Lewis students, alumni, faculty, and staff may borrow books and materials from the general collection from the Lewis Library.
Students, alumni, staff, and faculty should come to the Circulation Desk to obtain a barcode for their Lewis University ID cards. These cards must be presented each time materials are checked out. The library should be notified if an ID card has been replaced so that the old barcode can be deleted and a new one issued. Alumni may obtain a library card from the Circulation Desk. Alumni will be asked for a photo ID and proof of graduation.
Materials may be renewed at the Circulation Desk or by phoning (815) 836-5300 if the materials are not overdue. Once materials are overdue, there is no renewal by phone.
Fines and Fees
There will be a $.10 per day charge for each book that is overdue. When library material is lost or destroyed there will be a $40.00 processing fee assessed for each item in addition to the cost of the item charged. The card holder will be notified of these fines and fees. Failure to clear overdue fines will result in a charge added to student accounts through the Business Office.
Problem Patron Status
Borrowing privileges will cease if library materials are not returned on time. At least THREE notices will be sent before identification as a problem patron and notification will be sent. This status will be cleared when all library materials are returned and fines/fees are paid.
Students may obtain materials that faculty has reserved at the Circulation Desk. Photo IDs will be required as a deposit while viewing the material. Students will need to know the teacher's name, the class name, and the article or assignment name. Class syllabi are not available at the Circulation Desk. Most Reserve items are classified for 2 hour, in library use only.
The primary duties of the Reference Librarians at Lewis University are to provide personalized assistance to patrons in person, by phone or e-mail. The Reference Librarians will be happy to advise patrons in how best to fully use the Library’s resources. Reference Librarians are on duty whenever the Library is open and can be contacted at (815) 836-5306 or by email at Ask a Reference Librarian.
Bibliographic Instruction is available for class groups by appointment. Instructors wishing general or specialized presentations on the use of library resources, both print and electronic, may contact the Bibliographic Instruction Librarian, X5306, to schedule desired sections. Presentations typically are offered in the Library Computer Laboratory which has 26 terminals or the Media Classroom. Customized handouts will be provided.
Interlibrary loan requests should be made in person at either the Circulation Desk, (815) 836-5300/5768, or the Reference Desk, (815) 836-5306. Request forms are available from the Reference Librarian. Return the completed form to the Reference Librarian as they must approve each request. Interlibrary loan is restricted to currently enrolled Lewis University students, faculty, and staff.
Faxes may be sent for a fee of $1.00 per page. These may be brought to the Circulation Desk for processing. It is recommended that the name of recipient, fax number, and voice number are provided, in case of an error in sending the document.
Photocopying machines are available for use. The current rate per copy is ten cents. Transparencies are also available.
The library provides computers for use by students during library hours. In addition to general use computers there is a computer lab in the library, and other computers labs available on campus. Please remember to bring a flash drive/thumb drive, a CD-R disk, or a 3-1/2" diskette for saving your files. University computers will allow documents to be saved onto the desktop only when you are logged in. The library also sells diskettes for $1.00 each and CD-R disks for $2.00 each. Each student must login and logout with every use of the computer. Reservation of computers is not permitted.
Keys for study rooms are available from the Circulation Desk. The key must be signed for and a photo ID left at the Circulation Desk. Study Rooms are issued on a first come, first served basis. Study Rooms cannot be reserved.