Library Services

The library provides access to course materials, research resources and instructional assistance, as well as recreational and entertainment items for the Bryant community.

Located on the main page of the Bryant Library Catalog , the feature entitled "Library Links" that leads you to "My Library Account" allows you to see the items you have checked out and the items that you have on hold. You will be asked to input both your Bryant username and password. 

Once you are logged in, you should be able to perform these tasks:

  • View Your Record
  • Request Items
  • Interlibrary Loans
  • Access Course Reserves
  • Email Notifications
  • Renew Items
  • Cancel Items

The library has access to the Worldshare Catalog. You can request books and articles and if libraries are interested in lending them, we should be able to loan them to you. To view a tutorial click here or follow these steps:

  • Click the book's title link
  • Click the "Request Item" button
  • Type in your last name and first name as it appears on your Bryant ID
  • Type in your 14 digit barcode located on your Bryant ID
  • Enter your Bryant email address
  • Choose a pickup location from the drop down menu
  • Click the "Submit" button

If available, the item will be delivered to the Bryant library; please share your email address with us so we can notify you by email. Otherwise, you will receive snail mail notification. 

Books will be held at Borrower Services for ten days. Bryant does not charge late fees for materials. However, some libraries within the consortium do assess late fees; please remain mindful of this. Any fees and charges placed on your account by another library must be paid directly to the lending library.

Main Level

The main level of the Douglas and Judith Krupp Library is comprised of the Reference Collection as well as the journals and newspapers. Please note that these materials circulate only within the library.  Also located on the main level is current popular fiction - leisure reading - which may be checked out for two weeks at a time.  Audio-visual assets (DVDs, etc) are also located on the main level - in the compact shelving area; please ask for assistance to browse this collection.

Superceded reference material is located within the compact shelving located next to the Bello Print Booth. Recent back issues of journals and newspapers can be found by lifting the shelf upon which the current issue rests. Older back issues, if retained, are located within the same compact shelving as the Reference back files. Please ask for assistance if you need to access the compact shelving. We also carry select titles of journals and newspapers on microfilm; these are in the cabinets which are located both to the right and left of the compact shelving.

Upper Level

The upper level of the library is comprised exclusively of the circulating collection; all books located here may be checked out. Items include exhibits, new acquisitions, free discards, and the main collections. Please ask for assistance if you are having difficulty locating any material. Books are checked out at Borrower Services.

For specific item location information, please check out our Book Location Guide.

The Douglas and Judith Krupp Library Borrower Services department maintains and provides access to all Course Reserve materials in support of the academic needs of the Bryant University community.  Physical reserve items can be accessed by students within the library during operating hours, while electronic reserve materials are password protected and can be accessed online 24 hours a day from anywhere in the world using current Bryant login credentials.

A listing of all items reserved for a class, regardless of format, can be found on its listing in the Course Reserves section of the library catalog.

For complete information, please visit our Course Reserves Policy and Guidelines document.

Why do I need my Bryant ID to use the library?

Your Bryant ID serves as your library card and is needed for a variety of library services including: check out of circulating materials; access to electronic reserves; borrowing of reserves and equipment; request materials online and off-site database access.

Does the library charge fines for overdue material?

Bryant does not currently assess fines for overdue material, but we will charge a replacement fee for items more than 28 days overdue, and will place a block on students' Banner accounts until the matter is resolved by returning, replacing, or paying for the book.

What if I lose or damage a book?

The library charges a fee equivalent to an item's replacement cost (or $50 per item if that cost information is not known) for lost Bryant materials.  Lost Interlibrary Loan items will incur a replacement fee of $100 per item.  Replacement copies for Bryant owned items are encouraged when possible; please speak to the Borrower Services librarian to see if arrangements can be made in these situations.

Can I check out material from Reference and/or Periodicals?

All reference material and newspapers are for on-site use, only. Periodicals can be checked out for up to 3 days.

Can reserve items leave the library?

Unless specifically indicated by the faculty member, reserve material cannot leave the premises. The general time for on-site use is two hours.

Where can I return library books? 

All library materials can be returned at Borrower Services.

What are my borrowing privileges?

Borrowing privileges are based on patron status:

  • Maximum number of items checked out?
    • Students: 50;  Staff: 50;  Faculty: 200;  Courtesy: 10
  • Maximum number of item holds?
    • Students: 20;  Staff: 50;  Faculty: 50;  Courtesy: 5
  • Loan period for most Bryant items (in days)?
    • Students: 28;  Staff: 90;  Faculty: 90;  Courtesy: 28
  • Interlibrary Loan?
    • Students: Y;  Staff: Y;  Faculty: Y;  Courtesy: N
  • Access to reserve materials?
    • Students: Y;  Staff: Y;  Faculty: Y;  Courtesy: N
  • Off-site database access?
    • Students: Y;  Staff: Y;  Faculty: Y;  Courtesy: N

 

What is Interlibrary Loan?

Interlibrary Loan is the borrowing and lending of materials not owned by Bryant University. This service is available to current Bryant faculty, staff, and students.

Print Material requested through interlibrary loan can take anywhere from 2 to 4 weeks to arrive. When your material arrives, you will be notified via e-mail. All print material will be available at Borrower Services for pick up.

