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Library Services
L I B R A R Y   S E R V I C E S,   2.0

Information & Instructional Services

Information Services

Librarians and Library Assistants are available to provide assistance with the use of the library resources and facilities. Consult a Librarian or Library Assistant for assistance with identifying and locating information resources, using the library catalog, online databases, internet resources, and locating offices and areas in the library.

Questions? AskUs in chat or use the Ask Reference form. Take a look at our FAQs and Quick Links like Library Floor and Stacks Location Guide, Library Hours, and Library Staff Directory, too.

Instructional Services

Information literacy classes are provided across the curriculum—from basic courses through advanced classes in the humanities, sciences, and social sciences. They are held at the request of a faculty member and planned cooperatively to meet the needs of the students in a particular course. Objectives of the Information Literacy classes include enabling students to understand how information is organized in a specific subject, to plan an effective search strategy on a particular topic, to encourage students to become self-learners, and to assist students in the research paper process.

Classes are designed to teach effective use of library resources and services. They may include the use of the library catalog, basic types of reference materials, online databases, the internet, and the Research Process.

Submit a request for Information Literacy Instruction at least 14 days in advance of the class. Send an email to Information and Instructional Services to either: Sheri Schneider or Stefani Gomez. Or, submit your request via the Information Literacy Instruction Request Form.


Refer to LibGuides for research assistance, subject guides, and useful resources compiled by Cressman Library librarians. From subject guides, like Art Therapy and Nutrition, to guides for specific courses, including WRI 100 and FSC 503, LibGuides are a great way to use the library... online! Specialized LibGuides may be created at the request of a faculty member.


Lending Services & Interlibrary Loan


Circulation and Reserve services are provided at the Lending Services desk near the entrance to the library. Most library materials may be checked out after registering at the Lending Services desk. See Borrowing Privileges for more detailed information on lending policies.


Materials are placed on reserve to ensure their availability to a number of students within a limited time period. Reserve materials may be obtained and charged out at the Lending Services desk. Most reserve materials are designated for In-Library Use only and may circulate for two hour periods. Other types of reserves include overnight, three day, and one week. The reserve notebook at the Lending Services desk lists all titles on reserve by course number.

Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is a service which makes it possible for materials not available in the Cressman Library to be borrowed from other libraries.

Students, faculty, and staff of Cedar Crest College may submit ILL requests. Before you place a request, please check WorldCat Discovery, the Library Catalog. Material listed in the catalog as "missing" or "checked out" may be requested through ILL.

Delivery of ILL materials may take up to one to two weeks. Print materials borrowed from Lehigh Valley libraries may arrive within 3 to 5 days. Delivery time of materials borrowed from out-of-state libraries may extend beyond 2 weeks. PDFs of articles may arrive within a couple of days. See Interlibrary Loan, ILL Services for further detail.


Media Services

Materials may be used in the Library or may circulate for a 3 day loan period. During working hours, materials must be checked out in Media Services on the Terrace Level. Hours are Monday through Thursday 12 noon to 6:00 p.m. and Friday 12 noon to 3:30 p.m. After hours, users must complete an Audio Visual Request Form and submit it at the Information Services desk. The materials will be available at the Lending Services Desk by 10 a.m. the next day or Monday morning if requested after 3:30 p.m. Friday.

Faculty, to request media for your course(s), please use the new Media Request form. Any questions about using the form should be sent to, or you can contact Judy Titus at ext. 3388. See Media Services for more information.


Technical Services

Books, periodicals, and media titles are acquired through Technical Services and cataloged there for retrieval in the library catalog. Access to the College Archives and Special Collections are also provided by Technical Services.

All book and media requests are moving online. Book & Media Purchase Requests. Faculty, students and staff are encouraged to recommend digital books and/or media to support curricula. Recommendations are not a guarantee of purchase.