Using the Library

Terteling Library offers a full range of services, including research assistance, course reserves, and interlibrary loan, as well as plenty of study space, including group study rooms.  

This page will answer the most frequently asked questions about using the Terteling Library.  If you don't see the answer to your question below (or if you need more information), please contact us at [email protected].

Who can use the Terteling Library?

All current College of Idaho students, faculty and staff have full library privileges.  See Alumni and Guest Services for more information about services offered to others. 

What sort of things are in the library's collection?

The library's collection includes books of all kinds (including scholarly non-fiction, literary and genre fiction, poetry, plays, graphic novels and graphic nonfiction).  The media collection includes classical music CDs and movies of all kinds, most on DVD, including popular feature films, art house and foreign films, TV-on-DVD, and documentaries.  The library has a small browsing collection of popular magazines and newspapers and, through its online subscription databases, provides access to the full text of more than 20,000 journal, magazine and newspaper titles.

How do I find books & Movies in the library?

See Find Books & Movies.

I have to do research and I'm not sure where to start. How can I get help?

The librarians at the Terteling Library, Christine Schutz and Lance McGrath, would love to help!  College of Idaho students are encouraged to please stop by their offices in the library or, better yet, contact them to set up an appointment for one-on-one research assistance.

I need something (a book, an article, etc.) that the library doesn't own.  How can I get it?

The library's Interlibrary Loan service might be the answer!  Through Interlibrary Loan we borrow books (and obtain photocopies and scans) from other libraries.  See Interlibrary Loan for more information.

How long may I keep the things I borrow?

Most users may borrow most items from the library's collection for 42 days (6 weeks).  Please note that interlibrary loan items have shorter loan periods, usually 28 days (4 weeks).  Course reserves also have shorter loan periods, ranging from three hours to one week.  

Items may be renewed for an additional loan period, provided that no holds have been placed by other borrowers. 

How do I renew my books?

You can do this online by signing in to your account in the library's WorldCat Discovery system.  Login with your full College of Idaho email address and College of Idaho network password.  Click on your name in the upper right corner of your screen.  Select My Account to view the items you currently have checked out. At the top of your account information is the Total # of Checkouts (items currently on loan to you). To the right of the item information is item Status. If an item is eligible for renewal there will be a Renew button. Click this button to renew your item.  

If this doesn't work for any reason (e.g. you have renewed a book too many times), or if you'd like help renewing your library items, please contact the library staff.

Interlibrary Loan items may not be renewed through the library catalog.  Interlibrary loan renewals are only granted with the permission of the lending library.  Please contact library staff if you need to request a renewal for an interlibrary loan item.

Do I have to check things out?

Yes!  We, too, find it amusing that we have included this on a list of frequently asked questions, but this has become something our students question from time to time and we want to make sure we are clear about our policy.  Yes, you must check things out from the library if you wish to take them out of the building.  Course reserves and interlibrary loan items must be checked out if you wish to remove them from the service desk area.  Removing items from the library without checking them out is considered theft.

Where can I return my books?

All library items (books, DVDs, etc.) may be returned at the service desk in the library.  After hours, you may return your library items using the book drop found on the east side of the building (on the loading dock near Finney).  

What happens if I lose a book?

If you know you have lost a book, please get in touch with the library staff.  We will likely need to bill you for replacement of the item but please get in touch so we can work with you to resolve the situation. 

What fines does the library charge?

We do not like fines.  We would always rather have our book (or DVD or other item) than your money.  At the same time, we need to make sure that the books students need the most are here when they are needed. Therefore, we only charge overdue fines for two types of items: overdue reserve items and items that have been recalled and then not returned by the due date established in the recall.

Overdue fines for 3-hour reserve items are $1 per hour overdue.  Overdue fines for 1-day, 3-day or 1-week reserve items are $1 per day overdue.

Overdue fines for recalled items (items for which you have been sent a recall notice) are $1 per day past the due date established by the recall.  Please note that recalls are rare and only initiated in special circumstances.  For that reason, it is important that they be taken seriously.

If you ever have any questions about a notice you receive from the library, please get in touch with the library staff.  We will always try to work with you and sort out the best approach to a given situation. 

Why would i receive a replacement bill for a book?

After books become more than 21 days overdue, the library issues a bill for their replacement, assuming they are lost.  If items are returned before these charges are submitted to the Business Office (a week later), all charges and fees are waived.  If items are returned after charges have been submitted to the Business Office, the replacement charges will be credited but a billing fee will remain on your account. 

It is easy to avoid these bills and charges!  Pay attention to the email notices you receive.  Renew your library books (and DVDs) if you need to keep them longer and contact the library staff if you have any problem doing so. 

If you ever have any questions about a notice you receive from the library, please get in touch with the library staff.  We will always try to work with you and sort out the best approach to a given situation.  

What if a book I want is checked out?

Please contact the library staff.  If the book is due soon, we can put a hold on it so that it will be held for you when it is returned.  If needed, we might be able to borrow a copy for you from another library.

Who do I contact with questions?

If you have any questions about borrowing, overdue notices, interlibrary loan or course reserves, contact Dayle Winbigler, Library Services Coordinator.

If you have any question about using the library for your research or about library policies, contact Christine Schutz, Librarian and Director of the Library, or Lance McGrath, Assistant Librarian.