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FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions


Where is the Cowan-Blakley Memorial Library?

Where can I find information about Cowan-Blakley Memorial Library hours?

How do I get a student ID?

Where are the restrooms?

Are there telephones available for use by library patrons?

Where are the reserves?

How do I obtain materials that are not in the Cowan-Blakley Memorial Library?

How do I use ILLiad, the interlibrary loan service?

What is the TexShare Card Program?

How do I get a password for the databases?

Where can I make photocopies?

Are there computers available for use in the library?

How can I make copies of material from the computers?

Where are the university archives?

 

Where is the Cowan-Blakley Memorial Library?

The library is located in the Braniff and Blakley Buildings (see campus map). Both buildings are located on the mall, north of the Tower on campus. The two buildings are connected by an indoor walkway.


Where can I find information about the Cowan-Blakley Memorial Library hours?

Library hours are posted on the Blakley Library home page. Please check there for current library hours as library hours vary according to the academic calendar.


How do I get a student ID?

After registering through Admissions at UD, get your current ID card from Campus Security and bring it to the Circulation/Check Out Desk to activate it for library use.


Where are the restrooms?

There is a ladies room and a mens room on the lower level. There is also a mens room on the second floor and a ladies room on the third floor.


Are there telephones available for use by library patrons?

There is a campus phone for on-campus calls located just outside of the library entrance. There are no public phones available for outside calls.


Where are the reserves? (Note: Print reserves are currently unavailable.)

Print materials reserved by professors for the use of their students are located behind the Circulation Desk.  Inquire at Circulation Desk stating that you need material reserved under the professor's name and give the title of the book or the subject of the material. Other reserve materials are online.


How do I obtain materials that are not in the Cowan-Blakley Memorial Library?

Books and articles that are not available in this library may be obtained by using the Cowan-Blakley Memorial Library's Interlibrary Loan service, Tipasa as a current student, faculty, staff, adjuct, or retireeYou will need to know your MyUD username and password to utilize the Tipasa service. If materials are needed immediately, the reference librarian can assist you in identifying other local libraries that have the relevant book or journal.  Another option is to go to the database WorldCat to see if a local library has the publication.  The TexShare Card Program may be helpful when materials are needed from other libraries. Please refer to the two following FAQs for more detailed information on Tipasa and the TexShare Card Program.


How do I use Tipasa, the Interlibrary Loan service?

You may borrow books via Interlibrary Loan through the Tipasa system as a current student, faculty, staff, adjuct, or retiree. You will need to know your MyUD username and password to utilize this service.


What is the TexShare Card Program?

The TexShare Card Program allows registered users of participating TexShare libraries to have direct access to library materials not available at their local library. The Cowan-Blakley Memorial Library is a member of TexShare and provides TexShare cards to graduate students and faculty members. Undergraduates and others wishing to obtain a TexShare card should contact the library in Texas where they are registered card holders. Due to COVID-19 many libraries are currently not participating in the TexShare Card Program or have limited access. Please contact participating libraries about their current access policies. 


How do I get a password for the databases?

Subscribed databases, e-books, and e-journals require a University Network Account (Student Network Account) for use in the university's computer centers, for remote access, such as a wireless, or for off-campus, access.

Questions regarding student accounts should be directed to the IT Department. Location: Gorman G - Email: support@udallas.edu -Telephone: 972-721-5030


Where can I make photocopies?

There is one copy machine on the first floor of the Cowan - Blakley Memorial Library located just across fro the Circulation Desk.  There is also a copy machine in the Periodicals Room in Blakley Library Building.  Copies are 10 cents per page, cash or check.  There is no card system used in conjunction with the photocopier.


Are there computers available for use in the library?

(Note: The number of available of computers has been reduced to allow for social distancing.)

There are seven computers located near the Reference Help Desk, on the first floor of the Library. 

There are 20 computers available in the Blakley Research and Information Center (BRIC).  These computers are limited to current students, faculty, and staff of the University of Dallas.  A network account is required for accessing the computers in the BRIC.


How can I make copies of material from the computers?

All of the computers located near the Reference Help Desk on the first floor of the Library are connected to a printer at the Circulation Desk. Printed copies are 10 cents per page (no cards), and payable at the Circulation Desk.  When printing from the Blakley Research and Information Center (BRIC) make sure the printer selection is set at Front Desk.


Where are the University Archives?

The University Archive Office, headed by the Shelley Gayler-Smith, University Archivist, is located separately from the Cowan-Blakley Memorial Library, in an office in the back of the Blakley Building, facing the Haggerty Arts Village.

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