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Top 6 Questions

What is my Borrower ID and PIN?

Your Borrower ID is your 8-digit SF ID number with no hyphen. Your PIN is usually the last 4 digits of that same number.

Sample Borrower ID: 12345678
Sample PIN: 5678

If you are unable to log in, please contact the circulation desk at 352-395-5412.

How do I set up proctoring?

The library provides physical space in room Y-109 for weekend proctoring, but all proctoring arrangements are made through the Testing Center. To make arrangements for proctoring or ask a question, please contact the Testing Center.

How do I print?

All documents should be sent to the printer from a library computer on any of the three floors. There is currently no wireless printing on campus. Choose the BWLetter printer for black and white (10 cents a page) and the ColorLetter printer for color (75 cents a page). Once you have hit the Print button, a blue screen will appear for you to give a job name to your document. After naming your job, go to the combined printer/photocopiers in room Y-116 (1st floor) or Y-204 (2nd floor). On the print release station, enter your job name, select your job, and then enter your payment. Machines will take silver coins, $1 bills, and credit/debit cards.

Please see the building plan to view copy/print room locations.

For more information on printing on campus see the Office of Finance's Printing page.

How do I scan?

The library has two BookScan stations on the second floor. You may scan as a PDF, Word document, or picture, and can save to a flash drive or email. All scanning is free.

What are the library science courses? How do I register for these courses?

The library has three LIS (library science) courses that are taught throughout the year. Classes are taught either in an online format through Canvas, or as a weekend course. Weekend courses are held over one weekend (Saturday/Sunday) for 6 hours each day. This is the only meeting time for the classes. You may register for all courses through eSantaFe.

The three LIS courses are:

  • LIS1000 - Basic Library Skills (1 credit)
  • LIS1002 - Library Online Resources (1 credit)
  • LIS2004 - Internet Research (1 credit)

For more in-depth descriptions and a link to the schedule of courses, visit the Library Courses page.

Where are the fiction books?

There is no one area to browse fiction (story) books in the Lawrence W. Tyree library. Fiction books are spread throughout the literature (P) section, based on the nationality of the author.

The easiest way to find fiction is to add the term fiction to your search in the library catalog. For example, if you want to find fiction works about Florida you can do the following search:

Fiction Search

You can also search for specific genres with the following terms:

  • historical fiction
  • horror fiction
  • mystery fiction
  • romance fiction or love stories
  • science fiction

If you would prefer to browse the shelves, fiction books can be found on the 3rd floor in the P section (Language & Literature section).

PK - Middle Eastern Literature
PL - Asian Literature
PQ - French, Spanish, Italian Literature
PR - British Literature
PS - American Literature
PT - Germanic Literature

You can also see recommendations by Santa Fe librarians by viewing our Reading Guides, which provides top titles for a variety of genres.


The Library Building and Services

Where is the Lawrence W. Tyree Library located?

The L.W. Tyree Library is located on Santa Fe College's Northwest Campus, in building Y. It is located in the NE corner of the campus, off North Road. For more detailed directions and a map, visit the Directions page.

Where can I park?

Parking is available to the north (Lot 5) and east (Lot 4) of the library building. All spots which do not have a blue reserved line are open for parking.

See the campus map [PDF] for more specifics.

What are the library's hours?

The normal library hours are as follows:

Monday - Thursday 7 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Friday 7 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Saturday noon - 6 p.m.
Sunday noon - 8 p.m.

The library will have different hours during intersession and finals week. The library will be closed when the college is closed, and weekends in intersession. See the Library Hours page for upcoming changes to the normal operating hours.

Where can I find a floor plan?

The library building is three stories, with different collections and areas on each floor. See the building plan for specific locations.

Where can I find a photocopier?

There is one combined printer/photocopier located in room Y-116, on the first floor and one combined printer/photocopier in room Y-204, on the second floor. Photocopies are 10 cents each. Machines will take silver coins, $1 bills, and credit/debit cards.

Please see the building plan to view copy room locations.

How do I print?

