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Identify Scholarly Articles
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Cite Sources Correctly
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Use the Library
-----Glossary of Library Terms
-----Dewey Decimal Classification
-----Renew Books Online
Frequently Asked Questions
Where is the library located and how do I get there?
Athens State University Library
407 East Pryor Street
Athens, Alabama, 35611
Athens State University Library
300 N. Beaty Street
Athens, AL 35611
When is the library open?
The Library operating hours are as follows. Hours may vary between semesters.
8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
How do I get a library card? Is there a cost?
Library accounts are set up, and cards are issued at the circulation desk. There is no cost to Athens State students, faculty, and staff, and to students from institutions with which Athens State has reciprocal borrowing agreements. Teachers from Athens city and Limestone county schools are also eligible to apply for free library
cards. Community patrons or high school users are charged $20.00 for a two-year card.
Library card applications for patrons under 18 years of age must be signed by a parent or
Where do I get a student ID card?
Athens State student ID cards are issued by the Security Office, located in the Security Office House across from Founders Hall,256- 233-8222
Does the library have computers with Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint?
Computers with these programs are located in the reference area, and on the east wall of the Library for use by Athens State students and faculty only. These computers are equipped with Microsoft Office programs and other selected programs supporting Athens State curriculum.
I heard students can get free computer prints with their ID card. Is this true?
Yes! Athens State students are automatically allotted 150 pages of free printing per semester through their student ID cards. Students must print using their ID cards to take advantage of these free print pages. Members of the public and Athens State students who are not using their Athens State ID card must pay for printing at the Circulation Desk at $0.05 per page.
How much does it cost to print from the computer?
Computer printing is available to students, faculty, and the public for a charge of $0.05 per page. Athens State students are automatically allotted 150 pages of free printing per semester through their student ID cards. Members of the public and Athens State students who are not using their Athens State ID card must pay for printing at the Circulation Desk.
How much does it cost to make copies?
Black and white photocopying is available for $0.10 per page.
How can I find on-line journal articles?
The Encore search box on the Library webpage will allow you to locate both books and articles. You can also find full-text on-line journal articles from thousands of journals and other periodicals by using electronic databases. The databases can be accessed through the Athens State University Library webpage. For access, select Find Journal Articles. From off-campus, you will need to enter a valid Athens State user name and password.
Inquiries about specific titles carried by the Library, and questions regarding the selection and use of appropriate databases, should be directed to the Reference Librarian. Informational sheets are available describing the nature and use of the major databases.
How can I find print journal articles?
The Library subscribes to selected current periodicals in print and has a sizable collection of older print journals as well. These are located on the first floor of the Library. A printed list of these journals is available at the circulation desk and at the reference desk.
What are e-books and how do I access them?
Electronic books (e-books) are full-text books that are available in an on-line format. The Athens State Library has over 75,000 e-books available for use from three collections: NetLibrary, the Humanities eBook project by ACLS Humanities E-Book, and the Credo Reference database. These are identified in the catalog by red or green e-book icons. NetLibrary books are identified by red icons, and ACLS and Credo books are identified by green icons.
NetLibrary, ACLS Humanities E-Book, and the Credo Reference database can also be accessed through the subscription databases. To get full access to NetLibrary, you’ll need a free NetLibrary account. NetLibrary accounts are available to current Athens State students and employees.
How are the print books organized in the library?
The Athens State Library classifies books using the Dewey Decimal system, which allows
resources on similar topics to be arranged together on the Library shelves. The major
Dewey Decimal divisions are:
000 Computers, information, & general reference
100 Philosophy & psychology
300 Social sciences
700 Arts & recreation
900 History & geography
What do I do if the book I want is checked out?
If you need a book that is checked out or not on the shelf, you may have a recall request placed at the Circulation Desk. Requested books are subject to recall three weeks after they are borrowed. Books needed for Reserve are subject to immediate recall. Borrowers who fail to return recalled books will lose their borrowing privileges. You will be notified when a recalled book is available.
Is there a limit on the number of books I can check out?
Athens State students and employees may check out fifteen books at one time. Other patrons are limited to three books at one time. Reference books, periodicals, and special collections DO NOT circulate.
What do I do if the book or article I want is not owned by the library?
Interlibrary Loan (ILL) Services locates and provides access to materials not available at Athens State University Library.
ILL Services are available to faculty, staff, and currently enrolled students. Limited privileges are also provided to patrons with a current Athens State library user card. Community patrons are assessed a small fee for the use of ILL services.
ILL request forms are available at the reference desk and electronically from the Library web page. Please verify that the material is not available at Athens State by checking the online catalog and the periodical holdings before placing an ILL request.
Requests are limited to eight items per student per semester. It normally requires one to two weeks to receive materials from Alabama libraries. Some arrive more quickly, while articles of 20 pages or less can sometimes be faxed. Please notify the ILL office immediately if the material is no longer needed so that the request may be canceled.
Can I check books out of the library if I take classes on-line or at a university site?
