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Frequently Asked Questions
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 offer fax service?
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?

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 four black and white 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. Color copy service is available at Lithotech in Harrigan Hall.

With cash or coin, copies cost 10¢ each. The machines will return extra change. Using a copy card, copies cost 10 ¢ each. Copy cards are available at the Circulation Desk in the main lobby and cost $1 each and have 50 ¢ credit on them.

Does the Library offer fax service?
The Library does not offer a fax service, however the Information Technology Services (ITS) department does provide this service. Several area businesses also offer fax services. These include Apple Valley Market (adjacent to Andrews University), Dittos (across the street from Apple Valley Market), and Movie Time Video (517 N. Cass St.)
Does the Library have a scanner for public use?

There is a scanner/copier for public use located 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 which may be used by permission. 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?
There are two group study rooms available in the top floor stacks area. These rooms must be reserved ahead of time at the Circulation Desk. A lunch room on the lower floor of the library is also available without reservation.
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

Updated December 15, 2010