All documents should be sent to the printer from a library computer on any of the three floors. There is currently no wireless printing on campus. Choose the BWLetter printer for black and white (10 cents a page) and the ColorLetter printer for color (75 cents a page). Once you have hit the Print button, a blue screen will appear for you to give a job name to your document. After naming your job, go to the combined printer/photocopiers in room Y-116 (1st floor) or Y-204 (2nd floor). On the print release station, enter your job name, select your job, and then enter your payment. Machines will take silver coins, $1 bills, and credit/debit cards.

Please see the building plan to view copy/print room locations.

How do I scan?

The library has two BookScan stations on the second floor. You may scan as a PDF, Word document, or picture, and can save to a flash drive or email. All scanning is free.

Where is the library's lost and found?

Articles found in the library will be taken to the first floor Circulation Desk. Found articles will be logged and taken to the SF Campus Police Station in building T.

Where do I get my library card?

Your SF ID card is your library card. You will need this card to check out books, reserve materials, study rooms, and all other materials from the library.

You may obtain your ID/Library card from S-147, the Student Activities Office in the S-building lobby. For more information about your Santa Fe ID Card see the Student IDs website.

What types of materials can I check out?

  • Books
  • Media (DVD, VHS, CD, audiobooks)
  • Reserve materials [in-library-use only]
  • Group study rooms
  • Kindle Fires
  • Laptops [in-library-use only]
  • Headphones (including noise-cancelling headphones) [in-library-use only]
  • Calculators [in-library-use only]
  • OVAC Golden Eye [in-library-use only]
  • Pocket Viewer Handheld CCTV [in-library-use only]
  • Anti-glare screen [in-library-use only]

Where are the different collections and can they be checked out?

Location Collection Check Out Status
1st Floor New Books May be checked out
1st Floor Reserves In-library-use only
1st Floor Classroom Collection Students: may be used in the library
Faculty: may be checked out for classroom use
2nd Floor Reference In-library-use only
2nd Floor Magazines & Newspapers In-library-use only
2nd Floor MEDIA May be checked out
2nd Floor Youth Collection May be checked out
3rd Floor Circulating May be checked out
Online eBooks May be read from the computer (requires a Borrower ID and PIN)

How do I find a book?

All books can be found using the library catalog.

For information on how to use the library catalog, see the Library Catalog tutorial.

How do I check out a book?

Checking out a book is simple. Retrieve the books you wish to check out from the shelves on the third floor of the library. Bring them to the Circulation Desk on the first floor. Present your SF ID card (library card).

You may check out up to ten books. Books check out for two weeks, but can be renewed if no other patron has placed a "Hold" on them. Check with the Circulation Desk at 352-395-5412 for other questions.

How many items may I have checked out at a time?

Status Item Limit
SF student 10 items
Dual enrolled student 10 items
Florida university or state college student 5 items
SF staff 20 items
SF faculty 50 items
SF professor emeritus and retired SF staff 10 items

How do I see what books I have checked out and renew them?

You can see what items you currently have checked out by using the My Account feature of the library catalog screen. From this page, you can see what you have out and renew items. To access this feature you will need your 8 digit SF number and your PIN. By default, your PIN will be the last 4 digits of your Santa Fe number. Please note that if your items are overdue (past their due date), you will be unable to renew them online or by phone.

What happens if I lose an item I checked out? Are there late fees?

If an item you have checked out is lost or stolen, please report it immediately to the circulation desk at the library at 352-395-5412. The cost of a lost item is the replacement price plus $10.

Most items do not incur late fees. The only exceptions are the Kindle Fires and reserve items, which have a late fee of $10 per day overdue.

Where do I find reserve material?

Reserve material is housed at the Circulation Desk in the library. Reserves include books, videos, class notes, etc. that instructors have placed at the library. Not all textbooks are on reserve. It is the prerogative of the instructor whether a text book is placed on reserve or not. Most material is restricted to in-house use only, although some items can be checked out overnight. You must present your current SF ID card to use reserve material.

See if your book is on reserve. Search for books by keyword, instructor name, or course number.

What is an interlibrary loan?

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is the process of requesting material (books or articles) not held by our library from other libraries. The Lawrence W. Tyree Library provides this service at no charge, but lending libraries may charge for photocopies of articles. The turnaround time for receiving books is about 5 days, but could be longer depending on the availability of the item. Photocopies of articles may be received sooner. For assistance, contact the reference desk at 352-395-5409, or simply fill out the request form.

How do I browse the shelves? What is the Library of Congress Classification system?

