Updates Regarding Library Resources & Services

The DiMenna-Nyselius Library is offering online services and resources only. Please use the Ask A Librarian chat or email research@fairfield.edu for research assistance. The library building is currently closed and staff are working remotely.

Due to the migration of all in-person classes to online instruction, we at the DiMenna-Nyselius Library want to ensure that all students, faculty, and staff are aware of library resources and services that can be accessed remotely. This blog post contains information and links that will help you make the most of our online resources. We will continue to update this page. For the most up-to-date Fairfield University announcements, please continue to check Fairfield University’s Novel Coronavirus (2019NCOV) web page.

Off-Campus Access to Library Resources

In most cases, you will need your NetID and password to connect to our online resources while off-campus. Find databases alphabetically or by subject. Many online resources can be found on our research guides which provide lists of relevant library resources based on a specific field or discipline. Citation Guides are also available. Need help? Ask a Librarian or check out these tutorials that walk you through accessing our online resources:

For those who experience access issues, please see directions and troubleshooting tips for remote access.

Research Help 

Please visit our Ask a Librarian page for a complete, up-to-date list of all the ways you can reach us for research assistance. Until further notice, in-person research help is unavailable.

Research Guides and Citation Guides are always available to help you start your research on a wide range of subjects and disciplines. In addition, some classes may have their own library Course Guide.

Instructional Support 

For faculty migrating courses to online instruction, the DiMenna-Nyselius Library has information to assist with incorporating library resources. The two primary ways to connect to these resources is through either our Continuity Plan or Library Resources for Instructional Continuity wiki.

Please contact research@fairfield.edu for any questions regarding online instructional support.

Returning Library Materials & Renewals

Students that have scheduled their time slot to move out of the residence halls should return all library materials to the book drop, located on the exterior side of the Library facing Bannow. In addition textbooks & other required class texts can be donated to the Library's Student Donated Textbook Collection by placing them in the book drop as well.

Due dates ranging from March 12- April 27, 2020 have been changed for all patrons. The new due date for these materials will be the weekend of September 20, 2020*. They do not need to be renewed until that date. All fines for items due between January 1, 2020 and September 20, 2020 will be waived. Please contact us at circdesk@fairfield.edu with any questions about your account.

If you have any materials borrowed through InterLibrary Loan, those materials are now due on September 18, 2020.

*The due date may be extended and updated information will be posted here and on Life@Fairfield and Today@Fairfield.

Accessing Physical Materials 

Since the library building is currently closed and staff are working remotely we will try to purchase books you need as eBooks. If no eBook is available, you can request the chapters you need via Interlibrary Loan and we will see if we can acquire them that way. If no eBook is available and we cannot get the materials via Interlibrary Loan, a research librarian can help you find alternative sources.

If you need help locating an eBook or additional sources please contact research@fairfield.edu. If you have questions about Interlibrary Loan refer to this page or contact ils@fairfield.edu.

Accessing Textbooks Electronically

Publishers have joined forces to allow students access to their books electronically for free until May 25th, 2020 through the VitalSource platform and RedShelf.

Fairfield University provides access to the VitalSource service and you can sign-up via this link: https://get.vitalsource.com/vitalsource-helps

Click the link and scroll to the bottom and click "Bookshelf Login". Then click 'Create a VitalSource account" and use your @student.fairfield.edu email address. Once you have created your account, verify your account by checking the email confirmation from VitalSource. Then go to the Explore tab to enter the titles of your textbooks. You’ll be able to check out up to 7 books. If you require more than that amount, check with your professor to see if there is already an alternative offered by the Library.

To access RedShelf click this link and scroll down and click "Access Free eBooks". Then search for your books on the top search bar. You will also be able to check out up to 7 books by creating a student account with your @student.fairfield.edu email address. If you require more than that amount, check with your professor to see if there is already an alternative offered by the Library.

Library Sponsored Events

Check the library events page for updates. Questions about events should be sent to Lisa Thornell at lthornell@fairfield.edu.

Academic Commons: Student Support Services in the Library

For a list of student support services located within the library and links directly to those departments, please refer to the Academic Commons webpage. Peer tutoring information can be found on the Life@Fairfield portal.

If you have questions or concerns please contact us at research@fairfield.edu so we can best answer or direct your inquiry.

Please note: The library's ability to provide these services is subject to change. Any changes will be updated on this blog post and broadly disseminated to the campus community.