Author Archives: Kristin Anderson

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 ( 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 ( 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.

Practice Social Distancing

Your Lewis library is open this week for our Lewis student population. We ask that everyone please practice good social distancing while on library and Lewis grounds, and remain at least 6 feet from the nearest person.

We will continue to serve you through online chat, email, and telephone.

Thank you so much for your continued cooperation during this stressful time.

Library Services during COVID-19

With the well-being of all members of the Lewis University community our highest priority, we are taking several steps in response to the global Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.  For more information from the university, please reference this page: 


At this time there are no confirmed cases of coronavirus on campus.


A variety of online academic support resources are available to all students, including from the Center for Academic Success and Enrichment (CASE), Academic Services, the Library, Career Services, and the Writing Center. In addition, Student Success Coordinators are available via phone, e-mail, and video conference to assist and support students. Please visit this link for a complete listing of these resources, as well as contact information.

Here are our current library services available to the Lewis Community:

  • Space open-social distancing
    • Our space is open for our patrons.  We do ask that all patrons remain 6ft apart from each other and practice social distancing when utilizing the space.
    • From Saturday March 14th – Sunday March 22nd, we will be open from 8:30a-5p Monday – Friday, and 10a-4p on Saturdays. We will be closed on Sunday.
      • Please reference the library’s website or social media for up-to-date hours beyond this time.

Interlibrary Loans

So you are searching for an article in Google or Google Scholar and you hit a page like this. That’s the end right?


Look up the article title in Summon, check that “add results beyond your library’s collection” box and request that article via interlibrary loan FOR FREE!

You should never have to pay for an article you need for a paper.  Let the library get the article for you.

Questions?  Initiate a chat with a library staff member today!

Meet the New Library Staff

The Library’s newest staff member is Sierra Campbell. Sierra is the research and instruction librarian for STEM and the Health Sciences andthe liaison librarian for Aviation and TransportationBiologyChemistryComputer ScienceMathematicsNursingOccupational TherapyPhysicsSport and Exercise Science. You can reach her by email at, or just stop by the Library and say hi!

What made you decide to become a librarian? What is your favorite part of the job?

I wanted to become a librarian after working as an intern at Brookfield Zoo in their library during the summer of 2010.  At that time, I had just graduated from college with an English Literature degree and did not know what to do with it. At Brookfield Zoo, I worked with the librarian and also a graduate student who was studying to become a librarian.  I started asking questions about librarianship and what the career would entail and realized It aligned with my background and interests.

My favorite part of the job is working with students and seeing the realization that libraries are treasure troves of information, and that they have all of these resources available to them as students.  When a student understands concepts taught during an instruction session, I feel I’ve done my job as a librarian.


What is your position at the library and why did you choose to work for the Lewis Library?

I am the Instruction and Research Librarian for STEM and the Health Sciences.  This includes Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Math and Technology.  I also liaison for the College of Nursing, and the Aviation and Transportation programs.

I chose to work at the Lewis Library because I was impressed with the staff and other librarians, as well as the many resources Lewis offers.  I previously worked at a small college.


Choose any movie or TV show title that represents the “story of your life.”  Which character are you from the movie/show?

I would say the character of Sybil from Downton Abbey represents me because I’ve struggled with finding acceptance.  She also struggled with finding who she was before realizing she could apply herself in her community through the women’s suffrage movement.


If you could have any one superpower, what would you choose?

Invisibility, only because I am an introvert by nature and sometimes I need a good place to hide!


Libraries are constantly evolving. What are some things that you would like to see happen at the Lewis library?

I would love for the Lewis Library to expand its database offerings.  I haven’t been here long enough to notice any long-term changes, but expanding on more electronic resources would be more appealing to faculty and students.


What are you reading (or what was the last book you read)?

I am currently reading “Becoming” by Michelle Obama and “The Man Who Caught the Storm: The Life of Legendary Storm Chaser Tim Samaras” by Brantley Hargrove.

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