General

What are the library hours?

Library hours, including hours for the Heller Rare Book Room, are posted here.

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Last update: 2019-01-11 23:00


Can Mills College staff use the library?

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Last update: 2018-03-16 23:51


What services are available for students with disabilities?

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Last update: 2018-03-16 23:52


What services are available for alums?

Alums are welcome to use some services of the library, including borrowing books. More details available at Alum Library Services.

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Last update: 2018-03-16 23:54


Can I reserve a group study room?

Current Mills students can reserve a group study room here.

Alums, guests, staff and faculty cannot reserve group study rooms.

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Last update: 2018-03-21 18:26


What is the deal with COLL 005?

College 005: Information Literacy is an undergraduate graduation requirement that should be completed during your first semester at Mills. It is available in Blackboard and is completely self-paced (you can do the whole thing in a long weekend!). Contact lwornek@mills.edu if you have any problems/questions.

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Last update: 2018-03-16 23:57


Where are the lockers?

Lockers are available for library patron use. They cost 25 cents and are located immediately to the left of the library entrance.

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Last update: 2018-03-16 23:59


Where do the writing center tutors meet? Where do I sign in?

You can sign into your tutoring session using the computer across from the library student lounge. Tutors usually meet in the lounge or in one of the group study rooms; confirm location with your tutor before the session start time.

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Last update: 2018-03-16 23:59


Where can I post this flyer?

Flyers must be approved and stamped by the Center. Flyers can be posted in the library bathrooms, as well as the bulletin boards located downstairs by the computers and upstairs by the bathrooms.

Flyers posted elsewhere or that do not have a stamp from the Center will be removed.

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Last update: 2018-03-17 00:01


Can I bring a guest to the library?

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Last update: 2018-03-17 00:01


Can I eat in the library?

You are welcome to eat in the student lounge on the first floor. Please clean up after yourselves. DO NOT eat at the library computers. Food and drink are not permitted in the Heller Room.

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Last update: 2018-03-17 00:02


Can I request that the library purchase something?

You can request an item be added to the library collection using the Purchase Request form. Note that requesting an item is not a guarantee that we will purchase it.

You can also use interlibrary loan to get access to items that we do not have.

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Last update: 2018-03-21 18:00


Where are you located?

The F. W. Olin Library is located at the intersection of Richards Rd and Kapiolani Rd. Our mailing address is 5000 MacArthur Blvd, Oakland, CA 94613.

The Heller Rare Book Room is on the first floor of the F. W. Olin Library.

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Last update: 2018-09-13 00:21


How do I upload my thesis or dissertation?

For upload instructions, including formatting requirments from ProQuest and instructions on how to paginate you thesis, please see our Thesis / Dissertation Subject Guide.

The upload deadline is set by your department. Please check with them for timelines.

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Last update: 2018-05-22 22:30


Is the library open to the public?

From the Library Access Policy:

“Access to members of the public, including students at other institutions, is limited to use of the building for quiet study and use of on-site materials before 6pm. Computer use and printing is not available to members of the public. Our highest priority is serving our current student, staff, and faculty populations. Because of limited resources and space, unaffiliated users without a specific library purpose may be asked to leave. Any user who is disruptive will also be asked to leave and may lose the right to future library access. All children 13 years old and under must be accompanied by an adult.”

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Last update: 2018-08-30 23:28


Can I bring my dog into the library?

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Last update: 2018-08-30 23:29


Circulation and Borrowing

How do I request a book or article that the library does not have (interlibrary loan / ILL)?

Interlibrary loan (ILL) is a way for you to get access to items from other libraries that we do not have in our collection. See Interlibrary Loan for more information.

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Last update: 2018-03-21 18:21


I have a hold on my account. Help?

Holds are placed when fines exceed $50. Fines need to be paid at the circulation desk. See circulation and borrowing for more information.

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Last update: 2018-03-21 18:22


How long can I check out a book for?

Students can check books out for 28 days and renew up to 4 times if no one else has requested it. For more information see circulation and borrowing.

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Last update: 2018-03-21 18:22


How many books can I check out?

Students can check out 50 books at a time. Faculty can check out 70, staff can check out 20 and alums can check out 10. For more information see circulation and borrowing.

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Last update: 2018-03-21 18:23


Can I renew my book?

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Last update: 2018-03-21 18:23


Can I renew a reserve book?

No. Reserve books cannot be renewed. However, 2 hour reserves may be rechecked out to you at the circulation desk if no one else has asked for them. 1 day reserves cannot be rechecked out. See circulation and borrowing for more information.

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Last update: 2018-03-21 18:23


How do I check out a course reserve (textbook)?

Course reserves (textbooks) are kept at the circulation desk. From course reserves, search by course name or number, or by your professor’s last name.

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Last update: 2018-03-21 18:24


What is the deal with library fines?

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Last update: 2018-03-21 18:13


What happens if I lose a library book?

Replacement charges are $60 plus a $15 non-refundable processing fee.  Alternately, you can provide us with a NEW replacement copy and we will waive the $60. See circulation and borrowing for more information.

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Last update: 2018-06-06 20:32


What if the book I want is checked out to someone else?

You can place a hold on the book, which will prevent the current patron from renewing it. You will receive an email when the book becomes available. Holds may not be placed on reserves. See Holds for more information.  

