Welcome To Cardinal Meyer Library

Cardinal Meyer Library

Cardinal Meyer Library. Apply to Marian University and receive world class student resources.

To access your library account to check fines or renew materials, login to your My Library Account.  To make an appointment with a Librarian please use Make an Appointment with a Librarian.  Research databases can be accessed via Research Databases  page. Tutorials on how to use the library and its resources are available via Marian Online 2. Your username is the first part of your Marian University email address — i.e. everything before “@marianuniversity.edu.” Your password is your Marian University email password.  To check for full-text access to a specific journal, check out Journals A to Z.  To see what materials are on reserve for a specific course, click on Course Reserves.

Search Library

Sarah Thibodeau:

Spring Hours

Monday – Thursday 8:00 am – 8:00 pm
Friday 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
Saturday – Sunday Closed

*Jan 19: Open 8am-Noon, Closed Noon-4:30pm

Reference Hours

Monday – Thursday 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
Or by appointment

About Cardinal Meyer Library

Cardinal Meyer Library opened in 1966 when Marian College, now Marian University, moved to its current campus. The building is named in honor of Albert Gregory Cardinal Meyer, the brother of former Registrar Sr. Mary Therese Meyer, CSA.

A Milwaukee native, Meyer was appointed Archbishop of Chicago in 1958. Named a cardinal the following year, Meyer served the largest Roman Catholic archdiocese in the U.S. until his death in 1965. Priest, teacher and spiritual leader, Cardinal Meyer is known as one of the foremost leaders of Vatican Council II.

Library Mission

Cardinal Meyer Library is the intellectual center of the Marian University Academic Community. It is integral to the University’s commitment to the education of the whole person, striving to nurture intellectual, spiritual, aesthetic, psychological, social, and physical dimensions.

Conscious of the expanding world of information, the library serves as an information center providing services and resources that support, supplement and enrich the curriculum of each discipline. Sensitive to personal needs, the library staff serves all members of the University community.

Off-Campus Access

Current Marian University students, faculty and staff may access Cardinal Meyer Library databases and e-books from off campus via your MyLibrary account. When you click on the name of a database or the link to an e-book, you will be prompted to log in using your full Marian email address and password. First you must select the “Marian University Email” button (you may check the box so your browser remembers your selection in the future allowing you to skip directly to the login screen). See the image to left.

*Note: The “Guest Login” button is for alumni and community borrowers to log into their accounts to view/renew items they have checked out, it will not enable remote access since they are not current Marian students, staff or faculty.

After you’ve clicked the Marian University email button, log in using your full Marian email address and Marian password.

*Remember to enter your entire email address including the domain, or the  @marianuniversity.edu portion, and not just your username.
*Alumni, community borrowers and visitors do not have off-campus access to the library’s resources.

If you are unable to log in, contact the library circulation desk at 920-923-7641 or the reference desk at 920-923-8096.
For help related to using specific library resources such as databases, ebooks, and journals, call the reference desk.
920-923-8096    |    refdesk@marianuniversity.edu.

Reference and Research Services

The mission of Reference Services is to ensure the effective use of library resources. This is accomplished in a variety of ways including personal assistance at the library Reference Desk, assistance via email, classroom instruction on the main campus and at outreach sites, and through the provision of guides and tutorials.

Normal reference desk hours during the academic year are Mon-Friday: 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m, and by appointment (in person or via Zoom Video Chat. Hours during summer, holidays, and break periods will vary, so be sure to check the library website or My Marian for hours during those periods. For assistance after hours, use one of the other contact methods listed below.

If you need information and are not sure where to begin, contact the Reference Desk.

  • If you are in the library, ask at the Reference Desk.
  • From off campus, call 920.923.8096, email the reference desk at refdesk@marianuniversity.edu, or schedule a Zoom Video Chat with a librarian.

The following databases and tutorials are available:

Subject specific tutorials are available via Marian Online 2. Your username is the first part of your Marian University email address — i.e. everything before “@marianuniversity.edu.” Your password is your Marian University email password.

Course-specific instruction on the use of library resources is available on the main campus and online via video conferencing. Sessions should be scheduled at least one week in advance.

Tours are available throughout the year. To schedule a tour contact the Reference Desk.

The Association of College and Research Libraries defines Information Literacy as a “set of abilities requiring individuals to recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information.” Information Literacy includes the ability to retrieve information as well as think critically about and evaluate information.

