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Circulation Desk The circulation desk is to your right as you enter the library, and is where you may check out

1)  circulating materials, I-Share books, and interlibrary loans;
2)  equipment: laptops, chrome books, projectors and screens, cameras, camcorders, speakers, tripods, tape recorders, headphones, and Apple adaptors; and,
3)  reserve materials (may not be taken from the library).

Unbound periodicals and most reserve materials may not be taken from the library, but still must be charged out from the desk.

To check out any item, you will need your student or faculty I.D.  The library cannot check anything out to you without your I.D.

All circulating books may be borrowed for a period of up to four weeks for students and sixteen weeks for faculty and staff with 3 renewals. We bill for replacement costs after items are forty five days overdue.

Checkout Periods, Fines & Fees Circulating books may be borrowed for a period of 4 weeks for our students and 16 weeks for our faculty with 3 renewals. I-Share borrowing is subject to the consortial borrowing constraints of 4 weeks for everyone with 2 renewals.

DVDs and VHS tapes may be borrowed for 2 weeks with no renewals. We bill for replacement costs after items are 45 days overdue.

Equipment has shorter loan periods ranging from 3 days to 2 weeks, depending on the type of equipment. There are no renewals for equipment. The fine for overdue equipment is $15.00 per day. We bill for replacement costs after 2 weeks if the item has not been returned.

To pay late fees or replacement costs, please bring payment in the form of cash or check to the library. Checks should be made out to Illinois College. If mailing payment, please send to:

Schewe Library
Illinois College
1101 W. College Ave.
Jacksonville, IL 62650

If you have any questions regarding our policy or would like to speak with a staff member, please call Sarah Snyder at 217-245-3264.

Reserve Materials

Materials may be placed on reserve to give a number of users access to a limited number of items. Most reserve materials may not be taken from the building and their use in the library is restricted to a period of two hours at a time. Two hours before closing, some reserves may be checked out overnight, but must be returned no later than one hour after the library opens the following day. Fines are twenty five cents per hour overdue.

Circulating Books Schewe Library currently owns over 143,000 books and bound periodicals. All circulating books are shelved according to the Dewey Decimal Classification System. The 000s through the 300s are housed on the lower level. The 400s and above are located on the upper level.

Reference Section The reference section houses a collection of non-circulating materials such as general and subject encyclopedias, dictionaries, almanacs and handbooks, which are usually consulted briefly for a specific item of information. The reference librarian's desk is opposite the circulation desk, and the reference collection itself is located on the shelves in that immediate area. All reference books are marked with an "R" in front of the call number.

Newspapers & Periodicals Schewe Library currently receives 250+ different print periodical titles and 25,000+ online full text periodicals. When an print issue arrives it is first placed on the browsing shelves on the west side of the library. Recent unbound back issues are kept in the alcove near the reference books. Earlier issues are shelved on the lower level. 

Schewe Library maintains the Jacksonville Journal Courier on microfilm in a cabinet on the lower level. The College Rambler is kept in the microfilm reader/printer alcove on the main level. The New York Times is available through the Historical New York Times database which allows searching the full text of the Times back to 1851. Back issues of the other newspapers are kept in the orange hanging files opposite the elevator in the lower level. Newspapers and periodicals do not circulate.

Children's books Children's books are arranged in fiction by author and non-fiction by Dewey classification and are housed on the lower level. Recent efforts to collect award-winning titles have boosted our collection, and these may searched using keywords such as Newbery or Caldecott in our online catalog.

Photoreproduction Just to the right of the library entrance there is a color photocopier. Copies can be made of materials in microfilm by using a microfilm reader/printers, located on the first floor.

Reciprocal Borrowing & Interlibrary Loan If Schewe Library does not have an item that you need, our catalog can also search the collections of 86 Illinois libraries in the I-Share network, as well as the wider network of libraries cooperating in Interlibrary loan including the Jacksonville Public Library.

Additional Information

Restrooms are located in the northeast corner of the building on the lower level.
Non-alcoholic beverages are allowed in the library (but please be careful).

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