Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Where is the library located?

A: The library is located in the center of Lander University's campus directly across from the Learning Center.  For a campus map, click here.  The library is the building on the map denoted as "JL".  If you need directions, you may call us at (864)388.8365.

Q: What are the library's hours?

A: The hours of the library can be found by going here:

Q: Can I use the computers in the library if I am not affiliated with Lander?

A: Yes, if the patron asking is 18 years of age or older (we do check IDs).  Although our computers are primarily for our students, faculty, and staff, there are four machines located at the front that allow access.  Please see a reference librarian or full-time staff member for the login and password.

Q: How many books can I check out at a time and how long can I have them out for?

A: There is no limit to the number of books that the faculty, staff, and students of Lander can check out.  For faculty, the loan period is generally one semester.  For students and staff, the loan period is four weeks.  Exceptions can be made if necessary, but check with the head of circulation, or one of the reference librarians.

Q: Can I access the electronic databases from home?

A: Yes, you need to choose the “Off-Campus” link from the database page and when prompted, enter your last name and your L number.   If there are any problems, please have the patron contact one of the reference librarians.

Q: Can I renew books online?

A: Yes, you can.   Direct the patron to the main library catalog page (   The link to follow is the one that says My Library Record.   It is located in the navigation box to the right under the heading Useful Links.

Q: If I print from one of the library computers, where do I pick it up? 

A: You may pick up your print out at the circulation desk.  All you have to do is provide them with your name.

Q: What do I do if I can't find a particular book on the shelf?

A: We will be happy to look for the book for you.  All you need to do is stop by the circulation desk a student or staff member will start a search form for you.  We will notify you via email or phone if we find the item.

Q: If the library does not own a particular book or journal, how can I get a copy of the book/article? 

A: For books, there are two options.  The first is a statewide borrowing consortium known as PASCAL Delivers where you can get books from other South Carolina college and university libraries in as little as three days.  For books not in South Carolina and all articles, you may request them in person in the reference office, over the phone (see library number above), or online.

Q: My professor told me he/she had a particular item on reserve.  What does that mean and where do I find it?

A: The reserve shelves are located behind the circulation desk and usually organized by the professor's last name.  All you have to do is provide the student or staff member with that information and we  will get the item for you.  Reserves are usually circulated for 3 hours, in-library use only, but some items will circulate for longer periods of time (e.g. 1 day reserves).