Skip to Main Content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.

Library Circulation Policies: Library Circulation FAQs

William C. Jason Library Circulation Policies and FAQs


1.  How do I find books, journals, DVDs, videos, ebooks and recordings in the library? 

2.  How do I read a call number?

3.  What is the Library of Congress Classification System? 

4.  Are laptops available for checkout?

  • Yes, laptops are available to check out. You must fill out a laptop agreement to check out a laptop to use for a 4 hour block of time within the library. All laptops are renewable.

5.  How or where do I find a book once I have the call number? 

6.  What should I do if I cannot find a book on the shelf?

  • Browse the area in case of mis-shelving.
  • Check area labeled "Waiting to be shelved".
  • Check (OPAC) to determine status of the book (see instructions) Ex. Power Search.
  • Report the book lost using the lost book online form or ask Circulation or Reference.  

7.  Where can I return books after library hours?

  • After hours, library material may be returned in the book drop to the left of the entrance.

8.  Do I have to come to the library to renew a book?

  • No.  You are allowed to renew books twice online (see instructions).
  • You will not be allowed to renew if you have blocks/fines or overdue books.

9.  How to do locate ejournal information about a certain topic or subject?

**Microfiche --Located on the second floor, please see Circulation/Reserves desk for assistance.

10.  How can I find a journal?

11.  Can Reference, Microform, Delaware, or any Special Collections resource be checked out?

  • No.  These resources are in-house library use only

12.  What if the library does not own what I need? 

  • You can request a book or journal article from another library. This is called Interlibrary Loan / Resource Sharing (ILL).  
  • You must submit your request via any electronic database or the online Interlibrary Resource Sharing Database (ILLiad).

13.  I am not affiliated with Delaware State University; can I still use the library?

  • Anyone may use the library for research or reading; however, you must have a library card to check out library materials.
  • Faculty, staff and students from other Delaware colleges and universities with the proper ID card may be granted borrowing privileges.
  • Delaware residents 18 and over may also be granted borrowing privileges.
  • For Delaware high school seniors, the  parent/guardian must be present for signature at time of application.

14.  Do you have SPSS software?

  •  Yes, the software is loaded on the computers located on the 1st floor.

15.  Where is the lost and found?

  • The Lost and Found area is located at the Circulation Desk.

16.  Where can I access the Internet?

  • Anywhere in the building, the library is wireless.

17.  Is eating or drinking allowed in the library?

  • Yes. Both are allowed in designated areas.

18.  Can I leave my unsupervised children in the library while I attend classes or do research?

  • No. Do not leave your children under the age of 13 years unattended anywhere in the library.

19.  Can I access the catalog and periodical databases from my home or office computer?