User Access to Library Resources

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The University of Delaware Library gathers, organizes, preserves and provides access to the information resources necessary for the University of Delaware to achieve its educational, research, and service goals. The University of Delaware Library, through its collections, services and staff, is an essential and vital component in the intellectual life of the University of Delaware. Rapid technological advances in the area of information storage, retrieval, and delivery are making it possible to expand access to a world of information beyond the Library’s walls. By providing optimum access to information regardless of its location, the Library supports the teaching and research missions of the University of Delaware in new and enhanced ways.

Physical Access to the Morris Library and Branch Libraries

The University of Delaware Library consists of the Morris Library and three Branch Libraries: the Chemistry Library in Brown Lab, the Physics Library in Sharp Lab, and the Marine Studies Library in Lewes, Delaware. All individuals have walk-in access to the Morris Library and Branch Libraries. The main entrance to the Morris Library is handicapped accessible. For more information see Library Services for Users with Disabilities on the Library Web at: http://udel.v1.libguides.com/disabilitiesassistance.

Access to Electronic Resources in the Library

The University of Delaware Library, http://www.lib.udel.edu, provides access to DELCAT, the online catalog of library collections; over 37,000 electronic journals; and more than 360 Library Databases, including bibliographic and full text information, on more than 200 computer workstations located throughout the Morris Library and Branch Libraries. A vast number of these electronic resources are also available to University of Delaware students, faculty and staff via the University of Delaware computing network, accessible in residence halls, classrooms, offices, and from home. Library Databases are not available from outside the Library to users who are not University of Delaware students, faculty, or staff, due to database license restrictions. The Library also provides access to the Web, which contains millions of links to web sites throughout the world. To assist users in navigating the Web, the Library has created more than 190 online research guides in academic disciplines. These guides are accessible to all users via the Library Web. Each online subject guide includes an Internet Resources section that points to a selection of some of the best web sites in each subject area. Find subject Web pages under “Research Guides” at: http://guides.lib.udel.edu/ on the Library Web.

Access to the Library by Non-University of Delaware Users

The University of Delaware Library collections and services are focused on the research needs of University of Delaware students, faculty, and staff users. The Library makes many of its collections and selected services accessible to non-University of Delaware users, defined as users who do not hold University of Delaware current identification cards. Non-University of Delaware users 18 years of age or older may purchase a University of Delaware Library Public Borrower Card at the Morris Library Circulation Desk which provides borrowing privileges for a one year period. Public Borrower brochures are at the Library Circulation Desk, and information is on the Library Web at: http://library.udel.edu/circulation/policies/#public.

Children’s Use of the Library and Electronic Resources

The Morris Library is a six-acre, four-floor building with seating for over 2,500 users and is open to the public 100 hours per week during the academic year. For their safety and well-being, children should be accompanied by an adult at all times. Parents, not the Library, are responsible for children’s use of the Library including access to electronic resources. The Library provides electronic access to the complete Web, the online catalog DELCAT, more than 360 Library Databases, and over 37,000 current journals and newspapers via full-text databases and electronic journals. Children under 18 years of age who are not University of Delaware students will not be permitted to use the Film & Video Collection Department viewing carrels. The Library provides tours and orientations for school groups, which are generally from high schools. Tours and orientations need to be arranged in advance, and the Library recommends one adult accompany each five students. For more information related to school group tours see “Guidelines for School Group Visits to the University of Delaware Library” on the Library Web at:http://www2.lib.udel.edu/usered/groups.htm Public schools in the state of Delaware provide K-12 students with access to networked, full-text electronic databases within their public schools and public school libraries which provide access to electronic encyclopedias and online magazines and newspapers. This access is provided via a state-funded partnership with the University of Delaware Library and the Delaware Department of Education called UDLib/SEARCH (University of Delaware Library/Statewide Electronic Access to Resources via Computers for High Schools). For more information, students or their families should check their local public school library. With public schools, UDLib/SEARCH is accessible via the Internet at: http://udlibsearch.lib.udel.edu. Public libraries in Delaware also provide electronic resources appropriate for school-age children through the Delaware Library Catalog: The Digital Library of the First State. DelAWARE, managed by the Delaware Division of Libraries, provides online information and services that are available in all public libraries and at home to users with Delaware public library cards. The databases accessible to users of the Delaware public library systems include most of the databases available via UDLib/SEARCH in schools. For more information about the Delaware Library Catalog, visit a local public library or go to the following Web page: http://www.lib.de.us/

Behavior and Security

The Morris Library is a six-acre, four-floor building with seating for over 3,000 users and is open to the public 100 hours per week during the academic year. For Library hours, check the Library Web at: http://library.udel.edu/about/hours/ or call 302-831-BOOK.

