Library Services




To borrow materials from the library, you need to be registered in the library’s computer system and have a library barcode. Ripon students, faculty, administrators and staff are registered automatically, and may pick up a library barcode at the Circulation Desk. Community members can obtain a library card by joining Friends of Lane Library.


Books DVDs and Videos
Due on the last day of classes for the current semester. 7 days
Faculty and Staff
Due on the last day of spring semester classes. 7 days
Friends of Lane Library
45 days 7 days
Community Members
In-library use only.


Items are stamped with a due date at checkout. Please be courteous and either renew or return an item by the due date. If the item is not returned within 21 days, you will incur a fine of $5.25 and an extra $0.25 for every day thereafter.  Items more than 120 days overdue will be replaced at rate of replacement cost of item + $30.00 fines accrued, charged directly to your student account.  In the case of graduating seniors, your student account will be billed the cost of replacement for all items still overdue on the last day of finals.  Overdue charges affect student standing with the Registrar’s Office.

Overdue reserve items will charge a fine of $1.00 per day for every day it is overdue.

Faculty and staff are not charged overdue fines, however they will be charged cost of replacement if an item is 120 days overdue and may not be able to borrow or interlibrary loan until this cost is paid.

Any items checked out in your name become your sole responsibility. If you make the choice to loan them to others, those items are still your responsibility. You will be billed for any fees, fines, and/or replacement cost per item, should they not be returned. We do not, under any circumstances, transfer charges from one patron to another.


Students: all books must be returned before leaving campus for break unless there is an on-going project that they are needed for.  Please speak with Kate Moody ( if you need to keep an item over break.  Students may renew DVDs once.  Reserves are not eligible for renewal.

Professors: all books may be renewed once.  After this, the item must be physically checked back in before being lent again.  DVDs may be renewed three times.

There are no renewals on items with a hold on them.

To renew an item:

  • Online: Log on to your student account in the catalog and go to the tab “My summary”.  Check the box labeled “Renew” by each item you would like to renew and hit “Renew selected”.  You can also choose to “Renew all”.
  • In person at the circulation desk
  • By phone to the circulation desk: (920) 748-8175 (or x175 on campus)
  • By e-mail to


If you would like an item to be set aside for you, you can place a hold on it through the catalog or ask at the front desk.  It will be pulled from the shelves and brought to the circulation desk for pickup, usually within a day.  If it is checked out at the time, it will be set aside for you when it comes in.  You will be notified by email when it is ready.  If you need it quickly, contact Kate Moody ( and request that an item be recalled.  It is possible to recall an item from another patron after they have had it for two weeks.

One week after notification of a recall, a recall fine of $5.00 per day per item begins to accrue. No patron is exempt from recall fines.  Items recalled to be put on the reserve shelf must be brought in within a day of being notified.  Recall fines of $5.00 per day will accrue after this period.


Books and articles put on reserve by the faculty for student use are available at the circulation desk. A student should know the course number and item title to facilitate requests. Most materials are available for two-hour, in-library use only; however, some materials are available for longer periods.  Heavy fines are charged for overdue reserve materials.


Interlibrary Loan

Interlibary loan is a free service that obtains materials not available via Lane Library for students, faculty, and staff. It includes scans/photocopies of articles and book chapters, and physical items (books, videos, dissertations, etc.) borrowed from other libraries. Please direct questions about interlibrary loan to or (920) 748-8750.

Place a Request

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Request an Article

Request an Article


Before requesting an item, please check to see whether Lane Library offers online or print access. ILL is only for items that are not owned by the library. You may not request items that are required reading for class (textbooks, etc.). Allow about one to two weeks for receipt.

Note: Obtaining DVDs, videos and CDs through interlibrary loan is often difficult. Because our mission is to supply materials to support college coursework we ask that students use alternate sources to obtain items not relevant to their courses of study.

All interlibrary loan requests are subject to United States copyright law.


Please use our renewal form below. All renewals are given at the discretion of the lending library. Please make renewal requests before the date due.

Overdue Materials

Any interlibrary loan item overdue in excess of five days will be fined $1 per day. Any item overdue by thirty days will be billed a $50 overdue fine, as well as any additional charges levied by the lending library. To avoid charges over the weekend, all items must be returned by Friday at 4:30. Fines will be charged directly to your student account.

