Circulation Desk and Information • Phone: ext. 1154 (641-472-1154)
Reference Desk Phone: ext. 3733 (641-472-7000 ext. 3733)
Hours — Academic Year
Monday–Friday 9:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.
Saturday 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Sunday 7:15–9:00 p.m.
Hours — Summer and Breaks
Monday–Saturday 10:00 am–7:00 p.m.
NOTE: Hours are subject to change, and reduced hours apply during Forest Academies.
Students can access print, media, and electronic resources via the Library’s in-house and externally available collections. The Library also houses a core collection of more than 140,000 volumes and 220 current paper journal subscriptions. Our web page provides access to state-of-the-art bibliographic databases and reference/research resource (www.mum.edu/library), which allows registered users Internet access to over 23,000 full-text periodicals and more than 9,000 e-books. On-campus access is under Internet Reference Resources on the library home page: www.mum.edu/library. Students living off-campus or in a different location may contact the reference librarian for a username and password, which is changed every semester and at the beginning of summer. Contact Martin Schmidt, email@example.com.
Applying for a Library Card: After registration, students are automatically included in the library database and may check out books. If there is a delay, please ask a librarian at the desk to give you a temporarly arrangement. Most Library privileges are provided without charge to students, staff, and faculty.
Locating Library Materials: The Library catalog, which includes videos and book holdings, is accessible using any computer. Go to the library catalog at www.mum.edu/library. Note: for new materials, please see our new books section, located in the concourse just north of the public computers. You can search all of our print and electronic journals at www.mum.edu/library. If you need help, ask a librarian or staff person for assistance. We offer a rush service to purchase any book that you may need for class except textbooks; we can get an item for you in 5 days. Contact Martin Schmidt, firstname.lastname@example.org , with the book author, title, and edition needed, or fill out a book request form, available at the Circulation/Loans and Returns desk, and give it to Martin Schmidt, the Reference Librarian.
Public Computers: Public access computers are located near the Circulation/Information Desk, in the Reference Room, and there are new silent study areas with new computers exclusively for students in the southeast corner of the Library, the periodicals/video room, and the northeast corner of the library, as well as computers at other locations around campus. Laptop tables are also provided in the concourse and hookups are available in the silent study area as well.
Journals — Journal lists are available in several locations within the Library.
Reference materials — New reference materials are located north of the reference desk in the concourse and other useful reference materials are located in the reference room, just behind the reference desk.
- An on-line serials list may be found on the Library home page; use the link called “Electronic
- and Print Periodicals” at: www.mum.edu/library
- Most current journals, magazines and newspapers and magazines are kept in the Periodicals
- Room on the west side of the Library.
- There is also a reading area for selected recent newspapers next to the west exit foyer.
- More than 23,000 journals are available through the databases.
A collection of videos and DVDs is located in the periodicals room for checkout.
- These materials do not circulate without the permission of the reference librarian. Numerous electronic reference resources are also available via the Library website.
Checking Out and Returning Materials: Most library books may be checked out for 28 days. Other media circulate for shorter periods. If you need to use library materials for longer periods, please ask a circulation attendant to renew them for you. You can also renew your books over the phone (641-472-1154), by e-mail (email@example.com) or online by accessing your account. See our library brochure for details (available at
the circulation desk). Fines for overdue books are $.20 per day, and $.50 per day for DVDs. Please respect your library privileges by promptly returning materials that you are not using, so that others may check them
Interlibrary Loan Service: Our Interlibrary Loan Service uses the On-line Computer Library Center (OCLC) interlibrary loan system, which allows us to borrow materials from thousands of North American libraries. This service is free for academic research and class assignments. There is a charge for personal and recreational borrowing, and for journal articles costing more than $15. Forms used to request an item not available in the Library are available on the Library website: Articles and Books. Print forms are also available in the concourse on the table next to the New Books section. Required textbooks for class use may not be borrowed from other libraries.
Using the Library and Library Tours: The librarians and staff will be happy to help locate materials and introduce you to the library. Introductory library tours, short classes on catalog and internet searching, as well as class-specific instruction geared to research needs of specific courses, are also available by appointment with the Reference Librarian (ext. 3733 (641-472-7000 ext. 3733) or firstname.lastname@example.org).
Computers: Students have priority access to the computers and should request assistance from the reference librarian in locating a station if none are available. In the macromedia computing lab, Macintosh computers and software are available on a priority basis to students for course work or personal use. There is also a work station with special software in the reference room, including specialized Adobe products: Adobe Creative Suite, Acrobat distiller, Microsoft Office Professional, and an Epson Scanner, as well as color printers at $.30 per page, other software, and connections. The reference room also has a dedicated computer to search for employment through IowaWorks. Students with laptop computers may use network plug-in ports in the Library available at the “laptop tables” in the concourse area and in the silent study area, located in the southeast corner of the Library.
All library computers print to a laser printer located at the circulation desk. Students pay $.05 per page. Students can use the fax machine located at the reference desk for free but must bring their own calling card to pay for long distance faxes. This fax machine does not receive faxes. A copier, located just east of the public computers in the concourse area, costs $.10 per page.
Unity Art Gallery: Art students and faculty exhibit their artwork in the new Unity Art Gallery located inside the Library. Visit www.mum.edu/arts/exhibits for information and images from recent Unity Gallery exhibits.
Current Information about the Library: Continuously updated information about the library is available (brochure and library newsletters with how-to information on automating your use of the library, contests for prizes, exhibits and more) on our blog: mumlibrary.com. Students automatically receive newsletters by email. You may also become a friend of M.U.M. Library on Facebook and get immediate updates of events.