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Faculty Guide - Lake County: Finding Resources

Using the Library

The library offers a number of tools for faculty members to make use of. On this page and subsequent page tabs are boxes describing some of our most common ways to assist faculty members, and in some cases links to the sections of the guide where we discuss how to have the library work with you on that.

Finding Materials

So how do you find what resources the library has?

The library's website can be accessed multiple ways. If you log onto MyIvy, you can click on the library tab and the Library website should open in a pop-up. If you have pop-ups blocked you may need to click on the link.

Our website can also be accessed directly in IvyLearn. Click on the Library tab in the upper right and it will take you to the main page. On the left select your region, in this case Lake County and you'll be at our page.

The Search and Find section offers links to all our resources, broken down into groups by type of material and by subject. Our Help section contains research tips and citation guides, while the Ask-A-Librarian section is for students to send in research questions.

On the library website, check the lower right hand corner for links to the faculty services section or look in this guide.

Checking Out Material

Faculty are able to check out any items in our collection as well as our video collection.  In order to do so, you will need a photo ID, which can be your Ivy Tech ID card or a state issued ID (Driver's license or state ID). 

Please note: Due to the way that faculty information is added to the system, if you are a new faculty member and have not used the library before, we may need to make a patron record for you. This is an almost painless process that takes approximately five minutes and involves little to no blood loss.

DVDs/Videos: can be checked out for classroom use for one (1) day and up to 1 week as needed. They can be renewed if needed. 
Books: may be checked out for two (2) weeks and there is a limit of 5 items at a time. Items can be renewed if needed. 
Journals:  may be checked out for one (1) week, excluding the current issue. 

Placing Material on Reserve

Faculty members can place items in the library on reserve for their students if they want the material on hand.
Reserve items can be used in the library but not taken out, which ensures all students have access.

To place a Library owned item on Reserve:

  • Contact the library staff to let them know the item that is to be placed on Reserve.
  • Please provide the course information for which it is to be reserved and held for.  
  • Items can be placed on Reserve for a specific time frame or for an entire semester.

Please Note: For commonly used materials that other instructors make use of in class, semester-long reserves may not be possible.

To place Instructor provided materials on Reserve:
Materials provided by the instructor can also be placed on Reserve in the library. 

  • Bring the material you want to have on reserve to the library,
  • Please provide us with course information and we will make it readily available to students.\

This allows you to make your preferred resources open for students for when you might be out of your office or otherwise unavailable.

These items are kept under supervision, and like normal reserve items are to be solely used in the library.