Alumni & Community
Services for Alumni & Community
Welcome to Musselman Library!
Bluffton alumni, area residents, and guests to campus are welcome to visit the Musselman Library and use our collections and services. In fact, we hope that you will come and come often!
For any of our alums, this is an opportunity to continue with many services to which you were accustomed as Bluffton students and even more as resource offerings continue to grow and expand!
- Research databases and other online resources are available for in-library use.
- Those living in close proximity to campus are encouraged to apply for a community card so as to have borrowing privileges for Bluffton library materials as well as materials from other OPAL and OhioLINK libraries
- Community users and alumni are invited to attend library programs and events, including those featured at the library blog.
Frequently Asked Questions from our alumni and community patrons:
I'm graduating this year How do I transition to alumni status at the library?
Stop at the Circulation Desk and ask for an application for an alumni/community card (see below). Also, you can ask at the Research and Information Desk for more information on the benefits that you have as an alumni user of Musselman Library.
How do I apply for a library card?
Stop by the library Circulation Desk to complete an application and have your picture taken, preferably 8:30am-5:00pm Monday - Friday. Payment of $10.00 is required at the time of application, except waived for alumni, spouse of current faculty or staff, dependent child of faculty or staff, or ILR (Institute for Learning in Retirement) students. The library card (a Bluffton ID) will be sent to you by mail or held for pickup. Note: Patrons with ID cards from OPAL or OhioLINK institutions do not need to apply for a Bluffton ID. Learn more about our borrowing policies here.
Can I use computers in the library? How about printing?
Alumni, community patrons, and guests are welcome to use the library s computer workstations for educational and research purposes. Since serving current students, faculty, and staff is our primary mission, these users have priority for any computer. During particularly busy times, computers may be unavailable for community users. Additionally, computers are not available to elementary and middle school students, except when accompanied by parent or guardian and for educational use, or with special permission from the librarian at the reference desk. With regard to use of printers, community patrons may print the first 10 pages for FREE during any library visit. After that, the cost is $.10 per non-color page and $.25 per color page. Frequent users of the library are asked to limit their use of free printing. Printing charges are payable at the Circulation Desk. See Printing Guidelines for the full policy.
Can I access wireless in the library?
Musselman Library offers wireless internet access in all areas of the building.
What guidelines do you have for students using the library?
Area high school students are eligible for a library card if his/her parent or legal guardian will agree to be responsible for any items borrowed by the student. Elementary and middle school students may use the library when accompanied by a parent or guardian, but are not eligible for a library card.
Are databases available off campus?
Because of the library's contractual agreements with database providers, off-campus use of online resources is limited to current students, faculty, and staff of Bluffton University. Any user connected to the network in the library has full access to library databases and online services. The library catalog, research guides, and other non-licensed resources are available off-campus.
How do I access databases in the library?
Alumni, community patrons, and guests may use a guest account to log on at the workstations (login and password are posted at each PC) but do not have access to file storage. Any user connected to the network in the library has full access to library databases and online services.
Can I request materials through interlibrary loan?
Alumni and community patrons are eligible for a limited number of loans from OPAL and OhioLINK libraries but not for traditional interlibrary loan or document delivery. If you need materials from other libraries, we can assist you in locating the materials and refer you to another library, or you can make the interlibrary loan requests through your public library.
I'm stuck can librarians at Musselman help?
Yes! Librarians offer assistance in person and by phone, email, and instant messaging. Check our Ask a Librarian options for more details. Because current students, faculty, and staff have priority for these services, there may be times when a librarian is not available for consultation, or consultation is delayed. Hours for research assistance are posted at the library website.
What are the charges for printing and photocopies?
For occasional use, there is no charge for printing from library computers, for research and educational purposes. Frequent or heavy users are asked to contribute by donation, with $.10 per page for printing suggested, payable at the Circulation Desk. Networked printers are located on the main level near the reference desk. Photocopying is $.10 per page, and the copy machine by the reference desk accepts bills and coins. Also, there are special policies and guidelines for photocopying in the Archives and Special Collections.
Can you help with genealogy research?
The Mennonite Historical Collections at Musselman Library include a number of resources to assist family history researchers with genealogy efforts (see the Genealogy page for more details). Genealogy materials are available for use by appointment. For questions or to make an appointment, contact Carrie Phillips, Archives and Special Collections Librarian (phone: 419-358-3275 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Are there special resources for teachers?
The Curriculum Resource Center (CRC) is the education place in the Musselman Library. Everyone is welcome to browse and use CRC materials (located on the 4th floor) and the production area, but checkout of materials is limited to current students, faculty, and staff. Education resources available for checkout to community patrons include items at the L classification for the general collections and children s literature, both adjacent to the CRC. The library website features an Education collection of research databases and other online resources, available for in-library use.
What resources are available for pastors and others in ministry?
The library has many resources to offer for Biblical studies, church history, theology, youth ministries, and religion. These materials are conveniently located on the main level, in the Reading Room for our reference collection and also the circulating collection on that floor (B classification). In addition, the library offers important databases for religious studies, including ATLA Religion, Christian Periodicals Index, and Religion and Philosophy Collection. These databases are available for in-library use.