Explore the many services we offer, from borrowing materials from other libraries to placing items for your students to use…even renewing books when you need a little more time.
Our Interlibrary Loan service remains available to locate journal articles. Print materials are not feasible at this time, but requests for articles and chapters that can be scanned or obtained electronically may still be processed.
Tipasa is the cloud-based management system used for interlibrary loan requests.
In very rare cases, a fee might be required for the requested item. If this is the case, the patron will be contacted by the interlibrary loan staff for approval to proceed with the request.
Obtaining print material is not feasible at this time, but requests for articles and chapters that can be scanned or obtained electronically may still be processed.
New Tipasa Users
- Click on the box, “Hammond Campus Tipasa” or “Westville Campus Tipasa” depending on where you want to receive your material
- Click the “CREATE ACCOUNT” link
- You will be taken to a screen where you are instructed to enter identifying pieces of information to create your account
- Click “CREATE”
- You may now login with the account credentials just created
Users who had an ILLiad account will need to do the following the first time at Tipasa login:
- Click the box, “Hammond Campus Tipasa” or “Westville Campus Tipasa” depending on where you want to receive your material
- Click the “FORGOT PASSWORD” link
- You will be taken to a screen where you are instructed to enter your PNW email address
- After entering your email address, click “REQUEST NEW PASSWORD”
- An email will be sent to your PNW email address with instructions and a link to set your password in Tipasa
Student Union Library (SULB) Building – Second Floor
Monday to Friday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Library-Student-Faculty (LSF) Building – Second Floor
Monday to Friday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Reserves are course materials which University Instructors make available for their students to use.
Leganto is our new course e-reserve service that makes it easy to create, access, and manage course resource lists. Instructors can build, maintain, and share resource lists of all material types and library staff can provide resources efficiently.
Students and faculty have access to course materials 24/7 through Brightspace.
Available digitally via Brightspace.
Who can access a Reserve?
- Purdue University Northwest Faculty, students, and staff
How do I find a Reserve?
- Easily access lists of course reserves in Brightspace
How long can I access a Reserve?
- Reserve materials can be viewed and accessed for the period designated by the instructor
Advantages of Reserves in Brightspace:
- Students easily access lists for all their courses in one place 24/7
- Engage with the resources, comment on readings, make recommendations for your class and the library
- Build a personal collection of resources to use at other times
How do I place material on Reserve?
- Create lists of relevant, up-to-date materials gathered from a range of sources including the Library collection, eBooks, scholarly articles, videos, newspaper articles, websites, etc. utilizing Leganto to add to their courses in Brightspace
What may be placed on Reserve?
- Articles available online or uploaded
- Old exams, lecture notes, study guides
- Videos and other media
What may not be placed on Reserve?
- Multiple scanned copies (Copyright Law)
How long does material remain on Reserve?
- Reading list can stay in Brightspace until removed by Instructor
- Instructors can also set it to have certain material viewable for a limited amount of time
Why use Leganto?
- 24 hour access to course material
- Easily manage and update course resources based on your course needs
- Look at statistical usage of materials by students
- Set your list to be viewed by your students only, or any student
Recommend a Purchase
Looking to recommend a purchase to the PNW library? See the process.
Please search PRIMO, the library’s search and discovery tool, to verify library holdings before submitting a request for purchase.
If you are requesting a purchase, please supply us with as much bibliographic information as possible. For bibliographic information, you can search WorldCat, online booksellers or publishers’ catalogs.
Ready recommend a purchase to the library?
For more information, contact Collection Development Coordinator Sammy Chapman at firstname.lastname@example.org or (219) 989-2903.
Request an Instruction Session
PNW’s library liaisons have expertise in specific areas and can work directly with faculty, staff and students to provide programs, services and library collections.
Instruction Session Guidelines
- Please book your sessions as early in the semester as possible. We ask for one-week advance notice so we can prepare.
- Faculty are asked to meet with librarian as soon as possible, bringing a syllabus and an assignment for session preparation.
- Instructors should plan to be present for the session.
- One session is good, but multiple sessions can really re-inforce information literacy learning.
Virtual Reference Appointments
The library uses screen sharing software that allows you to see a librarian’s computer screen from your computer off campus to view a personalized demonstration on library resources. Contact your subject specialist to make an appointment via email or by telephone at the numbers below.
- Hammond: 219-989-2676.
- Westville: 219-785-5248.
Instruction & Outreach Librarian
Technical Services Librarian