For further information on Information Literacy in Higher Education, follow the links below:

Interlibrary Loan

Current Marian students, faculty, and staff may obtain materials that are not in the Cardinal Meyer Library collection via interlibrary loan.

Materials may be requested in the following ways:

  • Submit a Book Request Form or Article Request Form.
  • Fill out an Interlibrary Loan form for an article or other item using the link provided in the library’s databases.

Online students and faculty

Online students and faculty may submit a Book Request Form or an Article Request Form for materials owned by the Cardinal Meyer Library. Materials will be sent via U.S. Mail to the patron or delivered to the outreach site. Patrons are responsible for returning books insured via U.S. Mail or UPS.

For more information, see the Interlibrary Loan policy in the policy section below.

Library Instruction and Information for Faculty

Library Instruction and Library Research Assignment Tips for Faculty

The library staff provides library instruction sessions, research workshops, orientations and classroom visits both on campus and at outreach sites upon faculty request. If you would like to schedule a session, please have the following information available:

  • What? What is the project or assignment that your students will be working on? What type(s) of sources will your students need to use? What is the research topic? What other requirements does your project or assignment have?
  • Where? Is your class on campus or at another location (CHP, hospital/medical center, etc.)?
  • When? What date and time would you like to schedule the session? Try to schedule your session early enough in advance to ensure the availability of staff and space.

Library Research Assignment Tips:

  • Students often have very different levels of experience with research and resources at Cardinal Meyer Library. Don’t assume they are all proficient. Don’t hesitate to schedule a library instructional session. Encourage students to contact the library for assistance.
  • Even if you don’t schedule a library instructional session, the library would appreciate you sending a copy of the research project or assignment so we’re aware of it and can be more prepared to help your students when they come to us for help.
  • Encourage your students to use the library’s resources by requiring scholarly sources such as books and peer-reviewed journals.

Library Resources Considerations:

  • Before you give your students an assignment, always verify that the library has a subscription or access to the particular resource(s) you want them to use. This is especially important if you are new or teach at more than one institution. The resources that our library subscribes to and has access to change over time. If the library doesn’t have a particular resource, ask us to recommend a similar resource that you can substitute for your assignment.
  • If you want your students to use specific databases, make sure you use the specific database name and not just the name of the vendor. For example, “EBSCOhost” is not a specific database, it is a vendor that produces many different subject specific databases such as “Business Source Complete”, “Education Research Complete”, and “CINAHL”, etc., all of which have different journals and other publications in specific subject areas.
  • If you want your students to use a specific journal, article, book, etc., make sure to include the correct title and full citation for the resource.

Using Library Resources in MO2 courses:

  • If you want to link to an eBook, journal article, video or other resource in your MO2 course, make sure you copy and paste the Permalink for the resource into your course, and not the URL that displays in the address bar in your browser while you’re viewing the resource. The permalink allows others to access the resource through authentication while the URL in your address bar won’t work later on since it’s a session specific URL. Using the wrong link will lead to an error and students won’t be able to access the resource. Most of the databases have a permalink function. *If you need help finding or using the Permalink for your resource, contact the library.
  • If you are assigning an eBook for your class, make sure the eBook has unlimited access (can be used by multiple users simultaneously) and not single use access (will be unavailable to others while a single user is reading it). This information is displayed on the record page of eBooks. Contact the library if you’re unsure what type of access the library has for a particular eBook.

For questions regarding library instruction or library research assignments, contact the reference desk:
920-923-8096    |    refdesk@marianuniversity.edu

Frequently Asked Questions

Your Marian University Photo ID card is your library card. If you do not have a Marian University ID, call the Student Affairs Office at 920.923.7666.

To locate journals by title or subject, go to the library Web page and search Journals A to Z.

How can I obtain books and journal articles that are not part of the Cardinal Meyer Library print and electronic collections?

Materials not owned* by the Cardinal Meyer Library may be requested via interlibrary loan.

  • Fill out a book or article request form available at the Circulation Desk.
  • Submit a Book or Article request form available on the Web page.
  • Submit a request via SabreSearch via the “Request through Interlibrary Loan” link.
  • Submit interlibrary loan forms found within databases such as EBSCOhost.

*Outreach students and faculty — i.e. persons enrolled in or teaching only online classes or off-campus sites — may submit a Book or Article request form for materials owned by the Cardinal Meyer Library. Materials will be sent via U.S. Mail to the patron or delivered to the outreach site. Patrons are responsible for returning books insured via U.S. Mail or UPS. For more information, see the Interlibrary Loan Web page.