Please remember that these items are provided by the lending libraries as a courtesy to Lane Library. Overdue items jeopardize our reputation as a borrower, and lending libraries may stop honoring our requests. Your individual borrowing privileges could also be suspended.

Service During College Breaks

Winter: Ripon College is closed for one month. The library cannot guarantee a two-month due date for interlibrary loan items and, therefore, is unable to provide service to students over the break.

Summer: Lane Library provides interlibrary loan service to those students working and researching on campus in the summer months.

For more information, download our Interlibrary Loan FAQ sheet.

ILL Renewal Form

Request an ILL Renewal


Research Assistance

Librarians are available from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday to assist you with research. No question is too simple or complex. Feel free to drop by any librarian’s office, or schedule an appointment via email or telephone.

Librarians can help you:

  • Locate an item in our collection
  • Expand your bibliography
  • Narrow or expand your research topic
  • Use basic and advanced features of databases
  • Evaluate the sources you find
  • Find statistics
  • Locate background information
  • Find primary sources
  • Troubleshoot issues with computers in the library
  • Document your sources in any citation style
  • Locate materials in other libraries
  • And more.  Just ask!

Reference Librarians

Kate Moody

Kate Moody

Lane Library (920) 748-8750

Librarian for Art History, Biology, Chemistry, Philosophy, Physics, Sociology, Spanish, Studio Art, and Women’s & Gender Studies.

Andrew Prellwitz

Andrew Prellwitz Lane Library 317 (920) 748-8752

Librarian for Anthropology, Communication, Economics, English, Exercise Science, German, History, Leadership Studies, and Museum Studies.

Amy Rachuba

Amy RachubaLane Library 314 (920) 748-8747

Librarian for Classic Studies, Education, Environmental Studies, French, Global Studies, Journalism, Latin American & Caribbean Studies, and Theatre.

Carl Ziebell

Carl Ziebell

Lane Library 311 (920) 748-8746

Librarian for Business Management, Computer Science, Mathematics, Military Science, Music, Politics and Government, Psychology and Religion.



Room Reservations

North Reading Room

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Capacity: 60

South Reading Room

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Capacity: 30

Conference Room (Room 409)

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Capacity: 6

Waitkus Lab

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  • 20 workstations
  • Meeting area for 15
  • Instructor’s station with projector and Elmo


Check the calendar to see when rooms are available, and contact to make a reservation. Library-Calendar-Legend


Library services for Faculty


Library Liaisons

What can your library liaison do for you?

  • Serve as a primary contact between the library and your department to answer questions, resolve problems, interpret library policy, and provide information about library resources.
  • Assist with acquisitions and collection development.
  • Provide one-on-one orientation to new and experienced faculty members.
  • Gather information about new areas of research, courses, and programs in your department.
  • Be aware of curriculum changes and their impact on the library’s collections and services.

Who is your Department's Liaison?

Anthropology Andrew Prellwitz x8752
Art Kate Moody x8750
Biology Kate Moody x8750
Business Management Carl Ziebell x8746
Chemistry Kate Moody x8750
Classical Studies Amy Rachuba x8747
Communication Andrew Prellwitz x8752
Computer Science Carl Ziebell x8746
Economics Andrew Prellwitz x8752
Education Amy Rachuba x8747
English Andrew Prellwitz x8752
Environmental Studies Amy Rachuba x8747
Exercise Science Andrew Prellwitz x8752
French Amy Rachuba x8747
German Andrew Prellwitz x8752
Global Studies Amy Rachuba x8747
History Andrew Prellwitz x8752
Journalism Amy Rachuba x8747
Latin American Studies Amy Rachuba x8747
Leadership Studies Andrew Prellwitz x8752
Mathematics Carl Ziebell x8746
Music Carl Ziebell x8746
National Security Carl Ziebell x8746
Philosophy Kate Moody x8750
Physics Kate Moody x8750
Politics and Government Carl Ziebell x8746
Pre-Engineering Carl Ziebell x8746
Pre-Law Carl Ziebell x8746
Psychology Carl Ziebell x8746
Religion Carl Ziebell x8746
ROTC Andrew Prellwitz x8752
Sociology Kate Moody x8750
Spanish Kate Moody x8750
Theater Amy Rachuba x8747

Faculty Research Consultations

When Should I Consult a Librarian?

