Frequently Asked Questions

 

How are journals organized at Ricker Library?

Unlike other materials at the Ricker Library, journals are shelved alphabetically by title. The bound journals are located on the outer wall of the library, beginning opposite the circulation desk and scrolling along the wall into the back room. Recent unbound journals are available as single issues in the back room on the far wall. These too are organized alphabetically by title. Recent issues of some journals including Architect, Architectural Record, Art in America, Art News, and Detail are located behind the Reference Desk.

Please Note: Due to space limitations many of our bound journals are housed in the Main Stacks in the Main Library Building.This will be indicated in the record for the journal in the on-line catalog. Please ask a librarian for assistance.

Please see our Print Periodicals List, which also contains links to electronic versions where available. A more detailed list that includes art and architecture journals shelved in the Main Stacks is available at the front desk.

Can I check out journals?

No, journals at the Ricker Library cannot be checked out. Neither unbound (the most recent issues) or bound (earlier issues) can circulate. Due to the fact that there is usually only one copy of each journal, these resources must remain widely available for all users.

Please Note: There are frequently online versions of journals. Check the Online Resource Resources page or ask a librarian.

Can I make photocopies at the Ricker Library?

Yes, Ricker library is equipped with two photocopiers. These machines accept change, Value Cards, or an I-Card that has had money added to it at designated Photocopy Card locations. In additional to 8 1/2 by 11", one of these copiers also has 11 x 17" and the other 8 1/2 x 14" (legal size) sheets. A third photocopier is available in the hallway outside of the Library. Unfortunately you cannot make two-sided or colored copies with these machines. None of these photocopiers are owned or operated by the Library, therefore we cannot offer refunds. If you desire a refund, please contact Campus Vending at (217) 333-7100.

How much do photocopies cost?

When you pay with cash, photocopies cost 15 cents for both 8 1/2 by 11" sized and 8 1/2 x 14" sized paper. If you use a value (copy) card or your I-Card the cost is reduced to 9 cents for 8 1/2 x 11" sized copies and 10 cents for 8 1/2 x 14" sized copies.

Do you have a change machine?

No, we do not have a change machine and are unable to make change. However, change machines are available at the Main Library on the second floor by the Circulation desk, in the Undergraduate Library by the Reference desk, and in the tunnel between the Undergraduate Library and Main Library.

Do you have a photocopy card machine?

No, Ricker Library is not equipped with a Photocopy Card Machine. However, there are two machines located in the Main Library: one on the first floor in the Education Library and one on the second floor next to the Circulation desk. A complete listing of Photocopy Card Machine locations is available here.

How do I print at the Ricker Library?

For quick help with printing, please see the Printing Instructions.

From any public terminal and software program use the print icon on the tool bar or the print option from the File menu.

A Print window will appear with options for printing multiple copies or specific pages. Press the Print button at the bottom of the screen.

A LibPrint screen will appear allowing you to choose the print destination and payment method. If you choose "Net ID" your print job will be charged to your student account and will show up on your student bill. If you choose "Pick Up and Pay at Undergraduate Library" your print job will be printed at the Undergraduate Library and you must go over there to retrieve and pay for it with cash.

If you choose the Net ID method, a University of Illinois authentication page will appear asking you to use your Net ID and password to proceed. (Your Net ID and password are NOT the same as your CITES Email password)

After you have printed and entered your information, go to the print release station (the computer closest to the circulation desk), sign in, and release your print.

Remember to SIGN OUT completely when you are finished! For assistance with printing, come to the Ricker Circulation / Reference desk for help.

For more informatation about printing at UIUC Libraries see the Papercut Printing Main Page.

I need to scan something, where and how can I do this?

There is a large. public access flatbed scanner connected to one of the public computer terminals in the Ricker Library. This machine is available on a first-come, first-served basis. As a courtesy to other patrons, we ask that users be aware of any other waiting patrons and limit their time on the scanner when others are waiting to use it.  For your convenience, the scanner is equipped with Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Acrobat Professional.

Using Adobe Photoshop

  1. Place the document you wish to scan on the scanner face down with the top of the page away from you. Align the image with the scale carefuly along the side of the table. Please be gentle with library materials.
  2. Click Scan & Edit Images from the desktop shortcut
  3. Launch Adobe Photoshop Elements 4.0
  4. Click Edit and Enhance Photos
  5. Select Import from the File menu
  6. From Import, select Epson GT-1500
  7. Select image Type (Color, Grayscale, or Black and White) and resolution
  8. Click Preview. This provides a pre-scan image.
  9. If the preview image is acceptable, click scan
  10. Scanned image will appear on the editing screen. If you only want part of the image, hold and drag the Crop Tool around the perimeter of the desired details and click the green checkmark in the lower right corner.
  11. Go the File menu and click Save as, select file format, and save
  12. You can save the document to a portable storage device, such as a pen drive (Drive F:), burn it to a CD (Drive Z:), save it to your Netfiles, or to the desktop and then email the file as an attachment. Remember to insert your storage device into the computer before saving.

Using Adobe Acrobat

  1. Place the document you wish to scan on the scanner face down with the top of the page away from you. Align the image with the scale carefuly along the side of the table. Please be gentle with library materials.
  2. Click Scan & Edit Images from the desktop shortcut
  3. Launch Adobe Acrobat 7.0 Pro
  4. On the top tool bar click Create PDF icon and select From Scanner from the drop-down menu.
  5. A Create PDF from Scanner box will appear. From the drop-down menu select Epson GT-1500, and click the Scan button.
  6. Click Preview. This provides a pre-scan image.
  7. If the preview image is acceptable, click scan
  8. Once the image appears in the PDF window select the save icon.
  9. You can save the document to a portable storage device, such as pen drive (Drive F:), burn it to a CD (Drive Z:) save it to your Netfiles, or to the desktop and then email the file as an attachment. Remember to insert your storage device into the computer before saving.

How can I scan microfilm?

A Micofilm Scanneris located near the public access computers. Patrons can scan microfilm or microfiche and save these documents to a portable storage device or their U of I Netfiles. Alternately, patrons can save the image files to the computer desktop and email it as an attachment.

Click here for a detailed instruction guide, in PDF format, for using this state-of-the-art piece of equipment!