Electronic copies of articles or excerpts may arrive earlier than print material and will be sent to you via email.

For these reasons, it is important to make sure your library account information is up to date. The Borrower Services staff can assist you and update your contact information. Please call 232-6125 or e-mail bryill@bryant.edu.

Copyright Restrictions

The Copyright law of the United States, title 17 of the US Code, governs the making of reproductions of copyrighted materials. Under detailed provisions specified in the law, libraries and archives are allowed to supply a photocopy or reproduction of copyrighted materials.

As per section 108 of U.S. Copyright code and guidelines established by the National Commission on New Technological Uses of Copyrighted Works (CONTU), we may only request or distribute up to five articles per journal title per calendar year.  Once we have hit the limit for a given journal title, any and all requests for material from that journal must be denied.

If a patron requests a photocopy, electronic copy or other version of the reproduced material and uses this reproduction for purposes in excess of "Fair Use" [section 107], that patron may be legally responsible for infringement of copyright.

Limitations on Requests, Loans, and Renewals

Bryant adheres to the Interlibrary Loan Code for the United States, as well as all policies established by the lending institution. While we will try to obtain all requests, some materials are more difficult to obtain. These materials include:

  • Recently published books
  • Journal issues
  • Rare materials, esp. manuscripts
  • Genealogical material
  • Audio-Visual material
  • Dissertations
  • Reserve materials

There are no limits on the number of requests patrons may submit, however, if necessary, the interlibrary loan staff does reserve the right to limit the amount of requests that are processed each day and may deny requests based on copyright restrictions outlined above.

The loan period for borrowed material is established by the lending institution. In most cases the lending library allows at least a 2 week loan period. To ensure continued borrowing, it is important that all materials are returned by their due date. Print material can be returned to the Borrower Services staff. Electronic copies do not need to be returned.

The lending institution establishes all conditions for loaned material. Renewal of material is not guaranteed and is at the discretion of the lending library. If you need to renew materials, you must contact the interlibrary loan office 1 week prior to the due date so that we can ask the lending institution for an extension on the loan period. The interlibrary loan office will contact you and inform you if an extension was given.

Requesting an Item via Interlibrary Loan

Most items can be requested directly through the Discovery catalog by using the "Request Item Through Interlibrary Loan" button located in their records. Requests can also be placed via the Interlibrary Loan Request Form for items not listed in the Discovery catalog or if there are technical issues otherwise preventing you from making a request.

Laptops - General Use & Dragon Naturally Speaking

The library provides 15 HP & Lenovo laptops for use by Bryant students, faculty, and staff.  To borrow a laptop, the user needs a valid Bryant University ID card and must be in good standing with the library.  Laptops are available from the Borrower Services Department; may not be reserved in advance; may be borrowed for seven days; and may be renewed for seven days.

We also have two laptops available for student use that are equipped with a speech recognition software program called Dragon Naturally Speaking.  The Academic Center for Excellence (ACE) uses this software and they have arranged, though Information Services, for us to have it installed on a library laptop for your use.

Laptops with Rosetta Stone

The library provides laptops pre-installed with Rosetta Stone language software, each dedicated to a different language: Chinese (Mandarin), French, Gaelige, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.  The software uses a combination of images, text, and sound, with difficulty levels increasing as the student progresses, in order to teach various vocabulary terms and grammatical functions intuitively, without drills or translation, called the "Dynamic Immersion Method."

These laptops are available to members of the Bryant community, including students, staff and faculty.  Each laptop has a 28-day loan period with an optional 14-day renewal period.  Laptops are loaned on a first come, first serve basis, but if you'd like to be added to our informal waiting list, please ask!

iPads

The library is pleased to offer Apple iPad and iPad Mini tablets to the Bryant Community, including students, staff and faculty.  Each iPad has a seven day loan period with an optional seven day renewal period.  iPad tablets are loaned on a first come, first serve basis, but if you'd like to be added to our informal waiting list, please ask!

Virtual Reality Viewers

The library enables users to check out virtual reality viewers. We have two Google Cardboard virtual reality viewers set aside for general use that have a three day loan period with an optional renewal period. 

We also offer faculty the opportunity to check out a set of 35 Knox V2 Virtual Reality Viewers for classroom use. The VR Viewers are Google Cardboard certified, enabling users to transform a smart phone into an immersive VR engine. The VR Viewers are compatible with most phones and VR apps available on the iOS and Android platforms. To learn more, contact your Bryant Library subject liaison.

Device Chargers, Flash Drives, and More

Need a phone or laptop charger? Forget your calculator? Need to watch a DVD for class? The library can help you meet these and other technological needs with the following supplies, available on a 2-hour, in-building basis:

  • Laptop Chargers (HP and Lenovo)
  • Phone Chargers (Lightning Cable, MicroUSB, and USB-Type C)
  • Ethernet Cables (with USB Adapters)
  • USB Flash Drives
  • DVD-Rom Drives
  • Computer Mice
  • Calculators (Graphing, Scientific, Business, & 4-Function)

Please note that due to COVID-19 concerns, the library does not currently loan headphones, but we do sell new, individual pairs of earbuds for $1 apiece. Ask at Borrower Services for more information.

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