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How do I borrow books from the library?

CUA students, faculty, faculty associates, and staff members with a current Cardinal Card (CUA ID) may borrow books from Mullen Library, the campus libraries, and the WRLC partner libraries. You must present your Cardinal Card at the circulation desk to borrow circulating items.

How do I manage my renewals and fines?

Through My Library Account, you can renew your checked out items and monitor your fines. Most items may be renewed three times.

How do I pay for photocopying in the library?

Current students, staff and faculty do not need to buy separate copy cards. Because the copy machines are programmed for Cardinal Cash, you can simply add value to your Cardinal Card (your CUA ID). You may add to your Cardinal Cash account online using a credit card, or use cash at one of our two add-value stations. Our add-value stations are located on the second floor of Mullen Library and in our Music Library in Ward Hall. Our add-value stations only accept one, five, ten and twenty dollar bills.

Visiting researchers may purchase copy cards at our add-value stations or at the Information Desk in Mullen Library. Blank cards cost $1.00; be sure to re-insert your blank card into the add-value station to claim your remaining value (if you inserted more than $1.00) or add more value.

How do I determine what software is on the public computers in the Library?

The desktop computers located throughout the library are for research purposes only. From them, you can use various browsers to connect to the Internet and you can search the online library catalog. No other software is loaded on them.

However, wireless laptops, available for borrowing at the circulation desk, may be used for word processing as well as research. Programs loaded on the laptops include: Microsoft Office Suite 2010 (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Access, Frontpage), internet browsers (Firefox, Internet Explorer), WinDVD (for watching DVDs) and Trillian (for chat).

Several reading and writing technologies, which enhance access to information for students with disabilities and also help students with visual impairments type and edit their own documents, are available at a designated workstation in Mullen Library. For more information please see Assistive Technologies.

How do I add the library printer to my laptop?

Instruction for adding a library printer to your laptop are available at

How do I access the databases or e-books/e-journals if I'm not on campus?

To use the article databases, go to University Libraries homepage. Select the tab marked Database, locate the database you wish to access, and click on the title. Then, enter your university ID number (the 7-digit number from the front of your Cardinal Card), enter your last name, select "Catholic" from the drop-down list of universities, and press Login.

To access the full text of e-books (those with the call number "CU: Electronic Book" or "Shared Electronic Book" in WRLC Catalog) or e-journal articles located by using the discovery tool called SearchBox, follow the link to full text, then on the next login page enter your university ID number (the 7-digit number from the front of your Cardinal Card), your last name, and select "Catholic" as the institution to access the full text.

If your ID is not recognized as being current or valid, please contact the Access Services staff for assistance.

How do I locate and borrow dissertations written at CUA?

•    Locations and call numbers for dissertations and masters theses can be found in the library catalog.

•    Electronic copies of dissertations dated after 1996 through Dissertation Abstracts International, a subscription database searchable by title, author, school, area of study, and more. The "Free Download" button in a dissertation record indicates its electronic availability.

•    Many dissertations dated after 2009 may also be found in our institutional repository in the Digital Collections.

•    Dissertations circulate to CUA borrowers with valid, updated library privileges, including students from other WRLC schools.

•    Dissertations dated before 1962 may be copied or borrowed through interlibrary loan by persons not affiliated with CUA or the WRLC. Contact your local public, academic, or business library for details.

•    We do not copy or lend CUA dissertations dated after 1962, but these dissertations are available for purchase through University Microfilms International (UMI), at


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