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DeTamble Library: FAQs

An overview of the library facilities and collection.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How can I get help finding information?
  1. Ask for help at the Information Desk.
  2. Contact Seth Allen, Librarian, by email, phone, or in person.
  3. Use the Research Guides for your subject areas.
Can I connect to the Library from off campus?

Yes. The Library’s Web page, catalog, and Research Guides are all available from off campus with access to all online resources. Just use your campus user name ( and password (Same as Microsoft365) when prompted. If you need help, see the Off Campus Research Guide. Students at Sandhills, SAOnline, Charlotte, Charleston, and Columbia campuses have easy access to all our digital resources.

What and where are course reserves?

Ask for Course Reserves at the Information Desk.

How do I cite resources and create bibliographies for my papers?

Use the Writing and Citing Guide. Make sure to find out from your professor what format is required (MLA, APA, CMS, etc.)

How do I search for articles?

Use the Research Guides to point you to the best databases in your subject area. Proquest Central is a great place to search for articles in 39 databases.  It includes articles on a variety of subject areas. In WorldCat, you can limit your search to articles. You can also search for Articles in specific databases.

How do I find books?

Use WorldCat to locate books, both print and ebooks. You can limit your search to books or ebooks or select the books tab, from the library homepage, before you search.

Where do I locate the print books?

Use the Library of Congress call number from WorldCat to find your books. Most of the Main Collection is on the 2nd floor. Ask for help at the Information Desk if you have any problems.

How do I find DVDs, streaming video, and other materials?

WorldCat allows you to search across all formats, then limit to the type you need. The Library owns hundreds of DVDs that can be checked out. Digital videos are accessible online using your St. Andrews user name and password.

How do I get materials that our library does not own?

You can click on the Request Item through Interlibrary Loan button in WorldCat. This service is only available to St. Andrews students, faculty, and staff. You can also fill out a form at the Library or contact email what you need to Seth Allen.

How does Interlibrary Loan work?

Request items through WorldCat, or contact Seth Allen by phone (5023), email, or in person. You will be notified through campus email when your item is ordered and received. There is no cost. You will be contacted if you submit more than 5 items at a time.

How do I know what databases to choose for my research?

The best way is to use the Research Guides related to your subject (Business, Biology, etc). You can also view all the databases by subject or search across all the databases in WorldCat.

What is NC LIVE?

NC LIVE provides a gateway to 90+ databases for all the people of North Carolina. You can choose to search for articles, books, videos, and more from the NC LIVE site.

Does the Library have study rooms?

The Reynolds Reading Room on the 2nd floor is available for study or group work. Desks and tables on all floors provide study spaces for private or group study. On third floor, you will find a great space with moveable furniture, whiteboards, and a large monitor you can plug into your devices.

Do you have laptops to use in the Library?

Yes! We have Chromebooks, Dell Laptops, and ThinkPads. You can check these out at the front desk and use them in the Library. 

How do I check out a laptop to use in my dorm room?

You can check out library laptops and Chromebooks for four weeks (with one renewal). Use your current St. Andrews ID card at the Information Desk. Once you fill out the Laptop agreement, you are cleared to check out the laptops. Only current SAU students, faculty, and staff can check out laptops.

How do I check out a book or DVD?

Use your current St. Andrews ID card at the Information Desk.

How can I print papers in the Library?

The Library has four 3 printers available with wireless access that can print from all Library devices or your personal tablets or phones. If you have a problem, ask at the front desk. You must be connected to the Library's WiFi network.

Can I scan or copy print materials in the Library?

Yes, use your user name and password on our copier. You can only send documents to other St. Andrews Campus email addresses. If you need to send them elsewhere, send the document to yourself, and then you can send it to another address from your email.