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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I make a request for materials to be purchased for the library collection?  Is there a protocol I must follow? How long does this take?

There are two forms that you may use. To request books, videos, and CDs use the Materials Request Form. To request journals, newspapers, magazines and any electronic resource, use the Serials and Electronic Resource Request Form. The time will vary for these requests to be processed, especially for serials requests. Please indicate when requesting if your request is a rush.

What is the Document Delivery Service?

The Document Delivery is a service that delivers articles to users in a short time frame.  See for detailed information on this service.

What types of inter-library loan (ILL) services are available?

Several options, see

How long do ILL requests typically take?

On the average, ILL requests take about two weeks to arrive, but sometimes a quicker turn-around time is possible, especially for articles.

What is the Library's relationship with Vanderbilt?  How does it work?

Sewanee Faculty, Staff, and Students may use the library facilities at Vanderbilt with your Sewanee ID card and a driver's license.

Do we have access to Vanderbilt's electronic databases through this partnership?

Databases may be accessed only on their campus.

Are electronic databases available off-campus?

Yes.  To access our databases from a remote location, follow the "Off-Campus Access to Databases" link from the duPont Library's home page, or by following the link to choose your database. The user name and password can be obtained by contacting or by phoning 931-598-1368 .

How do I request an INFOTRIEVE document delivery?

What is ILLIAD?

ILLiad is an interlibrary loan management program for both library staff and library users. To register and find out more information about ILLiad, click here:

How do I put items on reserve at duPont Library?

Faculty may submit their reserve materials at the Circulation Desk in duPont Library.  The Circulation Department does have a specific form you need to fill out.

What is ARTstor?

ARTstor ( is a non-profit initiative founded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation with a mission to use digital technology to enhance scholarship, teaching and learning in the arts and associated fields. The database consists of hundreds of thousands of digital images and related data. Sewanee's Slide Library collection of 10,000 images is also incorporated into their web-site. ARTstor collections will continue to grow to over 500,000 images by 2006.  Faculty must obtain a password from Mary O'Neill, ext. 1660, or in order to have instructor's privileges.

Can ARTstor be accessed from outside the network?

ARTstor may be used on Sewanee's campus or through the ACA Proxy Server link found on duPont Library's home page Contact Mary O'Neill or for assistance with accessing ARTStor remotely.

Will any web browser work for ARTStor or do I need to use a particular browser?

Yes, there is a link to technology requirements for ARTstor on For the Mac, Safari and Firefox seems to work best for those machines.

What is Sewanee's Digital Image Database (SDID)?

SDID is Sewanee's version of the James Madison University image software (MDID) that is used by many institutions. Currently, there are over 11,000 images that are taken from the Slide Library's collection which covers many disciplines. Projection of these images in the classroom is possible along with uploading personal collections. For more information about SDID and to obtain a password, contact Mary O'Neill at ext. 1660 or by e-mail at .

How do I arrange instruction in Library Resources for my students?

Contact the library’s Instruction and Reference Services department via the Library Instruction Request Form.

For more information on this service, please see our Library Instruction page.

Who do I contact for assistance with using library resources?

Contact the library’s reference desk at or phone 598-1368.