Sherman Cohn Library
o What to Expect:
During library service hours, the initial point of contact is the Library Desk. The Library Desk is operated by a Librarian who handles the needs of MUIH students, faculty and staff via in-person requests, telephone requests, email requests or virtual appointment. The Librarian will receive your request and may ask additional questions in order to seek clarification.
o Parameters of Student Service:
Librarians 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 are welcome to visit the library onsite for a short orientation, or schedule a virtual orientation to review how to access and use our digital resources. Contact us.
Electronic resources are listed on the Library's Research Tools webpage. Only currently enrolled MUIH students, faculty, and staff may access electronic subscription resources off-campus. Students and faculty will find additional information to support their academic and professional needs by selecting the Resource List for their subject discipline.
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 one 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.
Librarians 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.
Contactless circulation offers MUIH students, faculty, and staff the ability to request, checkout and receive items from our catalog without having in-person contact with a librarian. MUIH students, faculty and staff first locate the item(s) in our online catalog, then request the item(s) 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 either an exterior lockbox or interior locker maintained by the library. Requests are fulfilled in the order they are received and confirmed to MUIH emails with a lockbox/locker 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. Items may be renewed (up to 2 times) as long as a Circulation Hold (CIRC Hold) has not been placed on the item. Items must be returned by the due dates to avoid accruing late fines. Please note the Contactless Circulation service is conditional upon library staff availability, lockbox availability, and collection availability.
Anyone may use the library’s “Resource Suggestion Form” to suggest a purchase.
The Library maintains instructional guides on selected topics. Some of these guides are in electronic format as a PDF on the Library’s Systems Support page.
In addition to the print 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.