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Services for Faculty

The library offers a number of services specifically for faculty. Click on a heading below to expand and see more information about our faculty services.

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Library Liaisons

Each academic department at Bethel has a librarian assigned to support and facilitate communication between its faculty and the library. Whether you'd like to schedule a library instruction session for your course, have someone work with you to acquire resources for your students, or have a librarian assist you in obtaining materials for your own research, your library liaison is ready to help.

Find contact information for your department's library liaison:

Library Liaisons

Course Reserves

Books, DVDs, and other physical materials are put on reserve in the library in order to ensure that they are accessible to all of the students in a course. Get started using our online form:

Course Reserves Form

Putting Items on Reserve for a Course

  • Select Your Item(s)

    Items may be from the Bethel Library collections, or you can bring in items from your personal collection (which will be returned to you when the reserve period is over).
    Note: Items from other libraries CANNOT be placed on reserve.

    If Bethel's Library does not own something you wish to place on reserve, you may request that we purchase it using our materials request form. Please make your request at lest 4 weeks before your students will need to access the item.

  • Make Copyright Determination

    The libraries will facilitate placing items on reserve for students in strict accordance with U.S. Copyright Law. Most legitimately-obtained physical items are fine to put on reserve, but photocopies (especially multiple copies of the same item) often require permission from the copyright holder. It is the responsibility of the instructor to obtain permission when necessary. For questions about this, contact Scott Kaihoi, the library's copyright liaison.

  • Give Us Your Information

    You can either fill out our online form (linked above) or fill out a paper form when you drop your items off. Students and library staff rely on accurate information about the item, instructor, and course number to locate course reserves (reserve items are searchable in our catalog), so please be sure that the information you give us matches your syllabus description.

Navigating U.S. copyright law is an essential part of working in a library, and Bethel's librarians have a great deal of experience with copyright in the context of higher ed. While the library does not have an attourney on staff and cannot offer you legal advice as you make copyright decisions, librarians can often help you think through the issues and questions you need to consider when dealing with copyright.

If you have copyright questions, please feel free to etiher contact the library's Copyright Liaison, Scott Kaihoi, or view our copyright guide to find information about commonly-asked copyright questions.

Bethel Copyright Guide

Making a Purchase Request

Do you know of something our library should have in its collections? Would you like to use some of your department's library allocation for a book, DVD or other resource? Use our online purchase request form!

Suggest a Purchase Form

Interlibrary Loan

If our library doesn't have something you need for your research, we can usually get a copy for you through interlibrary loan. See information about how to use our interlibrary loan service:

Interlibrary Loan Info

Bethel Faculty Scholarship Collection

The Bethel Digital Library has a featured collection showcasing the scholarly work of faculty in publications and recorded presentations in the University Library. See what your colleagues have published or contribute your own works for greater access, impact, and preservation.

Faculty Scholarship

U of M Privileges

Faculty can obtain direct borrowing privileges for University of Minnesota library materials by submitting the following to the Libraries Borrowing Privileges Office at the U of M:

To see more information from the University of Minnesota Libraries, check out their page on Special Borrowing Privileges.

Search Alerts for Databases

Most library databases allow you to set up alerts so you will be informed immediately when new material is published on a topic of interest. We have put together a guide to walk you step-by-step through the process of setting up these alerts.

Search Alerts Guide