The library arranges its books by the Library of Congress Classification System (LC). This is the system used by most academic libraries (including the University of Florida) and works on a system of letters denoting broad subjects, further divided by numbers as the subject gets more specific.

For an in-depth look at the LC system, visit our page on Understanding Call Numbers.

Where are the fiction books?

There is no one area to browse fiction (story) books in the Lawrence W. Tyree library. Fiction books are spread throughout the literature (P) section, based on the nationality of the author.

The easiest way to find fiction is to add the term fiction to your search in the library catalog. For example, if you want to find fiction works about Florida you can do the following search:

Fiction Search

You can also search for specific genres with the following terms:

  • historical fiction
  • horror fiction
  • mystery fiction
  • romance fiction or love stories
  • science fiction

If you would prefer to browse the shelves, fiction books can be found on the 3rd floor in the P section (Language & Literature section).

PK - Middle Eastern Literature
PL - Asian Literature
PQ - French, Spanish, Italian Literature
PR - British Literature
PS - American Literature
PT - Germanic Literature

You can also see recommendations by Santa Fe librarians by viewing our Reading Guides, which provides top titles for a variety of genres.

What are JUV books and where are they located?

JUV books are non-fiction books for children and young adults. They are in the Youth Collection, which is shelved on the 2nd floor, by the printer/copy machine.

How do I download eBooks?

eBooks from the library catalog may be downloaded to a personal computer or e-reader device, with the exception of an Amazon Kindle. For instructions on how to download eBooks and load to each device, go to the Downloading eBooks section of Research 101, or view the following video tutorial.

Does the library have movies available to check out?

The library has two video collections: Classroom Collection and Media. These may be found in the library catalog by changing the format to Audio/Visual or by using the Media search tab on the front page.

Classroom Collection

Classroom Collection videos are for instruction use and are selected by faculty. These videos may be checked out by faculty for use in the classroom or may be checked out by students to view in the library. Students may not take these videos home. These videos may be requested at the Circulation Desk on the 1st floor.

Media Collection

Media Collection videos are circulating items and may be checked out for a period of two weeks just like a book. These videos can be found on the 2nd floor of the library. If you are looking for feature films, browse the PN1997/PN1997.2 section of the Media Collection.

Streaming Videos

In addition to physical videos, the library subscribes to Films on Demand, which provides thousands of streaming videos that can be watched from a computer. Individual streaming video titles are available in the catalog, or you may access the database to browse.

How can students from the Centers get books from the library?

If you are a student taking classes at one of SF's Centers, you may request to have circulating books sent to your Center. Log in to the library catalog (use the link at the top), click Place Hold next to the book you want, and then choose your Center. Books should arrive within 3 business days.

For information on how to have books sent to the Centers, see the Book Delivery to Centers tutorial.

Where can we talk in the library?

Where Can We Talk?
Coffee 101 and Porch normal tone of voice; okay to use cell phones
First Floor quiet casual conversations at tables and computers
Second Floor quiet study/assignment related conversations at reference desk, tables, and computers
Third Floor quiet study area; no conversations; no cell phones

Do you have study rooms?

The library has one study room for single studiers, eight study rooms for groups of 2-4, and three study rooms for groups of 5 or more. Study rooms must be reserved online through the booking form. Students will check into their rooms at their reserved time at the 2nd floor Reference Desk.

What services are available to users with disabilities?

The Lawrence W. Tyree Library takes its commitment to accessibility seriously. A variety of services and resources are available to students with disabilities, and library staff will work with all users to find appropriate alternatives as needed. See the Services for Users With Disabilities page for a listing of all services and resources.

How do I set up proctoring?

The library provides physical space in room Y-109 for weekend proctoring, but all proctoring arrangements are made through the Testing Center. To make arrangements for proctoring or ask a question, please contact the Testing Center.


Doing Research

Where should I start my research for a particular subject?

The library has a few different resources for starting out your research. If you would like a general outline of research, visit the Research 101 guide.

In order to see the best resources and search strategies for different research areas (such as English or Speech), visit the listing of Research Guides and select the guide most appropriate for your needs.

For more specialized help in starting research, contact a librarian.

How can I find if you have a particular journal or magazine?

