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Getting Started at the Library: Using the Library Catalog

Using the library's resources and collections

Using the Online Catalog, Primo

Primo, the online catalog, is used to request library materials.  Primo connects to your library account and allows you to:

  • Edit your address or email
  • View current loans and renew materials
  • Request library materials from the Closed Stacks areas
  • View current requests
  • View any fines or fees
  • Create and view lists of Favorite items
  • Create and view Saved Searches
  • Export saved items to Excel or citation management software

The library's online catalog indicates whether a publication is shelved in Closed Stacks or Open Stacks.  Below are instructions on obtaining these items.

NOTE: With such an extensive collection, some LHL holdings may not be completed catalogued.  There are also materials that are designated as "In Library use only". These include engineering societies meeting papers, aerospace papers, government documents, technical reports, and standards and specifications.

Consult with the Reference staff for assistance making requests or to locate materials not listed in the online catalog.

Making Closed Stacks Requests

The majority of the LHL collection is in Closed Stacks. This area is not accessible to the public; items must be requested via the online catalog:

  1. Sign into Primo with your library account using the email token or social authentication*.
  2. Conduct a search in the library’s catalog.
  3. Click on the Title to display the full record. Check if the item is Unavailable or Not Loanable.
  4. Under the Get It section, click Request (if the item is a journal or part of a multivolume work, click Request Other Issue).

The Terms of Use will be automatically populated with the appropriate checkout period. You can add in a Not Needed By date, and/or provide additional information in the Comment section. Hit the Send Request..

You will get an email when the item is available at the Reference Desk.  Turnaround time is usually 10-15 minutes.  If a request cannot be filled, you'll be notified via email.

Complete the online application if you do not have a library account.

Making Digitization Requests (Scans)

Patrons with a Primo account can request scanned copies of certain materials:

  1. Sign into Primo with your library account using the email token or social authentication*.
  2. Conduct a search in the library’s catalog.
  3. Click on the Title to display the full record. 
  4. Under the Get It section, click Digitization (if the item is a journal or part of a multivolume work, click Digitize Other Issue).
  5. Complete the lines for Chapter/Article Title, Pages, etc., as completely as possible. You can add in a Not Needed By date, and/or provide additional information in the Comment section. Hit Send Digitization Request.

The scanned document(s) are saved to a secure server. You will get an email when the item is available to be downloaded.  Turnaround time for most requests is 24-48 hours.  If a request cannot be filled, you'll be notified via email.

Registered patrons are allowed a limited number of requests at no charge.

Complete the online application if you do not have a library account.

Retrieving Open Stacks Items

Open Stacks items are generally published after 1980. They are shelved on the 2nd Floor, which is open to the public.  As such, they cannot be requested for retrieval in the online catalog; patrons can pull these items themselves.

Linda Hall uses the Library of Congress classification system to assign call numbers by subject, focusing on materials in the Q (Science)  and T(Technology) class schedules. A printed copy of the LC classification system is available at Reference Desk, for your information. 

A map is provided to help navigating the Open Stacks area.

Themed Collections in Primo

The Themed Collections section in Primo are LHL materials organized around a subject, event or format. Included are electronic versions of:

Themed Collections also includes items that may not be eligible for total digitization due to publisher restrictions or U.S. Copyright Law. They can be requested for in-library use; for partial digitization, or through interlibrary loan through the Digital Initiatives Unit.

Reference Assistance

A Reference Specialist is available during library hours, Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. CST.

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