Access to the general materials collection is available through Circulation. All materials are checked out, returned, or renewed at the Circulation desk. At the Circulation desk, one can receive assistance on the location of materials, answers to directional questions and some transactional questions, activate your Ram card, pay for charges, pick up and pay for copies, check out a laptop computer to use in the library, and get popular non-circulating periodicals (newspapers and some magazines) to use within the library.
All WSSU faculty, staff, and students must use their Ram Card which should be current and validated each school year to borrow materials. Borrowers are financially responsible for all materials checked out on their Ram Cards.
TALA – Triad Academic Library Association
According to the agreement with the Triad Academic Library Association ("TALA"), current Winston-Salem State University students, staff, and faculty may borrow circulating books directly from any of the following libraries:
- Alamance Community College
- Bennett College
- Elon University
- Forsyth Tech Community College
- Greensboro College
- Guilford College
- Guilford Tech Community College
- High Point University
- North Carolina A&T
- Salem College
- University of North Carolina-Greensboro
- Wake Forest University
- Winston-Salem State University
Reserves are course-related materials, such as photocopied articles, books and videos placed in the library by professors for their students to use. All reserve items are available for short check-out periods (3 hours) from the Circulation Desk, and they are for use in the library only.
E-Reserves are available for many classes. They are either articles or chapters from books, and can be read online, printed out or downloaded to a disk or flash drive.
Faculty members who need to place photocopied materials or articles on reserve for one academic term or semester will NOT need to provide the library with proof of copyright permission. However, faculty members who need to place photocopied materials on reserve for more than one academic term or for consecutive semesters will need to provide the library with proof of copyright permission. Permission may be obtained by logging on to http://www.copyright.com or calling (978) 750-8400.
To find out what is available search by Professor in the online catalog:
NOTE: Faculty may contact the Information Commons Coordinator to place items on reserve.
Interlibrary Loan is a service provided to assist library users in obtaining materials and/or resources which are not available in O'Kelly Library. The Interlibrary Loan process takes seven to ten business days. Persons should exhaust all services and resources in O'Kelly Library prior to requesting interlibrary loan. City Patrons, Co-operative Students, and Summer School Students are not eligible for interlibrary loan services.
Interlibrary Loan Policies
All WSSU faculty, students, and staff who are in good standing with the library (have no outstanding materials or outstanding charges) are eligible for interlibrary loan. All persons requesting Interlibrary Loan items must complete the Interlibrary Loan form. Patrons should provide all pertinent and relevant information so that the request can be completed. Patrons are advised of the cost for items requested before the request is completed. Patrons are emailed and/or called when materials have arrived. Patrons that do not pick up their interlibrary loan items within seven days will have their interlibrary loan privileges suspended. Interlibrary loan items are checked out for four to six weeks. Renewal requests should be submitted three working days prior to the due date. Patrons who do not return items back at the proper due date can be denied of service privileges.
Renewal requests should be submitted three working days prior to the due date.
You may access the interlibrary loan request page to request materials.
One copy of current, high-demand titles currently being used by the population of the University, are now being held behind the circulation desk.
Procedures, similar to other in-library use only, circulated items should be followed in order to checkout newspapers and magazines.
A few main newspaper titles available for in-library use consist of the following:
- Charlotte Observer
- Wall Street Journal
- Winston-Salem Journal
A few main magazine titles available for in-library use consist of the following:
- Consumer Reports
- Sports Illustrated
Stop by the circulation desk for more information.
One copy, of high-demand titles currently being used at the University, is in the library's textbook collection (if available in the bookstore). Additional copies of textbooks for core courses will be purchased. Students are reminded not to violate U.S. copyright law.
This service is provided to help individuals who have an emergency or cannot afford to purchase a textbook for a short period of time. Students are encouraged to purchase their own copies in order to guarantee that they have it when it is needed since the library only provides one copy.
Textbooks are available for check-out from Access Services (Circulation Desk) Textbooks can be checked out for 3 hours for use in the library only. Only one textbook per person will be checked out at one time Textbooks will not be placed on hold; it is first come, first serve. Any textbook with a CD-ROM must be used in the Media Center on the second floor.
You must know the title of the textbook in order for us to locate it in the library. To save yourself time, look it up in the online catalog and get the call number ahead of time. Alternatively, you can check the new textbooks list.