Frequently Asked Questions about Grace Library

  • How do I...

    find out if the library owns a specific book or video?

    From the library's web page click on the link for Grace Library's Online Catalog. From there you can search to see a listing of what materials Grace Library owns. 

    borrow books and videos/DVDs?

    Look on the back of your Carlow University ID card. If there is a 9-digit barcode number on the back, then you are already registered in the library system and can borrow materials from Grace Library.

    If you do not have a Carlow University ID card, there is no barcode on the back of your ID card or your barcode is a 14 digit number, you will need to obtain a Carlow ID card with a preprinted library barcode. New ID cards can be obtained through the Campus ID Card Center or the ESAC office.

    There is no limit to the number of items that you can borrow from the library.

    renew books or view what I have borrowed?

    From the library's web page, click on the link for Renew Library Materials. This page will explain all of your options for renewing materials you have borrowed from the library. To view what you have borrowed log into your My Library Account

    find journal databases?

    If you are on campus, connect to the library's home page and click on the Find Articles link. All library databases are available from computers located on Carlow's main Oakland campus and in the Cranberry and Greensburg Centers.

    If you are not on campus, connect to the home page and click on the link for Off Campus Access. This page will indicate what databases are available from off campus and how you can connect to them.

    find a journal (or magazine or newspaper) article?

    When you search in the library journal databases you can limit your search to full text articles (those that you can view or print immediately) and/or articles owned in print by Grace Library. If the full text is available for printing, this will be indicated by a note in the record for the article. Often, there will be a note to indicate if Grace Library subscribes to the journal in the print format.

    A comprehensive journal title list is available on the homepage by clicking on the link for Find Journal Titles. The journal title list indicates if a magazine or journal is available, in what format it is available, and its location. A rolodex master list of the library’s print journals is also available on the second and fourth level of the library. 

    find materials my professor has placed on reserve?

    If your professor has mentioned that the materials are on the E-Reserve (Electronic Reserve) system, go to the Electronic Reserves page and follow the instructions there for accessing reserve materials online.

    If your professor has said that the materials are on reserve in the library (print reserve) come to Grace Library and ask at the Circulation Desk for the reserve materials. You will need to know the name or the course number of your class and your professor’s name. For some reserve materials you will be required to leave an ID card at the Circulation Desk while you use the materials in the library.

    borrow books from other libraries?

    The library participates in the E-Z Borrow program for those books not owned by Carlow. With E-Z Borrow you can search the online catalogs of over 60 university and college libraries and place online orders to borrow books from these institutions. The books will be available for pickup at Grace Library within about a week. 

    obtain articles from journals not owned Grace Library?

    For articles in journals not owned by Grace Library complete the RAPID ILL (Interlibrary Loan) Form. Articles will be emailed to you or printed for picked (your choice) within about 2-3 days.

    get help with my research?

    We're here to help! Stop by and ask in-person, call 412.578.6139, email gracelibrary@carlow.edu, or fill out the Ask a Librarian form.

    Librarians are available to help you during most of the library’s operating hours. The Grace Library Librarians will assist you in clarifying and researching your assignment topics.