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Checking out, borrowing, returning

Log in to My Account from the link in the top left corner of every library web page. If necessary, create a login and password. MyAccount allows you to view a list of library materials checked out to you. You may also use My Account to renew materials. For more information on using My Account, see this tutorial.
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Students, faculty, and staff use their Panther Cards to check out library materials.

If you are a resident of Illinois and 18 years of age or older, you may apply for a community borrowers card. Please go to the Community Borrowers page for more information on services available to Illinois residents.
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General Stacks books may be renewed for an additional four weeks. Current print journals may be renewed once, for one additional day.  Items may not be renewed if they have been requested by another patron.  For more information, please view the full Circulation Policy.

You can renew items by telephone at 217-581-6071.  Phone 217-581-6091 to renew media items. You may renew materials online yourself using the My Account feature of the EIU Online Catalog.

You may also renew materials using I-Share. For more information, see this tutorial.

Interlibrary loan books may sometimes be renewed by calling 217-581-6074.

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There are two ways to request items from other libraries. The most commonly used method is through the "I-Share" catalog. First you need an account. This one-time process allows you to log in to the catalog using a username and password that you choose. Instructions for creating an I-Share account are available in this tutorial. Create an account now

To request an item, click on the "Request this item" link located directly under the information about each copy, as illustrated below. It works best to request the first or second available copy.


If you need to request journal or magazine articles, or books that are not available in the I-Share catalog, you need to complete an Interlibrary Loan request form for articles or books.

Contact ILL: 
217-581-6066 (fax) 

Frequently Asked Questions about Interlibrary Loan
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Student Loan Periods:

Books: 4 weeks
Current Bestsellers: 1 week
Current Periodicals: 1 day
Bound Periodicals: 1 week
Videos: 3 days
Sound Recordings: 1 week

View the full Circulation Policy

The Panther Card is required to check out materials.  Library patrons are charged a monetary fine and/or replacement cost for overdue and lost library materials.

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You may check out as many library resources as you need. There is no official limit to the number of items you may borrow.
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Fines for overdue books are 25 cents per day, per item.  Audio-visual materials and periodicals are $1 per day, per item.   Reserve materials accrue at 25 cents for the first hour and 10 cents per hour for each additional hour the library is open.  The maximum fine is $10 per item.

Library fines and fees are billed to EIU student accounts.  For details on payment, visit EIU’s Student Accounts page:

If an item designated as lost is returned, the patron is assessed the fines that have accrued to a maximum of $10 and a $15 processing fee. The minimum fee for a lost book is $50.

For more information or to appeal a fine, see Loan Policies and Fines.
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Computer use

Follow these instructions for connecting to the library's wireless network using your laptop, tablet, or other device.
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The computers in the glass-enclosed lab on the 4000 level may be used to check e-mail and access the internet.  In addition, computers with open internet access are available along the east wall on levels 1000, 2000, and 3000 South.
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The computers in the open lab on the 4000 level provide word processing and other software. Please check our software list to see which programs are available.
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Restrooms are available throughout the library on the 3000 (South), 4000, and 1000 (North and South) levels of the building. Check the library map or ask at a service desk for directions.

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Eleven group study rooms are located on the 4000 level of the library. These rooms are available on a first come, first served basis and cannot be reserved. All rooms have a whiteboard and tables equipped with electrical outlets and network ports.

The Martin Luther King Jr. University Union offers a 24-hour study lounge on the main floor of the east building just inside the west entrance.

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A change machine is located in the large copy room to the west of the Circulation Desk (south end of the 3000 level). Also in this room is a Cash-to-Chip machine to add money to your Panther Card.
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Lost items found in the library are held at the Circulation Desk.

Lost Panther Cards are sent to the Panther Card Office (3040 Student Services Building). The phone number is 217-581-6596.
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Yes. The south entrance is accessible to individuals with disabilities.  Facilities are identifiable by the International Symbol of Access: disability symbol.
Booth Library's TTY (text-writing telephone) number is 217-581-6072. The library also has a CCTV magnifying reader and a Galileo Reading System to assist individuals with visual impairment.  Please call the library at 217-581-6072 or ask a staff member if you need personalized assistance.
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If you'd like to make a donation to Booth Library, please complete the Library gift form or make an online contribution