It is necessary for Library users to:

  • Be considerate of others by maintaining an atmosphere conducive to work, research, study, and reading. Students may be asked to lower the volume of their voices if their use of the facilities is disruptive to others. There are areas of the Library which are quiet areas, including the Reserve Room and Reference Room on the first floor. The Student Multimedia Design Center is not a quiet area, although students tend to police themselves during certain times of year, such as during finals. There are also less quiet areas near service desks, because talking must occur to assist users in person and by phone.Headphones can be checked out from the Student Multimedia Design Center for use on computers throughout the Library. University of Delaware students may use group study rooms in the Morris Library on a first-come, first-served basis. Please consult the Morris Library Map for the locations of the group study rooms. The Morris Library Commons is located at the entrance to the Morris Library and provides an area for conversation and food.Cell phone conversations should take place in stairwells, in the Commons, or outside.
  • Bring no food or open drink containers into the University of Delaware Library. Beverages in resealable containers (such as bottles with screw tops, and mugs or cups with lids) are the only refreshments that may be consumed in the Library. No food or beverages are permitted at all in the Special Collections Department and the Film & Video Collection Department. The Morris Library Commons, located at the entrance to the Morris Library, is the best place to consume food and drink.
  • Take care of library materials and equipment, which are acquired as resources to be shared by many users now and in the future.
  • Use the red security telephones available throughout the Morris Library for security or safety concerns. Lifting the phone receiver on any red security phone will immediately connect users with University of Delaware Public Safety without inputting a phone number. Users may also contact the nearest Library staff member at a service desk who will then contact the Public Safety Officer in the Morris Library, or summon assistance from outside the Library. University of Delaware Public Safety can also be contacted at (302) 831-2222.
  • Leave no personal items unattended at tables and carrels. Lost and found is located at the Circulation Desk.
  • Be considerate of other users and avoid inappropriate behavior, such as rollerblading.
  • Accompany children in the Library at all times. Children should be accompanied by an adult and should never be left unattended.

Library Bill of Rights, Freedom to Read, and Library Code of Ethics

The University of Delaware Library adheres to the American Library Association’s Library Bill of Rights which supports access to information and denounces censorship. The University of Delaware Library adheres to the American Library Association’s Code of Ethics and is committed to protecting each library user’s right to privacy and confidentiality with respect to information sought or received and resources consulted, borrowed, acquired, or transmitted.

Many resources on the Internet are copyright protected. It is each individual’s responsibility to abide by these rights. The University of Delaware Library Copyright Web site has been created to assist faculty, staff, students, and others find information about copyright. The Copyright Web site is located on the Library Web at: http://www2.lib.udel.edu/subj/copyright/index.htm. The University of Delaware Library subscribes to more than 230 databases that are available within the Library via the Library Web page at: http://www.lib.udel.edu/db/. These databases are available both within the Library and outside the Library to University of Delaware students, faculty, and staff via the Library Web. Library Databases are not available from outside the Library to users who are not University of Delaware students, faculty, or staff due to license restrictions.

Policy for Responsible Computing at the University of Delaware

The Policy for Responsible Computing at the University of Delaware contains the governing philosophy for regulating faculty, student, and staff use of the University of Delaware’s computing resources. It spells out the general principles regarding appropriate use of equipment, software and networks. By adopting this policy, the University of Delaware Faculty Senate recognizes that all members of the University are bound by local, state and federal laws relating to copyright, security and other statutes regarding electronic media. The policy also recognizes the responsibility of faculty, system administrators, and librarians to take a leadership role in implementing the policy and assuring that the University community honors the policy. For more information see the University of Delaware Policy for Responsible Computing on the University of Delaware Web under “Technology” at: http://www.udel.edu/ExecVP/polprod/1-14.html.

Page last modified on: May 29, 2013

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