How do I get access to a book or book chapter?
Current members of the Carleton community can come to the library during open hours, browse the shelves and check out books. Carleton students, faculty, and staff off campus may request journal articles and book chapters through their Interlibrary Loan account and we will attempt to deliver them electronically. If you are off campus and need a scan from a book the library has in print, please use your interlibrary loan account to request a chapter or two. Please note: Requests for items Carleton does not own might be delayed due to library closures throughout the country.
From January 9-17, Gould Library is closed to students but students may check out materials according to the instructions on the Gould Library webpage.
What is the occupancy limit of the library during the pandemic?
The occupancy limit of the library building is 350. The library homepage will show the current occupancy.
How is the library quarantining and sanitizing books?
Time is the best disinfectant. All returned books, with the exception of reserves, will be quarantined for three days. Please do not use sprays or wipes on books as chemical disinfectants can be damaging. The current advice to protect oneself against the virus also holds for books: wear a mask, avoid touching your face, and wash hands well with soap and water before and after handling library materials to reduce exposure.
Can I renew or check out a locker?
Due to COVID-19, lockers will not be renewed or checked out this academic year.
May I use a group study room?
Yes, although there are no group study rooms available in the library during the pandemic. All open study rooms have an occupancy limit of one.
Are emeritus faculty allowed in the library?
No, because they are not getting tested for COVID-19 like current faculty, staff, and students; emeritus and retired faculty will not be allowed in the library.
Are visitors allowed in the library?
No, like all campus buildings, the library will be accessible to current faculty, staff, and students via their OneCard.
Is group study permitted in the library during the pandemic?
Can I still donate books to the library?
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are currently unable to accept donations of books and other physical materials.
How do I return a library locker key?
Whether you are on or off campus, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for information about returning library locker keys.
Can I request or make my own digital copies of films, books, etc to distribute to my students? What copyright considerations apply?
Carleton’s Copyright Policy and Copyright Guidance continue to be useful during this time of crisis. For the most part, anything that you could legally copy or display in your campus classroom you can display in your online classroom.
In general, proceed as you have always done:
- Link to existing licensed content when possible. Your Library Liaison can help you locate licensed material and identify stable links to that material so that it will work from off campus.
- Perform a Fair Use analysis as usual.The Copyright Committee can help you think through this process and relevant considerations (email@example.com)
- Seek permission or alternative content as needed. Your Liaison Librarian can work with you to investigate whether alternative content is accessible that would help you achieve your learning goals.
Special considerations for film and audio digitization
Digitizing and showing entire films or audio performances is often not advisable.
- Select films or audio that are already available online and link to those. For content primarily available through Netflix, Hulu, Spotify, etc, consider building your syllabus around one of those platforms and having students temporarily subscribe to those services as if they were buying a textbook. (Note that international access to these platforms may vary considerably, so students should use our VPN to access content.)
- Work with your Library Liaison to find alternative content that would serve your learning goals.
- Choose brief clips that are more likely to be considered Fair Use, and work with Academic Technology to deliver those clips to your students. As usual, PEPS will require documentation of your Fair Use analysis before they can reproduce multimedia works.
- Seek permission from the copyright holder, bearing in mind that this can take some time. As usual, PEPS will require documentation of permission before they can reproduce multimedia works.
For more information, see Carleton's Copyright Guidance on transitioning to online learning.
How do I return my interlibrary loan materials?
Do I have to use the VPN to access library resources remotely?
How do I connect Google Scholar to library’s resources?
Click on the three lines on the left side of your screen on http://scholar.google.com and choose Settings. Then click on Library Links and search for Carleton College and choose Carleton College - Full Text. Instructions can be found here: https://gouldguides.carleton.edu/googlescholar. This will show full text options from the library's databases when you search in Google Scholar.
Where can I find scientific research on COVID-19?
This research guide has helpful links: https://gouldguides.carleton.edu/coronavirus.
How do I return library materials if I am off campus?
Can I still work with Archives or Special Collections?
When are my library materials due?
How do I find the full text of an article?
Start by searching for the title in Catalyst to see if online access is available. If so you will see "Online Access" in green and options for where to find the full text. If it is not available, there should be a link to submit an interlibrary loan request for the article. You may also try searching Google Scholar to find the full text of articles, when you are off campus, you may have to change your settings to show links to Carleton's resources.
We have further information on these research guides:
- Finding Full Text: https://gouldguides.carleton.
- Google Scholar: https://gouldguides.carleton.
- Cited Reference Searching and Bibliography Mining: https://gouldguides.carleton.edu/bibliographictrail
Can I still have library instruction in my course?
How do I make an appointment with a Reference Librarian, Archivist, or Special Collections Librarian?
How do I access library resources if I am off campus?
Where can I find information on the citation managers Zotero and EndNote?
How do I suggest an electronic book to be added to the Library’s collections?
Suggest an addition to our collections using the methods on this page: https://apps.carleton.edu/campus/library/collections/suggest/