I am a faculty member and would like my students to receive instruction on the use of library resources. Is this service available?

Instructors are encouraged to schedule group sessions for specific courses, both on the Fond du Lac campus and at outreach sites. Requests should be submitted at least one week in advance.

To access the library’s databases, e-books and online periodicals from off campus, you will need a Marian University email address and password. For more information, see the Off-Campus Access page.

If I can’t find the information I need, where can I get help?

Help is available in person and online.

Self-help is also available.

  • Consult the Reference and Research Services page where you will find links to Research Databases & Tutorials and SabreSearch help.
  • Subject specific tutorials are available via Marian Online 2. Your username is the first part of your Marian University email address — i.e. everything before “@marianuniversity.edu.” Your password is your Marian University email password.

Library Hours are posted on the library Web page and on the MyMarian Portal. Because exam week, holiday and summer hours vary, it is important to consult the library Web page or MyMarian.  Closings due to inclement weather are published on the MyMarian portal.

Requests may be submitted to the library director via email or Box “R.”

I am a faculty member and would like to place course related materials on reserve. How is this accomplished?

Reserve material request slips, available at the Circulation Desk, should be submitted to the Circulation Department three working days prior to use.  Print and electronic materials (through our databases) may be put on Reserve. Copyright regulations will be followed.

Library Policies

The Archives of Marian University serve to preserve the memory of the institution through the appraisal, selection, storage, and description of historical records related to the origin and evolution of Marian University. Housed in Cardinal Meyer Library, the Archives supply access to documents for reference and research purposes. Such documents are vital to sustaining the identity of the university and promoting knowledge and understanding of the development of the activities, academics, and traditions of the university. The Archives enrich and nourish the learning experience of the entire university community, and aim to increase awareness of the rich heritage of Marian University.

The University Seal

The seal of the University contains the motto “Sicut Lillium Inter Spinas” (from the Latin “As a Lily Among Thorns”). A circle of thorns surrounds the center portions of the seal, which features a torch (the symbol of wisdom), emerging from the lily (a symbol of Mary, purity, and new life). Sister Vera Naber, first Academic Dean and third president of the University designed the seal in 1937 for the purpose of authenticating transcripts. A replica of the seal in ceramic tile mosaic, the work of Sisters Pascal Lowes and Agnessa Ruder, is on the floor of the lobby of the Administration Building.

Constituencies served by the Archives

  • Alumni
  • Faculty & Staff
  • Students
  • Board of Trustees
  • Schools of Marian University
  • Administrative Offices
  • The Congregation of the Sisters of Saint Agnes
To maintain an atmosphere conducive to study and learning, cell phone use is not permitted in the library. Cell phones should be turned off or put on vibrate. Calls should be answered outside of the library.

To borrow library materials, current Marian University students, faculty, staff and administrators must present a valid Marian University ID.

Patrons are responsible for materials checked out on their card and should report lost cards at the Circulation Desk. Should you lend your card to others, you will be responsible for materials they check out on your card.

Materials that may be checked out include:

  • Books – 28 days*
  • Reference materials – 7 days*
  • AV materials – 14 days*
  • Reserve materials determined by instructor**

* Faculty, staff, and administrators may keep books for 15 weeks (ca. 1 semester) unless they are recalled. They may keep AV materials for 28 days with one renewal.

** Reserve materials are normally placed on a two-hour reserve period unless otherwise specified by the instructor. Other reserve periods are one, three, and seven days.

Materials that must be used in the library include:

  • Periodicals* (Photocopier is available. Cost is 10 cents per page.)
  • Reserve materials (determined by instructor)

*Faculty, staff and administrators may check out periodicals from the library for a one-week period. Since periodicals represent the most current source of information in a topic or discipline, periodicals may not be renewed.

Renewal of books

  • Circulating books may be renewed up to two times unless another patron has placed a “Hold” or the book has been recalled.*
  • Books may be renewed at the Circulation Desk, online in SabreSearch (click on “My Library Record”), or by calling the circulation department (920) 923-7641.  A Marian University email and password are required for renewals.
  • AV materials may not be renewed.

* Faculty, staff and administrators may keep materials provided that they renew the materials when they come due and that they adhere to the hold and recall policies of the library.

