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ADP/DCP Students: FAQ's

Frequently Asked Questions

How long can I check out the materials (circulation loan period)?

  • Books loan for 6 weeks
  • Specialty books (juvenile collection, leisure reading) and AV loan for 2 weeks 
  • Reserve items loan for 2 hours to 3 days (depends on the professor's wishes)
  • Popular reading materials loan for 2 weeks and popular DVDs for 7 days
  • Reference books and journals/magazines do not loan.

What are my study options in the library?

  • Individual study carrels (all floors)
  • Tables (first floor and lobby and second floor study rooms)
  • Study rooms (second floor)
  • Stuffed chairs (first and second floor)
  • Wireless (all floors) You must register you computer with Information Technology Services.

What journals do you own?

  • The Journal Locator lists all electronic, print and microform journal, magazine and newspaper titles to which we have access.

Can I bring food and drink to the library?

  • The library prohibits food past the lobby doors except for those items purchased in the lobby snack machines (it attracts bugs).
  • The library allows covered containers of liquids (just try not to spill).
  • Keep all drinks away from any equipment, especially the computers. Report all spills immediately to the reference or circulation desk staff.

It has been awhile since I used computers for library searching -- how can I get some training in using the databases?

  • Try our online training program, the Reference Den.
  • Ask for assistance at the Reference Desk (610-921-7211 or use the ADP toll free line at 1-888-253-8851 to contact the college and ask for the library).

Do you have any maps on the layout of the library?

  • There are maps on each floor of the library.

How can I get a copy of the articles and books I want to use that aren't at Albright?

  • If you left a little bit of time, you can ask us to obtain the item via Interlibrary Loan.
  • If you need it ASAP, we can help you find which nearby libraries might loan it to you.

Which services are free and which things may cost me money at the library?

  • Free -- reference help, interlibrary loan services, selective computer printing, using library print and online resources.
  • Costs -- making copies from books or microforms, keeping materials past their due dates (overdue fines), losing or destroying materials.

Which online databases should I be using?

  • Check out the suggestions for your area of study by selecting thesubject on the Databases page.

Can I use any other libraries?

  • Sure, with an AccessPA library card provided by your local public library, you can use any of the public libraries nearby and you can get access to any library listed as an ACLCP-member library. We have provided lists and links for libraries near you.

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Sandy Stump
Associate Library Director & Collection Management Librarian
Gingrich Library
Room 107, Center for Computing and Mathematics
(610) 921-7205