The Stevenson Library is happy to collaborate with faculty to support teaching and research at Bard. Below are library services tailored to the needs of faculty. Please contact us with any questions.
Requesting Books for the Collection
The library welcomes faculty input and requests for purchasing materials for our collection. Requests may be sent to the Acquisitions Department via our Book Purchase Request Form (for non-reserve items).
To request books to be purchased and placed on reserve for a class, please fill out the Book Reserves Purchase Request Form.
Requesting Journal Subscriptions
Requests for new journal subscriptions from faculty, staff, and students are reviewed throughout the year. New subscriptions are purchased in May, at the time of our annual subscription renewal. Our review of these requests typically involves several factors: likelihood of regular undergraduate use; availability of indexing; adequacy of existing collection coverage; reach of content across the curriculum; and, of course, price.
Requests for new subscriptions should be sent to the Collection Development Librarian, Kate Laing, in Room 102, Stevenson Library, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We encourage faculty to place required and supplemental reading on reserve for students to help alleviate the cost of purchasing textbooks and course materials for students. Book reserves are held at the Reserves Desk on the third floor of the library and can be checked out for 3 hours at a time.
To request that books from our collection be placed on reserve for a class, email your list to email@example.com. Include your name, course number/title as well as each books’ AUTHOR, TITLE, and CALL NUMBER so that we will be sure to use the correct edition.
- Please check the catalog first to make sure the item belongs to Stevenson (Main), and not BGC or CCS. If you want to save time, you can pull books from the shelves yourself and bring them to the reserves desk on the third floor with your name and course number/title.
- If we do not own the book at Stevenson, you can request the item be purchased by using the Book Reserves Purchase Request Form.
- If you’d like to place a personal copy of a book on reserves, bring it to the library with a note with your name and course title/number. Though we do all we can to ensure the proper treatment of these items, the library cannot take responsibility for loss or damage to them.
For ILLiad (Interlibrary Loan) Requests - Logon to ILLiad.
In addition to our own collections, the library maintains a robust network of libraries that we share resources with. We have two primary systems for requesting materials from other libraries:
A network of academic libraries in New York State that maintain a shared catalog and delivery system for books, DVDs, and other materials. To find and request items through this system, simply click the ConnectNY button from anywhere in our catalog.
- Most items arrive within 3-5 business days.
- Patrons may check out up to 50 Connect NY books at a time.
- Connect NY items can be checked out for 42 days, with one renewal.
- Connect NY items are picked up and returned at the Reserves Desk on the third floor of the library.
Our system for requesting articles, book chapters, and physical items outside the ConnectNY network. To use ILLiad:
- Register an account using your Bard contact information.
- First check our catalog and/or journals holdings to make sure we don’t have access to the item you need.
- Fill out the request forms as completely and accurately as possible. Be sure to include the Journal’s ISSN for all article requests.
Articles and book chapters are delivered electronically. Books, microfilm, DVDs and other items are picked up and returned at the Reserves Desk on the third floor of the library.
Please note: Due dates and renewal policies are determined by the lending library and are often not as long as the lending period for Bard and Connect NY items.
Research Instruction & Course Support
Our team of teaching librarians are happy to collaborate with you to develop research and information literacy education for your class or academic program. All students receive a basic introduction to the library during Language and Thinking, and we aim to build on that foundation by teaching more advanced information literacy skills throughout their undergraduate careers. Our instructional programs are designed to help students find the resources they need to complete their coursework, and to think critically about information. Some options include:
- One-time sessions with a librarian focused on specific research skills and course- or assignment-related resources.
- A series of shorter, scaffolded visits to your class throughout the semester.
- Optional sessions tailored to your program or discipline. (For example, we can meet with the moderated juniors in your program to introduce them to discipline or subject-specific resources and skills.)
- Online research guides tailored to your course or program. To request a research guide or suggest updates to an existing guide, please contact us.