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Library Services for Faculty: Answers to Faculty Questions


Below please find the Top Ten FAQs for Faculty. We have also included helpful links to popular Library resources and information. Questions? Please contact

Please NOTE: Some Library services have been reimagined and adjusted due to changing CDC and NJ guidelines. Please go HERE to the webpage "Library Services and Resources" for more information.

  1. What’s the best way to find out what resources and services the library provides to me and my students?
    Contact Reference at email: to make an appointment with a Reference Librarian.
  2. How many books may I take out?

Faculty may borrow 200 items with unlimited renewals.  Due Date is February 14th each year.  All items are subject to recall at any time for Reserves and after 30 days for another user.   For more information on policies, including fines, check

  1. How do I put something on Reserve for my classes?

Detailed information on reserve policies and procedures can be found HERE.  To see what’s currently available on Reserve, go to the library catalog at  Click on “reserves” in the upper right hand corner of the webpage.  Reserve Contact Information:  Lauren Levinson, telephone 973-408-3875, email

  1. May I request that the Library purchase specific titles Drew doesn’t own?
    If you wish to recommend books to be acquired by the Library, use the online form at or contact the Library via email at  Please refer to the Library’s Collection Development Policies and Procedures document for more detail HERE.
  1. How do I find journals?
    Check the Journal List on Research Resources ( , and enter the title of the journal you’re looking for.
  1. What about journals we don’t have?
    Due to budgetary restraints and the ongoing commitment required for journal subscriptions, it may not be possible to acquire new journals without canceling other subscriptions.  Refer to the Library’s Collection Development Policies and Procedures document for more detail HERE.  Check with your Collection Development Liaison.
  1. What resources and databases do we have?
    To enable you and your students to do better research, the library subscribes to databases in all major areas of study at Drew.  They are available from our Research Resources page at To find resources within specific disciplines, go to . Reference librarians are also happy to show you what’s new.   Off-campus access uses your Drew username and password.
    1. Faculty are eligible through the Library for access to ScienceDirect (Elsevier) content on a pay-per-use basis. Please go HERE for more details.
    2. Drew faculty are also eligible for subscriptions to the NYTimes and the Wall Street Journal through the Library's site license(s). Please go HERE for more info or contact the Library for assistance..
  2. How can I get material from other libraries?
    Our Interlibrary Loan (ILL) service is great.  Place ILL requests  HERE  or by clicking "Request interlibrary loan" next to an item of interest in Drew's databases.  ILL is generally free, although if we can only get the item you’re requesting from a library that charges us (most don’t), we do pass that charge on to you. Drew Faculty can also get borrowing privileges at other VALE NJ Academic libraries:
  3. I want to be sure my students can do the research I expect.  Can the Library help?
    • To ensure student success on assignments you give, it is a good idea to make certain in advance that the needed information and resources are available at the Drew Library. Librarians will be glad to help you with this and with assignment planning in general.  There’s a list of ‘term-paper alternatives’ HERE
    • Librarians are happy to support students as they tackle research for their class assignments and projects-- it's best to encourage them to make an appointment by emailing the Library at
  4. How does the Library get in touch with me?
    All library information and notices are sent to your Drew email address.  Using your Drew network username and password, you can view your holdings, renew your books, see your recall requests, and see any fines online through the Drew Library Catalog at: , in “My Library Account.”

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