Using the Library

Check Out Materials

Students, faculty and staff are automatically granted library borrowing privileges.

Your Dominican ID is your library card and can be used at Dominican University and other I-Share libraries. Library materials can be checked out at any of our service desks. Students can check out books from the Dominican collection for 8 weeks and faculty/staff can check out books for sixteen weeks. Books may be renewed online or at the circulation desk with a maximum of three renewals. Media Center items circulate for two weeks. Reference books, periodicals, government documents and special collections are non-circulating. Please see Items from Other Libraries to find out how to borrow material from other institutions.

Visit Campus Safety and Security on the lower level of Lewis Hall if you have lost your Dominican ID to get a replacement.  A replacment fee will apply—contact Campus Safety and Security with questions at (708) 524-6999.

If you are do not have a current Dominican ID, please see Alumni Users or Guest Users on this page.

For further questions regarding circulation policies, checkout privileges, loan periods, search requests and recalls, please call (708) 524-6876 or at circ@dom.edu

Copyright Permission

Procedures for requesting copyright permission:

  1. Faculty should carefully review the copyrighted material to be used and determine whether they need to obtain permission from the copyright owner or if the document is covered by the principles of fair use. For example, if the journal article has been posted on Canvas or MyDU for your class during a semester and you want to use the same article again the following semester, a copyright permission must be sought from the copyright owner. Permission must be sought for each subsequent use. The only exception is if the library subscribes to the journal.  Copyright permission is not needed if you are linking to an article within a library subscribed database.  Permission is included with the subscription.
  2. Faculty are responsible for providing a complete bibliographic citation (including title, author, copyright or publication date, volume, issue and edition of the publication, chapter or article title, and the exact page numbers of the material to be used), and the approximate number of students in the class. Please use this form for submitting copyright permission requests. 
  3. For Canvas or MyDU requests, faculty should submit a copyright permission form to the library copyright permission center. Library staff will attempt to obtain copyright permission from the Copyright Clearance Center (CCC). If the CCC cannot grant permission, faculty will be notified and can further pursue copyright permission on their own Documentation of copyright permission will be maintained by the library through the Copyright Clearance Center (CCC). 
  4. Course packets should be arranged and distributed through Xanedu: http://www.xanedu.com/. Xanedu will seek copyright clearance and will supply course packets. 
  5. Office Services and the Stepan Bookstore will require a copyright permission to be attached to each item for course packets that are to be photocopied for sale in the Bookstore. The copyright permissions must be obtained in advance of reproduction. 
  6. The library will absorb the cost of most copyright fees required by the CCC; however, in the case of very high cost the faculty member will be informed of alternatives. The library reserves the right to refuse to seek copyright or to bill back the cost to the academic department. 
  7. Copyright permission is not necessary for the spontaneous use of reading that the faculty needs immediately for a class because it falls under the fair use provision of copyright law. If used subsequently, permission is required. 
 
Alumni Users

Checking out books

Welcome back Alumni! Alumni have borrowing privileges for Rebecca Crown Library materials. Present your Alumni card with a current State I.D. or Driver's License for registration.

If a book you need is not on the shelf, alert a staff member at the circulation desk and include your name and telephone number. The circulation staff will contact you with the status of the search within three working days. You may check out circulating materials at the following locations:

  • First floor Main Circulation Desk
  • Second floor Help Desk

For further questions regarding circulation policies, checkout privileges, loans periods, search requests and recalls, please call (708) 524-6876.

Loan Periods

Books can be checked out for eight weeks to alumni. Books may be renewed online or at the circulation desk. Reference books and periodicals are non-circulating. Lost books will be charged the cost of replacement plus a $15 processing fee.

Where to study

By yourself

The first and second floors are intended for quiet study. Please respect the needs of all students in these areas for quiet study space. The Noonan Reading Room, located on the second floor of Lewis Hall, is also designated as a quiet study area.

With a group

The Cyber Cafe and tables near the reference collection are available for times when you need to meet with a group or talk while studying. You may also talk on your phone in these areas (though reception isn't very good).

Databases

Subscription databases are available for use when you are on campus. If you are off campus, contact a reference librarian for suggestions for free online databases or open access publications.

Guest Users

Checking out books

The Rebecca Crown Library loans materials to community members, The Reaching Across Illinois Library System (except for Chicago Public Library members), ELS students, Trinity High School students, Fenwick High School students and persons with catholic affiliations. You can register for a library account at the circulation desk. For further questions regarding circulation policies, checkout privileges, loans periods, search requests and recalls, please call (708) 524-6876.

