Sims Memorial Library is a depository for both federal and Louisiana state government
publications. As such, the Library is required by law to provide free public access
to materials in the depository collections. (Title 44, section 1911 of the United States Code requires Federal Depository Libraries to make documents "available for the free use
of the general public." Title 25, section 124.1 of the Louisiana Revised Statutes requires State Depository Libraries to "make public documents accessible to the public,
and to render free service in their use.")
Depository items received by the Library are housed in areas throughout the building. Any member of the public may access the materials during the hours that the Library is open. (Library policy states that persons under the age of thirteen must be accompanied by an adult in order to use the Library, however, unaccompanied children under 13 may arrange access to Federal Depository library collections and services by contacting the Government Information Librarian at 985-549-5935.)
Some materials are designated as circulating and may be checked out by any person with a valid Southeastern ID, by anyone who has purchased a guest borrower's card, or by validated LALINC borrowers.
Only current Southeastern faculty and staff may check out maps.
Many government publications are now available only online. Computers throughout the
building offer free public access to the Internet. Due to a printing control system,
Southeastern students are required to log in with their W# and password.
Guests may receive a temporary guest account and the password to the Guest WiFi at the Reference Desk.
Any member of the public may search the Internet on these computers during the hours that the Library is open. (Library policy states that persons under the age of thirteen must be accompanied by an adult in order to use the Library, however, unaccompanied children under 13 may arrange access to Federal Depository library collections and services by contacting the Government Information Librarian at 985-549-5935.)
There is no fee for using documents, but there is a fee for copying. Photocopiers
are available on most floors to make copies from print materials. Machines are available
for viewing and copying microfiche and microfilm. Appropriate equipment is available
to view, listen to, or search items in electronic formats.
Students are not required to pay an extra fee for printing from Library computers but guests must pay a fee of ten cents per page. Guests can purchase a print card from the Circulation Desk on the Library's first floor.
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