Currently enrolled Athens State students who live more than 30 miles from Athens and do not have scheduled classes on the main campus during a semester can receive Library books or articles at their homes by mail. The student is responsible for returning the items to the Library by the due date and for the cost of return postage. Students may request these materials using the electronic Interlibrary Loan form under “Use Library Services” on the Library web page. Indicate the mailing address in the “Additional Information” box on the Interlibrary Loan form.
What other libraries will allow me to check out books just because I am an Athens State student?
The Athens State University Library maintains reciprocal library borrowing agreements with Alabama A&M University, Calhoun State Community College, UAH, UNA, Oakwood University, Wallace State Community College, Northeast Alabama Community College, Snead Community College, Northwest-Shoals Community College, and Faulkner University. Athens State students must present proof of current enrollment to have borrowing privileges at these libraries. Athens State students are subject to all policies and restrictions imposed by the lending institution. For questions about reciprocal library agreements, contact the Athens State Library Director’s office.
Can I use the library if I’m not a student?
Although the Athens State Library is primarily intended to support the research needs of Athens State students, faculty, and staff, the Library is open to the public. Anyone can come into the Library and use its services and resources on the premises, including reference services and materials. A library card is required in order to check books out. Two public computers are available for use by non-Athens State library patrons. Abuse of library services, including inappropriate behavior or violation of policies, may result in temporary or permanent suspension of Library access.
Can I check out books if I’m not a student?
Library cards are issued at no cost to Athens State students, faculty, and staff, and to students from institutions with which Athens State has reciprocal borrowing agreements. These include Alabama A&M University, Calhoun State Community College, UAH, UNA, Oakwood University, Wallace State Community College, Northeast Alabama Community College, Snead Community College, Northwest-Shoals Community College, and Faulkner University. Athens State students must present proof of current enrollment to have borrowing privileges at these libraries. Teachers from Athens city and Limestone county schools are also eligible to apply for free library cards. Community patrons or high school users are charged $20.00 for a two-year card. Library card applications for patrons under 18 years of age must be signed by a parent or legal guardian.
Can I return books when the library is closed?
If the Library is closed, books may be returned in the Book Depository located beside the front entrance. Patrons are responsible for all material checked out with their library cards until the items are properly and safely returned to the Circulation Desk.
How do I renew a book? Do I have to come to the library to renew?
Materials may be renewed at the Library, by phone (256-216-6669) or online.
• View your Library account by going to http://athens.iii.com
• In the upper right-hand corner of the page, click on “Login.”
•Enter your name and your Athens State ID number. The Athens State ID number must be preceded by "Athens State" and include the three leading zeros( for example: ASU00011111). Click the "Submit" button.
• Click on the item(s) that you would like to renew.
• Click on the “Renew Selected Items.” If you have more than one item to renew, you may choose to click on the “Renew All” button.
• Once you have completed your transaction, please click on the “Log Out” button on the right side of the screen.
Students may renew items two times unless the items are overdue, or a Hold has been placed on the item, or the item is a Reserve item. Employees and alumni may renew items one time unless the items are overdue, or a Hold has been placed on the item. Community users may not renew items. Reserve items cannot be renewed.
What are the late fees charged for books?
Overdue fines are 10 cents per day or 25 cents a day for reserve items. Fines of $10.00 or more will result in academic sanctions and loss of library privileges. Athens State students’ grades will be held until fines are cleared up. Lost book bills are determined by the replacement cost plus $10.00 processing fee.
ILL materials should be returned to the Athens State University Library Reference desk on or before the due date. A fine of 25 cents per day per item will begin to accrue two days after the due date. The Athens State Library will send notification once a book is overdue, but users are responsible for remaining aware of due dates and for paying any charges for overdue items.
What does it mean if I have a hold placed on my record?
If your library materials are so overdue that you have been billed for the replacement cost of the item(s), an academic hold will be placed on your record. You will be unable to register for classes, graduate, or request a transcript until you have either returned the materials and paid the late fees or paid the replacement costs and the late fees. You will also be unable to check out any more items until your library account is clear.
What do I do if I’ve lost or damaged a book?
The Library will determine the cost of repair and you will be billed accordingly. Materials that cannot be repaired will be billed as Lost items. All damaged materials remain the property of the Athens State University Library.
What is an Alabama Virtual Library card?
The Alabama Virtual Library provides all students, teachers, and citizens of the State of Alabama with online access to essential library and information resources. It is primarily a group of online databases that have magazine, journal, and newspaper articles for research. Through the AVL, an equitable core of information sources is available to every student and citizen in Alabama, raising the level of excellence in schools and communities across the state. All of the AVL resources are available on campus through the Athens State Library. To use the AVL resources from off campus, you will need to get an AVL card. Athens State students can get an AVL card from the Athens State Library. AVL cards are also available from your local public library, and K-12 students, teachers, and staff in public schools may obtain a card from their school library.
What is World Cat?
