- Circulation Desk (717) 361-1222
- Reference Desk (717) 361-1461
- Interlibrary Loan (717) 361-1451
- Director's Office (717) 361-1451
- Fax (717) 361-1167
You’ll find the print books in our circulating collection on Levels 3 and 4. We hold 128,000 print titles plus over 200,000 e-books. All can be identified and located by using the Library Catalog. Also check out our New Books, Bestsellers and Board Games on the main floor across from the circulation desk.
We have over 5,000 juvenile books on Level 3 to support our Education Department. These include many past award-winning titles. All can be borrowed on the same terms as books in our main collection.
Media (Audio and Video)
Our 2,300 DVDs may be found on Level 1. Other media formats (CDs, LPs, etc.) are also shelved on Level 1. Looking for specialized equipment for playing any of these formats? Please visit the Group Listening Room next to the elevator on Level 1.
We have over 750 titles in microfilm and microfiche. You’ll find them in the black cabinets along the south wall of Level 1. Our microform reader/printer may be found in Study Room 110.
Elizabethtown College students, faculty, and staff may request scanned copies of periodical articles from this collection. If you’d like to request a scan, please log in to ILLiad. Then select New Request - Article from the left menu. Enter all required information in the request form. You will receive an email notification when the article is available for download in ILLiad (typically the next business day).
Our print newspapers may be found on the east end of Level 2. For a description of our online newspapers, see http://libraryguides.etown.edu/research/newspapers.
See Journal Finder for our complete list of titles. While we prefer to add new titles in electronic format, our online collection is supplemented by 1,300 print periodicals arranged alphabetically by title on Level 1. Print periodicals must be used within the Library.
You’ll find over 1,100 print titles in our reference collection on the main floor. These print titles supplement a growing number of e-books and databases as this collection moves toward a primarily online format. Print reference books must be used within the Library.
Special Collections and Archives
The Hess Archives and Special Collections resides on Level 1. In addition to the College Archives, this area houses materials related to the Church of the Brethren as well as collections that support the work of the Young Center.
All members of the Elizabethtown College community are expected to abide by all copyright laws and regulations. It is the responsibility of all faculty, staff, and students to do a fair use analysis whenever they make use of copyrighted material and to secure the proper permissions or licenses to use that material when necessary. Please see the full Copyright & Fair Use Guidelines for more information.
The High Library can provide assistance with obtaining permissions and can give guidance with queries regarding copyright and fair use. Contact the Scholarly Communications Librarian with your questions.
Spring 2021 Update - We regret that our popular study rooms on Levels 1 and 3 are not available this fall. We do have lots of general seating areas and two first-come, first-served study rooms (Rooms 218 and 220) on our main floor that can accommodate group work at a safe social distance.
If an item is listed in the catalog as INPROCESS (items recently received and not yet cataloged), you can request that that the item be cataloged for you. The normal processing time for cataloging an in-process request is 48 hours, excluding weekends and holidays.
To request an in-process item, email the title and author (and any other relevant information) to email@example.com with “In-Process Request” as the email subject.
Once the item has been cataloged it will be held for you at the library circulation desk. You will be notified via email that the item is ready for pick-up. These items will be held for one week from the time of notification.
What is Interlibrary Loan (ILL)?
Interlibrary loan, also known as “ILL,” is a service that assists students, faculty, and staff in obtaining materials from other libraries. ILL relies on the cooperative efforts and goodwill of thousands of librarians who are willing to share their collections with others.
Who may borrow?
The High Library is pleased to provide ILL service for all current members of the Elizabethtown College community – students, faculty, and staff.
What may I borrow?
You may request the following materials via ILL:
- Books not owned by the High Library
- Books owned by the High Library that are currently checked out, missing, or at the bindery
- Journal articles not available in print, microfilm, or electronic format at the High Library
- Sound recordings, scores, videos, DVDs, and books on tape/CD not owned by the High Library
You may NOT request the following materials via ILL:
- Reference materials
- New bestsellers and books that have not yet been published
- Books that are available in the High Library, including items on reserve
- Entire issues or volumes of periodicals or newspapers
Keep in mind that all libraries abide by the rules and guidelines outlined in the Interlibrary Loan Code of the United States, and that our ability to borrow items depends on other libraries’ willingness to lend them. Older, rare, and valuable titles may be difficult to borrow.
