FAQs

When is the Library open?

See the hours listed on our homepage.

Where are collections in the library?

Reference books, fiction, juvenile books, the Foundation Collection, and the most recent issues of periodicals, newspapers, and magazines are all on the first floor of the library.

Nonfiction books and back issues and bound volumes of periodicals are all on the second floor of the library.

Do I have to have my student ID to check out an item?

Yes! If you forget your ID, we will be happy to put an item on the hold shelf for you.

How many items may I check out at one time?

There is a maximum of ten items that may be checked out per person at a time. There is a limit of five items in a particular Dewey class number that may be checked out by one individual. (An exception to this rule is Juvenile Literature - limit is ten items.) There is a limit of three audiovisual items within the maximum limit.

How long may I keep an item?

Regular books circulate for three weeks (21 days). Regular audiovisual materials circulate for seven days. Certain items may be on reserve for a class and may have different restrictions: i.e., overnight, 2 or 7 day reserve, or in-library use only.

How much does it cost to use library printers?

Black/white printing costs $0.10 per page and will require a UA-Fort Smith Lions ID card in order to retrieve printing jobs at the print release stations. For those without a Lions ID card, a print card may be purchased in the library. Print release stations are located on the 1st and 2nd floors.

We have a color printer in the 24-Hour Zone. Color printing costs $0.50 per page.

How do I find out if you have the book I need?

Access our online catalog from any computer with Internet access. Search by title, keyword, subject or author. Limit by material type if you want only print books or only e-books:

Search example

Now that I've found it in the catalog, how do I find an item in the library?

  • Nonfiction items are located on the second floor. These items circulate.
  • Fiction, juvenile fiction, and videos are on the first floor. These items circulate as well.
  • Reference books are also located on the first floor and must be used in the library.
  • Current issues of periodicals are on the first floor (right next to reference books), and older issues are in the periodicals room on the second floor. Periodicals must be used in the library.

Need a DVD or CD? Please give the title and call number to library staff at the Circulation Desk.

How do I renew a book?

If you call the library at 788-7200 before the item is due, we will be happy to renew an item once. Items may also be renewed once online by using the My Library Account link in our catalog.

The book I want is checked out already. How do I put a hold on it?

If the item is not available, use the Request button near the top of your screen to put a hold on the item. Library staff can also place a hold for you. An item will remain on the hold shelf for 72 hours.

How do I find out if the library subscribes to a particular journal?

Go to our Journal Locator, type in the title or ISSN of the journal, and use the Search button to see if we have holdings for a particular journal.

How do I submit an interlibrary loan request?

Click on the ILLiad link from the library home page to create a username/password in ILLiad, our interlibrary loan system. Give us as much information as you can about the item, and submit the request. Interlibrary loan requests can take from 7-14 days to fill. 

Boreham Library does not charge members of the UAFS community to use interlibrary loan services. However, some libraries charge to borrow from them. If the cost of obtaining an item exceeds the amount we absorb, we will contact you to see if you are willing to pay these charges before proceeding. Members of the general public are referred to Fort Smith Public Library for requests.

Overdue fines for interlibrary loan material are assessed at $1.00 per day.

I'm trying to study - where is the quietest place in the library?

The northmost half of the building on both floors is designated as quiet study space, and the southmost half is designated as group study space:

Library 1st floor

Library 2nd floor

Does the library have scanners?

Yes, there are two scanners available on the 1st floor, by the public computers in the main reading area. There are also scanners in the 24-hour zone.

I can't log onto the library computers. What should I do?

Bring a photo ID to the Circulation Desk, and we can assist you with a Password Reset. Often, a Password Reset takes care of this problem, but in some cases, we may need to refer you to the Help Desk in the Gardner Building.

I don't have a VCR - where can I watch videos?

We have a videocassette player behind the Info Desk upstairs. Please talk to library staff if you'd like to watch a video.