WorldCat is an online catalog of books and journals that reflects the holdings of thousands of libraries in the United States. It can be used to verify the existence of a book or journal article and locate it at a nearby library.
What are the Faculty Reserves?
The Reserves are items placed on a special shelf in the Library for use by students in particular classes by the professor, or for use by a specific group. Some items are for use in the library use only and others may be checked out for 1 day, 3 days or 7 days by students and employees only. Reserve late fees are 25 cents a day. For any questions concerning Reserves, contact Jo Huffman, (256) 216-6655 or email@example.com
How do I reserve a study room for a small group?
Two Small-Group Study rooms are located on the second floor of the Library. Each room is equipped with a table, chairs, and white board and can seat up to six comfortably. To reserve a group study room, call the Circulation Desk at 256-216-6669. Rooms must be reserved in advance. Although Athens State students and faculty have priority, other small groups may also use these rooms when they are available.
How do I make my general library suggestions/comments known?
You can find a Comment section under My Library in the online catalog. There is also a comment box on the physical reference desk, as well.
How can I suggest that the library purchase a book?
You can find the Suggest a Purchase section under My Library in the online catalog.
What happens at the circulation desk?
The circulation department deals with the actual borrowing of books. Books to be checked out should be brought to the circulation desk, and books that have been checked out should be returned to the desk. The circulation department also maintains the database of library users, makes and distributes library cards, and collects overdue fines and other fees.
How can I contact the circulation librarian?
(256) 216-6669 or firstname.lastname@example.org
What happens at the reference desk?
The reference desk deals with assisting library patrons in searching for a particular book, finding articles on a topic, or using other resources to answer research questions. The reference desk is usually staffed by professional librarians who specialize in information resources and library use. The reference department also prepares instructional materials and coordinates library instruction.
How can I contact a reference librarian?
(256) 216-6661 or email@example.com
What's in the Archives and how can I use its resources?
The mission of the Athens State Archives is to identify, gather together, preserve, and catalog historical records, papers, and artifacts of enduring value to Athens State University. The Archives also preserves records and items of historical interest for the local area. The Archives are located on the second floor of the Library.
Access to the Archives is available to Athens State alumni and friends and to researchers with an interest in Athens State or local history. Those wishing to visit the Archives should make an appointment 24 hours in advance. For further information about the Archives, call Sara Love at (256) 216-6671 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Can I get a student job at the library?
The Library normally employs 7-8 students to work in the circulation area. Current Athens State students who are eligible for federal financial aid can apply through the Office of Financial Aid. Other Athens State students or Calhoun students can apply at the Payroll Office in the Business Office.
What is an electronically embedded librarian?
An electronically embedded librarian is a reference librarian who acts as a support person in Athens State courses through Blackboard. The librarian can answer questions about resources through e-mail, respond to questions or make suggestions for research on the discussion board, post helpful handouts, create instructional Tegrity recordings, and provide advice on citing sources correctly in APA, MLS, Chicago, or Turabian format.
Can I arrange for my class or group to get a tour of the library?
Athens State University faculty requesting library instruction should contact their college’s Library liaison: Arts & Sciences: Dr. Robert Burkhardt, Business: Dr. Susan Herring, and Education: Barbara Grigsby Burks, or their Electronically Embedded Librarian.
Instruction is also available on request at the Library for individuals and groups other than Athens State University students. LI sessions can be scheduled for, but are not limited to:
- Home school groups
- High school classes
- Scout troops
- Special-interest groups
- Community college classes
- Area university classes
Community instruction sessions are by prior appointment only. Sessions should be scheduled a minimum of 1 week in advance.
Community groups should contact the Library Director, Dr. Robert Burkhardt, to schedule a session. Sessions can be general library orientation or can be designed to meet a group’s specific research needs. Optimal group size is 8-12. Groups must be limited to no more than 20 attendees.
Is there an online library tutorial available?
The Library website offers a tutorial to help solve some of the problems that a student may run into in using the Library. The tutorial is an interactive way to be introduced to many of the basics in utilizing the Library’s collection for writing a paper.
Is there a class I can take to learn how to use the library and do research?
Athens State University offers two classes focusing on enhancing library skills. Research Sources and Skills (HU 321) is a one-hour class required of new students in the College of Arts & Sciences and it may be taken by anyone. It familiarizes the student with efficient search strategies and the use of key resources such as the online catalog, periodical databases, and specialized Internet search engines.
Business Research Skills (GBA 300) is a one-credit hour course designed to familiarize students with print and online information sources and research methods in business. The course is required for all students entering the College of Business who have not already taken a business communication course, and can be taken as an elective by all students interested in improving their research skills. The class covers basic business research materials such as books, articles, and websites; sources of information about companies and industries; and career resources and job hunting skills as well as effective search strategies, techniques for using online resources, and use of APA citation format and writing style.
Does the library own a color copier?
Not presently. Black and white photocopying is available for $0.10 per page.
Does the library have any of my college textbooks so I can check them out instead of buy them from the bookstore?
The library does not purchase or check-out current college level textbooks.