Return of materials

  • All library materials should be returned to the book drop at the Circulation Desk on or before their due date.
  • Reserve materials should be returned to a library staff member for immediate check-in to avoid accrual of fines.

Hold/Recall Notices

A library patron may request that the circulation department place a hold on materials currently checked out by another patron.

  • Library staff will send a recall notice to the person who has checked out the material once that person has had possession of the book for 14 days.
  • The recall notice will ask that the material be returned within one week after receiving the notice.
    • Students who fail to return a recalled item will incur fines at the same rate as that for other overdue items.
    • Failure to return recalled items may result in revocation of borrowing privileges.
  • Upon return of the book, library staff will notify the patron requesting the book. The book will be held for one week.

Overdue materials

The library’s online system automatically generates overdue notices for materials not returned on time.

  • A courtesy notice is sent to the patron 4 days before the due date.
  • An overdue notice is sent to the patron the day after the due date.
  • If the material is not returned within 30 days, the library’s online system considers the material lost.
  • A second notice listing the fine, replacement cost, and processing cost is sent.
  • Borrowing privileges are revoked until the materials are returned and/or fines are paid.  Note:  If materials are returned, the patron will owe only the fine.


  • Fines are 25 cents per item per day. The maximum fine is $6.00 per book.
  • There is a three-day grace period.
  • Patrons do not incur fines on days when the library is closed.
  • The library’s circulation department collects fines and fees. Cash, or checks made out to Cardinal Meyer Library, will be accepted.

Fines on reserve materials

Materials are placed on reserve because they are in demand— i.e. needed by many students to fulfill course requirements. Fines on reserve materials reflect the demand.

  • 1 cent per minute with a maximum fine of $16 per item for hourly checkouts
  • $2 per day for one-, three- or seven-day checkouts with a maximum of $16 per item

Note:  There is no grace period on reserve materials.  Reserve materials not returned within 14 days are considered lost and the patron will be invoiced for the fine, replacement cost, and processing fee.

Fines on InterLibrary Loans

Fines/Fees will be charged for overdue books or for replacing lost books. The lending library may assess additional fines/fees which are the responsibility of the patron.

Other Circulation services

Fax service

  • Library Staff will fax materials for students at a cost of $1 per page. No self-service faxing is available for students.
  • Students may receive materials faxed to the following number at no charge: 920-923-7154
  • Faculty and staff may fax their own materials using their department code
  • Faxes not picked up in the library are placed in the appropriate mailbox

Contact Information:
Phone: 920-923-7641
Fax: 920-923-7154
Email: circdesk@marianuniversity.edu

Cardinal Meyer Library provides computers for the use of Marian University students and personnel to access online resources that support the library’s educational mission to serve “as an information center to support, supplement, and enrich the curriculum of each discipline.” Patrons are required to follow the guidelines set forth in the Information Technology Acceptable Use Policy.

Registered Guests of the Library may use the computers when the use does not interfere with use by Marian University students and personnel.


  • To inform the faculty and staff of the requirements of public law 94-553, which is a revision of the copyright law, Title 17 of the United States Code, Oct. 19, 1976.
  • To encourage faculty and staff to be aware of the delicate balance between the copyright owner’s exclusive rights, 17 U.S.C. Sc. 106, and their responsibility to create and disseminate intellectual works under the doctrine of “Fair Use,” 17 U.S.C. Sec. 107.
  • To assist faculty and staff to exercise good judgment in serving the best interest of students when reproducing copyrighted materials.

I. “Fair Use”

  • Marian University recognizes, respects, and upholds the exclusive rights of copyright owners as defined in Title 17 U.S.C. Sec. 106.
  • The university also recognizes the provisions of Title 17 U.S.C. Sec. 197 defining the limitations placed on these exclusive rights for purposes related to teaching, scholarship and research. These limitations constitute the doctrine of “Fair Use.”
  • Factors in 17 U.S.C. Sec. 107 to be considered when determining “Fair Use” include:
    • Purpose and character of the use, including whether such is of a commercial nature or is for nonprofit educational purposes.
    • The nature of the copyright work.
    • The amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole.
    • The effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work.

II. Guidelines

The following guidelines discuss parameters for “Fair Use” of copyrighted materials for use in research, classroom, and library reserve room (an extension of the classroom).

“Fair Use” cannot always be expressed in numbers; therefore, the four factors previously listed in Fair Use should be used to judge whether the copying is within the spirit of the “Fair Use” doctrine.

