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Frequently Asked Questions      

What are the library’s hours?

Fall/Spring Semester

Monday – Thursday: 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday: 6:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.

Summer Semester

Monday – Thursday: 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday & Sundays: Closed

How do I find books?

The best way to find books is to search the online catalog. From any computer connected to the internet, go to www.lanecollege.edu click on “Library” then “Library Online Catalog” to begin a search. From there you can search for library materials by title, author, subject, and more. If you find something you would like to locate, take note of the call number to help you find the material on the shelves. The books are numbered in order from 001 to 999 according to the Dewey Decimal Classification System.

Some books are in unique collections and are shelved apart from other books. You can tell if a book is in a unique collection by a special prefix or suffix. Here are the library’s unique collections:

R – Reference (e.g., R 427.09 W478d)
N – Negro Heritage Collection (e.g., N 412.54 B181b)
F – Fiction (e.g., F T649f)CEL– Curriculum Education Lab (e.g., 371.102 M135 CEL)
VT – Video Tape (e.g., VT 0806)

Does the library have textbooks?

The library has many of the current textbooks available at the circulation desk. Check with the circulation staff to see if we have the book you need. Textbooks can only be used inside the library and students must have their current Lane College ID card to check them out.

How do I find journal articles?

The best way to find journal articles is to use the online research databases. Each database hosts thousands of articles from thousands of sources like scholarly journals, magazines, newspapers, and more. To see a list of database providers go to www.lanecollege.edu click on “Library” then “E-Databases”. From there you can click on a database icon to begin your search.

Also, the library has journals and magazines in print available in the periodical room on the third floor. Back issues are held in the room next to the periodical room.

Where are the newspapers?

The most recent issues of the Jackson Sun, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today are kept on a rack near the circulation desk. Other newspapers and back issues are kept in the periodical room on the third floor.

Also, newspaper articles can be found in the online databases. The Newsbank database specializes in news.

How do I find DVDs/videos?

Videos and DVDs can be found by using the library’s online catalog or by using the video search on the library’s website that only searches for videos/DVDs. If you would like to watch a video or a DVD, request the video at the circulation desk and the library staff will prepare a viewing room for you.

What if the library doesn’t have what I need?

Even if the library doesn’t have what you need we can help you get it. Let a librarian know what you need and we can begin an inter-library loan where we borrow the book from another library that does have the item you need. Keep in mind that inter-library loans take time (up to a few weeks) because the materials need to be shipped.

Also, as a registered Lane College student you have special borrowing privileges with other academic libraries throughout West Tennessee that are part of the West Tennessee Academic Library Consortium (WeTALC). Local members include Union University and Jackson State Community College. For a full list of member libraries, click on “WeTALC Libraries” on the Lane College Library’s homepage.

How do I cite resources for a works cited or references page?

The library has several resources to help you with citations. First, we have style guides in each major style (MLA, APA, Chicago, and AP) that you can reference to help in formatting your papers, including citations. To find the style guides, search the catalog or ask a staff member for assistance.

Our online databases often provide tools and information on how to cite resources. Usually the databases allow you to download formatted citations of whatever source you find, but they also provide general guides to citations. Facts on File and Ebsco each hosts a guide on citations.

Style guides can also be found online. The librarians at the University of Tennessee at Martin have compiled one that can be found from the site: http://www.utm.edu/departments/acadpro/library/tutorial/citation+guides/.

Does the library have computers available?

Yes. The library/LRC has computers available during all library hours. The Writing Center is housed in the library and has 16 available computers. The Technology Learning Center located on the first floor in CMAC has 40 computer stations, their operation hours are 8:00 – 5:00.

Is the library wireless internet available?

Yes, wireless access is provided throughout the library and CMAC building for those who wish to bring and use their personal laptops.

Can I print/copy? How much does it cost?

Any of the computers in the library and the Writing Center print at the circulation desk. Printing is 5˘ per page. The library also has a copy machine and copies are 10˘ per page.

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