Faculty Services

The High Library provides a full range of professional services to support faculty teaching, scholarship, and creative activities.  Faculty may request information literacy instruction sessions, suggest titles for purchase, place items on course reserves, and order research materials via interlibrary loan.  Faculty satisfaction with the library’s programs, services, and collections is important to the staff.  Please send all comments, suggestions, and feedback to Sarah Penniman (x1428).  Thank you for partnering and collaborating with the library!

Course Reserves Policy

Course Reserves provide access to required and recommended course materials to enrolled students. To ensure availability to all students in each class, these items have a limited circulation period and must be used within the library. Standard reserve circulation periods are one hour, 3 hours, and overnight. (Due to the limited circulation period, items needed for longer research projects should not be placed on course reserve.)

The library will place one copy of a requested title on reserve, and the instructor may provide one additional personal copy. All reserve materials must be owned either by the library or the instructor. The library will purchase 1 copy of an item needed for course reserve; please use the Reserves Request Form to initiate the purchase request.

Please note that all titles will be removed from the reserves shelves at the end of each semester.

A friendly reminder that the following materials are not eligible for reserves:

  • Items of unknown provenance
  • Items borrowed from other libraries or entities (interlibrary loans, Netflix, etc.)
  • Items from the reference and bestseller collections
  • Consumables (workbooks, standardized test booklets, etc.)
  • Case studies from the Harvard Business Review (contact HBR directly at https://cb.hbsp.harvard.edu/cbmp/pages/home for in-class use permissions)

If you're interested in assigning any materials housed in the Hess Archives, please consult with Rachel Grove Rohrbaugh, the Archivist.

Any questions? Please contact Amy Magee, Access Services Librarian.

To place items on reserve:

Books & DVDs

To place books, DVDs, and other physical items on reserve, please fill out a Reserve Request Form.


Articles that are available full-text through EbscoHost, JSTOR, or Lexis-Nexis can be made available digitally through Canvas. Links to these articles will only be accessible from within the campus network. To enable off-campus access to these articles, contact Susan Krall.

To determine the link for an article in EBSCOhost, click on the article title.  The article link is identified by the phrase: Permalink.

To determine the link for an article in JSTOR, find the article.  Click on the article title.  The article link is identified by the phrase: Stable URL.

To determine the link for an article in LEXIS-NEXIS, display the article; click on the "i" icon (source information). Copy the URL that appears in the browser bar.

Articles from the library's print journal collection may be placed on reserve. To abide by Fair Use guidelines, 1 copy of 1 article per journal issue may be placed on reserve at the Circulation desk. Use the Reserve Request Form to submit article requests.

For more information

For a list of items currently on reserve for your courses, or for reserve usage statistics, please contact Amy Magee.

It is one of our primary roles at High Library to teach students information literacy skills and concepts that promote lifelong learning and professional development and that prepare students for lives of civic engagement and public service, supporting the overall mission of Elizabethtown College.

  • To schedule an information literacy session or workshop for your students, please contact our Instruction and Outreach Librarian Josh Cohen at cohenjp@etown.edu or 717-361-1453. Alternatively, you can schedule information literacy instruction sessions by filling out this form.

  • To learn more about High Library’s information literacy program, including some of the topics we typically cover and workshops we offer, please visit our information literacy website.

The library strives to meet your research needs!

  • Borrow materials from High Library.  Check out our loan periods.
  • For more materials on your topic, explore WorldCat, a database that contains information on libraries' holdings worldwide.
  • Use  ILLiad - Interlibrary Loan to get copies of journal articles held in the High Library.
  • If we don't have it, we can probably get it for you via interlibrary loan.
  • High Library has reciprocal borrowing agreements with area libraries, such as Penn State and Messiah.  To learn more, check out the website of the Associated College Libraries of Pennsylvania (ACLCP).
  • High Library also has reciprocal borrowing agreements with members of the Pennsylvania Academic Library Consortium, Inc. (PALCI).  Member institutions include University of Pennsylvania, Rutgers, and West Virginia.
  • View scholarly impact factors (bibliometrics) to see how many times your research has been cited and where.  Also get ideas for which publications are deemed the most prestigious.

Faculty members can request that books, videos, CDs, etc. be added to the collection.  The library collection supports the curriculum of the College; generally, textbooks are not acquired.  Materials that support individual research interests can be obtained through Interlibrary Loan.

For other materials, fill out an order form and forward the form to the department chair for signature. Order forms will then be sent to the library. When the item has been received and is available for use, you will receive an email which lists items purchased by your department.

You can type your requests directly into the High Library Order Form.

Items that require RUSH processing should be identified as such; these items will be made available as quickly as possible. 

Choice Review Online - a database provided by the Association of College and Research Libraries, can be used to find reviews of materials appropriate for college library collections.

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