The Talbott Library Frequently Asked Questions

Find what you need in our searchable FAQ.

I would like to use a group study room. What do I do?

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Contact Talbott Circulation (609-921-7100 x8237) to book the Instruction Room. A staff member will open the room for you. The rooms are available for two hours at a time on a first come, first serve basis.

I would like to use an audiovisual room for group viewing. What do I do?

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The Instruction Room on the lower level of the building has a computer, a wall mounted monitor, as well as DVD and VHS players. Contact the Talbott Circulation desk at 609-921-7100 x8237 to make a reservation.

What are the Library’s hours?

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Click here for Talbott Library’s hours

How do I check out a video or DVD/CD?

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You must look up the call number of the DVD/CD in the online catalog. The Reference Librarian is available to assist you, if needed. A staff member will retrieve it for you at the Circulation Desk.

Can I access the Library’s databases from home?

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Yes.  When you click a journal database, you will be prompted to enter your Rider EasyPass username and password to access the database. 

Can I borrow from the neighboring libraries such as The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) and the Princeton Theological Seminary (PTS) Princeton University? How about from other NJ academic libraries?

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Rider students can use their Rider IDs to check out books from the TCNJ Library and the PTS Library. See Details for visiting and borrowing from TCNJ Library.  Rider students may visit the Mendel Library of Princeton University by showing their Rider University student ID. Students are allowed to use materials in the library but may not borrow items.

Students, faculty, and staff can visit and borrow from many NJ academic libraries.  See VALE reciprocal borrowing program and libraries

Rider students can also borrow from the Mercer County Library.


How much are fines for overdue items?

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Item Type Fine Maximum
Circulating materials (books & scores) $.25/day/item $25
Reserve – in library use $2/hour/item $25
Audiovisual – in house use $2/hour/item $25
Audiovisual – Circulation media $2/day/item $25

I need to do research. How do I begin?

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A librarian at the Reference Desk will help you get started. From off campus, you may call (609) 921-7100 x8314 or send an email to library@rider.edu. See Reference Desk Hours.

Does Talbott Library accept donations/gifts?

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Talbott Library accepts gifts of like-new books, scores, and CDs (no LPs or cassettes). Please consult our donation guidelines before bringing any materials to the library.

What is your guest access policy?

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The library is open to the Community to browse the collection. A patron may become a Talbott Library Friend. An application form must be completed, along with appropriate identification (student ID, driver’s license, etc.) A minimum donation of $25.00 is required in order to have borrowing privileges. The membership is for 1 year. In the case of a minor, a parent or guardian should complete the form. A Friend of the Library may check out up to 6 books or scores for a 4 week period. One renewal per item is allowed. No media, piano pedagogy or music education materials may be borrowed.

Can a librarian teach my class how to use reliable resources for research assignments?

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Yes. Please contact Mi-Hye Chyun or Robert Terrio to arrange for a librarian to teach a library session for your class.

Does the Library have scanners?

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Yes, there is a scanner located in the study area of the library. There is also a combination scanner/printer/copier located near the circulation desk.

How do I know if the Library subscribes to the journal I need?

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Use Journal Holdings and enter the journal name in the search box.

Are food and beverages allowed in the Library?

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The Libraries permit the consumption of beverages carried in covered containers and individual snack-size food items, except around computer equipment. All other food and drinks are permitted only in the outer lobby.  Library users are advised to be considerate of other library users when eating and drinking in the Library and report any spills to library staff immediately.

 


Where do I find items that my professor has put on reserve?

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Look on-line for the professor’s reserve list. Go to the online catalog. Find the course name & number and professor’s name from the pull-down list. All items that are on reserve for that class are listed. Scroll the list until you find the item(s) that you need. Bring the call number(s) to the Circulation Desk.

How do I borrow an item from another library (interlibrary loan)?

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If the Library does not own an item you need (check the online catalog to make sure), then go to the library homepage and under “Request Materials,” click the link Borrow from Other Libraries.

How can I find journal articles?

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The Libraries’ databases contain journal articles. Go to Databases & Indexes. For further assistance, please see a Librarian at the Reference Desk.

Where do I pick up materials borrowed from other libraries (Interlibrary loan)?

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If the material comes in electronic format, it is sent to you via email. Print materials are sent to faculty via campus mail. Students will pick up print materials from the Circulation Desk.

Is there a charge for printing in the Library?

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There is no charge for students to print from a computer. They are encouraged to save their documents to personal storage devices or send files via email. Photocopying costs $.15 per page. You may buy a copy card from the card machine; the unit cost may be cheaper. Guests have limited printing privileges. See Reference Librarian on duty for assistance.

How do I renew a book?

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You can either bring the book into the Library or you can renew it online by going to the library homepage to Check My Account. Call the library at 609-921-7100 x8237 if you are having trouble renewing on line.

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