Q: I live 500 miles from the St. John’s University campus. How can the St. John's Libraries possibly serve me?
A: Aside from its physical space, the St. John's University Libraries also occupy a virtual space. The Libraries have an extensive web presence, through which you can search our collections and gain access to information in electronic form. We can also assist you with your research through our AskUs! service.
Q: Does the library catalog provide electronic access to the full text of books and other materials?
A: Usually not, unfortunately. The catalog usually tells you where to find physical items (books, videos, etc.). We do have a growing collection of eBooks, though, which can be accessed through our catalog, or through the netLibrary database.
Q: What if I need help finding what I’m looking for? Where do I go?
A: There are two ways to contact us:
Online: Through Ask us!, you can communicate with us via chat, or send us an e-mail.
Phone: (718) 990-6727. (Check library hours)
Q: Can I borrow materials from my local library rather than using the St. John's Libraries?
A: Obtaining borrowing privileges from your local public library should not be a problem. University libraries, especially private ones, are usually more protective of their collections, though many will allow you to use library materials on premises. Publicly funded university and college libraries tend to be more generous with outside users, though they may not grant you borrowing privileges. Contact your local libraries to find out what their policies are.
Q: When planning a distance education course, is there anything specific I should consider about the use of library resources?
A: One of the keys to planning, of course, is making sure students have adequate materials at their disposal for completing research assignments. Naturally, this poses special problems for distance courses. Online Learning students will rely more heavily on materials in electronic form, and will be more likely to use non-St. John's libraries than those taking courses on campus.
It is therefore a good idea to check with someone at the St. John's Libraries to see what kinds of relevant electronic resources are available to you. Take advantage of the Libraries' state-of-the-art information delivery systems, such as eReserves, which allow students to access documents online. Help spread the word among Online Learning students that the St. John's Libraries can still be a tremendous resource to them, through its wealth of online collections and services.