Research uses:

Instructors may make a single copy of any of the following for scholarly research or use in teaching or preparing to teach a class:

  • A chapter from a book.
  • An article from a periodical or newspaper.
  • A short story, short essay, or short poem, whether or not from a collective work.
  • A chart, diagram, graph, drawing, cartoon, or picture from a book, periodical or newspaper.

These examples reflect the most conservative guidelines for “Fair Use.” When exceeding minimum levels, however, the four factors previously listed should be considered to make certain that any additional photocopying is justified. The following situations demonstrate where increased levels of photocopying would continue to remain within the ambit of “Fair Use”:

  • The inability to obtain another copy of the work because it is not available from another library or source or cannot be obtained within time constraints.
  • The intention to photocopy the material and not distribute the material to others.
  • The ability to keep the amount of material photocopied within a reasonable proportion of the entire work (the larger the work, the greater the amount of material which may be photocopied).

Most single-copy photocopying for personal use in research, even when it involves a substantial portion of the work, may well constitute “Fair Use.”

Classroom uses:

Primary and secondary school educators have, with publishers, developed the following guidelines that allow a teacher to distribute photocopied material to students in a class without the publisher’s prior permission, under the following conditions:

  • The distribution of the same photocopied material does not occur every semester.
  • Only one copy is distributed for each student which copy must become the student’s property.
  • The material includes a copyright notice on the first page of the portion of material copyrighted.
  • The students are not assessed any fee beyond the actual cost of the photocopying.

In addition, the educators agreed that the amount of material distributed should not exceed certain brevity standards. Under those guidelines, a prose work may be reproduced in its entirety if it is less than 2,500 words in length. If the work exceeds such length, the excerpt reproduced may not exceed 1,000 words, or 10 percent of the work, whichever is less. In the case of poetry, 250 words is the maximum permitted. These minimum standards normally would not be realistic in the university setting. Faculty members needing to exceed these limits for college education should not feel hampered by these guidelines, although they should attempt a “selective and sparing” use of photocopied, copyrighted material. The photocopying practices of an instructor should not have a significant detrimental impact on the market for the copyrighted work. 17 U.S.C. 107(4).

To guard against this effect, one should restrict use of an item of photocopied material to one course and should not repeatedly photocopy excerpts from one periodical without the permission of the copyright owner.

Library reserve uses:

At the request of a faculty member, the library may photocopy and place on reserve excerpts from copyrighted works in its collection in accordance with guidelines similar to those governing formal classroom distribution for teaching discussed above. In general, the library may photocopy materials for reserve room use for the convenience of students both in preparing class assignments and in pursuing informal educational activities which higher education requires, such as advanced independent study and research.

If the request calls for only one copy to be placed on reserve, the library may photocopy an entire article, or an entire chapter from a book, or an entire poem. Requests for multiple copies on reserve should meet the following guidelines:

  • The amount of material should be reasonable in relation to the total amount of material assigned for one term of a course taking into account the nature of the course, its subject matter and level. 17 U.S.C. 107(1) and (3).
  • The number of copies should be reasonable in light of the number of students enrolled, the difficulty and timing of assignments, and the number of other courses which may assign the same material. 17 U.S.C. 107(1) and (3).
  • The material should contain a notice of copyright; see 17 U.S.C. 401.
  • The effect of photocopying the material should not be detrimental to the market for the work. (In general, the library should own at least one copy of the work.) 17 U.S.C. 107(4).

In addition, a faculty member may also request that multiple copies of photocopied, copyrighted material be placed on the reserve shelf if there is insufficient time to obtain permission from the copyright owner.

Uses of photocopied material requiring permission:

  • Repetitive copying: the classroom or reserve use of photocopied materials in multiple course or successive years will normally require advance permission from the owner of the copyright. 17 U.S.C. 107(3).
  • Copying for profit: Faculty should not charge students more than the actual cost of photocopying the material. 17 U.S.C. 107(4).
  • Consumable works: The duplication of works that are consumed in the classroom, such as standardized tests, exercises, and workbooks, normally requires permission from the copyright owner. 17 U.S.C. 107(4).
  • Creation of anthologies as basic text material for a course: Creation of a collective work or anthology by photocopying a number of copyrighted articles and excerpts to be purchased and used together as the basic text for a course will in most instances require the permission of the copyright owners. Such photocopying is more likely to be considered as a substitute for purchase of a book and thus less likely to be deemed “Fair Use.” 17 U.S.C. 107(4).

