Aug. 23, 2013 by Pat Tully
Welcome to Wesleyan University! Here are some links to useful pages about library resources and services.
Q: What libraries make up Wesleyan University Library?
Wesleyan University Library is made up of three libraries. Olin Library is the main campus library, on Church Street between Clark Hall and the Public Affairs Center (commonly known as the PAC). It houses collections in the humanities and social sciences, Scores & Recordings and the World Music Archives, and Special Collections & Archives. The Reserve Desk and Office and Interlibrary Loan Office are also in Olin.
The Art Library is in the Davison Art Center at 301 High Street. It contains collections in art, architecture and photography. Reserve services for most art classes are also provided in the Art Library. Susanne Javorski is the Art Librarian.
The Science Library (commonly known as SciLi, pronounced sci’li) is in the Exley Science Center at 265 Church Street. It contains collections in the sciences. It also houses the DVD collection and compact storage on the ground floor with print science journals and older materials in all subject areas. Melissa Behney is the Science Librarian.
Q: How do I get to the library’s website?
Just go to: http://www.wesleyan.edu/library/. The library’s website has links to information on our resources, services, facilities and systems.
The Library OneSearch bar allows you to do a single search to find the information you need from most of the library’s catalogs and electronic resources. For more information, go to the Library FAQ page.
Q: Where can I go for a detailed list of library services and information for undergraduates and graduate students?
Go to the Information For Students page: http://www.wesleyan.edu/library/infoforyou/forstudents.html
Q: How do I get to material that is on reserve for my class?
The library provides both physical and electronic reserves, available shortly before classes start. To find print or other physical materials on reserve for your class, go to the Course Reserve search page. You can search by instructor, course number, or course name. Most physical reserve items are available at the Olin Library Reserve Desk on the first floor. The Art Library has some reserve material for courses in the arts.
To find materials on electronic reserve, go to the E-Res page. Again, you can search by instructor, course number, or course name. Once you have entered the password your instructor gives you, you will come to a list of links to materials on electronic reserve.
Q: What kinds of primary sources are available at Wesleyan?
Wesleyan has a rich Special Collections & Archives department, including rare books, manuscript collections, university archives, and local history materials. These collections are frequently used by faculty across the disciplines for academic research and as integral parts of their course curricula. SC&A has a website that describes some of the holdings: http://www.wesleyan.edu/library/schome/ and the staff are glad to answer any questions you might have about your research needs or class visits. Contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (860) 685-3864.
Q: Where can I find information about Wesleyan’s collections of images, video and audio recordings, and statistics/data sets?
For the broadest search across many types of resources, use Library OneSearch. The Find Research Materials page has tips and links to find images, video, audio, archives, and WesScholar, the online archive of the work of Wesleyan faculty and students. Many academic departments have departmental collections some of which are searchable using the Departmental Collections catalog.
For information on finding international statistics and data sets: http://libguides.wesleyan.edu/Worldstats
For information on finding U.S. statistics and data sets: http://libguides.wesleyan.edu/USstats
Q: What help does the library offer in finding and using research sources for papers and projects?
You can sign up for an appointment with a librarian, who will work with you to find appropriate resources for your assignment. Online Subject and Research Guides are also available with links to online resources specific to each discipline.
Q: How do I look for books in the library?
For the broadest search across many types of resources, use Library OneSearch.
If you are specifically looking for books in our collections, search in Caleb, the library’s catalog. In Caleb, you can do a search by title, author, subject, or keyword. Once you’ve found the book you want, write down the location and call number. (If you have a smartphone, you can also text yourself the call number using the Text me this Call Number link on the right side of the screen.)
– To do a catalog search from your smartphone, go to our mobile catalog.
Q: The library doesn’t have the article or book I need. How do I get material through interlibrary loan (ILL)?
To sign up for an ILL account, go to: https://wesleyan.hosts.atlas-sys.com/illiad/FirstTime.html
After filling out a brief form you will have an Illiad account and be able to submit online requests for materials that the library does not provide access to locally. You will be notified when the item is available.
Q: What is the CTW Consortium?
The CTW Consortium consists of Connecticut College, Trinity College, and Wesleyan University, all liberal arts schools in Connecticut. The libraries share an online catalog and collaborate on a number of system and collection-related initiatives. We also share our collections, and students and faculty can request materials from other libraries in the consortium, which are shipped in 1-2 business days. To do a search in the CTW catalog, go to: http://ctwsearch.wesleyan.edu/vufind/
If Connecticut or Trinity have an item and Wesleyan does not, you can request the item by clicking on the Make a Request link in the record for the item.
Q: How can I access online resources when I’m not in the library?
Students, faculty and current Wesleyan staff can get to most of the library’s electronic resources through the Wesleyan proxy server, by entering their Wesleyan email user name and password.
Q: How can I keep up with library news—changes in hours, improved services, new resources, and library events and exhibits?
You can find out what is going on at the library in a variety of ways. WesLibNews is the library’s Twitter feed; we also have a Facebook page and a Library News blog. Or you can contact us by calling 860-685-2660 or by sending an email: email@example.com.
We look forward to meeting and working with you. Best wishes for the coming year!