Academic resources are constantly changing and it can be hard to stay on top of the latest information tools. Ripon College librarians offer faculty research consultations to help with professional research needs. We are happy to meet with you either in person or on the phone to explain the newest resources, update your research skills, or help design search strategies should you hit a research wall.

Some situations in which a research consultation is available include:

  • When you are unable to track down a specific item
  • When you would like to learn advanced search techniques for specific databases or online research
  • When your search strategy has yielded no useful results
  • When you have exhausted your normal resources and do not know where to look next

This service is intended to aid professors who hit a research roadblock; it is not a substitute for individual research, or research generally performed by assistants.

Contact your library liaison to set up a consultation.

Course Reserves

To place an item on Reserve:

For personal items, just bring them in with filled out Reserve Card (available at the circulation desk, or download a sheet here: ReserveCards).

Library items can be requested through the form below. The easiest way to include multiple items is to add them into your cart in the catalog and then paste the cart into this form. This two minute video tutorial will show you how, (must have closed captioning on)


If it’s the first time you’ve used the photocopied item for your class, please provide the library with the photocopy(s), write citation information on the front of each item, and sign the library’s reserve copyright agreement. If you have used the photocopy for your class before, you will need to secure permissions in order to comply with the spontaneity test governing fair use (see below).

No more than three photocopies of one item may be put on reserve.

Anthologies or course packs assembled by the instructor may not be placed on reserve without permission of the copyright holders.

As an alternative to photocopying, you may link to articles available in one of our databases; most of our licenses include the right to use persistent links to articles.

Lane Library will not place the following types of materials on reserve:

  • Interlibrary loan items
  • Current periodicals
  • Microfilm
  • Special Collections
  • Consumable works such as workbooks
  • Non-circulating items
  • Photocopies that do not meet copyright guidelines

Loan Period for Reserve Items

The default loan period for course reserves is two hours, with use in library only. Alternatively, you can select one of the following loan periods: three hours, one day, or three days. There is a checkout limit of two reserve items at a time; this may be overridden by staff.


Lane Library’s course reserve policies adhere to copyright law as outlined in Title 17 of the US Code. Section 107, the Fair Use Doctrine, provides for the use of reproductions for teaching or research, with the following considerations:

  • Purpose: Is the use non-profit or commercial?
  • Nature: To what extent is the work creative and/or analytical, as opposed to strictly factual?
  • Amount: What portion of the work is being used?
  • Effect: Will the use negatively impact the potential market for the work?

In addition to these considerations, photocopies for classroom use must meet the brevity, spontaneity, and cumulative effect tests:

  • The brevity test allows copying of a complete article, story, or essay of fewer than 2,500 words, or an excerpt of no more than 1,000 words or 10 percent of the work, whichever is less, from a longer prose work. A minimum of 500 words is allowed in all circumstances.
  • The spontaneity test requires that the decision to use the work and the moment of its use are so close in time that it would be unreasonable to expect a timely reply to a request for permission.
  • To meet the cumulative effect test the material copied must be for only one course in the school; no more than one short article, essay, or two excerpts may be copied from the same collective work or periodical volume during one class term.

All reproductions must bear a copyright notice, which the library will provide.

Obtaining Permissions

Instructors are responsible for securing permission to use photocopies if the use does not fall under fair use. Any fees associated with permission are also the responsibility of the instructor.

The Copyright Clearance Center can provide permissions for many publications:

Copyright Clearance Center, Inc. 222 Rosewood Drive Danvers, MA 01923 Tel: (508) 750-8400 Fax: (508) 750-4744

Please contact Kate Moody, Access Services Librarian, with questions about course reserves:, (920) 748-8750.

Library Instruction


Each library instruction session is designed to help students

  • successfully complete the research for the assignments you have given; and
  • improve their information literacy skills to become productive, socially responsible citizens.

