COVID-19 Response

General questions

  • Is the library open?
    Starting on August 12, 2020, the library will be open from 8 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday. 
  • Are you open to community patrons?
    For now, the building is open only to the Northwestern College community. If you are a community patron and need materials, we are willing to meet you curbside; email us to make arrangements. 

Library resources

  • I have items to return. What should I do?  
    Please return items to the exterior dropbox (on the south side of the building, facing Ramaker) or to a marked dropbox in the library. We have a protocol for isolating books before returning them to the shelves. 
  • Can I request items from interlibrary loan?
    Yes, but we may be limited on what we can provide while interlibrary loan services reopen across the state. Please submit any requests you have, and we will do our best. 
  • off campus loginWhat resources do I have access to through the library?
    While our print collections will be available again, do not forget that we are well positioned for online learning.  Our databases are all available off-campus, and we have a large collection of ebooks. You can search our materials as you normally would.  

    When you encounter a login like the one here, simply enter your NWC username and password; that will provide you access to all our online resources.  
  • I see some companies are offering free resources during this time. Are those available to Northwestern students?
    Yes, some vendors are providing resources to help students succeed with online education. Most of these will be ending access in June, but we will continue to update our list.  

Research help

  • I need help with my research. What should I do?
    Librarians are available. Contact us, letting us know what you're researching and specifying whether you prefer to work via email, phone, in-person, or a video conference session. We can help you develop search strategies, find sources, and cite them