Collins Memorial Library

Faculty Services

Collins Library is an integral part of teaching and learning at the University of Puget Sound. Librarians work in partnership with faculty to further the University's mission and to promote life long learning.

This Web page is intended to acquaint faculty with some of the library's services. We hope you will take advantage of what we have to offer, and we welcome your suggestions for how we may better assist you and your students. Send comments to Lori Ricigliano.

Liaison Program

Each department or program has a designated librarian who serves as a contact for information about library programs, resources, and services. Faculty are urged to contact their liaison librarian to discuss information needs in their field.


Instructional Services

The library offers a wide variety of instructional services to support classroom teaching, including course integrated instruction, departmental workshops, library related assignments, new faculty orientation, and handouts on resources and research techniques. Working with the faculty member, the liaison librarian tailors instruction to the specific content of the class. Sessions are generally held in the library's electronic classroom (Lib 118) which is equipped with computers, video projection, and Internet access. Contact the department's liaison librarian for more information or to arrange a session.


Selection of Library Materials

Acquisitions Department

Faculty may order library materials from department allocations administered by the Library Director, at the discretion of the department chair.

Book, video, and music compact disk orders may be via email or campus mail to your liaison librarian.

Requests for new journals can be submitted year round by faculty. New subscriptions will be considered during the Periodicals ADD/DROP Season which begins approximately January 15. Final decisions will be made by the end of Spring semester and the new titles will begin arriving the following calendar year.

All new faculty in a tenure-track position may request a $2,000 New Faculty Fund from their liaison librarian. These monies are provided to help mend any collection inadequacies in your field of expertise in which you will be teaching.

For more information about the acquisitions process, please review the FAQ page.


Research Support

Reference Service
Reference Service provides help and guidance in using library resources effectively, in locating materials, in suggesting sources for further study and research, and in connecting users with information outside the library. Assistance is available at the Learning Commons Information desk on the main floor, by telephone (253.879.3669) or e-mail. You can also make an appointment with your liaison librarian for consultation on presentations, papers, or other research projects.


Interlibrary Loan & Document Delivery

Interlibrary Loan (ILL)
When items are not available through the Summit catalog, you may submit an interlibrary loan request. Books, copies of periodical articles, dissertations, conference proceedings, and other materials needed for research may be borrowed from other libraries around the world. To submit an interlibrary loan request, use your ILLiad account.

Document Delivery
If you need an article quickly and there is no time to get it on interlibrary loan, the library offers a document delivery service. Journal articles can be delivered within 1 to 3 working days, depending on the journal title. The service cost is $2 per article, which may be charged to your department.

Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery may be requested directly from many database ILL links or from your ILLiad account.



To check-out materials, faculty must present a valid University picture I.D. card at the Circulation desk. Cards are issued through the Conference & Dining Services office in the Wheelock Student Center.

Faculty may also designate a proxy to will be authorized to check out on their behalf.

Faculty due dates for books
February 1 and August 1 with one renewal if book is not on hold for another person. Those checking out books up to one month before these dates will be given the next due date.

Faculty loan limits
Faculty may check out as many books as they want, with one renewal. There are no overdue fines, except for Summit books and lost books. You may renew items, by going to your library account.

Periodicals may be checked out overnight. For more information on check-out policies and procedures, read the Circulation web page.

DVDs, videos, CDs, and cassettes have a one week loan period.

Faculty Spouses, Domestic Partners, and Children
Faculty spouses, domestic partners, and children may borrow materials with a valid University I.D. card. The loan period is four weeks with a ten book limit.


Reserve Collection

The reserve collection is designed as a centralized point from which assigned readings are placed on short term loan at faculty request. Its purpose is to make a limited number of copies readily available to all members of a class. Most items are loaned for a two hour period, but overnight, three days, and one week are other options. Electronic reserve is also available for some items. Please note that it is the responsibility of the faculty to secure copyright permission if needed.

To put an item on reserve for a course, faculty should bring the items to the Circulation desk and fill out a form specifying the conditions of the loan and other reserve information. If an item is not owned by the library and a personal copy has not been supplied by the faculty, the library will order a copy (if available) with RUSH status. It will be purchased with departmental funds. Interlibrary loans may not be placed on reserve.

To find out what is on reserve, consult Primo Search, the library's online catalog. Reserves are searchable by faculty name or course. The titles of reserve materials are listed along with call numbers and check-out status. Faculty can obtain a report of reserve circulation statistics by contacting their liaison librarian.


Faculty Access to the University of Washington

Faculty may borrow materials from the University of Washington through Summit.

If you would like to borrow materials while on the UW campus, you must obtain a UWNet ID. Go to the UW Cashier's Office and show your current UPS ID. A card will be issued to you. For more information, contact the UW Cashier's Office at 206. 543.1174 or email The University of Washington Tacoma will also issue a UWNet ID.


View Your Account

You can view your library account in Primo Search to see what you checked out, have on hold, or borrowed through Summit. Sign in with your Puget Sound email and password.


Booking DVDs/Videos

DVD/Video booking is a service available to faculty who need a video for a classroom showing on a specific date. Course Reserve for videos is recommended if students are expected to view a video on their own, outside the classroom.

To book a video, locate the title in Primo Search. After you've found the title, fill out the information on our Bookings Web Form. Requested videos will be sent to you via campus mail. If your viewing date is on a Monday or Tuesday, the video will be sent to you on the previous Wednesday. If your viewing will be on a Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday, it will be sent the previous Friday. For questions about video bookings, contact Chris Dowd (253.879.3618).



Room Reservations

The library has three rooms available for University-related meetings, group presentations and events. See Library Conference Rooms for more information.

For the rooms in the Technology Center, contact TS at x8585.


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