Information about hours and the current status of library operations are available at the library homepage.
Information on campus operations more broadly can be found at the Trinity website.
The library will be closed to all but staff who work in the building from November 30th – December 23rd and from January 2nd – February 8. You may, however, request physical items for retrieval and pick-up at designated times. Please click here for information on how to check out physical items.
Students studying remotely:
Use the library's interlibrary loan service to request scanned copies of journal articles available in print in our library. In addition, you may request electronic delivery of chapters from books that are currently available from the library. Fair use guidelines for educational use allow for one chapter or 20% of a book to be scanned, so be aware that we cannot scan and deliver multiple chapters from a single book. By acquiring a library card from your local public library, you will have access to that library's interlibrary loan service, which may be able to provide you with needed books to supplement what we are able to supply. We regret that we are unable to send physical items to you.
Students and faculty with access to campus:
If you are able, please come to the library to consult or scan pages from print journals or books. If you are unable to do so, you may use the library's interlibrary loan service to request scanned copies of journal articles available in print in our library. In addition, you may request electronic delivery of chapters from books that are currently available in print from the library. Fair use guidelines for educational use allow for one chapter or 20% of a book to be scanned, so be aware that we cannot scan and deliver multiple chapters.
At the present time, requesting and receiving print materials from other libraries is a more challenging process than usual. If your immediate research needs involve print materials that are not available from the Coates Library, contact your library liaison for assistance.
We will continue to request, receive, and distribute materials received electronically via Interlibrary Loan.
Special Collections and Archives staff can provide remote research services for our students and faculty. As always, scans of archival materials remain free of cost to members of the Trinity community. Materials may be consulted in-person by appointment only. For more information, visit the Special Collections and Archives webpage or contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students, faculty, and staff working away from campus can continue to utilize electronic databases, journals, ebooks, and streaming media available from the library website.
While the links above will direct you to the full range of electronic journals and books available from the library, Google Scholar also has an option to link to many full-text articles:
1. Go to scholar.google.com
2. Go to the Menu icon in the upper left hand corner of the screen.
3. Choose "Settings."
4. Choose "Libraries"
5. Search for and select "Elizabeth Huth Coates Library" and click "Save."
Students and faculty using the VPN to access campus resources may have difficulty when using library databases and other research options.
Off-campus users of library resources should navigate through the proxy login process. This happens automatically when you try to access a library database while off campus. However, due to changes by ITS to help facilitate distance learning, a researcher using the VPN may not be able to navigate through the proxy login screen.
Solution: when using the library webpage and resources, do not use VPN.