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What are my library checkout privileges?

With your Harding University faculty ID, you may check out items from Brackett Library until the end of each semester. Exceptions to this rule include software and multimedia (videos, cassettes, CDs, etc.), which have a checkout period of 3 days, juvenile books, which have a checkout period of 7 days, and reserve items, which have varying checkout periods.

With permission from the Reference Librarian, faculty may borrow reference materials for a limited period of time.

While we are more than happy to offer an extended checkout period to faculty members, this privilege can on occasion prevent other patrons from being able to find the resources they need. In order to ensure that all patrons have access to research resources, the library reserves the right to recall items that have been requested by another patron. Please help us serve our students and maintain special faculty privileges by returning recalled items as soon as possible!

If an item you need is checked out, you may place it on hold by logging in to "My Library Account" from the library website, searching the catalog for the item you need, clicking on "Loan/Hold Requests", and placing your request. You will be informed by email or a written notice when this item is returned.

What is the fine policy for faculty members?

Faculty members are exempt from paying library fines.

How do I place items on reserve for my students?

Please follow the steps outlined here to place items on reserve.

How do I obtain items not held at Brackett Library?

If Brackett Library does not hold items you need, we offer two services that will help you obtain items held in libraries throughout the world:

Interlibrary Loan - Through the library's Interlibrary Loan service, you can place requests online for books, articles, videos, DVDs, etc. Most items are received within 1 week to 10 days, and there is no Interlibrary Loan charge for faculty members. To place your request, choose the proper request form. Fill in as much information on the form as you can. You will be informed by email or paper notice when your item arrives.

ARKLink - 47 Arkansas libraries participate in the ARKLink borrowing card program, which allows students, faculty, and staff to have access to the resources at other ARKLink libraries. To request an ARKLink card, fill out the Online ARKLink Card Application Form accessible from the ARKLink page. Submit your application electronically and you should receive your card within 3-5 days in the mail. Library policies vary, so please inquire about specific library privileges at the library you visit.

How long does it usually take to receive an Interlibrary Loan (ILL) book or article once I've submitted my ILL request?

Most photocopies are received within 4 days but can take up to 2 weeks. Most books, or other loaned items, are received within a week but can take up to a month, depending on how far away the lending library is and how responsive they are.

How do I schedule my class for a Library Instruction session?

To schedule your class for library instruction, please contact our Instruction Librarian at least 3 weeks before you would like the instruction session to take place, and please be prepared to share information about the type of instruction you will need.

If your class meets in a smart room, we will be glad to come to you. For other classes, we will schedule a lab that meets the needs of your class. If you wish to bring a class to the library to do research, please let us know at least two days in advance and we will set aside a group of computers for you.

Classes which are held online or meet away from Searcy's campus can also benefit from library instruction. Please contact our Instruction Librarian for information about services for off-campus or online classes.

How do I give permission for my capstone/senior seminar students to have extended check out privileges?

Students enrolled in a capstone or senior seminar course qualify for extended check-out privileges which include 4-week check-out plus one renewal of most books located on the second floor of the library, with the exception of Juvenile, Best Sellers and Christian Fiction. Please note that items requested through InterLibrary Loan (ILL) are not included in this agreement.

Please have your student(s) complete the Extended Check-out Privileges form to request extended privileges. Your signature is required on the form to confirm the student is currently in your capstone/senior seminar class.  Completed forms are then returned to the library.


What can I do if I am having trouble accessing library resources?

Please consult our off-campus access guide for specifics on error messages and what to do about them.

Can I have a student check out library materials for me?

Faculty members can request a student be made their Proxy Patron. Simply email our Public Services Librarian with the student's name and H-number and your permission for them to check out items for you.

The student will be given the Proxy Patron designation for the duration of the current semester unless you request otherwise. Please give us at least 24 hours (or one business day) to get the Proxy Patron designation set up in our system before sending the student to the library.

The student will not need your Harding ID. They only need to bring their Harding ID to the Circulation Desk and state they are checking items out for you. We will take care of the rest.

Can you help me with copyright?

Information to assist with copyright questions can be found on the library's copyright page.

How do I access Turnitin?

The URL for Turnitin is http://www.turnitin.com/. Brackett Library has purchased access to this service, however, you must set up a personal account before you can begin using Turnitin. Once you are on the Turnitin website, choose the "Create account" option. Please contact the library Information Desk (501-279-4775) for the library's account ID and password. Turnitin provides various online tutorials for additional help setting up an account and using this service.

How can I request new materials for the library?

Please complete this form to request new materials be purchased for the library. The form will be submitted to the library staff for review. This can also be accomplished via Pipeline under the Faculty tab. Look for "Library Materials Request".

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