Services

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.

Renew Books

Reset Password

Interlibrary Loan

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.

Hammond Campus Tipasa

Westville Campus Tipasa

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.

User Instructions

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

Contact Information

Hammond Campus

Student Union Library (SULB) Building – Second Floor
(219) 989-2224
libillin@pnw.edu

Monday to Friday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Westville Campus

Library-Student-Faculty (LSF) Building – Second Floor
(219) 785-5248
PNW_IPN@pnw.edu

Monday to Friday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Course Reserves

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.

Reserve Locations

Available digitally via Brightspace.

Reserve FAQs

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?

  • E-books
  • 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?

Library Purchase Form

For more information, contact Collection Development Coordinator Sammy Chapman at schapma@pnw.edu 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.

Request a Library Instruction Session

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.

Library Liaisons

Sammy Chapman, Jr.

Sammy Chapman, Jr.

Business & Science Librarian


schapma@pnw.edu

(219) 989-2903

Sheila Rezak

Sheila Rezak

Education Librarian


sarezak@pnw.edu

(219) 989-2677

Ian Hughes

Ian Hughes

Instruction & Outreach Librarian


hughesi@pnw.edu

(219) 785-5249

Marcia Keith

Marcia Keith

Nursing Librarian


mgkeith@pnw.edu

(219) 989-2523

Tricia Jauquet

Tricia Jauquet

Technical Services Librarian


tjauquet@pnw.edu

(219) 785-5234

Joseph Coates

Joseph Coates

University Archivist


jcoates@pnw.edu

(219) 989-2063