Library Services & Policies
Landman Library aims to support Arcadia’s academic programs, regardless of their format or location. To this end, we collect and organize books, films, and other materials related to curricular and academic needs and interests of the college. We also provide reference and research assistance, classroom instruction on information literacy, and a comfortable, welcoming environment with appropriate spaces and technologies for studying.
Reference and Research Assistance
Reference Librarians can assist students, faculty, and staff with finding resources on their topic. We will also be glad to show you how to search our library catalog and online databases and how to find things in the library. For extended help, consider making an appointment with the appropriate librarian for your subject.
The mission of Landman Library is not only to build a research collection but also to teach the faculty and students how to use these resources. Moreover, the Middle States Commission on Higher Education has called information literacy one of its “an essential component of any educational program.” Faculty are strongly encouraged to schedule library instruction for themselves and/or their classes. To request an instruction session, please use our online request form found on search.arcadia.edu or contact the appropriate reference librarian.
Students, faculty, administration, staff, alumni, and friends of Landman Library may borrow material from Landman Library. Students must have a current campus ID to check out materials. A local resident may become a Friend Of Landman Library for an annual $50 minimum fee ($30 for six months). Students from colleges belonging to the Tri-State College Library cooperative may borrow materials with a letter of introduction from their home institution library. High School students from Montgomery County may enter the library ONLY with a letter of introduction from their school librarian clearly stating a reseach need.
The online catalog allows automated searching of the library's holdings. Books may be found by searching under the keyword, subject, author, or title. Graphic display terminals are located on the entrance level of the library. Books, records, and pamphlets may be charged out for twenty-eight days. Videotapes may be charged out for twenty-four hours. Items may be once if no other patron has a "Hold" on the item.
Fines and Billing
Overdue fine records will be submitted to and collected by the Business Office. Four days before the due date, the patron will be sent an email reminder to his/her Arcadia email account.
Two weeks after the due date, the patron will be notified via email that their item is overdue and will be charged an overdue fee of $5 per week per item (maximum $15 per item). If a patron has two or more overdue items, he/she will not be allowed to check out books. Five weeks after the book due date, the patron will be charged a replacement fee of $50 for each item, unless the amount is deemed insufficient by the Collection Development Librarian. This is a non-refundable fee even if the book is found and returned.
Visitors can check out books by purchasing a Friends Card for $50 per year. This card allows them to check out 4 items at a time. The amount that a visitor has checked out cannot exceed four items. Five weeks after book due date, the patron will be charged a replacement fee of $50, unless the amount is deemed insufficient by the Collection Development Librarian. This is a non-refundable fee even if the book is found and returned.
Please note that items can be renewed over the phone by calling 215-572-2975.
Periodicals and newspapers for the current six months are housed in the Periodicals Room on the lower level. Recent newspapers are shelved on open shelves. Older newspapers and journals on microformat are kept alphabetically by title in drawers of cabinets near the microform reader/printers. Periodicals in paper copy, bound and unbound, are shelved alphabetically by title in compact shelving in the Periodicals Room. Lists of periodicals holdings and formats are available on lower levels of Landman Library. Journals do not circulate outside of the library.
Books and periodical articles not available in Landman Library may be borrowed from other libraries. This service is available only to current students, faculty, administration, and staff. Occasionally, there is a fee associated with an Interlibrary loan request. Users can request materials on Interlibrary loan using either an online or print form. The online form is located on search.arcadia.edu under the heading “Forms.” Paper request forms may be obtained at the Reference Desk. Please use a white form when requesting a book and a yellow form when requesting a photocopy of an article from a journal. Leave the form in the box on the front of the Reference Desk. Allow two weeks for receipt of the requested item.
The Reference Desk is located to the left, inside the main entrance of the library. The reference collection consists of a wide variety of dictionaries, encyclopedias, handbooks, directories, bibliographies, and standardized resources. In the online catalog the location for such items is given as Reference, and the call number on the spine label is preceded by "REF." Numerous periodical indexes are also available. Consult a reference librarian if you have difficulty finding information.
Materials on reserve for class use may be borrowed at the Circulation Desk. Reserves are listed in the online catalog by instructor name, course name, and course number. Reserve items are UILO (Use In Library Only), 24 hour, 3-day, or 8-day as designated by the instructor. A campus ID card must be used when checking out reserve materials. A fine of $2 per day per item will be charged for reserve materials returned late.