Psychology Library FAQs

FAQs about Psychology Collection

The Psychology Library closed December 18, 2009, and by January 13, 2010, all materials were moved.  The collection was divided among the Biological Sciences Library, Hardin Library for the Health Sciences, and the Library Annex. 

Is there a librarian for Psychology and Education students and faculty? Yes.  Dottie Persson will have offices in Seashore Hall (E201 SSH, 335-3080) and the Lindquist Center (N426 LC, 335-5232) to serve the Psychology Department and the College of Education.  As a result of closing some branch libraries, the library system is joining other academic institutions in moving to the concept of an embedded librarian, a librarian who performs research consultations, reference, user instruction and collection management in an electronic environment and who responds to faculty, student and staff who report library related technical or service problems.

What materials formerly housed in the Psychology Library will be housed in the Biological Sciences Library? Selected reference materials from the current reference collection, multimedia and some journals with call numbers, from the Psychology Library, along with the reserve collection for the Psychology Department.  (Older reference materials were sent to the Library Annex.)  The Biological Sciences Library will also receive new multimedia and reference books purchased from the Psychology collection fund.

What materials went to the Library Annex?  Little used books, published before 1995, older reference materials, microforms, and journals that are available electronically, pre-1980, or little used were sent to the Library Annex.  It will take several months for location changes to be made in the online catalog.  During this time, Interlibrary Loan staff will obtain needed items for library users.  Once all location codes have been updated, library users will be able to request items from the Annex for check-out.  

What about reserve materials? Starting second semester, the College of Education and Sociology Department instructors will submit their reserve requests to Main Library Circulation, Reserve and Media Department.  The Psychology Department instructors will submit their reserve requests to Dottie Persson; their reserve will be housed at the Biological Sciences Library.

Where are the Psychology Department Honors Theses?  These honors theses have been transferred to the Library Annex.  The Psychology Department will be responsible for psychology honors theses that are completed this academic year forward.

Where is the Psychology Library Test Collection?  The Psychology Department started the test collection with a donation to the Psychology Library years ago and has continued to donate to it.  At the department’s request, this collection was returned to the department for departmental use.  The American Psychological Association is currently developing an electronic test file and a licensing agreement.  Dottie Persson hopes to be able to fund access to this new database when it becomes available in the next 1-2 years.

Where will newly purchased materials be located?  Except for multimedia and reference books, paper materials purchased from the Education or Psychology collection funds or education and psychology gifts will be cataloged for the Hardin Library for the Health Sciences.  For multimedia, items purchased from the Education collection fund will go to the Main Library Circulation, Reserve and Media Department.  Multimedia items purchased from the Psychology collection fund will go to the Biological Sciences Library. For reference books, items purchased from the Education collection fund will go to the Reference and Library Instruction Department.  Reference items purchased from the Psychology collection fund will go to the Biological Sciences Library.