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Carnegie Vincent Library: Library Services


Library Services

All Services

  Research Assistance and Consultation Services

  Students and faculty can receive research assistance through the following:

  • Face-to-Face: 
  • Email the Library:
  • Call Us: 423-869-7079 or toll free at 800-325-0900 ext. 7079
  • Chat with a Librarian: Look for the  on library website pages

A librarian is always available at the reference desk to assistance with: 

  • How to find resources in the library catalog
  • Help with research
  • Navigating the internet
  • Managing citations 
  • Finding an item on reserve 
  • And much more!

Research and course guides are online web pages created by librarians to gather subject or course-specific resources and help patrons perform various tasks, such as using library resources or doing research. We offer a number of guides in subjects like Allied Health, Arts and Humanities, Business, Education, Information Literacy, Math and Sciences, Nursing, and Social Sciences.

Borrowing Books and Articles

Checking out books is easy!  All you need to do is visit the library or the library website. You can also renew your books online. If you are an online-only student or if you attend one campus but want a book from another, we can even mail your books to you!

  Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery

Interlibrary Loan requests should be submitted via the ILLiad system by accessing the Interlibrary Loan Services link. It is important that the requester check the Carnegie Vincent Library online catalog and journal lists to determine that the items are not in the library collections before completing an interlibrary loan request.

Arrival Time, Pickups and Returns
Harrogate Campus
Materials usually arrive within two (2) weeks after a request is made. In some instances the process may take longer. The interlibrary loan staff notifies borrowers by email via the ILLiad system when the requested item has arrived. Items should be picked up and returned to the library's circulation desk.  

Off-campus Sites
Items requested by patrons at off-campus sites are shipped to the Harrogate campus, then shipped to the patron's home address. This process normally takes up to four (4) weeks. Patrons at off-campus sites are responsible for the cost of shipping the item back to Carnegie Vincent Library. Please return the item to:
      Carnegie Vincent Library
      Lincoln Memorial University
      Box 2012
      Cumberland Gap Parkway
      Harrogate, TN  37752

Loan Periods and ILL
Loan periods vary by institution. The due date for ILL items is posted in the ILLiad system under a user’s account. In order to remain in good standing with lending institutions so that we may continue to borrow materials from them, please return interlibrary loan items on time.

Charges and ILL
There is no charge for processing the standard interlibrary loan service for LMU faculty, staff and students. However, borrowers are responsible for any costs charged by the lending institution including overdue fines, general lending fees and replacement of lost or damaged items. Late fines will be charged by Carnegie Vincent Library at the rate of $.15 per day, per item. Students using the interlibrary loan service at extended learning sites will be responsible for paying the shipping cost of returning items to the Carnegie Vincent Library.

  Services for Faculty

Visit our faculty services page for more information on:

  • library instruction sessions
  • copyright and fair use
  • course reserves
  • equipment scheduling
  • and more!

Our collection development practices help guide librarians and faculty in gathering new resources to support LMU's academic programs and maintain currency and relevance for the library collections as a whole. You can download the full policy using the link below.

Library Services Quick Links

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Service Policies

Services Students Faculty, Staff, Grad Students JFWA Community or TALC
Book Checkout 25 items; 2 weeks; 1 renewal 40 items; 4 months; 1 renewal 25 items; 2 weeks; 1 renewal 10 items; 2 weeks; 1 renewal
Media Checkout 5 items; 7 days; 1 renewal 5 items; 7 days; 1 renewal 5 items; 7 days; 1 renewal 5 items; 7 days; 1 renewal
Laptop Checkout 1 laptop; 4 hours; 1 renewal 1 laptop; 4 hours; 1 renewal 1 laptop; 4 hours; 1 renewal No
Interlibrary Loan Service Yes* Yes* Yes* No
Study Room Use Yes; 4 hours No No No
Classroom Reservation No Yes No No
Desktop Computer Use Yes Yes Yes Staff will log user onto a computer
Database Access Yes Yes Yes Yes, in library only
eBook Acess Yes Yes Yes Yes, in library only

*Length of borrowing time will vary depending on the lending institution’s policy. See our interlibrary loan page for more information.

Fees and Charges

  • Item check-outs: Free 
  • Help and instruction: Free
  • Interlibrary loan and document delivery: Free (off-campus patrons pay return USPS shipping on returnable items)
  • Overdue fines: $0.15 per day per item with $10.00 max per person (faculty and staff excluded)
  • Lost item: Replacement cost, plus accrued overdue fines, plus $20.00 processing fee per item (fee is waived for faculty and staff)
  • Copying: $0.10 per black and white copy; $0.15 per color copy
  • Laminating: $1.00 per 12 inches of material
  • Fax reception: Free