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Remote Access to Library Resources & Research Help

Information on accessing library resources, research help, and other library services remotely.

In This Guide

Due to the pandemic, the Preus Library building is closed to the public until further notice. Updates to library services will be posted here.

In this Guide, you'll find information on:

Updated Building Hours

Preus Library Building closed until further notice.

Staff assistance is still available via email and phone, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm Monday - Friday.

Access to Resources

Print Materials

As of June 1, 2020, checkout service is now available to the Luther College community. Request titles by clicking the "Place Hold" button now available on each item owned by Luther College in the library's online catalog, or send a list of titles to library@luther.edu. Once your items are pulled, you will receive a Hold Shelf notice that includes options on how to arrange a pickup time via appointment at the library entrance or request campus mail delivery. 

If you require access to a scanned article from a print journal owned by Preus Library, please fill out a blank ILL request form as if you were requesting an interlibrary loan. ILL staff can scan and deliver this material to you electronically.

 

Have books checked out already?

The due date on all Preus Library materials currently checked out to students registered for the Fall has been extended to October 5. Students returning to campus to retrieve their belongings, however, are strongly urged to return their books at that time.

Faculty and students leaving Luther continue to have a due date of May 15. Early returns can be made anytime through the book slot in the library entryway or through appointment by contacting library@luther.edu

You can view your checked-out items by logging into your library account. If you have questions, contact Eddy Atwell, atwelled@luther.edu.

 

Interlibrary Loan Due Dates

ILL due dates are no longer being extended beyond normal renewal limits. If it is safe and feasible for you to return overdue ILL items, please do so. 

You can view your checked-out ILL items and request renewals online (if allowed) by logging into ILLiad. You may also request renewals by emailing ill@luther.edu. Renewals will be processed only if allowed by the libraries who own the material. 

Please note that ILL due dates are not set by Luther College. They are set by the libraries who own the material, and those libraries may be operating on very different schedules and expectations than Luther College. If you know that you will be unable to return an item by the assigned due date and a renewal is not available, please contact ill@luther.edu to discuss options. 

 

Online Resources

Research databases and e-books can all be accessed from off-campus. All links to library resources found on the library website, catalog, and course and subject guides will ask you to log in with your Norse Key if coming from off-campus. If you have problems getting to a resource, contact Ryan Gjerde, gjerdery@luther.edu.

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Research Help

Meet With a Librarian Via Norse Apps

Preus Library will provide research help and reference services through email and online. When you make an appointment through the link below, a librarian will get in touch about meeting virtually.

Virtual research help hours during Summer Sessions 1 & 2:

  • 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday

 

 

Don’t forget--general research help can be found in the Research Guides created by your librarians for courses and subjects, as well as on the Library How-To page, which has tutorials on using the catalog, finding books, and searching some of our most-used databases.

You can always email any librarian directly with your questions.

Interlibrary Loan

ILL

As of 7/21/2020, interlibrary loan service has resumed for physical items such as print books and DVDs. ILL requests may be submitted as normal via the "Request item through Interlibrary Loan" links in catalog records or by filling out a blank request form on your ILLiad account. Once ILLs have arrived and are ready for check-out, you will receive an email notification providing the option to schedule a pick-up from the library entrance, or to request delivery to your office via campus mail. Off-campus delivery is not available. 

Note: Not all libraries in the United States are offering complete interlibrary loan services during the COVID-19 pandemic. If you are requesting an uncommon item that is not held by many libraries, please be aware that there may be significant delays and difficulties locating an available copy for you.

If you have any questions about interlibrary loan services during this time, please email Emily Mineart at ill@luther.edu.

 

ILL Returns, Renewals, and Due Dates

Returns can be made anytime at the book drop in the library entryway or (for faculty and staff) via campus mail. 

You can view your checked-out ILL items and request renewals online (if allowed) by logging into ILLiad. You may also request renewals by emailing ill@luther.edu. Renewals will be processed only if allowed by the libraries who own the material. ILL due dates are no longer being extended beyond normal renewal limits. If it is safe and feasible for you to return overdue ILL items, please do so. 

Please note that ILL due dates are not set by Luther College. They are set by the libraries who own the material, and those libraries may be operating on very different schedules and expectations than Luther College. If you know that you will be unable to return an item by the assigned due date and a renewal is not available, please contact ill@luther.edu to discuss options. 

Archives

Archives Reference & Research

The Archives will continue to provide reference and research assistance virtually. Individuals are welcome to email archives@luther.edu or call (563) 387-1805 during business hours with questions or to schedule a virtual reference appointment. 

The Reading Room will be closed to the public and drop-in visitors. The archivist will make reasonable accommodations to provide scans of archival documents as needed, providing the originals are stable enough for reproduction. Faculty, staff, and administrators needing to access physical files in the course of their work may make an appointment to visit the Reading Room, or have select files sent to them by email or campus mail. 

If you have any questions about archival services during this time, please contact Hayley Jackson at archives@luther.edu.

 

Help the Archives document the COVID-19 pandemic at Luther College

The COVID-19 pandemic is an historical moment that will be of great interest to future historians and researchers. To preserve this history, the Luther College Archives is collecting material documenting how COVID-19 has affected our campus community. We invite faculty, staff, and students to submit material reflecting their experience to be preserved in the Archives. We will accept a variety of submissions, including (but not limited to) photos, documents, audio and video recordings, and journal entries.

For guidelines and information on how to submit, visit:

Email a Librarian

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Send an email to Andi Beckendorf

Andi Beckendorf

Subject areas: Art, Art History, Asian Studies, Dance, History, Linguistics, Languages (except Spanish), Museum Studies, Music, Music Education, Nordic Studies, Russian Studies, Theatre, Visual Communication

Send an email to Freeda Brook

Freeda Brook

Subject areas: Accounting, Africana Studies, Anthropology, Business, Economics, Management, Political Science, Social Welfare, Social Work, Sociology, Women and Gender Studies

Send an email to Ryan Gjerde

Ryan Gjerde

Subject areas: Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics, Nursing, Physics, Statistics

Send an email to Hayley Jackson

Hayley Jackson

College Archivist

Subject areas: Archives

Send an email to Germano Streese

Germano Streese

Subject areas: Athletic Training, Biblical Languages, Classics, Health, Paideia, Physical Education, Religion, Spanish

Send an email to Holly White

Holly White

Subject areas: Communication Studies, Education, English, Environmental Studies, Philosophy, Psychology

 

This guide was last updated on 6/1/20.
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