Walsh College

Library Services

Reference
Reference librarians are available to assist students in locating library materials and to help them with their search strategies. Students may call (248) 823-1228, visit the library for reference help, or email their questions to librarian@walshcollege.edu. E-mail links for reference inquiries can be accessed on the web page and portal page.

Library Orientations
Every semester the librarians offer tailored classroom presentations demonstrating online databases. E-mail librarian@walshcollege.edu for more information.

Classroom Reserve Materials
Materials that instructors place on reserve for student use are stored at the circulation desk. 

Microfiche
A microfiche machine at the Troy Campus is available for viewing back issues of newspapers and magazines. 

Photo Copy Machines
Photo copiers are available for student use at both the Troy and Novi Campus Library.  The cost is $.10 per page.

 Copy Cards
Students may purchase a copy card to in order to print photocopies.  The initial card costs $1.00 which includes five copies.  Money can be added to the copy card for additional copies.

Circulation Policies

Library Cards
Walsh students may obtain a library card at the circulation desk at either the Troy or Novi campuses by presenting a registration receipt along with a picture ID. This card is automatically updated every semester upon registration. You must present your card at the circulation desk in order to borrow materials. There is a $5.00 fee if you should lose your card. Please notify the library immediately if your card is lost or stolen. A library card-holder is responsible for all materials charged out on his or her card. Currently employed faculty and staff are also eligible for Walsh Library cards.

You must have a current library card in order to do the following:

  • Check out and renew books
  • Search electronic databases
  • Utilize reciprocal borrowing privileges at other libraries

Loan periods for current students vary according to the type of item being borrowed:

 Books

four weeks

Reserve Materials

two hours

Renewals
Unless a hold has been placed on an item, books may be renewed in person or by phone by calling (248) 823-1228.

Return of Library Materials By Novi Students
Novi campus students may return materials to either the Troy or Novi campus libraries.

Fines for Overdue Materials
Overdue materials are given a four-day grace period. After that there is a minimum charge of $1.00 per item and an additional $.25 per day for each overdue book.

Materials That May Not Be Removed From the Library
The following materials are for use in the library only:

  • Periodicals
  • Reference Books
  • Tax Materials
  • Reserve Materials

The library provides a number of options to obtain books from other libraries:

MeLCat  Michigan Electronic Library
Students and faculty can use MeLCat to borrow books from other libraries. MeLCat is a resource-sharing service that lets library patrons search for, locate, and request materials from a single, comprehensive online catalog that includes the holdings of other libraries around the state. MeLCat provides access to millions of items, including books, audio books, music, movies, and other library materials. The Walsh College Library, however, does not borrow or lend DVDs, CDs, or audio visual materials through MeLCat. To order a book through MeLCat go to http://elibrary.mel.org/search. Most books arrive within a week or less.

DALNET Reciprocal Borrowing 
Patrons can now request items from other local area academic libraries, through their Walsh online catalog  and have them delivered to their library by using the DALNET Get It Local feature of the online catalog . When you have done a search on the shared catalog system and don’t see an item you want, you can click the DALNET Get It Local button which  takes you to the shared catalog. Select the item you want, and click the Request a copy link. Enter your library card number to complete the transaction. Books will be delivered to Walsh.

Interlibrary Loan – Using the Web/Portal Pages—Books Outside Michigan
Books and articles not owned by Walsh College Library can be borrowed through Interlibrary Loan.  Before requesting a loan, a student should seek the assistance of a reference librarian to make sure all Walsh Library resources have been checked for the needed item.  Faculty and currently enrolled students may request ILL via the library web page.  For more information on ILL, visit the library, call (248) 823-1337, or check the Interlibrary Loan web page at http://www.walshcollege.edu/interlibraryloan or select the Interlibrary Loan link under the Library tab in the college portal.

Reciprocal Borrowing
Walsh College has arranged for reciprocal library borrowing privileges with the colleges listed below. 

  • College for Creative Studies
  • Detroit Public Library (M)
  • Eastern Michigan University (M)
  • Lawrence Technological University
  • Macomb Community College
  • Madonna University
  • Marygrove College
  • Michigan State University (M)
  • Oakland Community College
  • Oakland University
  • Rochester College
  • St. Clair County Community College
  • Schoolcraft College
  • University of Detroit Mercy
  • University of Michigan Dearborn
  • University of Windsor
  • Wayne County Community College
  • Wayne State University (M)

 For more information about interlibrary loan, please call the Reference Desk number at (248) 823-1228.