Search the Library
From the library's homepage off-campus students have access to the library's catalog to find what resources the library offers. This site will also allow students who are currently enrolled in courses to have access to many subscription databases, e-journals and other electronic sources. The "username" and "password" required to sign on will be provided to students by Squires Library staff or by DAL personnel.
Although one can find some good sources on the Internet through the use of a search engine, it is highly recommended that students use the quality materials available through the library's website. The journal databases provide indexing and (in many cases) full text of scholarly articles and other databases facilitate research. The library has a nice collection of e-books.
Off-Campus Delivery of Materials
Books: DAL students can request books in the library collection to be sent to them for research. The library will pay for the sending of books (usually by USPS), while the student assumes the cost of returning the materials. The check out period for undergraduate DAL students is 14 days with additional allowance for shipping the items (up to 28 days). If the books are needed for a longer period of time, the student can request one 14-day extension of the due date. The cost of any lost items or overdue items will be charged to the student and no additional materials may be borrowed until the charges have been paid.
Articles: DAL students can request to have specific journal articles emailed or faxed to them.
Off-Campus Interlibrary Loan:
Interlibrary loan is a cooperative arrangement by which one library borrows materials from another for the use of its patrons. Squires Library will locate articles in other libraries and obtain them for DAL students. The online order form for article requests can be found at the following link: Inter-library Loan. Such materials might be sent to the students electronically (e.g., as an e-mail attachment) or by USPS or the mail system. Sometimes there is a charge for such materials.
Alternately, DAL students might be able to borrow materials through their local public or college library. The rules and fees vary from one library to another so DAL students are encouraged to ask about this service at a library convenient to where they live.
Off-Campus Library Service:
If DAL students visit the campus occasionally, it would be wise to arrange for a library orientation session while they are here. It is always wise to arrange a specific time so that a librarian can be available to give individual or group training on how to use the various resources provided by Squires Library. DAL students are encouraged to ask for help, either to learn how to find research materials or to get help on a specific assignment. The number for the Reference Desk is 423-614-8562. It is best to call during the normal working hours but help is available during all hours the library is open. Questions concerning the library can be email to email@example.com.