin College ID is also your library card. Your library ID is printed on your Olin ID card, after the letters "LIB". It should be a 16-digit number beginning with "221019". Your PIN is the last 4 digits of your library ID. You may use your Library ID and PIN in the Olin College catalog to view and renew items checked out to you. Olin alumni as well as faculty and students from Babson and Wellesley Colleges may request a borrowing card which will serve as their library ID.

How can I find a book in the library? What is the call number?

A call number is a combination of letters and numbers that is unique to each book. To use an analogy, it is the address of each book in the library, where it lives on the shelf. We use the Library of Congress call numbers which correspond to the book’s subject. For example, books about education all start with the letter “L” in their call number, books about music start with “M”. The shelves in the library all have labels to help direct you to the correct section.

Call numbers can be found on the spine of each book / DVD / CD.
Here is an example:
HD
57.9
.L632
G54
2010

When you look up a book in our catalog, please note the Call Number (for example: TJ265 .M66 2004).
The Location field will tell you where to look for it, and the Availability field will tell you whether the book is “Available for Circulation” and is in the Library, or is “Checked Out” and not currently on the shelf.

How can I check if Olin owns a full text of a journal article?

  • Go to Library home page.
  • Click on <Journals> under Specialized Searches on the left. You will be brought here.
  • Type your journal title (not article title!) into the search box & click the <Browse> button.
  • If Olin owns the full text, a list of where the content is available will be returned. Check years available against your citation.
  • Click on the link to the database content. You will then need to navigate to your journal article.
  • If no listings are returned, Olin most likely does not own the content, and an Interlibrary Loan will be necessary (the form can be found under Library Services and Collections, or here).

 

How do I check out library materials?

Because the library is open to members of the Olin community 24 hours a day but not staffed during all hours, a self-checkout machine is available to Olin community members at the front desk.

Please note that Reference and Reserve books cannot be checked out.

  • Type in your last name (click on the magnifying glass if the “Patron Browse” window is not open):
  • Click on your name.
  • Use the scanner to your right to scan the Olin barcode on the book (which starts with 32101… It’s not the ISBN):
  • The barcode can be found on the front of the book in the upper left corner; OR on the inside of the back cover in the upper right corner.
  • Pick up and scanner and press the button while scanning.
  • If you get a message “Item not found”, please use the orange manual check-out folder on the counter to your left.
  • After you are done checking out your items, click “Checkout complete”. A checkout receipt will be emailed to you.
  • If you experience any problems, please use the orange manual check-out folder on the counter to your left.

How long can I check out library materials?

Reference materials and journals may not be taken out of the library. Currently, only those with Olin ID cards and members of schools with whom Olin College has reciprocal agreements (Babson and Wellesley) can check out other materials from the Olin College Library. Materials circulate for 4 weeks, unless otherwise indicated.

Does the library charge fines?

The Olin College Library does not currently charge any overdue fines. However, book borrowers may be charged for replacement of lost or damaged books. Please note that other libraries DO charge overdue fines for books returned late by Olin community members (that includes all Interlibrary Loan books).

How do I renew my items?

To renew your items online, please go to My Account and log in using your library ID that is printed on your Olin ID card, after the letters "LIB". It should be a 16-digit number beginning with "221019". Your PIN is the last 4 digits of your library ID.

What is my PIN?

Your PIN is the last 4 digits of your library ID that is printed on your Olin ID card, after the letters "LIB". It should be a 16-digit number beginning with "221019". Once logged in, you may view and renew items checked out to you. If you forget your PIN or experience other difficulties, email us at library-circulation@olin.edu.

How can Olin community members access e-reources while off campus?

This can be done through EZ proxy technology. EZ Proxy is a web proxy server allowing access from outside the library’s computer network. With this technology you are able to access Olin’s databases without the use of a VPN. To access a particular database or journal, simply click on its name and when prompted, enter your Olin login and password (the same login credentials you use to log into your Olin computer). You should then automatically be able to gain access to the contents of our subscriptions. Please contact us at library@olin.edu with any questions or concerns.

Who can use the library?

The library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week to all current students, faculty, and staff of Olin College. The library is open to all others from 9am to 5pm Monday through Friday, except on College holidays. Borrowing privileges are also extended to Olin College alumni/ae, and Babson and Wellesley community members upon request.

Where can I find a map of the library?

What can I do if the material I want to use is not owned by Olin College?

You can request an ILL (Interlibrary Loan). Simply fill out this form with as much information as possible. It's important to remember that ILL requests take time, depending on the availability of the item and how quickly other libraries respond to our request. Copies of journal articles usually arrive within a week of the request, and books may take longer. Please speak with a member of the library staff if you need an article more quickly.

You will be notified when your items arrive. Please note that these items may have different due dates than Olin items--and may be subject to fines if they are late!

What's an ILL (Interlibrary Loan)?

ILL stands for InterLibrary Loan. If a book or journal article is not available in the Olin Library collection, the Library staff will be happy to process an ILL request for you. Simply fill out this form with as much information as possible. It's important to remember that ILL requests take time, depending on the availability of the item and how quickly other libraries respond to our request. Copies of journal articles usually arrive within a week of the request, and books may take longer. Please speak with a member of the library staff if you need an article more quickly.

How do I place a hold on an item already checked out by someone else?

Please contact a library staff member if an item you are interested in is currently checked out to another patron. Our privacy policy prohibits us from telling you who has the item checked out, but we have other options for obtaining an additional copy.

What can I ask the library to add to its collection?

The library collects books, media, journals and realia across a number of subject areas. Members of the Olin community are welcome to suggest or request items for the collection. The library staff will evaluate suggestions against our current collection, our budget, and the fit of the requested item with our collection development policy. Send requests to library@olin.edu. Please see our Collection Development Policy for more information.

Can the library purchase a copy of textbooks for use by students in the library?

For a variety of reasons, the library does not routinely purchase textbooks for the library collection. Specific titles will be purchased, however, if a faculty member requests them for course reserves.

What is the Olin Community Collection?

Each member of the Olin community can request one item for the library to purchase (one item equals one book, or one DVD, etc. In a multi-volume set, each volume counts as one item). The Community Collection forms are available at the main desk in the library.

What is the Faculty Collection and where is the Faculty Office location?

The Faculty Collection is a collection of personal copies of books that belong to individual faculty members who agreed to loan the books out to students and to have them entered into our system. The books are kept in faculty offices, not the library.

The Faculty Office location is the office of a faculty member that owns the book (see the Call Number field for the office number). AC means Academic Center, CC means Campus Center, and MH means Milas Hall. If you come across OC, it means that the office is in Milas Hall (which used to be called Olin Center).

To check out a particular title from the Faculty Collection, please visit the professor’s office and ask if you may borrow it. You can look up who the office belongs to in the Olin directory on the portal (Telephone List under the Human Resources tab).

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