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The flooring in Ricker Library will be removed and replaced this summer. The project will begin the week of May 14 and conclude sometime before August 10. During this time the Ricker Library space will be inaccessible and the collections moved to temporary locations. All Ricker Library materials will be available by request only. Requested items will be available for pickup in 210D Architecture (our staff office area) or for retrieval at other campus libraries. Faculty and staff can also request delivery through campus mail. Any library and I-Share books can be returned to any library on campus. We will continue to accept returns, but they should be dropped off in our offices rather than the usual library book drop. Please contact us if we can be of any further assistance. Apologies for any inconvenience!

 

Fall/Spring Semester Hours



Mon-Thurs:

8:30 am – 10:00 pm

Friday:

8:30 am – 5:00 pm

Saturday:

1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Sunday:

1:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Layout

Books that indicate “Art & Architecture” as the Location in the library catalog, are generally Circulating books that can be found in the Open Stacks. There are two other statuses to notice when searching for books: Non-circulating and Reference. Here’s a quick guide to finding these different types of books in the library.

Circulating: Check the Open Stacks

If the library catalog indicates the location is “Art & Architecture,” it’s more than likely a circulating book. These books are in the “Open Stacks.” The books can be pulled from the shelves without assistance and checked out for use outside the library (provided it isn’t checked out already). If this item is currently in use by another patron, please request another copy through the library catalog or Interlibrary Loan.

“Q” and “F” books

Circulating books can be found in the Open Stacks — but be sure to check whether the call number has a “Q” or “F” in front! These books are larger sized, and are shelved in separate areas. Quartos (items marked with a “Q” in front of the call number) can be found in the Open Stacks, but be careful not to get them confused with the non-Q’s. Folios (items marked with an “F” in front of the call number) can be found in the wall cases, immediately to left when entering the library.

Non-circulating: Ask a Librarian

If the catalog indicates the status of “Non-circulating,” the book is probably either in the Closed Stacks or the Vault. For these books, please bring the call number of the book to the desk and library staff will retrieve it. Please keep in mind, Vault items can only be viewed in the Library Monday-Friday 8:30am – 5pm. Researchers can also make special arrangements at other times by contacting the Melanie Emerson or Chris Quinn.

Non-circulating books can only be viewed in the library. If copies or scans are needed, there are three flat-bed scanners and an overhead scanner available for public use.

Reference: Check the Reference Room

Reference books, like books from the Closed Stacks or Vault, can only be viewed in the library. These books are shelved along the wall cases of journals and in the Reference Room (the room with the computer stations). Anyone in the library can retrieve these books from the shelves, no assistance is necessary. The Reference Collection includes resources such as encyclopedias, dictionaries, bibliographies, and more.

Course Reserves: Request at the Desk

Professors often put books on Course Reserves for a particular class. These books can be found behind the desk and must be requested at the desk. There is  a Course Reserves binder at the front desk that lists all books on reserve for individual classes. All Reserve books are library use only.

If you need help locating anything or understanding something you’ve found in the catalog, don’t hesitate to ask a librarian!


Policies

Circulation

Most books held at Ricker may circulate to members of the University of Illinois community for four weeks (undergraduate students) or sixteen weeks (graduate students and faculty). Periodicals do not circulate. You can renew books online through your Library Account.

Late and Lost Materials

nonrefundable processing fee of $10.00 is assessed when a book is assumed lost (34 days overdue).

A replacement bill for a minimum of $125.00 per item is also issued at 34 days overdue. Periodicals are billed at a minimum of $300.00 per volume. The Library may assess a higher replacement cost in special instances. The replacement amount will be removed from your account if the overdue item is returned in good condition. The late fee of $10.00, however, as stated above, is nonrefundable.

Recalls

If you receive a “recall notice,” you must return the item within 15 days from the date of recall to a campus library. Failure to respond to a recall in that time will result in a nonrefundable $25.00 fine.

Paying Your Fine

Fines are not paid to individual libraries such as Architecture & Art. All fines are collected by the University, and you will receive a bill by mail. If you have any questions regarding your bill, please contact the Library Billing Office by calling (217) 333-8288, or stopping by Room 202 in the Main Library. For more information on the University Library circulation policies, please visit the Central Access Services department site.

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