To request books and videos for the collection - Maureen Horak 662-5322
For questions about placing course materials on reserve - Glenn Lawson 662-5326
Faculty may place a reasonable number of items on reserve at the Freel Library circulation desk for student use. Students must use these items in the library and will need an ID to access them. These materials may be Freel Library books or media, personal copies or photocopies. They should not be items borrowed from other libraries. More information on placing items on reserve can be found here. For further information, please contact Glenn Lawson at 662-5326 or by email
You may want to consider searching our electronic book collection, Ebrary, to find items for your students to read. You can place links directly in Canvas to these books so that students can access them 24/7. We also encourage you to consider Open Education Resources for your courses. We are happy to work with you to identify resources that will work best for you.
The library offers instruction to individual students and classes in the use of academic resources. Because instructional space in the library is limited, the reference librarian usually visits the classroom. We believe that library instruction is more effective if students have been assigned a research project by their professor before the library class takes place. Instruction can then be tailored to needs of each class. We ask professors to schedule their classes with the reference librarian at least a week in advance. Please note that we expect the professor to be present at the class during instruction.
The library subscribes to a number of research databases that are available both on and off campus. From off-campus you will be prompted to enter your A number and password. This is your MCLANET account information, the same login you use to access your email. Faculty with specific research requests are welcome to consult with member of the reference staff for advice or for an informal introduction to using the databases. Contact the reference desk at 662-5325.
Faculty may borrow Freel Library books for a semester. A valid MCLA ID card is required.
Class Library Visits:
Professors who would like to bring in classes to use the library as a group are welcome. We encourage you to call ahead due to limited space and to make sure that a reference librarian is available, if needed.
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