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Visiting Scholar Library Privileges: Independent Visiting Scholars

Visiting Scholar Library Privileges Policy

This policy applies to visiting faculty and independent scholars who have Duquesne University Sponsorship

The initial point of contact for visiting scholars is the Library Administration Office. The University Librarian or designee will be responsible for communications between the scholars or hosting department and library service points.

To be eligible for library privileges, the visitor must present a letter of introduction stating their institutional affiliation and purpose for using the Gumberg Library collections. Alternatively, an academic department or a campus Spiritan may host a visiting scholar and request library privileges for the scholar. Duquesne University requires a Multipass account for visiting scholars to use the Internet to access library electronic resources outside the library building and to use their personal laptops inside the building. The sponsoring department/office and Human Resources are responsible for managing the Multipass application process. The sponsoring department will be responsible for the replacement costs of any unreturned or lost library materials.

Independent scholars must complete a Library Borrower Registration Form in order to receive circulation privileges as a Special Patron.

Special patrons may borrow 20 items; books circulate for 4 weeks with 1 renewal of 4 weeks, AV materials and kits circulate for 2 week with 1 renewal for 2 week.

Items may be checked out upon presentation of valid passport, current U.S. driver’s license or state ID, or other state or federally issued picture ID.   

Other library services such as interlibrary loan may be provided on a case-by-case basis, depending upon the length of stay and the type of materials and services requested.

Scholars needing a space for their research will be accommodated as feasible.  Study carrels may be checked out if available.  The Spiritan Collection Room or other special collections area may be used by arrangement.  Scholars must comply with library policies and hours of service.

The Gumberg Library and the Simon Silverman Phenomenology Center are not responsible for assisting visiting scholars with travel, housing, or local transportation.

Depending upon the country of origin, a visiting scholar may need to register with the Office of International Programs.

Date issued: 4/16/08; rev. 5/5/10; rev. 12/7/11; rev. 9/17