How to obtain permission:

When a use of photocopied material requires permission, one should communicate complete and accurate information to thecopyright owner. The American Association of Publishers suggests that the following information be included in permission request letters in order to expedite the process:

  • Title, author, and/or editor, and edition of materials to be duplicated.
  • Exact material to be used, giving amount, page numbers, chapters, and, if possible, a photocopy of the material.
  • Number of copies to be made.
  • Use to be made of duplicated materials.
  • Form of distribution (classroom, newsletter, etc.).
  • Whether or not the material is to be sold.
  • Type of reprint.

The request should be sent, together with a self-addressed return envelope, to the permissions department of the publisher in question. Publisher addresses may be found in the library.

Public domain

Works in the public domain may be copied without restriction. They include:

  • Works published before Jan. 1, 1978, that do not bear copyright notice (©), the word “copyrighted,” or the abbreviation “copr” plus the year of publication and name of the copyright owner. 17 U.S.C. Sec. 401.
  • All works produced before Jan. 1, 1978 and whose copyright date has expired (75 years). 17 U.S.C. Sec. 304(B). Copyright Office Circular R22 explains how to investigate copyright status of a work.
  • All U.S. Government publications with few exceptions. 17 U.S.C. Sec. 105.

This policy is one specifically drafted for Marian University:

  • This policy in essence embraces the reproduction of all copyrighted material, print as well as material related to new technology. The Guidelines for Off-Air Recording of Broadcast Programming for Educational Purposes are appended to this policy. They serve as policy for the reproduction of videotapes and are endorsed by the university.
  • The university does not condone copying material instead of purchasing copyrighted works where this copying constitutes an infringement of “Fair Use.”
  • The university requires faculty and staff to comply with these guidelines.
  • The university directs faculty and staff to request permission to copy where good judgment deems appropriate.

Many sections of this policy were taken directly from Title 17, United States Code. The guidelines discussing “Fair Use” were copied with permission and with minor changes from “Model Policy Concerning College and University Photocopying For Classroom, Research and Library Reserve Use” prepared by Mary Hutchings, American Library Association’s legal counsel in March 1982, College and Research Library News 42:127–31, April 1982.

Copies of Title 17 of the United States Code “Model Policy Concerning College and University Photocopying for Classroom, Research and Library Reserve Use,” Copyright Office Circular R21, Copyright Office Circular R22, and other materials related to copyright can be found in the library.

Reprinted by permission of the American Library Association.

Revised January 1994.

Guidelines for Off-Air Recording of Broadcast Programming for Educational Purposes[The following excerpts are reprinted from the House report on piracy and counterfeiting amendments (H.R. 97-495, pages 8–9).]

In March 1979, U.S. Rep. Robert Kastenmeier, Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Courts, Civil Liberties and Administration of Justice, appointed a Negotiation Committee consisting of representatives of educational organizations, copyright proprietors, and creative guilds and unions. The following guidelines reflect the Negotiating Committees consensus as to the application of fair use to the recording, retention, and use of television broadcast programs for educational purposes. They specify periods of retention and use of such off-air recordings in classrooms and similar places devoted to instruction and for homebound instruction. The purpose of establishing these guidelines is to provide standards for both owners and users of copyrighted television programs.

  1. The guidelines were developed to apply only to off-air recording by non-profit educational institutions.
  2. A broadcast program may be recorded off-air simultaneously with broadcast transmission (including simultaneous cable transmission) and retained by a non-profit educational institution for a period not to exceed the first 45 consecutive calendar days after date of recording. Upon conclusion of such retention period, all off-air recordings must be erased or destroyed immediately. Broadcast programs are television programs transmitted by television stations for reception by the general public without charge.
  3. Off-air recordings may be used once by individual teachers in the course of relevant teaching activities, and repeated once only when instructional reinforcement is necessary, in classrooms and similar places devoted to instruction within a single building, cluster, or campus, as well as in the homes of students receiving formalized home instruction, during the first 10 consecutive school days in the 45-calendar-day retention period. School days are school session days not counting weekends, holidays, vacations, examination periods, or other scheduled interruptions within the 45-calendar-day retention period.
  4. Off-air recordings may be made only at the request of, and used by, individual teachers, and may not be regularly recorded in anticipation of requests. No broadcast program may be recorded off-air more than once at the request of the same teacher, regardless of the number of times the program may be broadcast.
  5. A limited number of copies may be reproduced from each off-air recording to meet the legitimate needs of teachers under these guidelines. Each such additional copy shall be subject to all provisions governing the original recording.
  6. After the first 10 consecutive school days, off-air recording may be used up the end of the 45-calendar-day retention period only for teacher evaluation purposes, i.e., to determine whether or not to include the broadcast program in the teaching curriculum, and may not be used in the recording institution for student exhibition or any other non-evaluation purpose without authorization.
  7. Off-air recordings need not be used in their entirety, but the recorded programs may not be altered from their original content. Off-air recordings may not be physically or electronically combined or merged to constitute teaching anthologies or compilations.
  8. All copies of off-air recordings must include the © copyright notice on the broadcast program as recorded.
  9. Educational institutions are expected to establish appropriate control procedures to maintain the integrity of these guidelines.
The Food and Beverage Policy has been established to keep library materials, computer equipment and furnishings in good condition for you and future users.