If you have a citation for an article, or if you are looking for a particular journal or magazine title, you may use the Journals A-Z list to see if it is available in one of our databases or found in print within the library.

If we do not have access to the journal you need, please place an ILL request to obtain a copy of the article you are looking for.

What is the difference between a popular magazine and a scholarly journal?

Scholarly journals (also called peer-reviewed or academic journals) are research-based journals that are considered more authoritative and relevant for college-level research. Some professors will require you to only use scholarly journals for their assignments. To see the major differences between magazines and scholarly journals, visit the Is it a Popular Magazine or a Scholarly Journal? page.

To limit your search to scholarly journals in most databases, look for a check box or limiter with the following words: peer-reviewed, academic, or scholarly.

How can I access the library's databases from my computer?

Library databases can be accessed from the Articles page. If you are off-campus, follow the instructions on the "I am NOT on a Santa Fe Computer" page.

You may also view the video tutorials for accessing databases on-campus or off-campus.

Where can I find full text articles online?

The library subscribes to many library databases, which contain full text articles from magazines, journals, and newspapers. To access the library databases, visit the Articles page. For tips on how to search for articles, visit the Research 101: Articles page.

What is my Borrower ID and PIN?

Your Borrower ID is your 8-digit SF ID number with no hyphen. Your PIN is usually the last 4 digits of that same number.

Sample Borrower ID: 12345678
Sample PIN: 5678

If you are unable to log in, please contact the circulation desk at 352-395-5412.

How do I get help on a particular database?

If you need help with any aspect of using the library databases, first visit the Database Help page. There are resources and answers to some common questions.

If you are unable to find the answer to your question, please contact a librarian for help.

How do I connect to UF Library's catalog? How do I check out books at UF?

UF's library catalog can be found at http://uf.catalog.fcla.edu/uf.jsp.

With your Santa Fe ID card, you are able to check out up to 5 books from the University of Florida Libraries. It is recommended that prior to visiting the UF libraries that you fill out the Reciprocal Borrower request form.

I'm searching for information on the Internet. How do I know if what I find is valid?

When considering Internet sources for use in a paper or for personal research, it is important to evaluate each one carefully. View the How Do I Evaluate a Website? page for five criteria to consider.

What are Boolean operators?

When searching for two or more search terms in a library database, you need to put what are called Boolean operators between the terms, so that the database knows what you need. The three Boolean operators are AND, OR, and NOT. Visit the What are Boolean Operators and How Do I Use Them? page to learn about each Boolean operator.

How do I cite information in MLA or APA format?

The library has created a Citations 101 guide to help you find resources and examples of citations in various styles. There are also in-depth guides to citing in APA, Chicago, and MLA.


Other Questions

I need a computer with Internet access. Where can I find one on campus?

Besides the computers on all three floors of the library, there are labs throughout the Northwest Campus and at all of the Centers. See a list of labs here.

What computer services are available at the library?

Computers with Internet access are available on all three floors. All computers have the Microsoft Office 2013 suite. You must be a currently enrolled SF student or currently employed SF faculty/staff in order to access the Internet. Computers are all networked to a printer. Additionally, free wireless access is provided with the access point SFCGuest. Go to the Computers at the Library page to see all computer services.

How do I connect to the library's wireless Internet?

You may access the wireless network using your personal laptop, tablet, or other device. The access point is SFCGuest; there is no log in or password necessary.

What are the library science courses? How do I register for these courses?

The library has three LIS (library science) courses that are taught throughout the year. Classes are taught either in an online format through Canvas, or as a weekend course. Weekend courses are held over one weekend (Saturday/Sunday) for 6 hours each day. This is the only meeting time for the classes. You may register for all courses through eSantaFe.

The LIS courses are:

  • LIS1000 - Basic Library Skills (1 credit)
  • LIS1002 - Library Online Resources (1 credit)
  • LIS2004 - Internet Research (1 credit)

For more in-depth descriptions and a link to the schedule of courses, visit the Library Courses page.

Where can I go to get a test proctored?

The library provides physical space in room Y-109 for weekend proctoring, but all proctoring arrangements are made through the Testing Center. To make arrangements for proctoring or ask a question, please contact the Testing Center.

How can I get a job at the library?

The library hires a limited number of student employees every semester. View the page on Student Employment for more information about applying.

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