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CIRCULATION DESK*

 

FIRST TWO WEEKS OF THE SEMESTER
Monday - Thursday  8:00 A.M. - 10:00 P.M.
Friday 8:00-9:00 P.M.
Saturday & Sunday 10:00 A.M. - 6:00 P.M.
REGULAR SEMESTER HOURS OF OPERATION:
Monday - Thursday 9:00 A.M. - 2:00 A.M.
Friday 9:00 A.M. - 9:00 P.M.
Saturday 10:00 A.M. - 6:00 P.M.
Sunday 10:00 A.M. - 2:00 A.M. 

    

 * Hours will vary during intersessions and holiday periods.  Please visit the Library Home Page for additional information.

Location:  The Circulation Services Desk is located at the entrance to the library and is staffed largely by trained student workers, some of whom are Library Circulation Assistant Supervisors.  This service point is supervised by a librarian: Albert Neal, the Head of Patron Services.

Description of Services: Our primary goal at this desk is to circulate and renew library materials, both items from our own collections, as well as items borrowed from other libraries through the Library's Interlibrary Loan (ILLiad) Service, which is headed by Susan Majdak.    In addition to circulating books and DVDs, we also circulate Course Reserve items,  educational tests, SLR and DSLR cameras, laptop computers, dry-erase kits, and a variety of other materials.  ILL items consist principally of hard-copy books and DVDs. These circulation tasks are accomplished  through the use of an Integrated Library System, known as Sierra.  Individuals who work at the  Library Circulation Desk also  instruct library patrons on how to use the printers and scanners effectively and provide directional assistance. 

REFERENCE DESK

REGULAR SEMESTER HOURS OF OPERATION: 
Monday - Thursday 10:00 A.M. - 7:00 P.M. 
Saturday Closed
Sunday 10:00 A.M. - 6:00 P.M.

END OF SEMESTER EXTENDED HOURS - Last Two Weeks of the

Semester and Exam Week

Sunday - Thursday 10:00 A.M. - 9:00 P.M.
Friday 10:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.

 

Location:   The Reference Desk is located near the rear of the Circulation Desk,  directly opposite the elevator on the Main Floor level.  There is a large sign over the Reference Desk that says "Librarian Assistance."

Description of Services:  the Reference Desk is staffed by trained librarians, whose job is to connect the patron with the best information for their research need.   We answer both basic and advanced research requests at this service point, and may occasionally schedule an in-depth Research Consultation here during less busy periods. However, more in-depth research Consultations are best scheduled in advance with a Reference Librarian who has training and experience in the specific discipline.  

At the Reference Desk, we concentrate on teaching our patrons sound secondary research skills.  Our expertise is focused on:    

Searching the Encore catalog from the Library's Quick Search box or using the Advanced search option.

Directing patrons to the most appropriate resources, which may be  subscription databases, Library Guides, Internet sites, or other resources for their need, and providing instruction in their use.  Patrons can expect timely and instructive answers to questions posed at the Reference Desk, as well as through our Ask Us mobile interface.

Developing a search strategy for the most effective retrieval of information.

Citing sources according to MLA, APA or Chicago Manual of Style format.

Providing guidance in source evaluation and annotation writing.

Reference Desk

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Reference Desk
Contact:
(914) 323-5282