Using the Libraries
UNC libraries support the effort of all faculty and students who are on campus, off campus, and online. Please visit the library homepage at http://library.unco.edu/ for more information. For distance faculty and students, please also visit http://www.unco.edu/library/services/distance.htm for more information.
Skinner Music Library
Academic Year Hours:
Hours may vary due to holiday, semester breaks, exam sweeks & Summer.
Location: The Michener library is located off the intersection of 14th Avenue and 20th Street. As you go south on 14th Avenue, you enter the parking lots for three large buildings on your left. Michener Library is the center building, a little farther back from the parking lots than the other two. Enter the north facing front doors of the building.
Location: The Skinner Music Library is located just north of Frasier Hall on the east side of 10th Avenue at 17th Street in Greeley.
Using Library Research Tools
On UNC libraries homepage the Summon search box provides a familiar web-searching experience of the full range of content found in library collections including our catalog and databases. The catalog and subject-specific databases can be searched individually by visiting the libraries’ webpage at http://library.unco.edu/.
With a valid I.D. card, faculty members may borrow books for a full semester. Faculty may renew materials an indefinite number of times if no "hold" has been placed on the item. Items may be renewed by phone at (970) 351-2671 or through Account Login (https://source.unco.edu/patroninfo) on The Source library catalog. Faculty may check out videotapes and DVDs for one week, with one renewal.
UNC students and faculty can page an available item by selecting the Request button in the library catalog. Material will be pulled from the shelves within 24 hours of the request, and an email notification will be sent when the material is available for pickup.
A faculty I.D. card can only be used by the faculty member to whom it has been issued. However, research assistants may check out materials from the library by making special arrangement with the Access Services Department, under the responsibility of the faculty member. Faculty members are held accountable for all materials borrowed on faculty I.D.
An item not renewed or returned after 28 days past the due date is considered lost. A replacement fee of $80.00 per item will be sent to Accounts Receivable. If the lost item is returned to the library within one year of being declared lost, the $80.00 will be refunded. Faculty with 10 or more lost items will have borrowing privileges with-held. Privileges will be restored upon satisfactory restitution.
Faculty may also take advantage of Interlibrary Loan services and Prospector which is a union catalog of many academic, public, and special libraries in Colorado and Wyoming. With a single search you can identify and borrow materials from these collections and have them delivered to UNC. http://library.unco.edu/finding/otherlib.htm.
Many Colorado libraries will extend borrowing privileges to UNC faculty with a valid I.D. Check with the individual library in advance.
Reserve Services and Online Readings
Reserve materials can be any high-use materials selected by faculty to circulate for a limited time in order to make them equally available to all class members.
In addition to traditional Reserve services, the library offers an Electronic Reserve service which allows students to view and print selected course readings online.
Faculty may fill out a Reserve form and bring it with their materials to the Reserve desk or send the form and materials to Library Access Services at Campus Box 48, or via email to Michele.Dezelick@unco.edu. Faculty may also contact Michele Dezelick to request library materials be pulled from the stacks for Reserve.
Please allow at least 48 hours for materials to be processed. For electronic reserve, please provide originals or clean, single-sided copies. All copied material must be accompanied by complete citation information.
Library Instruction Services
Library faculty provide formal instruction about using library collections and services to teaching faculty and their classes. Instruction sessions are tailored to the needs of a particular class and can focus on skills such as formulating search strategies, finding relevant resources, and the evaluation of those resources. To schedule a library session, fill out the Library Instruction Request Form. If you have any questions, please contact Instructional Services at (970) 351-1529.
Ordering Materials for the Libraries' Collections
Requests for materials to be purchased for the library collections should be submitted to the library representative for the academic unit. The library representative will forward purchase requests to the Subject Librarian who will review the requests and forward them to the Libraries' Technical Services Department. Materials purchased will be cataloged and housed in the library. A list of Subject Librarians with their
subject areas is available on the library website at http://library.unco.edu/about/subjectlib.htm.
Rush Cataloging Requests
When many items arrive at the same time, there may be a delay between receipt of material and the time it is ready for the shelf. The library can rush catalog these materials for faculty use, usually within 24 hours. To use this service, contact the Cataloging Department at (970) 351-1544. Faculty members should leave the author and title of the requested item, faculty member name, and telephone number. Faculty will be notified as soon as the item is available for use.
To chat with a Michener Library reference librarian, faculty can access http://library.unco.edu/assistance/ask.htm to use the chat tool. Additionally you can use our TXT a Librarian service to send a quick, simple message of up to 160 characters to (970) 335-9993, and a librarian will answer your library services or research question. The chat hours are Monday through Friday, 9:00a to 3:00p, Saturday 1:0 p to 5:00p, and occasional other times as available.