Booth Library accepts gifts of books, journals and other materials following certain guidelines as stated in the "Gifts" section of the Library Services Collection Development policy.  
Section VII, "Gifts" states:
The library welcomes gifts and donations of useful materials, or the funds to purchase them. However, all gifts of materials to the library are accepted with the understanding that they are added to the collection only after they have met the same selection criteria as materials which are purchased.
The library will not accept gifts with conditions as to their disposition or location except by expressed permission of the Dean of Library Services. Generally, the library will not maintain gift collections as separate entities. The library retains the right to dispose of unneeded gift materials, regardless of how they were acquired, by discarding or sale in the library's annual book sale. The library does not provide any statement estimating the value of donations.
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About Your Library Number
  1. Look for the 14-digit number (Lib #) in the bottom right corner of your Panther Card or Continuing Education student ID card.
  2. Use the Library ID Lookup form. You will be asked to enter your E-number and Last Name.
If your ID doesn't work, please call 217-581-6071 or stop by the Circulation Desk on the south end of the main (3000) level.
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For help with depositing your thesis with the library or submitting your thesis for binding, please contact the Circulation Desk at 217-581-6071.

Thesis preparation and submission instructions can be found in the Thesis Manual on the Graduate School's Thesis and Research page.

For library assistance with thesis research, see the Thesis Research 101 guide. Graduate students are welcome to schedule a consultation with a librarian or attend the series of seminars offered each semester.

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If you think Booth should have a book, CD or DVD, complete the Materials Purchase Suggestion form. We will try to support your request.
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During an emergency, please follow the directions of the library staff.  In the event of an injury or security problem, report the incident to a staff member.

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Reproduction services

Yes. Please visit or contact the Circulation Desk (217-581-6071) for more information about this service.
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PDF files and Word files can be sent as print jobs from to Booth’s printers, located on the 4000 level of the library. Files may be sent from laptops and mobile devices through the Web to the print stations in the computer lab. Print jobs will be deleted if not printed after 24 hours. Call Library Technology Services at 217-581-6091 for help.
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Copy machines are located in the copy rooms next to the Atrium on each level of Booth Library. There is also a large copy room to the west of the Circulation Desk. Cost is $.05 per copy.

Many copy machines in the library take the Panther Card. You may add cash to your Panther Card using the cash-to-chip machine in the copy room just west of the Circulation Desk. Coin-operable photocopy machines are also available in several copy rooms.

It is the responsibility of the individual to comply with U.S. Copyright Law, posted near each machine.
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Scanners are available on the 4000 level near the Library Technology Services desk. Scanned images may be saved, or printed on color or black and white printers. Standard printing costs apply: Color printouts cost $.16 each; black and white printouts are $.08 apiece. Printing costs are billed to your EIU account by swiping your Panther Card's magnetic strip at the printing station.
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Overhead transparencies can be made at Library Technology Services on the 4000 level.
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All library computers print to the Open Computer Lab on the fourth floor (4000 Level) except those in the Reference Computer Lab. Black and white printouts cost $0.08 each; color printouts are $0.16 each.

Printing costs are billed to the student's EIU account by swiping the Panther Card's magnetic strip at the printing station in the lab on the 4000 Level. Printing charges will appear on the student's monthly bill from the University.

Patrons without a Panther Card can purchase a print card from the service desk on the 4000 Level for $1.00. Exact change is required. Cards provide 10 black and white prints or 5 color prints.

The Reference Computer Lab, located on the third floor (3000 Level) near the Reference Desk, is set up for research only. Printing pages from the catalog and article databases is free in the Reference Computer Lab, and there is no limit to the number of pages printed.

Wireless printing is also available. PDF files and Word files can be sent as print jobs from to Booth’s printers, located on the 4000 Level of the library. Print jobs will be deleted if not printed after 24 hours. Call Library Technology Services at 217-581-6091 for help.
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A color photocopier is available in the copy room on the 3000 South level of the library (near the Circulation Desk). Color copies cost $.30 each and can be paid for with the cash-to-chip feature of the Panther Card. A cash-to-chip machine is located in the same room as the color copier.
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Research help

There are several ways to find articles in journals. 

1. To search for articles online, enter your search terms in the articles search box on the library homepage

2. Full-text databases such as EBSCO Academic Search Complete and others contain full-text articles.  Find this and all of Booth Library's other article databases from the Databases link on the Library home page.

3. Citation databases allow you to search for articles and citation information, but generally do not provide full-text. In addition, indexes such as these sometimes allow you to search for books, book chapters, dissertations, and other information.

When you find an article citation, look for the "Get Full Text" link. For an explanation of this service, see the "Get Full Text" linking FAQ.

4. Some specialized indexes are only available in print. For help identifying and locating these indexes, ask a librarian at the Reference Desk.

To find out whether Booth Library has a particular journal, search by title under the Journal Titles tab on the library home page. You can also search for print holdings in the EIU Library Catalog (click the Journals/Magazines box to limit your search).