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Last update: 2018-08-25 00:40


Where can I find my barcode number?

You need your barcode number to request interlibrary loans. It is located on the back of your MillsID. It is the 14 digit number that starts with 230. NOT your banner number.

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Last update: 2018-09-10 22:47


Research

How do I find a book?

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Last update: 2018-08-25 00:25


How do I make an appointment with a librarian?

We are happy to help you with research and information needs. You can stop by the reference desk or email askalib@mills.edu. Please include your availability.

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Last update: 2018-03-21 18:27


How do I access the library databases off campus?

Off-campus access to library databases requires you to login using your Mills username and password. Only current students, staff, and faculty are able to login. Remote access is not available for alums or members of the public.

If you are having trouble with remote access, please contact us.  

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Last update: 2018-06-06 20:45


Can I get help with my research assignment?

Yes, we are happy to help you with research and information needs. See Research Help to get started. You can also stop by the reference desk or contact us for an appointment.

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Last update: 2018-05-22 22:41


How can I access theses or dissertations written by Mills College students?

Current students, faculty, and staff can view print dissertations and theses published before 2008 in person at the library. You can also access the Mills College Dissertations & Theses database for digital publications after 2007.

If you are not a Mills student, you can view print theses and dissertations published before 2008 in person at the library. You can also view open access digital publications after 2007, using ProQuest Dissertations and Theses Open.

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Last update: 2018-06-06 20:43


How do I find an article?

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Last update: 2018-08-25 00:35


Technology and Equipment

Are there DVD, BluRay, cassette tape players, VCRs, and/or record players that I can use?

Yes, audio video equipment is available at the rear of the first floor. Check out headphones from the circulation desk.

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Last update: 2018-03-21 18:31


Can I check out phone chargers or headphones?

Yes, ask for these items at the circulation desk.

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Last update: 2018-03-21 18:33


Can I check out a laptop charger?

No, we do not have laptop chargers available.

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Last update: 2018-03-21 18:33


How do I print? Can I print from my laptop?

Students, staff, and faculty can print from the library computers. Information about the printing system GoPrint is here. Information about wireless printing is available here.

Note: Alums and guests do not have access to library printing.

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Last update: 2018-05-22 22:48


How do I print in color?

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Last update: 2018-03-21 18:36


How can I fax something?

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Last update: 2018-03-21 18:37


Can I scan?

Yes, there are three scanners available at the student computers. Instructions are taped to the scanner.

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Last update: 2018-03-21 18:37


Does the library have wifi?

Yes, you can access the Mills Wireless and Mills-Guest Wireless networks in the library. See the reference desk for login help.

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Last update: 2018-03-21 18:38


How do I copy?

Students can scan and then print using the library computers. For access to a copy machine, please go to the Mail and Copy Center.

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Last update: 2018-03-21 18:40


Are there computers that I can use?

Yes, we have both PCs and Macs available for student use. A Mills login is required to use the library computers.

There are two computers designated for alums. Bring your Alum ID to the circulation desk to get the password.

Computers are not available for guests or members of the public.

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Last update: 2018-05-22 22:43


Special Collections (Heller Rare Book Room)

What are the hours of the Heller Rare Book Room?

The hours are here. There may be occasional unscheduled and scheduled closures so you may want to call or email before visiting. 510-430-2047 or special_collections@mills.edu

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Last update: 2018-05-30 22:43


How do I access Special Collections?

Do I need an appointment? We do not require an appointment but if you do let us know when you are coming we can pull material in advance and save you time during your visit. We can also help to identify materials that may prove useful for your research.

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Last update: 2018-05-30 22:43


Who can use Special Collections?

Special Collections is open to the Mills community as well as the public. If you are a Mills College student, faculty, alumna/i or staff, please bring your Mills ID. If you are a member of the public please bring a picture ID so that we can register you in our system.

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Last update: 2018-03-21 18:46


How do I know what is in Special Collections?

We have books dating from the 15th century to the present as well as archives and manuscripts.

All of our books are cataloged on Minerva.

Many of our archival finding aids are on the Online Archive of California. We also have in-house finding aids for some collections.

Please contact us for more information.

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Last update: 2018-03-21 18:48


Can I check out books from Special Collections?

Books and other special collections materials are for use only in the Heller Rare Book Room.

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Last update: 2018-03-21 18:49


Can I reserve the Heller Room for a class or event?

 In general, the Heller Room is not available for reservation. For exceptions, please speak to one of the Special Collections librarians or submit a reservation request on 25Live.

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Last update: 2018-03-21 18:50


How do I arrange for a presentation to a class or group by one of the Special Collections librarians?

To arrange for a class presentation contact one of the Special Collections librarians. We are happy to facilitate class or group presentations and can help to identify materials, speak to the class, and hold materials so that students can return to do an assignment or further research.

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Last update: 2018-03-21 18:51


Are there any special rules for using Special Collections?

We ask that you use pencil (we can loan you one) instead of pen and have clean hands in order to handle Special Collections materials. It is permissible to take photographs for reference/research use. No food or drinks are permitted in the Heller Rare Book Room.

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Last update: 2018-03-21 18:51


How can I get copies of Special Collections materials?

You are welcome to take photographs. Scanning by request is available but there are limitations relating to the amount and the condition of the material.

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Last update: 2018-03-21 18:52