Library FAQs

What are the hours of the Shorter Libraries?
How do I find out if Shorter owns a particular book?
How do I find articles on a subject?
How do I cite sources for a paper?
What library resources are available off-campus?
How long is the checkout period for books?
Is there a grace period before fines are charged?
If I keep an item past its due date, will I receive an overdue notice?
What if I need a book past the due date?
May I renew books over the phone?
How much are fines?
What happens if I do not pay my fines?
What happens if I lose a book?
Can reference books be checked out?
Can videotapes or CDs be checked out?
Can magazines or journals be checked out?
What are reserve materials? Can they be checked out?
What if someone has something checked out that I need?
What if I need a book or an article that Shorter doesn’t own?
Does the library provide Internet access?
Do Shorter College students/faculty/staff/ have privileges at other libraries?

 

What are the hours of the Shorter University Libraries?

Livingston Library at the Rome campus:
During the academic year:

Monday – Thursday: 8: 00 am – 11: 00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday: 1: 00 pm – 5:00 pm*
Sunday: 2:00 pm – 11:00 pm*

Closed on all school observed holidays (consult your University Catalog) or go to the online Academic Calender.*

During the summer session:
Monday – Thursday: 8:00 am – 8:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am – 12:30 pm
Saturday : CLOSED
Sunday: 2:00 pm – 8:00 pm*

*The library is closed on all school observed holidays and those weekends that preceed or follow school observed holidays.

The campuses at Lawrenceville, Cobb, and Riverdale:
Monday – Thursday: 9:30 am – 10:00 pm
Friday – Sunday: CLOSED

 

How do I find out if Shorter owns a particular book?

Search the online catalog which is available on or off-campus. Click for more information on how to find books.

 

How do I find articles on a subject?

Use a periodical index that covers the subject of interest. Click for more information on how to find articles.

 

How do I cite sources for a paper?

It will depend on the citation style your instructor assigns. Click for more information on how to document sources.

 

What library resources are available off-campus?

The Shorter Libraries’ Catalog, the Shorter Libraries’ Periodical List, GALILEO, Facts.com, ATLAS and other EBSCOhost databases, and The Music Index are available off-campus.

To access ATLAS Full Text Plus, Facts.com, or GALILEO when you are not at a Shorter College campus, contact the library staff for the current password.

 

How long is the checkout period for books?

Books are checked out for a month. You will get a due date slip when you check out so that you will know when items are due back.

 

Is there a grace period before fines are charged?

Yes. There is a two-week grace period. If items are not turned in within the two weeks after the due date, fines will accrue from the due date forward.

 

If I keep an item past its due date, will I receive an overdue notice?

Yes. Overdue notices are typically sent out once a week as a courtesy to library patrons.

 

What if I need a book past the due date?

You may renew books for another month as long as nobody has placed a hold on them.

 

May I renew books over the phone?

Rome students: No, you must bring them in to renew them.
Professional Studies students: Yes.

 

How much are fines?

Fines for books in the regular collection are $0.05/day with a maximum of $5.

 

What happens if I do not pay my fines?

Each week the library calculates fines and will block library privileges for undergraduates which have a fine balance of $10.00 or more. At the beginning of each semester, undergraduates with a fine balance of $5.00 or more will have their library privileges blocked; undergraduates that also have overdue library materials at the end of the semester will have their grades held. At the end of each semester, graduate students must return all library materials and pay their fines or their grades will be held. By the end of the semester that a senior graduates, (s)he must return all library materials and pay her/his fine or her/his grades will be held.

 

What happens if I lose a book?

You will be charged the replacement cost of the book and an additional handling fee.

 

Can reference books be checked out?

No. Due to their high volume of use, reference books must be used in the library.

 

Can videotapes or CDs be checked out?

No, but listening and viewing facilities are provided in the library.

 

Can magazines or journals be checked out?

Magazines or journals may be checked out during the last hour the library is open and must be returned during the first hour of library operation the following day. If returned late, fines are charged at $1 for the first hour and $.05 every hour thereafter.

 

What are reserve materials? Can they be checked out?

Reserves are items which professors place on hold at the library so they will be available for an entire class. These items are kept at the circulation desk and, depending on the professor’s specifications, may be checked out for in-library use only, for overnight use, or for one or two days. There is no grace period for overdue reserve materials and fines accrue at a higher rate.

 

What if someone has something checked out that I need – can I find out who it is so that I may ask that it be returned?

No, that information is confidential. However, you may request a hold on an item that is checked out. Items with holds cannot be renewed. You will be notified when the item is returned.

 

What if I need a book or an article from a magazine Shorter doesn’t own?

You may request an interlibrary loan, which means Shorter will try to borrow the item from another library. You should allow two weeks to receive an interlibrary loan, and should specify on the interlibrary loan form how much you would be willing to pay if we are unable to find your item at a library which doesn’t charge (most book loans are free but many libraries charge for copies).

To request an interlibrary loan, see the links and instructions on the Request Forms page.

 

Does the library provide Internet access?

Yes. There are four computers available for Internet and GALILEO searching in the Rome campus library. The North Atlanta campus library has 14 workstations. The Riverdale campus has 21, and Lawrenceville has ten.

 

Do Shorter University students/faculty/staff/ have privileges at other libraries?

Yes. In addition to the resources of the Shorter University Libraries, you have usage privileges at the following libraries within Georgia. A link to each library’s catalog has been provided when available.

When checking out materials at any of the following libraries, you must provide your Shorter University ID card. In addition to your Shorter ID card, please note that to have check-out privileges at most of these libraries (those preceded with an asterisk) you must obtain an identification card from one of the Shorter University libraries. This identification card is not the same as your student ID! You are responsible for any fines; you cannot transfer fines to your Shorter University account. You must also abide by the regulations of the lending library.

*American Intercontinental University, Buckhead
*American Intercontinental University, Dunwoody
*Andrew College, Cuthbert
*Argosy University, Atlanta
*Art Institute of Atlanta, Atlanta
*Atlanta Christian College, East Point
*Bauder College
*Berry College, Rome
*Brewton-Parker College, Mount Vernon
*Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur
*Covenant College, Lookout Mountain
*DeVry University, Alpharetta and Decatur
*Emmanuel College, Franklin Springs
Georgia Highlands College, Rome
*Georgia Military College, Milledgeville
Gwinnett Tech, Lawrenceville
*John Marshall Law School, Atlanta
Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw
*LaGrange College, LaGrange
*Life University, Marietta
*Luther Rice University, Lithonia
*Oglethorpe University, Atlanta
*Paine College, Augusta
*Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Suwanee
*Piedmont College, Demorest
*Psychological Studies Institute, Atlanta
*Reinhardt College, Waleska
*South University, Savannah
*Thomas University, Thomasville
*Toccoa Falls College, Toccoa Falls
*Truett-McConnell College, Cleveland
*Wesleyan College, Macon
*Young Harris College, Young Harris