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Accurately citing the research you use when writing a  paper is extremely important. You need to give credit to the author(s) whose ideas you use. Correct citations also protect you from accusations of plagiarism. There are dozens of different citation styles for different disciplines. Links to style guides for MLA, APA, Chicago/Turabian, or the Council of Science Editors (CSE), and others can be found on the Citation Styles research guide.
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Use the EIU Online Catalog to find books, CDs, holdings of magazines and journals, computer files, maps, spoken word recordings, musical recordings and scores, videos/media, and all other Booth Library materials in all formats -- including digital and online.
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Click on the Databases link below the search box in the center of the library homepage.  You will see a list of all databases in alphabetical order.  To see databases listed by the subjects they cover, use the drop down menu at the top of the page to select a subject area. You can also browse the list alphabetically by clicking on a letter.
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Get Full Text @ EIU linking is an electronic linking service that creates direct links from Booth Library's electronic databases to the full text of articles (where available) and to other related resources and services.  If the full text of an article is unavailable in one database, "Get Full Text @ EIU" will indicate whether you might be able to find it in another database.  If Booth has the article, you will be taken right to it.

If the full text of the article is not available, a new window of menu options will pop up, as follows.

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See the "Get Full Text" linking service page for more information and additional help with this resource.

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Peer-reviewed and refereed journals (sometimes referred to as scholarly journals) contain articles that have gone through a peer-review process.  When an author submits an article for publication, it is sent to others in that field of study for review.  The reviewers will often suggest changes for the author to make and decide if the article should be published at all. Usually such articles are research-based and contain a bibliography.

"Includes Peer Reviewed Content" appears next to the database name on the library's list of databases. You can limit your search results to peer-reviewed.
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Microfilm, microfiche and micro-cards are pre-digital forms of high-density data storage.

Microfilm is plastic film on which are printed microphotographs of the pages of a book, periodical, etc. It comes on long reels.

Microfiche is a flat piece of film containing microphotographs of the pages of a book, periodical, etc. It looks like a sheet of plastic.
Microcards are similar to microfiche except the information is printed extremely small on cardstock. 

The microform area is located on 1000 North. Special magnifying readers for viewing microfilm and microfiche are available at the Reference Desk. It is possible to copy from microfilm and microfiche.  The machines take Panther Cards or coins, and the cost is $.10 per copy.

A multi-function microform reader, the ScanPro 1000, is also available in the microforms room. This machine is attached to a PC and allows the user to save digital images from microforms to a flash drive. Document images can also be printed on the attached laser printer for ten cents per page.

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The library subscribes to numerous online databases that allow you to search for information from established, reputable sources. By contrast, information that is freely available on the web may or may not be from a reputable source. Be sure to evaluate carefully any information retrieved using an internet search engine such as Google.
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The Reference Desk (217-581-6072) on the 3000 level is the place to ask for assistance in finding information you need. Reference librarians are available in person anytime the library is open. Email, chat, and individual appointments are also available.

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Using the collections

Off-campus access to the library's electronic resources is available to current students, faculty, and staff at Eastern Illinois University. You will be prompted to login with your EIU netid and password if it is required. You will only need to login once per browser session.

Please see additional instructions on this page: Remote Access to Library Resources.

If you are having problems logging in with your NetID, there is an alternative login system using your Library ID number and last name. Your library ID number is located in the lower right corner of your Panther card. You may look up your library id number if you do not have your Panther card available.

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Once you have the call number for the book, DVD or other material, see the collection guide and Booth Library Map to determine its location. You can also use the Map it! tool to narrow down the location.

Ask at a service desk if you need help!
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Go to the Journals page to search for a journal by title. You can also click on the Journal Titles tab on the library homepage.

Alternatively, for the library's print journals, you can search the EIU Online Catalog. Go to the Advanced Search screen, enter the journal title in the search box, and check the "Journal / Magazine" box in the "Limit To" section below.

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Booth has audiobooks on CD on the 4000 level, located with the other CDs. Audiobooks for children are available in the Ballenger Teachers Center. Booth also has many downloadable audiobooks from MyMediaMall, accessible from the library catalog. See this guide for more information. 
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Electronic reserve materials can be accessed from the Reserves link (under "Services") on the library home page.

Print reserve materials are placed at the Circulation Desk, located at the south end of the 3000 Level. CDs, videos and other non-print reserves are placed at the Library Technology Services desk on the 4000 level. These materials are searchable under the "Course Reserves" link in the EIU Online Catalog.
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CDs and DVDs are located on the 4000 level. The library collects feature films, documentaries, performance, television, and educational films. VHS video tapes can be requested at the Circulation Desk. Search the EIU Library Catalog and limit by Formats and Media to see what we own. The library also has streaming video.

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