How many ILL requests may I submit?
We will process up to ten requests per day, per person. Additional requests will be filled as time permits.
How long does it take to fill a request?
The average length of time needed to receive physical materials—books, DVDs, scores, etc.—via ILL is five to seven days. Journal articles delivered electronically will often arrive more quickly. Please remember to plan ahead for any ILL request in order to allow for adequate delivery time.
Are you able to rush an ILL item?
No. ILL requests are processed as they are received, up to ten requests per person per day.
What are the loan periods for ILL materials?
- The loan periods for books and other physical materials are determined by the lending libraries, so the due dates may vary from one week to several months. The due date for each item is printed on the label attached to the front of that item. You may also keep track of your ILL due dates online through your ILLiad account: https://illiad.etown.edu/illiad/logon.html.
- Articles will be delivered electronically whenever possible and may be accessed online through your ILLiad account for 30 days: https://illiad.etown.edu/illiad/logon.html. If we do receive an actual photocopy of an article, you may keep that copy.
May I renew my ILL materials?
Note that the lending libraries make all final decisions regarding renewals. You may request renewals for eligible items online through your ILLiad account: https://illiad.etown.edu/illiad/logon.html.
A few things to keep in mind about renewals:
- The renewal period is often shorter than the original loan period.
- If the due date has already passed for an ILL item, some libraries will not allow a renewal.
- A renewal request may be denied even if the item is not overdue.
- You will be notified via email if the request is denied, or with the new due date if the request is approved.
Are there fees for interlibrary loan materials?
Not for borrowing items. The High Library is proud to be able to offer this service to students, faculty, and staff; and, with a few exceptions, we are happy to cover the costs of borrowing items. If there is an additional charge for borrowing an item, apart from our usual mailing and processing costs, we will contact you first to find out how you wish to proceed.
However, the user is responsible for any fees associated with lost or damaged items. These fees are determined by the lending libraries. The bills for all lost or damaged items will be sent to the user and then forwarded to the Business Office and charged to the user’s account.
Additionally, while we don’t charge overdue fines for ILL, your ILL privileges may be suspended if you have one or more overdue items. Please make sure to return or renew ILL materials on time, or contact the ILL staff if you need any assistance.
How do I contact the ILL staff?
ILL staff may be reached by phone at 717-361-1451 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that ILL staff are available Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 5pm.
If you need evening or weekend assistance, please contact the reference desk at 717-361-1461 or via email at email@example.com.
The High Library makes available a variety of technologies to the Elizabethtown College community.
- These technologies may only be checked out to active Elizabethtown College students, staff and faculty with a valid College ID.
- Borrowed technologies must not be left unattended.
- Food and drink are not permitted near borrowed technologies.
- All borrowed technologies must be returned directly to the Circulation desk.
- Users assume full responsibility for damage, loss or theft of the borrowed technology. If damage occurs to any piece of borrowed technology, charges for replacement will be imposed.
- Laptops circulate overnight. A power cord will be checked out with the computer.
- Overdue laptops and power cords each accrue fines of $5.00/day.
- Laptops and power cords are due by the end of the day on the due date.
- iPads and Swivls circulate for 3 days.
- Overdue iPads and Swivls will accrue fines of $10.00 per day.
Spring 2021 Update - All ACLCP/PALCI borrowers, Friends of the Library, and members of the general public must pre-register for scheduled building access this fall. Please contact Sarah Penniman with any questions about this process.
The High Library is a member of the Associated College Libraries of Central Pennsylvania (ACLCP) library consortium. Any faculty, student or staff from one of these associated colleges may request a free High Library card for the length of the current semester in which they are actively enrolled. They must present a valid ID card for the ACLCP College in which they are enrolled to obtain a library card.
ACLCP patrons may borrow up to 8 items at a time. Books from our general and juvenile collections, CDs, records, and musical scores can be borrowed for up to 60 days. DVDs can be borrowed for up to 2 weeks. These items may not be renewed.
The ACLCP borrowing card does not include access to library databases or other online resources, use of interlibrary loan service, or borrowing privileges for the library’s bestseller or reserves collections.
