The James E. Tobin Library 1955 - Present
In September of 1955 Molloy Catholic College for Women opened its library's doors to 42 students starting their freshmen year. At that time, the library was located in a mansion that was the original home of Molloy College.
The James E Tobin "JET" library supports the College mission as well as the goals of students and faculty by providing an environment conducive to academic learning. The Library has supported a wide variety of undergraduate programs for over half a century, graduate programs for more than a decade and Doctoral Programs for the last several years.
Beyond the library's physical collection of books, media and periodicals, it also provides 24x7 access to over 250,000 eBooks as well as full text to over 170 million articles or streaming media contained within its 80+ subscription databases. Molloy's ID card serves as the library borrowing card and the same username and password used for email provides off campus access to an extensive collection of electronic resources. The library also offers over 180 published research guides that support the Freshman Studies (FST) Program, specific disciplines and even particularly unique assignments.
There is a fully automated system for faculty to place materials on reserve, making them readily available to large numbers of students to use within a limited time period. In order to obtain materials that may be either unavailable or not held in the collection, students and faculty can request books and articles via Molloy's Interlibrary Loan system, or leverage the library's Research Loan Program (RLP) to reserve and retrieve books from one of 102 locally participating institutions.
The JET Library is open 84 hours per week, with extended hours offered during finals. Reference librarians and virtual Chat services (Ask-a-Librarian) are available during these hours for research assistance to anyone on or off campus. On the main campus a minimum of two degreed librarians are always available to provide individualized assistance to students and faculty. There are a total of twenty full time and adjunct librarians utilized in order to support three shifts across multiple service points. Daily hours of operation are available on the Library home page.
The first floor of the library has designated areas for quiet and group study. This space offers five tables for groups to convene, four to accommodate laptops, twenty-eight single carrels and a phone charging station. There are twelve research computers in the Main Reference room of the library, two Scannx systems and a self-checkout kiosk. There are three library instruction labs on premises. Two of the labs offer a total of thirty-eight computers that are available for student use when library classes are not in session.
The library's Patron Services area contains physical reserve and interlibrary loan materials, print journals and houses a wide range of educational videos and DVDs. The Rochelle Sager Media center is also located here and provides video, audio and microfilm equipment as well as eight touch screen computers for DVD viewing and six VHS compatible players with reservable space for up to fourteen individuals to view media as a group. Immediately adjacent to Patron Services is the Education Resource Center, which includes group study tables and houses a diverse collection of resources in varying formats designed to aid prospective teachers and faculty in lesson planning and curricular development.
Outside of the JET Library, reference services are available in the Information Commons, located on the second floor of the Public Square building. This facility houses multiple-use, student-friendly spaces with readily available technology and support services that encourage inquiry via socialization as well as provides a convenient informal meeting ground for teacher-student and peer mentoring. The Information Commons offers forty computers, scanning and color printing capabilities as well as four study rooms that students can reserve in advance via an online system. In the recently built Barbara Hagan Center for Nursing, an embedded Health Sciences Librarian is on site six hours per week. Lastly, a reference librarian is available two evenings per week at the Suffolk Center located in Farmingdale, NY.
Students or faculty from any location are welcome to take advantage of the library's instructional services by requesting group or individualized instruction sessions with a librarian by submitting an online form. Virtual one-on-one sessions are also available for online or hybrid students.
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