Loan Periods

You may check out books for 8 weeks. Lost books will be charged the cost of replacement plus a $15 processing fee.

Where to study

By yourself The first and second floors are intended for quiet study. Please respect the needs of all students in these areas for quiet study space. The Noonan Reading Room, located on the second floor of Lewis Hall, is also designated as a quiet study area. With a groupThe Cyber Cafe and tables near the reference collection are available for times when you need to meet with a group or talk while studying. You may also talk on your phone in these areas (though reception isn't very good).

Databases

Subscription databases are available for use when you are on campus. If you are off campus, contact a reference librarian for suggestions for free online databases or open access publications.

Computer Access

Computers are available to visitors for four hours a day (two hours during peak times). You will need to get a guest account, which will be yours to use whenever you come to the library. Accounts are available at either the reference desk or the circulation desk. We will need a current photo ID. By registering for the account guest users agree to abide by library, Information Technology, and University Policy. View the Information Technology Policy.

For questions about computer access please contact the Public Services Librarian, Jill Bambenek by phone at (708) 524-6874 or email jbambenek@dom.edu.

Printing

Printing is 10 cents a page. Add money to your account at the kiosk on the lower level. Staff at the reference desk can help you with this.

Quiet Areas and Group Study Room

Quiet Areas

The first and second floors are intended for quiet study. Please respect the needs of all students in these areas for quiet study space. The Noonan Reading Room, located on the second floor of Lewis Hall, is also designated as a quiet study area.

Group Study Room Guidelines

The group study rooms in the Rebecca Crown Library provide a place where small groups can meet and study during posted library hours. Due to the limited number of group study rooms, the library has put together these guidelines to provide maximum access to current Dominican students.

  • The group study rooms are for current Dominican University students only.
  • You must check in at the second floor help desk and show your Dominican ID.
  • Rooms may be reserved for up to three hours. You may book the room for an additional three hours if it is available.
  • A group is defined as two or more people actively using the study room. Individual Dominican University students may use the group study rooms if no group is currently using the room, but must vacate the room if a group needs to use it. Please be prepared to show your current Dominican ID.
  • All drinks must be in a spill proof container.
  • You must clean up after yourself and leave the group study room neat.
  • The white boards in the group study rooms are for your use. You may check out a group study kit, which includes dry erase markers, at the second floor help desk. Please be sure to return the kit to the desk. You are responsible for erasing the whiteboard before leaving the group study room.
  • If you vacate a study room for more than 15 minutes your reservation will be forfeited. Any items left unattended in the room will be removed and turned over to University Security. The library is not responsible for any items left behind or for loss of or damages to said items.
  • The group study rooms will be locked 15 minutes prior to closing of the library. Anyone using these study rooms must leave when the first closing announcement is made.
  • Group study room users must abide by the Student Code of Conduct.
Using the Databases Off-Campus

Off-campus access to the Library's electronic resources is provided through EZProxy software. If you are off campus, an EZProxy Login screen will appear. Enter your Dominican username and password to login.

Why do I need to use EZProxy?

Online databases and electronic journals subscribed to by Dominican University are restricted to use by current Dominican University students, faculty and staff only.  To provide off-campus access for Dominican's authorized users, proxy server software --EZProxy-- is used to authenticate Dominican students, faculty, and staff for access.

What resources are available from off-campus?

All of the library's electronic resources are available from off-campus.

How do I get a Dominican network (email) account?

You must have a Dominican University network account to use EZProxy. Application forms for network accounts are available for students and faculty/staff.

I'm never at the River Forest Campus for my classes. How do I get a Dominican network account?

You may download the Network Account Application form, fill it out and return it to the IT department. If you are a faculty member who only teaches off campus, please contact the IT department to arrange for network accounts for your students.

How long will I be connected to EZProxy? 

You will remain connected to the proxy server software as long as you keep your browser open (for up to sixty minutes of connection).

Copying and pasting Links to Articles:

If you are still experiencing difficulties, please ask a librarian at (708) 524-6875.

Reserves

The reserve collection at the Rebecca Crown Library is intended for the use of students, faculty, and staff of Dominican University. Materials placed on reserve will be at the initiative of instructors for the educational and non-commercial use of students. The reserve collection is located at the circulation desk on the first floor of the library. If your instructor has placed course materials (books, articles, etc) on reserve in the library, you can search for them below. Please look up the name and call number of the item for quicker service.

Search Course Reserves

If you are an instructor and would like to place items on reserve, please complete the reserves form and return with materials to the circulation desk.