Planning a session:

Strategic timing

  • Is the session occurring at the point of need?
  • Will your students have enough time to finish the assignment if they need to use interlibrary loan?


  • What are your goals for the session?
  • What are the vital research skills/strategies/concepts students should acquire?
  • Which resources, scholarship, and/or methodology should be emphasized?
  • Do the assignment and the library resources complement each other?


If you’re interested in bringing your class to the library, check our up-to-date calendar for room availability. After you’ve found a time that works for you, email Andrew Prellwitz to set up the session.

What Can We Cover?

  1. Will your students need to select and narrow a topic?
    (10-30 minutes)
    • Brainstorming a topic based on assignment criteria
    • Identifying keywords, synonyms, and controlled vocabulary on their topic
    • Browsing relevant resources for background information
    • Articulating a research question or thesis statement
  2. Will students be using library catalogs (local and/or beyond) to do searches on their topic?
    (10-30 minutes)
    • Searching for books/media by words/phrase vs. subject
    • Finding relevant subject links
    • Interpreting results lists, marking and saving relevant items
    • Using advanced search functions to manipulate publication format, date, language, etc.
    • Using call numbers to locate items on library shelves
    • Requesting material from other libraries via ILL
    • Recognizing e-resources (e-books, web resources) within catalogs
  3. Will students be required to distinguish between primary vs. secondary materials?
    (10-30 minutes)
    • Defining primary and secondary sources
    • Developing strategies to locate primary materials
    • Discussing the contributions of primary and secondary literature to disciplinary knowledge building
  4. Will students need to identify and search relevant research databases effectively?
    (15-60 minutes)
    • Determining the nature and scope of literature indexed
    • Searching with natural language keywords and phrases
    • Using the database thesaurus or controlled vocabulary to search
    • Evaluating results lists for relevance
    • Checking for full-text availability and making ILL requests
    • Revising search strategies for related or more focused results
    • Marking, emailing, exporting, saving, and printing results
  5. Will students need to understand the difference between scholarly and popular publications?
    (10-20 minutes)
    • Discussing scholarly vs. popular publishing procedures
    • Determining the scope, purpose, and target audiences
  6. Will students need to identify and evaluate scholarly and/or popular Internet resources?
    (15-30 minutes)
    • Recognizing and distinguishing between fee-based and free websites
    • Using advanced Google search
    • Analyzing Internet site organization and search capabilities
    • Determining the scope, audience, and currency of information
    • Determining the authority, accuracy, and objectivity of sources
    • Analyzing the relevance of information for an information need
  7. Will students need to learn how to track down scholarship featured in bibliographies and references?
    (10-20 minutes)
    • Recognizing which elements of a citation to use for tracking purposes
    • Choosing an appropriate venue to locate cited materials (catalogs, databases, Google, etc.)
  8. Will students need to learn about documentation and plagiarism?
    (10-20 minutes)
    • Recognizing elements of a citation
    • Distinguishing book, article, and media citations in various styles
    • Understanding why citations differ from style to style
  9. Will students be required to use bibliographic manager software to manage information?
    (15-60 minutes)
    • Becoming familiar with the capabilities of Zotero
    • Learning to import citations from databases, catalogs, and websites
    • Creating records for resources not included in licensed databases and library catalogs
    • Editing records and creating annotations
    • Formatting bibliographies
  10. Will students need to know the physical layout of Lane Library?
    (10-30 minutes)
    • Becoming comfortable with finding physical reference materials, periodicals, DVDs, etc.
    • Developing a sense of how materials are shelved
    • Learning about service points (circulation, reserves, research help

Instruction Session Options

Multiple sessions in the library or classroom

Multiple sessions allow students to incrementally build their information literacy skills.

One-time instruction in the library

A one-time session in the library at the beginning of the research process can give your students a good foundation for completing a well-researched project.

Instruction in the classroom

These sessions can last from fifteen minutes up to the entire class period depending on the topics addressed.

One-on-one assistance with specific projects

Students can be required to meet with a librarian as part of a research project.

Student-initiated meetings with librarian

Librarians are available to work with students from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Students may drop by our offices or email to set up an appointment. Feel free to include our contact information in your syllabi.