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Returning books – what do I do?

Whether you are graduating this semester or are planning on returning in the fall, you have a few options.

  • You can wait until the Library is open again to return your books – no fines or fees will be assessed.
  • If you want to return books you checked out before the library is open, you can come to campus with your student ID and park in parking lot L.
    • Then drop the book into the library book drop located on the campus side of the LRC. (see pic if you have no idea where that is)
  • I-Share Books: If you are closer to another campus, you can drop your book off at the library of any college or university that is a member of I-share (as long as the campus is allowing visitors).
  • Out of state – or can’t get to campus? Once the Library has reopened,  we will send you an envelope so you can mail it back to us.

Never Pay for an Article with Interlibrary Loan!

If we don’t have the full-text you can request it for free via Interlibrary Loan.  Here’s how:

  1. Copy the article title and paste it into the search box on the library homepage located here: https://www.lewisu.edu/academics/library/index.htm The search box is below the picture of the students.
  2. Open the article and on the right-hand side of the page is a “Request” button. Please click this.
  3. A new page will open, and also on the right-hand side is a link that says: “Request via Interlibrary Loan.”
  4. A form will open and you will need to fill this out with your full name and email, and then the article will be delivered to you via your Lewis email in 3-5 days.

If the article doesn’t appear within the first few results, please check the box titled: “Add results beyond your library’s collection.” This will search beyond the library’s resources.  Your article should then appear and can be requested using the method above or accessed by other means.

Fines? Hakuna Matata

You may have gotten a notice about fines and fees incurred from physical or other items you may have used. Please do not worry about it. Once we reopen, we will have access to our systems and we will waive fines when items are returned.

It’s our problem-free philosophy.

Library books and Textbooks in the time of Covid-19

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, none of the libraries are lending materials. However, there are options for you to get digital textbooks for free for this semester only.

RedShelf Access:

  1. ​Visit RedShelf’s login page for RedShelf Responds. You must create an account with your institutional (lewisu.edu) email address.
  2. Once you confirm your email, you can sign in and search for books by title, ISBN, or author in the ‘borrow your text’ search box.
  3. Once you find a title, click on details for the title you want and look for the ADD TO MY SHELF option. That will open a read now option – and also put the book on your “shelf” to return to again.

If you do not see the textbook you need there – this is another option:

  • Vital Source Access:
    1. Visit Vitalsource’s Bookshelf login page and follow the instructions to create an account. You must create an account with your institutional (lewisu.edu) email address.
    2. Once you confirm your email, you can sign in and search for books by title, ISBN,  or author.
    3. When you find the title, just hover over it and click ‘borrow’. Users can borrow up to 7 titles.

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