Sherman Cohn Library
o What to Expect:
During library service hours, the initial point of contact is the Library Desk. The Library Desk is single-handedly operated by a Librarian or by a Library Assistant who juggles the needs of walk-in, call-in, and write-in users. The library desk staffer will receive your request and may ask additional questions in order to seek clarification and pinpoint what you are seeking.
o Parameters of Student Service:
Library desk staffers have not attended the lecture that you experienced and do not have access to your syllabus or your Canvas course site. Their job is to guide you to resources that may contain answers to your questions. They are not authorized to proofread papers, structure in-text citations and reference list entries, or field questions about lectures given by your professors. If you require academic support of this nature, please reach your discipline-specific advisor or your professor.
o Parameters of Community Service:
The Sherman Cohn Library is an academic library committed to providing the best student experience possible. We welcome alumni residing in the local area to sign up as borrowing patrons and use the Library Commons, however, we operate to support the academic needs of the students and faculty at MUIH and are obligated to prioritize their service requirements above all.
Students, faculty, and staff may make a request by completing the Contactless Circulation Request Form. Requested items that are available in the library's catalog will be checked out to the requesting patron and secured in an exterior lockbox at the side of the library. Requests are fulfilled in the order they are received and confirmed to MUIH emails with a lockbox ID and combination. The items are then secured and ready for contactless pickup for up to 4 days from when the confirmation email is sent. Return or renew (up to 2x as long as a Circ. (circulation) Hold is not placed on the item) by the due dates to avoid accruing late fines. Please note the following service is conditional upon library staff availability, lockbox availability, and collection availability.
Electronic resources are listed on the Library's Research Tools webpage. The only individuals who may access electronic subscription resources off-campus are those currently matriculating with MUIH. Students and faculty will find information to support their academic and professional needs by selecting the resource list for their subject discipline.
The Library maintains instructional guides on selected topics. Some of these guides are in electronic format as a PDF on the Library’s Research Tools webpage linked as Sherman Cohn Library's Step by Step Guides.
The Library's Canvas Site is accessible to all faculty and to students working towards a certificate, masters, or doctoral degree, as well as to those with advanced special status. Use your Canvas login to experience this virtual library site that features a Get Started section, Ask a Librarian module, and other learning modules.
The Library also has a YouTube page. Interested parties can subscribe and view the latest videos or Library playlists.
Simple, factual questions can be answered by the Library Desk staff. At select times a Reference Librarian is available to provide assistance with more complex queries. Contact us.
A Reference Librarian is available by appointment to virtually meet with students and faculty who need assistance with database selection, formulating searches and strategies, and conducting research. Appointments are an hour in duration. Time permitting, staff and alumni may also receive this type of assistance on occasion. Help with writing papers is not provided, please contact your program advisor for more information with receiving further assistance.
Reserve an hour with a Librarian and be prepared to upload any assignments or relevant information associated with the appointment you are reserving. Our Librarians strive to serve you in a focused and efficient manner, which is best achieved when they can prepare for the appointment with you ahead of time.
Anyone may use the library’s “Resource Suggestion Form” to suggest a purchase.
Library/Information Desk staffers are available to assist users virtually with using the digital library. General assistance and simple reference assistance are provided at this point in service. Complex reference questions and research questions are best suited with an appointment with the Reference Librarian. Contact us.
Students, faculty, and staff can schedule a virtual orientation to review how to access and use our digital resources. Contact us.