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Computing, Printing & Photocopying
Computing, Printing & Photocopying
Can I use e-mail in the Library?
Yes, all the public computers include access to the Internet and you may use them for email.
Where are the photocopiers and how much do they cost?
The charge for copying is eleven cents per copy using a Cardinal Card or a Visitor's Cardinal Card. For copiers that accept coins the cost is 15 cents per copy.
How do I print from library workstations?
High quality laser prints are available from public computers in the libraries. If you are printing regular html pages, use the browser's print to send the page to the printer. (If you are printing a .pdf file make sure to use the .pdf reader's print button - not the browser's print button.) The computer will ask you three questions to help you identify your job when you go to the print station. Go to the nearest print station, swipe your Cardinal Card in the card reader at the top of the computer's keyboard, choose your print job by clicking on it, type in your password, and hit the print button.
Where do I go to put money on my Cardinal Card?
What do I need to know about copyright?
Copyright is important! Please be aware of the copyright law that is posted on all of the photocopiers in the building:
NOTICE: WARNING CONCERNING COPYRIGHT RESTRICTIONS -- The Copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be "used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research." If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of "fair use," that user may be liable for copyright infringement. This institution reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying order if, in its judgement, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law.
Where is the Lost and Found?
Visit the main service desk (usually the check-out desk) to report or claim a lost or stolen item.
Where are the restrooms?
Restrooms are available on each floor of the Libraries. For specific locations, ask at the nearest service desk.
Where is a phone I can use?
Campus phones are available in all Libraries. Ask at the nearest service desk for specific locations. Courtesy phones are free for local and campus calls and are available at the Ekstrom and Kornhauser Libraries.
Library Policy Questions
How do I get a library card?
Your UofL identification card (Cardinal Card) will serve as your library card. It must be validated for the current semester. The Cardinal Card office is in the Houchens Building, Rm 08K. Non-UofL people may apply at the Circulation Desk for borrowing privileges.
How many books can I check out?
As long as none are overdue, a student may borrow a grand total of 99 items.
Where do I go to check out a book?
Each library has a circulation desk where there are assistants to check out your books.
How long can I keep the books?
That depends on your status. In general, UofL students may borrow items for 28 days. Graduate students are eligible for a 120-day loan period. Faculty and staff may also borrow items for 120 days. However, there are exceptions to this rule. Many libraries have certain parts of the collection that may circulate for a shorter period of time, or not at all.
Some of the exceptions include:
Where do I return a book?
Every library has a designated place for returning materials, usually near the circulation desk. If it is after hours, all circulating libraries have a book drop.
What if I lose a book?
Each library has its own policy for lost items. Check with the circulation department of the library where you checked out the item.
Where can I pay fines or other charges?
Fines can be paid at the Circulation Desk of the library where you checked out the item. Call for more information.
Where are the quiet places to study?
Investigation and exchanging information often requires conversation so some areas of the library will be noisy. Study carrels or the glassed in group study rooms might be quieter locations. In Ekstrom Library the third and fourth floors are designated as Quiet Study Areas. In other libraries, ask at one of the service desks for help in locating the best study spots.
Why don't the libraries divide their books into fiction and non-fiction?
Since we are an academic library, it would not make sense for us to have this kind of system. For example, someone wanting to read and research a particular author of fiction can go to the same section in Ekstrom and get books by and books about that author.
Why doesn't the library use the Dewey Decimal system?
The Dewey Decimal system that many people are familiar with is good organizational system, but it does not meet the needs of an academic library with 1.7 million volumes. The Dewey Decimal numbers would have to be very, very long in order to be unique. The alpha-numeric Library of Congress system (combinations of letters and numbers) is used by almost every university library in the United States.
How do I recommend a book the libraries should own?
Fill out the order recommendation form.