Have a research question? Ask a Librarian. The following frequently asked questions (FAQ) about The College of Wooster Libraries are answered below:
- How are the library materials arranged?
- Where do I begin my research?
- Are there campus phones in the libraries?
- How do I check out library materials?
- Where are the computers located?
- What is the CONSORT library catalog?
- Where can I make copies or print documents?
- What is ILLiad?
- How do I access the libraries information off-campus?
- What is OhioLINK?
- Can I place/access items on reserve?
- How do I contact staff members?
Library materials in The College of Wooster Libraries are arranged alphabetically and numerically using the Library of Congress Classification system or, in the case of U.S. government documents, the SuDocs Classification system.
If you are not sure where to begin your research, contact the Research Help Desk on the first floor of Andrews Library (330/263-2096 or ext. 2096 on campus) or Timken Science Library (330/263-2079 or ext. 2079 on campus). You can also refer to the Research Services page in order to find contact information for the librarians or schedule a Research Consultation.
Each librarian has several areas of specialization. If you are a first-year student, you have a librarian that has chosen your first-year seminar (FYS) as a particular area of interest. You can locate your librarian on the FYS Librarians page. To learn which librarian specializes in research on a particular subject, see the Subject Librarians page.
You may also want to refer to the Subject Guides pages that list specific resources available for beginning research.
Publicly accessible phones allowing calls on campus are in the following library locations:
|Andrews Lower2||far back wall near the end of the periodicals|
|Andrews Lower1||just past the entrance to Collection Management & Discovery Services Dept.|
|Andrews 2||on post at the top of the stairs|
|Andrews 3||on post at the top of the stairs|
|Gault 3||near stairwell going up to the upper level IS carrels|
|Timken||in the printer/copier room|
Your C.O.W. card is your library card, allowing you to check out books and other circulating materials from the libraries. You may check out (and return) circulating items at any one of the libraries’ three circulation desks: Andrews 1, Gault 1, or Timken Science Library. Items that may not be checked out of the library include Reference books, periodicals (magazines, journals, and newspapers) and some media (DVDs and videos).
You can learn more about checking out materials, including check-out periods, on the Borrowing Material page. Also feel free to contact any library circulation desk:
|Andrews||330/263-2493 or ext. 2493 on campus|
|Gault||330/263-2442 or ext. 2442 on campus|
|Timken||330/263-2079 or ext. 2079 on campus|
Computers with Internet access are located throughout the libraries, but are clustered in three areas: the McCoy Computer Lab (Andrews Lower 2), the Timken Science Computer Lab, and the first floor of Andrews Library in the CoRE. The McCoy, and Timken Science labs are sometimes reserved for class instruction, but when unscheduled, are open for College of Wooster faculty, staff, and student use.
In addition, the libraries are part of the ScotZone, the campus wireless computer network. For information on how to configure your computer for the campus wireless network see the Wireless Set-up Documentation page. You can also call ext. 2312 on campus for ScotZone assistance.
CONSORT is the combined online library catalog of The College of Wooster, Denison University, Kenyon College, and Ohio Wesleyan University libraries. You may use this catalog to determine what items are owned by each of these libraries and to electronically request that circulating items not available in your institution’s library, but available elsewhere in CONSORT, be sent to you free of charge, usually within three working days. Items sent to you from other libraries may be picked up at the Andrews Library circulation desk.
Additionally, CONSORT provides library users access to their own library records so they may monitor the progress of requests, check due dates, and perform online renewal of checked-out items. You may also create "Preferred Searches" which are run automatically on a regular basis with results emailed to you.
The College of Wooster Libraries have several printers and copiers. You may print a document on the copier/printers located on Andrews 1, Andrews Lower 2, or the Timken Science copier/printers. You may make copies on the Andrews 1 copier/printer, Andrews Lower 2 copier/printer, or the Timken Science library copier/printers. Whether printing or copying, the cost is five cents per page, charged to your C.O.W. card, or if applicable, your departmental account. At the beginning of each school year, C.O.W. students will have money allocated to their C.O.W. card to offset the costs of printing/copying. The amount is based on your class year.
Color printing is available at Office Services located in Lowry Center, the Wired Scot, Andrews Library, and in the Timken Science Library. There is an additional charge associated with using each of these printers. More information about copying and printing is available on the Office of Information Technology's Copying & Printing page.
ILLiad is the Libraries' online interlibrary loan (ILL) system. It is used to request articles not available at Wooster, or books and other materials that are not available via CONSORT or OhioLINK. The first time you access ILLiad you will be prompted to fill out a new registration form (only the first time). You will use that account information to access the system for subsequent use. After logging in, you will then proceed to choose the type of item to be requested (article, book, etc.) and then subsequently be provided the appropriate form to fill out. When you are finished, remember to logout of ILLiad. Contact Lorna Flynn for further information or assistance (ext. 2136).
Access instructions may be found on the Accessing Resources Off-Campus page.
OhioLINK is a consortium of college and research libraries across the State of Ohio. This consortium has a shared library catalog, the OhioLINK Library Catalog, that not only allows you to determine which library owns an item, but also to electronically request that a circulating item, not available in CONSORT, be sent to you at the College of Wooster Libraries free of charge, usually within five working days. Items sent to you from other libraries may be picked up at the Andrews Library circulation desk.
The College of Wooster Libraries membership in the OhioLINK consortium also allows us to purchase access to more than 100 electronic databases and thousands of electronic journals at a reduced rate. For more information on the OhioLINK network, see the OhioLINK home page.
Faculty may place items on Reserve in the libraries for use by students in their courses, either as actual print copy or in electronic format. You may find what a faculty member has placed on reserve for a course by searching the CONSORT library catalog “Search Course Reserves by” link using either the professor's name, course name, or in the case of electronic reserves, the ERes connection.
Items on print reserve (location of WOO Reserves or WOO Science Reserves) require you present their call number to the staff member at the Andrews Circulation desk (Andrews 1) or Timken Science Circulation desk to obtain the item.
Items on media permanent or course reserve (location of WOO Media--LIB Use Only) require you present the title of the item to the staff member at the Andrews circulation desk to obtain the item. Media reserve items must be used/viewed in the library.
Items on electronic reserve are available online upon presentation of the professor-provided course password. If you have questions about Reserve materials, contact Patti McVay Gorrell (ext. 2285) for items listed as WOO Media Reserves or WOO Reserves, Gwen Short (ext. 2275) for items listed as WOO Science Reserves, or Michael Buttrey for electronic reserves.
Contact information for the Libraries is available on the Libraries Staff page.