Faculty Services

Collins Library is an integral part of teaching and learning at the University of Puget Sound. Librarians work in partnership with faculty to further the University's mission and to promote life long learning.

This Web page is intended to acquaint faculty with some of the library's services. We hope you will take advantage of what we have to offer, and we welcome your suggestions for how we may better assist you and your students. Send comments to Peggy Burge.

Liaison Program

Each department or program has a designated librarian who serves as a contact for information about library programs, resources, and services. Faculty are urged to contact their liaison librarian to discuss information needs in their field.


Instructional Services

The library offers a wide variety of instructional services to support classroom teaching, including course integrated instruction, departmental workshops, library related assignments, new faculty orientation, and handouts on resources and research techniques. Working with the faculty member, the liaison librarian tailors instruction to the specific content of the class. Sessions are generally held in the library's electronic classroom (Lib 118) which is equipped with computers, video projection, and Internet access. Contact the department's liaison librarian for more information or to arrange a session.


Selection of Library Materials

Acquisitions Department

Faculty may request materials for the library collection at any time by sending those requests via email or campus mail to the liaison librarian for the department/program.  These requests should be guided by our Collection Development Policy.  A request to add a journal subscription requires additional information because of the ongoing expense. Please submit journal requests using the Periodical Request Rationale form.  You will need to log in to your Puget Sound google account to populate this form.

New faculty in a tenure-track or clinician position may receive a one-time award of $1,000 with a limited expenditure timeframe.  Check with  your liaison librarian about this award if interested.  These monies are provided to help address collection inadequacies in areas where you will be teaching. They can only be used for one-time purchases, not for subscriptions.

For more information about the acquisitions process, please contact your liaison librarian.


Research Support

Reference Service
Reference Service provides help and guidance in using library resources effectively, in locating materials, in suggesting sources for further study and research, and in connecting users with information outside the library. Assistance is available at the Learning Commons Information desk on the main floor, by telephone (253.879.3669) or e-mail. You can also make an appointment with your liaison librarian for consultation on presentations, papers, or other research projects.


Interlibrary Loan & Document Delivery

Interlibrary Loan (ILL)
When items are not available through Summit, you may submit an interlibrary loan request. Books, copies of periodical articles, dissertations, conference proceedings, and other materials needed for research may be borrowed from other libraries around the world. To submit an interlibrary loan request, use your Tipasa account.

Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery may be requested directly from many database ILL links or from your Tipasa account.



To check-out materials, faculty must present a valid University picture I.D. card at the Circulation desk. Cards are issued through the Conference & Dining Services office in the Wheelock Student Center.

Faculty may also designate a proxy to will be authorized to check out on their behalf.

Faculty loan limits and fees

  • Faculty have no limit on the number of individual items they may borrow from Collins Memorial Library.  
  • Regular books have a 12 month check out with one 6 month renewal.  
  • You will receive overdue notices for materials not returned, but will not be fined overdue fees.
  • Faculty will be billed for the replacement cost of items held longer than 18 months. This amount is waived, once materials are returned if the library has not yet purchased a new copy.
  • You may renew most items, by accessing your library account via Primo.  Summit items can be renewed.
    • Regular term loans = 6 weeks (With one 6 week renewal)
    • Short term loans = 6 days (With one 6 day renewal)
  • Replacement costs for lost Summit items are $90 per item. 
  • Replacement costs for lost ILL items vary by lending institution.

Print Journals

  • Bound and current journals may be checked out for 1 week. 


  • DVDs may be checked out for 4 weeks.
  • CDs may be checked out for 4 weeks.

Faculty Spouses, Domestic Partners, and Children
Spouses, domestic partners, and children of current University faculty are eligible to use library resources and must be accompanied by the faculty member the first time of use for library account creation.  The loan period for regular UPS books is 6 weeks with a 10 book limit.


Reserve Collection (Collins Memorial Library books only)

**Fall 2021 update: Collins Memorial Library will be moving to an open reserves system for books. The open reserves collection will be located at the back of the Learning Commons against the brick wall on the main floor of the library.  Click here for More information about Open Reserves.

**Fall 2021 update: If you need scanned copies of articles and/or book chapters available for your class, please use our OCR for Canvas service.  

The reserve collection is designed as a centralized point from which assigned readings are placed on short term loan at faculty request. Its purpose is to make a limited number of copies readily available to all members of a class. 

To put an item on open reserve for a course, you have two options: You can use our online Reserve Form to list the items and specify the conditions of the loan and other reserve information (we will retrieve the items for you) OR you can bring the items to the Circulation desk and fill out our printed form specifying the conditions of the loan.  

If a book is not owned by the library, contact your liaison librarian and the library will order a copy (if available) with RUSH status. It will be purchased with departmental funds. Summit, Interlibrary loan, and media materials may not be placed on open reserve. **Personal copies will not be accepted for open reserve unless your copy is donated to the library to add to the collection.

To find out what is on reserve, consult Primo Search, the library's online catalog. Reserves are searchable by faculty name or course. The titles of reserve materials are listed along with call numbers and check-out status. Faculty can obtain a report of reserve circulation statistics by contacting their liaison librarian.


Faculty Access to the University of Washington

Faculty may borrow materials from the University of Washington through Summit.

If you would like to borrow materials while on the UW campus, you must obtain a UWNet ID. Go to the UW Cashier's Office and show your current UPS ID. A card will be issued to you. For more information, contact the UW Cashier's Office at 206. 543.1174 or email libcash@u.washington.edu. The University of Washington Tacoma will also issue a UWNet ID.


View Your Account

You can view your library account in Primo Search to see what you checked out, have on hold, or borrowed through Summit. Sign in with your Puget Sound email and password.


Room Reservations

The library has three rooms available for University-related meetings, group presentations and events. See Library Conference Rooms for more information.

For the rooms in the Technology Center, contact TS at x8585.


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