Services for Others

Staff

  • Borrowing privileges for staff
  • Spouses and partners of staff members may use the Spouse ID card, issued by the University ID Center, to check out materials.
  • Children of staff members may check out materials using the staff ID card. However, please note the Library does not accept dependent ID cards.

Community Members and Area Teachers

Community members and visitors are all welcome to use the library's collections for research and study. Resources available include computers with access the internet with (these computers also have software like word processing or photo editing); books; reference collections; electronic resources; and current periodicals and newspapers.

During late night, the library may only be available for University-affiliated users. The Library may at times give priority in service to University-affiliated users. Some library services are not available to Community Members: Interlibrary loan (ILLiad), course reserve materials, databases or materials restricted by licensing agreements, certain media materials, recall of materials checked out by others.

Summer Groups

Belk Library & Information Commons is happy to accommodate group requests to use our facilities and resources. The following policies and procedures have been developed to ensure a positive learning experience for all.

  • Affiliated ASU Groups are defined as any camp, program, or organization directly affiliated with or sponsored by ASU (e.g.,Duke TIP, Summer Ventures, Upward Bound, and University Recreation).
  • Non-ASU Groups are defined as any program or organization not directly affiliated or sponsored by ASU (e.g. Elementary, Middle, or High Schools, or Community Groups).

Library Tours

Belk Library & Information Commons will take requests for tours for affiliated ASU groups and non-ASU groups. Every effort will be made to accommodate these requests.  However, we reserve the right to decline a request if there are scheduling conflicts, or insufficient notification time or staffing to make the necessary arrangements.

  • Requests for tours should be made at least two weeks in advance of the desired date.
  • Groups of up to thirty individuals can be accommodated.  Group leaders should be aware of proper library behavior and supervise group members at all times.  We recommend one adult for every ten middle and high school students and one adult for every five elementary students.
  • Tours will consist of an orientation to the Library building, its collections, services, and selected service areas.  Tours do not include database demonstrations, orientation to online resources, or instruction.

Contacts for Tours

Library Instruction Research Visits

Affiliated Groups

Belk Library & Information Commons will take requests for library instruction for affiliated-ASU groups that participate in summer programs such as Duke TIP, Summer Ventures, Upward Bound, and University Recreation. Every effort will be made to accommodate requests for library instruction.  However, we reserve the right to decline a request if there are scheduling conflicts, or insufficient notification time or staffing to make the necessary arrangements.

  • Requests for instruction should be made at least one week in advance of the desired date.
  • Class teachers will need to provide information on the students' expected research assignments in advance so that the librarian working with your class can prepare for your visit.
  • Library instruction session includes an overview of the library web page, and a demonstration of the online catalog and online databases and are typically one hour in duration.
  • Instruction sessions are held in the Library's electronic classrooms.
  • Groups of up to 45 students per visit can be accommodated in our largest classroom. Special accommodations may need to be made for groups larger than 45 students.
  • Students will be given an opportunity for hands-on research time during the session.

To request a library instruction session contact Kelly McBride (262-2792 or mcbridekr@appstate.edu).

Non-ASU Groups

Teachers from local elementary, middle and high schools can make a request for a research visit to Belk Library & Information Commons.  Every effort will be made to accommodate requests for library instruction.  However, we reserve the right to decline a request if there are scheduling conflicts, or insufficient notification time or staffing to make the necessary arrangements.

  • Requests for research visits should be made at least two weeks in advance of the desired date.
  • Research visits for non ASU groups may be unavailable at certain times during fall and spring semesters of the University's academic year.

To schedule a research visit contact Margaret Gregor (262-8088 or gregormn@appstate.edu).

For additional information on other policies and procedures for using the Library's facilities and resources please consult the Guide to Summer Camps.

Institute for Senior Scholars

The Institute for Senior Scholars (ISS) is a year round lifelong learning program.

  • Membership includes borrowing privleges at Belk Library and Information Commons.
  • ISS members have the same library privileges as undergraduates.  
  • ISS members are entered into the library patron database on an individual basis at the library service desk.
  • To be able to borrow materials, they first must bring their ISS information card and their Appalachian State University ID to the first floor service desk.
  • ISS members have an assigned number by the ID center (technically not a banner ID number).    
  • The membership year begins January 1 and runs until December 31.  It is a 3-semester year.  Senior Scholars will have the choice of full-year, 2-semester, or
    1-semester memberships. For instance, those who join for our spring semester will only be eligible for library privileges from Jan 1 through
    April 30.

To Renew: ISS members can renew materials in person, on the phone (828) 262-2818, or online.

  • On the phone, or in person, the library can look up your account by your name, but we cannot tell you what is checked out on your card, and we cannot give you your ID number to look up your account.
  • To renew Online, you need your ID number.
  • The only place that can give you your ID number is the AppCard Office in Trivette hall, and they cannot release your ID number over the phone.
    The AppCard office can be reached at (828) 262-6141.

 

Visiting Scholars

Out-of-town scholars who are interested in using the Appalachian Collection or other Special Collections for an extended period of time should contact Dr. Fred J. Hay, Librarian for the W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection, for more information. He may be reached at (828) 262-2887 or hayfj@appstate.edu.