BYU library offers new online features

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    By KATIE MCKIM

    Students may want to take note of some of the new and exciting changes the Harold B. Lee Library has to offer this semester.

    A new online library catalog is now available. Because the system is web-based anyone with Internet access will be able to use it.

    “The new system is very easy to use and will be a big advantage to students. Now you can look something up without having to leave your dorm room or home,” said Cali O’Connell, administrative assistant for the library.

    The HBLL has also revised its circulation policies. There will be longer checkout periods for students, faculty and staff. The new policy allows a checkout time of three weeks with no grace period as opposed to two weeks with a five day grace period. Students will receive a courtesy e-mail reminder prior to the due date to avoid any late fees.

    A self-renewal procedure is also being introduced this semester. This gives students the option of renewing books from their own computer without having to physically bring them to the library to do it.

    The circulation desk has finally moved to its permanent location on the north end of level three. It will now be called the Access Services Desk and will house all circulation, reserve and interlibrary loan services at that location.

    Also beginning this semester, students will be charged a seven cents per page printing fee payable only with a Signature Card.

    “The good side is that you can still download search results to a disk for free and even mail some results to your email account,” O’Connell said.

    O’Connell advises students with questions about the new library policies and procedures to ask a member of the library staff.

    “We have a huge staff, so take advantage of it,” she said.

    New catalog training sessions, particularly for advanced searching techniques, will be available in the library. The schedule is located on the libraries home page at www.lib.byu.edu.