COVID-19 Update: Although the Gould Library building remains closed, the library staff continue our commitment to support the teaching and research needs of the Carleton community. Information on remote access to library resources and services will be updated regularly on the Remote Resources and Guidance for Library Users page and this FAQ. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you need additional assistance.
Library culture and rules regarding access differ between each library, even if it is in the same city; these are based on the type of libraries and what is included in their collection.
Libraries can be either closed or open stacks; for example, the majority of the Gould Library’s collection is open stack, which means you can peruse/browse the shelves yourself without requesting for additional allowance.
Libraries may have limited operation hours- maybe even days- and may charge you a fee in order to use the facilities or collection. Some libraries are limitedly staff, which requires its limited hours. Libraries charge fees for cards, registrations, safety deposit, and to check out materials. We suggest you do research on library access at your location before doing research at the library, if you are planning to go to the library there at least.
Depending on the library, you may need to present a letter of introduction from a librarian or an instructor in order to access the collection, or just to enter; as with recommendation letters, we suggest you ask for this early in advance of your trip to the stacks.