Benner Library and Learning Resource Center — SGCS
As the name implies, the Benner Library and Learning Resource Center is more than a library in the traditional sense. In addition to a collection of over 170,000 books, the library also houses more than 300,000 other items in various formats (print periodicals,DVDs, video tapes, compact discs, maps, microfilm, etc.), subscribes to almost 1,000 print journals, and provides access to over almost 130,000 full-text electronic journals. As a participant in the Federal Depository program, the library receives U.S. government documents on a selective basis. Photocopiers, printers, microfilm reader-printers, and fax services are available for a nominal fee.
Additional on-site library services include computer labs, an instruction lab, public-access computers, wireless access to the Internet, a laptop checkout program, group-study rooms, listening and viewing facilities, the Curriculum Center with children's books and materials for educators, and an after-hours study room. Original documents pertaining to the history of Olivet and the Church of the Nazarene are available in the Archives.
Using the library's online catalog, BLISweb, students and faculty may search the library's collection via the Internet from within the library, from other campus locations, and from off-campus sites. Through the library's home page, users can access BLISweb and a wide variety of other electronic resources and services, including Web databases, and research guides for departments and classes, and useful Internet sites.
Patrons may search for materials from other libraries using the I-Share catalog. I-Share is a joint catalog of the 76 Illinois college and university member libraries of the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois (CARLI). I-Share features a universal borrowing system, which allows Olivet students, faculty, and staff to request books and other materials directly from CARLI libraries. Patrons can search I-Share at any computer with Internet access. For direct access to I-Share, use http://I-Share.carli.illinois.edu/uc.
Benner Library also provides services specifically for off-campus students through the offices of the Outreach Librarian and the Interlibrary Loan Department. To access online electronic resources and full-text documents through the library's databases from off-campus, patrons must first be authenticated by entering their ONU username and password when prompted. If the full-text for a document is not available online, patrons may use either the Interlibrary Loan (ILL) option or the "request" option to order the item. Direct email requests to the Interlibrary Loan Departments are also accepted.
Students in the SGCS program can expect Interlibrary Loan staff to process requests for books or journal articles within 24 hours, Monday through Friday. If an item is ordered that Olivet owns, the patron should receive it within a few days after the request is processed. Items ordered from other libraries will be shipped to the patron as soon as the Benner Library staff receive them. Journal articles will be photocopied and sent according to the method specified by the patron. Books are sent by 2-day UPS and include prepaid return postage.