About the Library
Library Annex: Our library collections have grown from less than 40,000 items to over 100,000 since 1999. The current building was not designed to hold that many books, so approximately one-third of the collection is housed in an annex on the ground floor of Robey Hall, across the street. The material housed there must be retrieved by library personnel. To request an item from the annex, please fill out an annex request form either at the circulation desk or online.
Ready reference: These are some of the materials most often needed for quick reference, including dictionaries, style manuals, and so forth. They are located on the work table by the copier. They do not circulate, although there are often copies of the same books in the main collection which may be checked out.
Reference: Books in the reference section do not circulate. They are for in-library use only. They are housed in the short shelves in the center of the first floor of the library and are arranged in LC call number order. Inter-shelved reference books circulate unless marked otherwise.
Reserve: Professors can put certain items on reserve for members of their classes. They are kept behind the front desk – books and videos on shelves, other materials in an upright filing cabinet. Professors set the terms of reserve. Some materials can be checked out for two-hour in-library use only. Others may only be photocopied, checked out overnight, or checked out for longer periods of time.
Special collection: Special collection books are those that were published prior to 1900 or that are otherwise of special interest. These books are shelved downstairs in the archive room. They may be checked out by faculty, and students may check them out with the permission of one of the librarians.
DVD: Our DVD collection is currently housed in the workroom. Patrons can review a list of all DVDs at the front desk or they can browse DVDs in the workroom. Only Southern Virginia students, faculty, or staff can check out DVDs.
Named Collections: The organization of the Von Canon Library materials into various named collections helps organize these extensive materials into easily managed and accessible categories. Arranging like formatted materials together also helps assure ease in locating these materials for patrons, and helps speed shelving, inventory, and other maintenance tasks. Collection names may identify the subject grouping, location, or format of a named collection. Named collections within the Von Canon Library include: Archives, Atlas, Equipment, Folio, Front Desk, Genealogy, Oversize, Index-Shelves, Institute-Landrum, Juvenile (also J long and J tall), LDS Pamphlet, Main-Collection, Orson Scott Card, Periodical, Periodical Index, Pop-Fiction, Professional, Rare, Ready-Reference, Reference, Annex, Special Collections and SC-Local, Video, Workroom.
Computers and Internet
Von Canon Library provides computers on the main floor and computers on the mezzanine level. The library computers are accessible during all library service hours. Staff members are available to assist users in meeting their information needs with the computers. The library computers are primarily for student research and writing needs. Any patron may be asked to leave the computers to make room for a student who needs to do research.
The computers in the computer lab are available for patron use when a class is not in session.
The library’s computers are university assets and must be used in a responsible, ethical and lawful manner. Library patrons must comply with local, state, and federal laws (including copyright law), with university codes and policies (see Appendix B), and with applicable contracts including software licenses. Library users are required to observe the following computer-related guidelines:
- Respect other users of Library computers and do not harass them or interfere with their work.
- Use headphones to access audio content.
- Pay for all prints made from library computers.
- Respect the privacy and property of all files on the computer system. Do not alter or erase a file without explicit permission to do so.
- Do not attempt to bypass computer security facilities, discover passwords, make unauthorized connections or break into or affect the performance of any other computer system on local or world-wide networks.
- No viewing of Web sites, or participating in other activities that are in violation with the Code of Honor.
- If you oversee a patron doing or viewing something inappropriate on library computers, please report it to the library director immediately. If no librarian is available, contact campus safety and security.
The following additional guidelines must be followed with respect to the computer lab:
- When a class is in session, the computer lab is only available to members of that class.
- When a class is not in session, the lab is a quiet study area; please keep noise to a minimum. Headphones are available at the library’s front desk.
- No food or drink are allowed in the lab.
- Individuals will be held responsible for any damage to lab furniture or equipment.
- Individuals who do not abide by these conditions will lose the privilege of lab access.
There is free Wi-Fi access throughout the library and network internet access from library computers.
If a resource is not available in our collection, we may attempt to borrow it from another library. We extend this service to current students, faculty and staff in accordance with the Virtual Library of Virginia’s (VIVA’s) ILL guidelines. The following policies apply:
- Books received through interlibrary loan are subject to overdue fines using standards of the loaning and borrowing institution.
- There is a generous initial loan period that minimizes the need for renewals, but often renewals are available. Items may be recalled from the lending library.
- We only borrow items for Southern Virginia students, faculty, and staff. If a community patron wants to borrow through ILL, they will be referred to the local Library.
- We only borrow items for academic purposes: no pleasure or personal reading material.
- We only borrow items from free libraries. If the only libraries who have the item would charge us, we notify the patron. If the patron will pay the fee, we will borrow the item.
- We do not borrow from international libraries.
- We do not knowingly borrow textbooks currently being used in Southern Virginia University curriculum.
- A hold will be placed on student’s Southern Virginia account if they do not return ILL items.
- We do not borrow items the library owns.
- We do not borrow items for patrons that have overdue or outstanding fines, or in any way do not have a good standing with their library account.
|B&W Printing and copying||$0.05/printed side|
|Color printing and copying||$0.25/printed side|
|B&W 11×14 size||$0.10/printed side|
|Color 11×14 size||$0.50/printed side|
Patrons must pay for all pages that they print, even ones that they don’t want. The only exception is totally blank pages. These can be reused. Patrons may pay for prints at the front desk with their University ID card or cash. Report all error issues with the software to library staff. There are two printers for patron use in the Von Canon Library:
Library Printer/Copier – This machine only accepts jobs from library computers (those located on the main and mezzanine level of the main library building and in the computer lab). All patrons are free to use these computers. This machine also scans, faxes, and copies. It prints color and double-sided, as well as staples and hole-punches. It is located in the front desk area.
Wireless Printer – This machine only accepts jobs uploaded and printed from MySVU Remote Printing. Students, staff, and faculty members can upload document onto MySVU and select this printer to print from anywhere on campus. It prints color and black and white. It is located to the right of the front desk.