Access Library Materials Off-Campus

How do I find materials on my topic?

For access to materials in the Hartzler Library search Sadie, the online catalog. The catalog includes several thousand NetLibrary ebooks accessible online.

The Hartzler Library provides access to a variety of online databases which include listings of journal articles, reference information and a listing of materials held by libraries worldwide. Many of these databases also provide access to the full-text of journal articles.

Several databases cover a wide range of disciplines and can be a good place to start a research project. They include EBSCOhost’s Academic Search Complete (ASC), the Gale databases and Wiley-Blackwell. ASC and Gale index over 30,000 journals and provide full-text to over 15,000 titles. Wiley-Blackwell provides online access to over 750 journals published by Blackwell.

Many databases are subject-specific and provide citations as well as full-text to appropriate journal literature for a specific discipline. Subject guides for each discipline provide access to appropriate databases.

EMU uses a proxy server to authenticate for off-campus access to the research databases as well as NetLibrary ebooks. Your Royal Username and Password are used to log in to the proxy server. If you do not have a Royal Username and Password, either contact your program director or the library.

How do I request materials?

All circulating materials located in the Hartzler Library are available to students currently enrolled in off-campus programs. You may also request articles from periodicals owned by the Hartzler Library as well as books and articles from other libraries.

For circulating materials in the Hartzler Library:

  • In Sadie, the online catalog, search the item you want and display it.
  • Click the “I Need Material” link.
  • Click “Off Campus Student Requests.”
  • The call number and barcode are already filled in.
  • If the record has multiple volumes, only the first item will be listed. Use the notes field if you want a different item.
  • Enter your EMU ID number and click the “Place Request” button.

For periodical articles in the Hartzler Library and materials from other libraries: Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

  • Please submit all interlibrary loan requests electronically through ILLiad.
  • The library uses LinkSource, an OpenURL resolver which links from a citation in one database to the full-text in another database. If no full-text options are available, LinkSource provides an ILL form instead, look for the “Request this item through interlibrary loan (ILLiad)”. Patrons will need to login to ILLiad with their Royal username and password.
  • There are blank ILL forms in ILLiad as well.
  • Submitting requests other ways will delay processing.

What does it cost?

There is no charge for any materials owned by the Hartzler Library. Generally there are no charges to the patron for interlibrary loan material.

How long does it take?

We will process requests placed through Sadie on the next work day (Monday-Friday). We use a variety of methods to ship materials to you including courier service to Lancaster, US mail, and electronic document delivery. For Lancaster students, all materials except articles will be shipped to the Lancaster site, not directly to you.

Interlibrary loan materials can take from one day to two weeks to be delivered to the Hartzler Library and then additional time to get to the requester.

How long can I keep the books?

Hartzler Library materials:
Books are checked out to you for six weeks. You may renew books as long as no one else is requesting them. You are expected to return books to the Lancaster site or the Hartzler Library by the due date. Overdue notices will be emailed to you. Fines are twenty-five cents per day, with a maximum of $5.00.
Interlibrary loan materials:
The due date is set by the lending library and is indicated on the wrap around the front cover of the book. Loan periods generally vary from 4-8 weeks. Return all materials to the Lancaster site or the Hartzler Library. Do NOT return them to the lending library.

What are my alternatives to borrowing through the Hartzler Library?

EMU at Lancaster

Students in the Eastern Mennonite Seminary programs at Lancaster may use the libraries at Lancaster Theological Seminary, Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society, and Biblical Seminary, Hatfield, PA.

There are several academic libraries in the Lancaster area which allow members of the community to use their libraries, usually with annual fees for circulation privileges:

You may find it quicker to use the Interlibrary Loan service at your local library. Pennsylvania residents should check into the Access Pennsylvania program at your local public library. “Access Pennsylvania” enables use of participating libraries statewide. Larger public libraries or participating academic libraries usually are able to provide better ILL services.

Students taking Online Courses

You may find it easier to access research materials at a local library. For those taking courses from EMS, libraries at schools who are members of The Association of Theological Schools might prove helpful.

Who do I contact for further information?

Please contact us if you need assistance!