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Frequently Asked Questions

How can I access the Library's restricted resources from home?
I'm not currently affiliated with Andrews University, can I pay a fee and gain access to the Library's restricted resources?
How long can I borrow a book, or a journal?
Can I make copies at the Library? If so, how much does it cost?
Does the Library have a scanner for public use?
What do I need to check out Library material?
Where are the professors' reserve readings?
Is there a place for our group to study together?
Where can I find computers for word processing?
I live in the community; can I use the James White Library?
What services are offered to alumni of Andrews University?
Is there a place in the library where I can print a large poster or photo?

How can I access the Library's restricted resources from home?

Remote access to electronic resources marked with auonly next to them on the Library's web site is restricted to Andrews University students and personnel. When accessing these resources from home or work, users will be asked to enter their Andrews University usernames and passwords (the same ones used for accessing AU email accounts and web registration). See Access to Databases by Andrews University Students for more information.

I'm not currently affiliated with Andrews University, can I pay a fee and gain access to the Library's restricted resources?

Members of the community and alumni are welcome to use James White Library's restricted electronic subscription resources (designated on the Library's web site by auonly) when visiting the library building. However, remote access to these resources from off campus is not possible.

How long can I borrow a book or a journal?

Undergraduate students, AU staff, and community patrons may borrow books for three weeks. Masters students may have books on extended loan for three months. Doctoral students and faculty may have books on extended loan for six months. Books on reserve will have shorter loan periods determined by the professor who put them on reserve.

Most patrons may check out bound journals for one day, however faculty and doctoral students may check them out for up to three days.

Can I make copies at the Library? If so, how much does it cost?

The James White Library provides photocopiers for public use. These copiers are located in the Reference Room and Seminary Reference Room (main floor), Periodicals Room (lower floor), and the top floor hallway. Black/white and color are available. B/W are 10 cents per page. Color 25 cents per page.

Does the Library have a scanner for public use?

There is a scanner/copier for public use located in front of the Reference Desk on the main floor. The scans can be emailed only to an Andrews University email address. There is no charge for the scaning funciton.

The Multimedia Center on the Library's top floor also has a scanner (BookScan) which may be used by permission. It has a flat bed scanner for books and journals and a scanner for cut sheets. The cut sheet scanner can scan both sides at the same time. Scanned material can be saved to a USB drive or emailed to any valid email address. Saved files can be in PDF, jpg, or tiff formats. There is no charge. Ask the Multimedia staff for more information.

What do I need to check out Library material?

For Andrews University students and personnel, a valid AU ID card is required for checking out library materials. For those unaffiliated with Andrews University, a community patron card is required. Residents of Berrien County may also check out designated items by obtaining an Infopass from their local library.

Where are the professors' reserve readings?

Books and hard copies of articles placed on reserve are held at the Circulation Desk in the main lobby. Books or articles on electronic reserve are available online (see Course Reserves). Videos and other audiovisual materials on reserve are in the Multimedia Center on the Library's top floor.

Is there a place for our group to study together?

The top floor has four group study areas:
Rooms 380 and 381 are available for group study. Each room has seating for four. These rooms must be reserved ahead of time at the Circulation Desk.
Room 305 (in the Media Center) has seating for six. It can also be used as a conference room. Check with the Media Center desk for availability.
The Media Center itself is available as a study area. Seating can be rearranged to facilitate discussion. A whiteboard is also available.

The bottom floor has two group study areas:
Room 133 is available for group study. Make reservervations ahead of time at the Circulation Desk.
The lunch room is available for group study. No reservation needed.

Where can I find computers for word processing?

The Library provides computers with word processing capability and other software on all floors of the library. Andrews University provides computer labs for its students in Bell Hall. In addition, some academic departments have computer labs for their students.

I live in the community; can I use the James White Library?

The Library welcomes visits from members of the community. Members of the community may use materials and databases free of charge on site. Community patron cards (valid for one year) may be purchased at the Circulation Desk for $35 and are required to check out materials. Please note that some Library services are restricted to Andrews University students and personnel only.

Discounted community patron cards are available for the following groups of people who live within a two hour driving radius of Andrews University:

  • Family members of AU students and personnel -- $1
  • Senior citizens, ministers, and educators -- $15
What services are offered to alumni of Andrews University?

Alumni of Andrews University are eligible for free courtesy cards and are offered the same privileges as community patrons. The Library's web site links to many free resources including the Seventh-day Adventist Periodical Index. Alumni are not eligible for remote access to restricted resources indicated by auonly, but may use these resources on site in the James White Library. Additional resources are available as described at http://www.andrews.edu/library/alumni/index.html

Is there a place in the library where I can print a large poster or photo?

The Media Center has a Large Format Printer (LFP) for use by anyone. It can print posters as wide as 42" and as long as needed. Typically, most posters are about 36" x 48". Some are smaller and a few are larger. There are several paper types available. Fees depend upon the size of the poster and type of paper used. For more information see the Media Center Prints page.

Updated May 20, 2015