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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.

Remote Resources and Guidance for Library Users

Message from the College Librarian

Although physical access to Gould Library remains closed, library staff continue our commitment to support the teaching and research needs of the Carleton community during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our extensive collection of digital materials remains available, and the majority of library services are accessible remotely. Information on library resources and services will be updated regularly on this page and this FAQ. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you need additional assistance.

--Brad Schaffner, April 14, 2020

Library Hours

The Gould Library building is closed until further notice. Library services will be delivered online Monday - Friday, 8am - 5pm including research and teaching support, reserves, and reference. Please contact us if you need assistance accessing library resources and services. We simply do not know at this time when the library will be able to be reopened.

Using the Library from Off-Campus

The library subscribes to many resources that are available electronically, you must log in to see them from off campus.

Two options for Carleton Students, Faculty, and Staff:

  1. If you are off campus, links to library resources from the library's website will prompt you to log into the library's proxy server. If you'd like to get started right now, this link will prompt you to log in and then take you to the library's main page.
    or
  2. Install Carleton's VPN. Once installed, if you log into the VPN all library resources should work for you as if you were on campus.

Requesting Articles and Book Chapters

Carleton students, faculty, and staff may request journal articles and book chapters through their Interlibrary Loan account and we will attempt to deliver them electronically. If you are searching Catalyst, you will see a “Request for Digitization” link when you are logged in which will take you directly to Interlibrary Loan. We will try to find an online option for the resource. No physical material requests are being processed at this time. Please note: Requests for items Carleton does not own will be significantly delayed due to library closures throughout the country.

The HathiTrust ebook database is now temporarily expanded to allow access to books we have in print in Gould Library. Log in and search for your desired book. If access is available, it will say Temporary Access, please click on that to check it out. You are allowed a 60 minute check out with unlimited renewals. For step by step instructions, visit this page. For more information, check out this FAQ or ask a librarian for help.

Online Resources - Searching and Databases

Due Dates for Checked Out Materials

Non-senior students: Due dates for checked out materials from Carleton and St. Olaf libraries, with the exception of Interlibrary Loan items, have been extended for students until September 14, 2020.

Graduating seniors (class of 2020): Due dates for checked out materials from Carleton and St. Olaf libraries, with the exception of Interlibrary Loan items, have been extended until June 9, 2020. If you are off campus and have questions about how to return items, email gouldcirc@carleton.edu.

Staff/faculty: Checked out materials from Carleton and St. Olaf libraries with due dates between March 19, 2020 and September 13, 2020, with the exception of Interlibrary Loan items, have been extended until September 14, 2020.

Bridge Community Cards: Due dates for checked out materials from Carleton and St. Olaf libraries have been extended until September 14, 2020.

The book drop at the front entrance of the library is open 24/7 to return materials while on campus.

Frequently Asked Questions

Please find an FAQ on this page: https://apps.carleton.edu/campus/library/faq/.

Reference and Instruction Librarians

Your liaison librarians are available for remote instruction or one-on-one or group research consultations via Google Hangouts Meet, Zoom, phone, email, or chat. Faculty, please email your liaison librarian or set up an appointment to discuss your options for library instruction and support. Students, please email your liaison librarian or set up an appointment or for research assistance.

The Gould Library provides access to many materials, and in some cases the materials you normally use may not be practical or available for online teaching. Your Liaison Librarian can work with you to investigate whether alternative content is accessible that would help you achieve your learning goals. Your liaison can also help you create stable links to online materials that will work for you and your students, whether on campus or off.

Accessing Special Collections and Archives

Carleton Special Collections and Archives staff are available to assist with the remote use of our collections. However, because of the nature of our materials, remote access may not be possible for many items. Please contact archives@carleton.edu for more information regarding remote access to archival resources, and specialcollections@carleton.edu for more information regarding remote access to Carleton's special collections.

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