The librarians at the National Humanities Center facilitate the timely arrival of all books, articles, audiovisual materials, and archival scans Fellows need for their research. Even the most arcane requests are typically met. Since the Center welcomed its first cohort of Fellows in 1978, the librarians have succeeded in fulfilling over 99 percent of Fellows’ requests for research materials.
Most materials requested by Fellows are borrowed from the local university libraries or through interlibrary loan. The library also maintains a basic reference collection.
Making a Request
Fellows may order books, journal articles, journal issues, audiovisual materials, and archival scans through the Library Request System.
It is only necessary to submit a title and author for book requests, unless the request is for a particular edition, in which case publisher and year should be provided. Requests for journal articles should include the following information: journal title, author(s), article title, volume number, issue number, and page numbers along with any other relevant citation details.
There is no limit to the number of items Fellows may request during the course of the fellowship year.
The majority of book and journal article requests are managed by the assistant librarian, Sarah Harris, who works with the libraries at Duke University, North Carolina State University, and the University of North Carolina to fulfill these orders. Materials are generally delivered by the following day. Fellows can keep local circulation books for the entire fellowship year.
Interlibrary Loan Materials
Requests for resources that are not available at one of the local libraries are passed on to the library director, Brooke Andrade, who oversees interlibrary loans. Materials ordered through interlibrary loan normally arrive within a week, though requests met by libraries outside the U.S. can take a little longer.
Local Borrowing Due Dates and Renewals
- Local materials are due at the end of the fellowship year unless they are short-term loans or are recalled by the lending library.
- If you receive an item with a short-term loan band, do not worry about the due date as the item will be renewed automatically. You will receive a notice a week before the item is due.
- If an item is recalled, you will receive a notice with a firm due date.
- You may notify Sarah Harris if you would like a replacement copy of a short-term loan or recalled item.
Interlibrary Loan Borrowing Due Dates and Renewals
- Interlibrary loans have varying due dates depending on the lending library.
- You can ignore all due dates on interlibrary loan bands as items will be renewed automatically. You will receive a notice a week before the item is due.
- When you are asked to return interlibrary loan materials, you may notify Brooke Andrade to ask for a replacement copy. You may keep the copy of the item you currently have until the new copy arrives.
Interlibrary Loan Charges
- Normally, there is no charge for interlibrary loan orders.
- In rare cases, the fee for borrowing an item exceeds $50.00. If this happens, you will be asked to pay the difference. The transaction will be completed only if you confirm your willingness to accept the charge.
The library provides full reference support. You may e-mail questions and are welcome to stop by the office of either Sarah Harris or Brooke Andrade for research assistance.
IT and Library Luncheon Tutorials
The library, in collaboration with the Center’s information technology coordinator, Joel Elliott, sponsors regular luncheon tutorials devoted to new research tools and other topics related to information technology.