On-Line Tour of the Stevens-German Library
Welcome to the On-Line Stevens-German Library Tour! It will only take a few minutes to take this brief on-line tour of Hartwick's library. At the library you can do research, get help finding books and articles, use the computer lab, check out books from the library, pick up books you have ordered on interlibrary loan, or just take advantage of a quiet place to study. The entrance to the library is on the fourth floor of Yager Hall. To get access to the 2nd, 3rd and 5th floors of the library, you must use either the stairs or the elevator inside the library.
The Circulation Desk
The Circulation Desk is located at your left as you enter the library. You can check books out here. You can also ask for books, articles or other materials that your professor has put on closed reserve for your class. The circulation staff is always happy to answer any questions you may have about using the library. For example, if you can't find a book in the stacks, the circulation staff can help you to locate it.
Research Help/Reference Desk
Research help, or reference, is available directly in front of you as you enter the library. You can ask for research assistance here, or ask any question you might have about using the library, from finding books and articles, to locating web resources. Librarians at the reference desk are there to help you to find what you need in the library. You are not interrupting the reference librarians or disturbing them if you stop by the desk to ask questions! Reference librarians are also available in their offices during their office hours.
The Reference Section
The Reference Section is located on the fourth floor of the library along the wall to your right as you enter the library, under the sign that says "The Loft." The books that are shelved here don't circulate, so that they are always available for anyone who needs to consult them. You will find general encyclopedias here like Columbia Encyclopedia or Encyclopedia Britannica. There are also many specialized encyclopedias like The Abraham Lincoln Encyclopedia or African States and Rulers : an Encyclopedia of Native, Colonial, and Independent States and Rulers Past and Present or The Vampire Book: The Encyclopedia of the Undead. The reference section includes reference books with Library of Congress Call Numbers from A-Z. Reference books are a good place to go for background information or an overview of a research topic. There are also many reference materials available electronically on the library web page.
The new books are also located on the fourth floor, immediately to your right as you enter the library. New books are temporarily on display here so that patrons can browse new arrivals at the library.
Stairs to the Fifth Floor
The stairs to the fifth floor are located across the room from the Circulation Desk. The stairs leading down to the third floor are located just beyond the stairs up to the fifth floor, near the Library Training Room and the Library Classroom.
Library Training Room/Yager 409
The Library Training Room is located in Yager 409, past the Reference Desk and to your right, under the stairs leading up to the fifth floor of the library. This room is a computer lab, but library instruction sessions often take place here. Check the calendar outside the door to see if there is something scheduled in the room during the course of the day.
Library Classroom/Yager 415
The Library Classroom is located behind the stairs to the fifth floor of the library, opposite the Library Training Room. The classroom is in Yager 415, and the Library Training Room is in Yager 409. Library instruction sessions and other classes are often held in Yager 415. Check the calendar posted outside the door to see if there is anything scheduled for the classroom on a given day.
Interlibrary Loan Office
The Interlibrary Loan Office is located opposite the elevator. Here you can pick up books you have ordered on Interlibrary Loan.
Maps and Atlases
You can get to the third floor by either taking the elevator or the stairs. Books with call numbers starting with A-DB are shelved on the third floor in the regular stacks. Books with call numbers DB-Z are shelved on the second floor. Some materials are shelved separately from the majority of books in the library. These include atlases, oversize books, musical scores and children's books. At the bottom of the stairs leading down to the third floor are the maps and atlases. If you were to take the elevator, these would be to your left after you get off the elevator.
Oversize books are located in "The Pit," on the third floor. The pit is across from the Juvenile Collection. Musical scores are also shelved in this area. Catalog records for books in the library give the call number, and an indication of where the book is located, for example "Main Library" means the book is shelved in the regular stacks on the 2nd and 3rd floors. "Oversize" means the book is shelved in the Pit. "Reference" means the book is in the Reference section on the 4th Floor. "Juvenile Collection" means the books is shelved with the children's books on the third floor.
The periodical stacks are located just past the Pit. Periodicals are shelved alphabetically by title. Here you will find bound issues of periodicals, including popular publications like Newsweek, or Rolling Stone, and scholarly journals like History of Photography or Physics in Medicine and Biology, or Journal of Abnormal and Social Psychology. Current issues (meaning the most recent issues that the library has received) are shelved in the same place.
Bound issues of periodicals look like books, but they contain a number of issues of a particular publication all bound together, usually all of the issues that appeared during the course of one year. The volumes are then shelved chronologically. At the Stevens-German Library, the current issues of a periodical are shelved next to the bound volumes.
Third Floor Elevator
The elevator on the third floor is located on the left hand side of the short hallway just past the Juvenile Collection. Note that there are signs posted near the elevators that indicate where materials in the library are located. There are also signs directly opposite the elevator doors on each floor that indicate which floor you are on, and what is located there.
Technical Services Office
The Technical Services Office is located across from the elevator on the third floor. The librarians who create catalog records for books and periodicals, order books and other materials for the library, assign call numbers and repair damaged books have their offices here.
Second Floor Stacks
You can reach the second floor by taking either the elevator or the stairs. The second floor has books with call numbers starting with DB to Z. You can use the sides of the shelves to find which call numbers are located in any particular range.
Second Floor Compact Shelving
There are compact shelving units on the second floor of the library. If you turn the crank on the outside of the shelving units, you can move the shelves so that there is space for you to go down the aisle and browse. Note that you can use the lever beneath the crank to lock the shelves in place while you are in the aisle. Call number ranges are posted on the outsides of the shelves to help you to locate books in the stacks.
The Library Director's Office Office is located on the second floor of the library, just across from the elevator.
The Paul F. Cooper, Jr. Archives
The College Archives are also located on the second floor of the library, a few steps away from the foot of the stairs leading down to the second floor. Here you can do research about the history of the college and its predecessor, Hartwick Seminary. You can learn about our founder, John Christopher Hartwick, what life on campus was like in the 1960's, how the nursing program got started, or just browse old yearbooks and bound editions of Hilltops. For more information about the college archives, visit the Paul F. Cooper, Jr. Archives web page. You can explore archival exhibits, papers, collections and more by using the links at the left.
Videos and DVDs
You can reach the fifth floor by either taking the stairs or the elevator. The videos and DVD's are located on the fifth floor of the library. They are also on compact shelving units, which work just like the ones on the second floor.
Tutoring Services are also located on the fifth floor. You can learn about tutoring services on the Hartwick Web Page. Some of the services offered include: The Peer Tutorial Program, Supplemental Instruction, Services for Students with Special Needs/Disabilities, Probationary Student Advising.
Thanks for Taking the Stevens-German Library Tour!
For more information about the library, visit the Library Home Page, or take the Hartwick Library Tutorial. If you have questions, comments or suggestions, call Rebekah Ambrose-Dalton at extension 4450.