Students enrolled in graduate level courses at the Susquehanna Valley Ministry Center may request a free High Library card for the length of the current semester. Seminary students must present a valid ID to obtain a library card.
Seminary Students may borrow up to 8 items at a time. Books from our general and juvenile collections, CDs, records, and musical scores can be borrowed for up to 60 days. DVDs can be borrowed for up to 2 weeks. These items may not be renewed.
The Seminary borrowing card does not include access to library databases or other online resources, use of interlibrary loan service, or borrowing privileges for the library’s bestseller or reserves collection.
Friends of the Library
Elizabethtown community members may become Friends of the Library. For a charge of $20, you may purchase a 12-month library card. You must show a valid photo ID to obtain a library card.
Friends of the Library may borrow up to 8 items at a time. Books from our general and juvenile collections, CDs, records, and musical scores can be borrowed for up to 60 days. DVDs can be borrowed for up to 2 weeks. These items may not be renewed.
Friends of the Library do not have access to library databases or other online resources, use of the interlibrary loan service, or borrowing privileges for the library’s bestseller or reserves collection.
Spring 2021 Update - the guest-use computer will not be available this semester.
|Books - General & Juvenile Collection||60 days||60 days||1 year||3|
|Books - Bestseller Collection||60 days||60 days||60 days||N/A|
|DVDs||2 weeks||2 weeks||1 year||3|
|Board Games||2 weeks||2 weeks||2 weeks||3|
|Reserves||Varies by Item||---------||---------||3|
|Laptops & Power Cords||Overnight
(due by the end of the following day)
|iPads & Swivl||3 days||---------||---------||1|
|Journals||In library use only||In library use only||In library use only||N/A|
|Reference Collection||In library use only||In library use only||In library use only||N/A|
|Sign in to your library account to keep track of due dates and renew items online.|
Spring 2021 Update - The library's lockers will be unavailable this semester. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Students, faculty and staff of Elizabethtown College can request copies of periodical articles that are available in the library on microfilm or microfiche.
Request a copy by logging in to ILLiad. Next, select New Request - Article from the left side menu. Enter all required information in the request form.
Requesters will receive an email notifying them when articles are available for download in ILLiad.
|Item/Collection||Overdue Fines||Grace Period|
Course Reserves - 1 hour & 3 hour loans
|Course Reserves - overnight||$5.00/day||None|
|Laptops & Power Cords||$5.00/day||None|
|iPads & Swivl||$10.00/day||None|
In accordance with Elizabethtown College policy, only registered service animals are permitted in the library.
For more information on the definition of service animals, please see the college's Service and Emotional Support Animal Guidelines.
Anyone in violation of this policy will be asked to leave the library.
Most items borrowed from the High Library can be renewed for an additional loan period – including reserves and laptops! You can renew your items in person at the Circulation desk, or online.
To renew online:
- Sign in to your library account (log-in with your Etown network username and password if prompted).
- To renew all of your loans, click on "Renew All" at the top of the Loans box.
- To renew select items, click on the "Loans" heading, then check off the items you’d like to renew.
- Click on "Renew Selected."
- A confirmation message will appear, and a new due date will be displayed next to the renewed items.
- Renewals provide an additional loan period for an item from the date or time it was renewed, rather than from the original due date/time.
- When renewing online, your items have not been renewed if you don’t see the confirmation screen displaying the new dates.
- Items that have reached their renewal limit must be returned to the library’s Circulation Desk.
- As a library user, it is your responsibility to keep track of the due dates/times of your borrowed library items. Any items returned or renewed after the due date/time will be subject to overdue fines.
The library employs student workers to assist with circulation, interlibrary loan and technical services functions. Duties may include including shelving books, checking library materials in and out, assisting library users at the circulation desk, interlibrary loan or technical service duties.
Check the Student Employment Current Job Openings to see available positions.
Spring 2021 Update - The Brew Jay is currently closed, we hope to reopen our Starbucks self-serve coffee kiosk in the fall!
Instruction and Outreach Librarian
Collection Development Librarian
Rachel Grove Rohrbaugh
College Librarian, Director of the Library
Instruction & Scholarly Communication Librarian