KWANSEI GAKUIN University Library

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Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some frequently asked questions about library services, how to use the facilities, searching for books and materials, and other issues.


Library use

Q.What qualifications do I need to use the library?
A.<Undergraduate or graduate student>
Your student ID doubles as a library card, so you can use your student ID to enter the library and borrow books and materials.
<Others>

Q.What should I do if I’ve lost my library card (student ID)?
A.<Undergraduate and graduate students>
Please have your student ID (which doubles as a library card) reissued. Please refer to Student ID Issuance Procedures.
<Others>

Please have your card reissued from the issuing department.
Q.Is it possible to tour the library?
A.You may take one thirty-minute tour; a form of identification is required. You will not be able to peruse books and materials.

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Book circulation

Q.How can I borrow books?
A.Please bring your library card (student ID) and the books you wish to borrow to the circulation desk.
Q.How many books and materials can be borrowed and for what duration?
A.Please refer to Usage qualifications and conditions.
Q.How should I return books?
A.Please bring books that you wish to return to the circulation desk.
Q.Is it possible to extend the due date?
A.Extensions are possible as long as there are no reservations for those books and materials.
Students and faculty may also extend the due date online. The ID and password for requesting an extension are the same as those for the education and research system Web service.
However, no extension on any item is allowed if even one book is overdue.
Q.Can I reserve books and materials that are on loan?
A.It is possible to reserve books and materials that are on loan.
Reservations can be made at the circulation desk. Please understand that Public System users may not reserve books and materials.
Students and faculty may also reserve online. The ID and password required to do so are the same as those for the education and research system Web service.
Q.Is it possible to send requests to other campus libraries for books in their
  collections?
A.Yes. It will take two to three days for the books to arrive. The lending conditions are the same as those for books from the Uegahara collection. Please make requests at the first-floor reference desk. Students and faculty may also request books and materials from other campuses online. The ID and password required to do so are the same as those for the education and research system Web service.
Q.Is it possible to return books borrowed from other campuses to the
  Uegahara library?
A.Yes.
Q.What should I do if I’m late in returning books and materials?
A.Please return them to the library right away. Otherwise, others will not be able to use them. If you have books and materials that are overdue, you cannot borrow anything else or extend the due date.
Q.What should I do if books or materials I’ve borrowed have been lost or
  damaged?
A.Please contact the first-floor circulation desk right away and follow the instructions of the attendant.
Library hours when classes are in session:
(weekdays) 8:50〜18:30  (Saturdays) 8:50〜12:20
We are not open on Sundays.
Our hours are different when classes are not in session, such as during summer break.
Please contact the User Service Department for details at (0798-54-6123).

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Searching for books and materials

Q.How do I search library materials?
A.You can search from search terminals at the library or from OPAC on the Kwansei Gakuin University Libraries homepage.
Q.I don’t know how to use OPAC.
A.Please speak to an attendant at the reference desk. You may also use the OPAC manual in the library racks.
Q.The shelving location says “Department of Law.” Can I use these materials?
A.Aside from shelves that say “Uegahara” , “Sanda” or “Seiwa” the shelves have materials for each department. If you click on the shelving location that says “Department of Law” in OPAC, you will see the location of the materials room and the conditions of use.

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Web databases

Q.Can I use the Web databases externally?
A.You can use some of the Web databases and electronic journals even externally through remote PC settings.Also, you can use the added functions that say “external access possible upon request.” Please inquire with the reference desk on the first floor.

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Bringing in personal computers

Q.Is it possible to bring in a computer and connect it to the Internet?
A.You can bring in a computer and connect it to the Internet in the library PC use area by filling out an internal network application.

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Library facilities

Q.Are there rooms for group meetings?
A.There are seven group reading rooms on the second and third floors. Please make requests at the circulation desk on the first floor.
Q.Can anyone use the private rooms on each floor of the library?
A.Only graduate students and faculty can use the private research rooms.
Q.Can I use the copy machine?
A.There are card-operated copy machines on each floor of the library and coin-operated copy machines on the first, second, and third floors. You can make color copies at the card-operated copy machine on the first floor. When making copies, please do so within the limits of copyright law.

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What to do if the book you wish to borrow is not
in the library collections

Q.What should I do if a book I wish to borrow is not in the library collections
  and I wish to purchase it?
A.We handle purchases of books and materials needed for study and research even if they are not in the library collections (this service is limited to undergraduate and graduate students of the university). Inquire at the reference desk on the first floor.。
Q.Can I use libraries at other universities?
A.With the Mutual Use System, it is possible to request books and materials and to peruse materials and copies from other universities. The reference desk on the first floor handles mutual use. Please refer to use of materials from other universities for details.


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