Services Provided by Reeves Library

Reference

The Reference Librarians are available at the Reference Desk to assist Candidates in their research. Candidates must schedule an appointment with a Reference Librarian in order to complete the application for the Honors Program. Librarians will offer suggestions on topic analysis and research strategy.

Circulation

Honors Candidates may check out books relating to their projects for an extended period of time, i.e., all Honors books are due on the last day of Semester 2. To obtain the extended loan privilege, Candidates must tell the circulation desk staff (not a student assistant) that the book is being used for Honors research so that the due date can be changed on the system and a special date due stamp can be used. If Candidates do not inform the staff that a book is being used for Honors, the extended loan period will not be recorded and the usual fines will be imposed on overdue material. The Library may recall any book requested by another member of the Moravian College community.

LVAIC

Moravian College students, including Honors Candidates, may use facilities and check out materials from the libraries of the Lehigh Valley Association of Independent Colleges (LVAIC): Cedar Crest College, DeSales University, Lafayette College, Lehigh University and Muhlenberg College. Students must present a Moravian ID.

Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

Reeves Library provides interlibrary loan services for all students, faculty and staff of Moravian College so that books may be borrowed and articles may be copied from thousands of other libraries. Reeves interlibrary loan staff will process all interlibrary loan requests; the borrower does not need to know which library owns a specific item. Candidates should submit requests in priority order; Reeves ILL staff is required to process only five requests per person per day. During busy times, some requests may be deferred.

The length of time required to obtain material varies greatly, from a few days to a few weeks. For this reason, requests should be submitted well in advance of the date needed. At times, material may not be available at all due to lending libraries' restrictions.

Candidates will be notified when the items they requested are ready to be picked up at the Circulation Desk or if an item is not available. All notifications (arrival or non-availability of material, new due dates for renewals, etc.) are made by phone call/phone message or email. Notices will be sent to campus mailboxes only as a last resort.

Books borrowed through interlibrary loan have a due date assigned by the lending library, which is usually different from the due dates for Reeves Library. The Candidate is responsible for returning his/her materials on time to the Interlibrary Loan Office and for any fines resulting from overdue materials. A renewal request should be made several days before the item is due. National ILL guidelines allow only one renewal, but this is at the discretion of the lending library and may not be granted.

Interlibrary loan requests may be submitted through the library's homepage. Please see a Reference Librarian for assistance.

ILL Costs

In an effort to assist Honors students who may be obtaining hard to find materials, Reeves Library has agreed to provide some ILL support. Articles available from one of the LVAIC libraries are 10 cents per copy. Articles which must be obtained from more remote libraries will be provided by Reeves Library at no cost to the Honors student.

Study Space

In 1981, the Moravian College Alumni Association provided the Honors Committee with the necessary funds to build ten locked library carrels. These carrels are assigned to Honors Candidates who have no laboratory space. If any carrels remain unassigned, they may then be assigned to other requesting students. Carrels must be requested through the Reeves Library reference librarians.