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Library FAQs: Circulation FAQ

Frequently asked questions about library services, resources, and spaces.

FAQ Introduction

These frequently asked questions and their answers are pertaining to circulation services. 


How do I see if the library offers the book I need and if it’s available?

This information can be found by using the library website and searching in either Discovery or the Curry Book Catalog for the title/author of the book. If the library has the book you can then see if it is listed as Available for checkout. 

How do I find a book on a particular topic?

You can use the call numbers and find the section of the topic you are looking for, you can search the topic on the website and reserve the desired titles or use those call numbers to locate the books in the library, or you could ask a librarian for assistance.

How do I use the call numbers to locate books?

In order to use the call numbers start with the first number listed and find the corresponding range. For example, if the call number you were trying to locate was 971.55 you would need to find the range that contains call numbers 968.065-973.44. You would then keep narrowing down the location of the book until you have found the title you are looking for.

How do I check out a book if no one is at the desk and/or the self-checkout machine is not working?

In this situation there is a red binder located on the table to the right of the self-checkout machine. Please clearly record your name, the date, and the book barcode number in the appropriate spaces.

Can I check out books from other libraries?

Yes! These are called interlibrary loans and are available for request through the library website or with the help of a librarian.

How long do I have a book checked out for?

When books are checked out a due date will be given. When checking out books owned by Curry library the due date will be set as the end of the semester. Books requested and borrowed from other libraries will have their own due date, typically for one month.

How many books can I have at once?

WJC Patrons can check out an unlimited amount of books that are owned by Curry Library. The limit for books that are not owned by Curry is 20. 

How do I renew my books?

In order to renew books online click the red Renew Books button at the top of the library homepage. Follow the login instructions using your name, ID number, and the unique campus code (wj). This will look like ex. 3456789wj. 

If there is no hold on a book, a patron may renew every checkout twice. A patron cannot renew any library book (Curry or MOBIUS) if it is overdue.

How do I request a book from Curry Library?

When you find a book in Curry Library Catalog or Discovery, click the book's title to enter into its record. 

In the book's record, click on the gray request it button and enter in your first name, last name then your William Jewell College ID number followed by wj ex. 3456789wj. The book will be available to pick up on the Curry Library hold shelf within 24 hours. You will receive an email when the book is available. 

How do I obtain a book that Curry Library does not have?

As a William Jewell Library patron you are able to request books from other libraries for free. For more information click the link below.