Incoming students may have a variety of experience with libraries - some may have been through schools that didn't have libraries at all, or maybe only unstaffed library collections. It's important that we not assume students are already familiar with the basics of what libraries offer or how they work but make sure they feel comfortable to explore and ask questions. Here are some explanations of rules and procedures for students starting at library square one.
Hekman Library is the academic library of Calvin University and Calvin Seminary, which means it serves the students and faculty here first, but it is also open to the public. Students, faculty and staff at Calvin get to use their ID cards to check out resources and use different services - borrow books for class assignments, check out popular movies for a fun dorm night, print articles for a research project, view rare books about John Calvin in the Meeter Center, and lots more! They can also keep track of their activity (due dates, fines, etc.) by viewing their own library account online. To see your library account, click My Account on the library homepage here and use your Calvin login or ID code.
You can look online at all of Hekman Library's rules and policies on the website here, and the videos below will show you around the physical building and the homepage, but here are a few of the most important take-aways: