The Mulva Library is the hub of student academic life on campus. Home to more than 247,000 volumes, including books, journals and other serials, microforms, maps and charts, it also offers amazing places to study.

Mulva Library Policies

You’ll find we’re deeply committed to ensuring our space and services excel in meeting the needs of the college. To accomplish that goal, we’ve initiated several policies. 

Using the Library

Find Your Zone: Noise Control
We know the atmosphere in the library makes a big difference in how productive you are.  We recommend you “Find Your Zone” and alert us to ways we can continue to improve your experience.

Silent Zone – Third Floor
  • No talking in this area
  • No cell phone conversations
  • Set cell phone to silent or vibrate
Quiet Zone – Second Floor
  • Quiet talking only
  • No cell phone conversations
  • Set cell phone to silent or vibrate
Collaboration Zone – First Floor
  • Library voice* group conversation and collaboration
  • No cell phone conversations
  • Set cell phone to silent or vibrate
Collaboration Zone – Mulva Studio
  • Library voice* group conversation and collaboration
  • No cell phone conversations
  • Set cell phone to silent or vibrate
*We define “library voice” as the soft voice used to speak to a study partner in the library.

We need the cooperation of the entire community. Please respect the rules of each study zone and be mindful of your peers.

Food and Drink
Help us keep the library clean. Keeping your drinks covered prevents spills and limits damage to the books, computers and furniture. Drinks should only be in covered cups, spill-proof mugs or similar containers.

Food is allowed throughout the building but please be considerate of the space and students around you. Always clean up any food and food waste. Food and food residues, such as oil and sugar, destroy or damage computer equipment, disks, books and furnishings. If you spill or see a spill, please notify a staff member so it can be cleaned properly. Thank you for helping preserve our shared resources.

Food and drink items from Ed’s Café may be consumed in the library.

Group Study Space Use
You’ll find many group projects on your task list and we have both rooms and open spaces you can reserve and use to accomplish your work.
  • Group study rooms may be reserved in advance through the campus electronic reservation system (EMS).
  • Two or more students are required to reserve a group study room. 
  • There is a three-hour limit of use of group study rooms  
  • For same day reservations, please use the sign-up sheets on study room doors or in study space areas.
Community Use
The Mulva Library welcomes the community during regular library hours with a few restrictions:
  • Reference librarians are available for assistance. Priority will be given to SNC students, faculty and staff.
  • Community borrower cards are available at the library service desk to adults 18 or older. A picture ID with a current address is required. The card is renewable on a yearly basis. Books may be checked out for 28 days. Audiovisual material may be checked out for seven days. A maximum of 10 items may be checked out. Borrowed items are subject to recall if SNC students, faculty or staff have need for them.
  • Everyone is welcome to use the periodicals, newspapers and reference materials in the library. These items do not circulate outside of the library, however. Copy machines are available for a per copy fee.
  • Children under the age of 16 are welcome in the library but must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Three stand-alone computers are available for community use. Community members are welcome to bring personal laptops to the library and use the free wi-fi throughout the building. Individuals with a specific computer research need are welcome to discuss this at the library service desk. Priority will be given to SNC students, faculty and staff for academic work. Printing is available for a per copy fee.
  • Group study rooms and Mulva Studio technology spaces are reserved for student, faculty and staff use.
  • Parking is available in the visitor’s lot behind the Ariens’ Family Welcome Center, Lot 11.
Ed’s Café is open to the community during regular library hours.

Archives and Special Collections
We’re excited to share our treasures with researchers, alumni and others delving into the rich collection of rare and archival materials we own. Personal items you may have with you during your visit are restricted in order to preserve and ensure the security of these items. Please contact Sally Cubitt to arrange an appointment so she can prepare your access to relevant items. 

Audio and TV Studio Use
Available to the St. Norbert College community, access to the TV studio suite is made possible through the work of the office of communications. You may reserve a time though the campus electronic reservations system (EMS) and then check out a swipe card for the corresponding room at the information desk at the Mulva Library.

Please plan to participate in a required short training session on the control room and audio room before entry is granted.

For more information, contact Jason Wright at 920-403-3822 or jason.wright@snc.edu.

Collections Policies

Circulation of Library Materials

What Can be Checked Out
  • Materials located in the stacks and curriculum/children's literature room, featured collection, and bestseller collection along with musical scores, maps, DVDs, VHS, CDs and reserves may be checked out with a St. Norbert College ID card.
  • Books, maps, and CDs, VHS and DVDs may be checked out with an alumni card or a St. Norbert College community card.
  • Reference books, newspapers, journals, print and bound, and microfilm do not circulate. To request borrowing privileges for these materials, please speak with a reference librarian.
  • Laptop computers are available for checkout by St. Norbert College students, faculty and staff at the information desk.
  • The library also has headphones, iPad, eReaders and graphing calculators available for checkout by students, faculty and staff.
  • To check the availability of equipment, contact David Bosco at 920-403-3293 or david.bosco@snc.edu.
Loan Periods
For complete information about loan periods, visit our circulation web page.

Renewals
Library material, with the exception of course reserves, media and equipment, may be renewed twice. You may renew through the catalog, in-person at the information desk, or by contacting David Bosco.

Holds                                                                                                                                   
Students, faculty and staff may request that a hold be placed on an item in the catalog in order to ensure it is available.
  • Students: Your items will be held at the library information desk for pickup, and you will be notified through your SNC email.
  • Faculty and Staff: Your items will be delivered to your office and you will be notified through your SNC email.
Recalls
A checked out item may be recalled if it is needed for course reserves. Items must be returned within three days.

Fines
The library does not charge fines but does charge for non-returned items. We send out courtesy, overdue and billing notices via your SNC email account. Failure to receive these notices does not absolve the borrower of any financial obligations.

Replacement charges are assessed for any item not returned or renewed within 30 days of the due date. These charges include a replacement charge and a $5 non-refundable billing fee per item.

Reserve material, media and laptops are assessed a replacement charge within two weeks of the due date including a $15 non-refundable billing fee per item.

Course Reserves
The parameters for reserve items are determined in consultation with the person placing the item on reserves. Please contact David Bosco with questions.

Collection Development
The collection development policy guides all decisions for acquiring, retaining and discarding materials in the library’s collections.

Archives and Special Collections
Archives and Special Collections activities focus on content that can be freely shared. In some cases we may need to restrict access to the college in order to adhere to copyright law, but it is our purpose to provide digital collections to as wide an audience as possible. Read the complete policy.