  • Food is permitted in the library as long as library users are considerate of others and clean up any crumbs or spills.
  • Beverages in non spill containers are permitted.

The library reserves the right to suspend this policy for special library events.

Persons outside the Marian Community may acquire a Cardinal Meyer Library Guest Card. It must be shown “on request” of library staff.  A photo ID is required when applying for the card.  There is a $20 annual fee. The fee is waived for Marian University Alumni, St. Mary’s Springs Academy faculty and St. Mary’s Springs High School students, Trustees of the University, members of the clergy and Sisters of St. Agnes.  Cards are not issued to children younger than 14.

Application procedure:  Application forms are available at the Library Circulation Desk. The completed form must be submitted with the required fee to the Library Circulation Desk. Benefits are available only to the individual named on the card.

Library resources available to Guest Card holders include the following:

  • Checkout of circulating materials
  • Use of magazines, newspapers and other periodicals in the library (these items may not be checked out)
  • Use of library desktop computers when the use does not interfere with use by Marian University students and personnel
  • Use of library’s online resources (e-books, databases, etc.) while in the library
  • Reference assistance as time permits with priority given to students and faculty
  • Access to printing and photocopying ($0.10 fee per copy for guest users)

Library resources not available to Guest Card holders include the following:

  • Interlibrary loan services
  • Media equipment and laptops
  • Wi-fi access
  • Remote (off campus) access to library resources

Revocation of Guest Card: Guest Cards will be revoked if the guest does not observe the policies of the library. Fees are not refundable. Grounds for revocation include but are not limited to the following:

  • Overdue materials
  • Unpaid fines
  • Failure to comply with library policies
  • Damage to library materials, facilities, equipment or computers
  • Failure to comply with the guidelines set forth in the University’s Information Technology Acceptable Use Policy

The Interlibrary Loan service provides materials needed for academic research. The service is available to Marian University students, faculty, administration and staff who have a valid Marian University ID, and members of the Congregation of Sisters of St. Agnes who have a valid Cardinal Meyer Library Card.   Persons requested materials via interlibrary loan must be free of overdue materials and fines. Please allow enough time in your research process to receive interlibrary materials.   Materials can take up to a week to arrive.

Materials available through Interlibrary Loan:

  • Books not owned by Cardinal Meyer Library
  • Journal articles not held by Cardinal Meyer Library

Materials not available through Interlibrary Loan:

  • Books owned by Cardinal Meyer Library*
  • Journals owned by Cardinal Meyer Library*
  • Rare books
  • Entire volumes of journals
  • Most audiovisual materials
  • Textbooks, because they are needed for the entire semester, are normally not available via Interlibrary Loan

*Online students — i.e. students taking all of their classes online — may request books and journal articles owned by the Cardinal Meyer Library.

Obtaining dissertations:

Library staff will try to obtain copies of dissertations. Many libraries do not loan dissertations because the number of copies available is limited. Libraries that lend dissertations often charge. If a fee is required, the borrower may choose to pay the fee or cancel the request. The request will not be submitted until the borrower agrees to pay the fee.

Full text electronic copies of many dissertations are available free of charge to Marian University students and faculty via ProQuest Dissertations and Theses – Full Text.  When full text is not available online, patrons may order their own unbound copies of dissertations and theses via PQDT.  The order may be placed online using a credit card, or patrons may print the online order form and send it to ProQuest Information and Learning.

Requesting materials

  • Submit an article/book request 24/7 from any location via our database
  • From off campus, requests may be submitted electronically using the forms on the library Web page.

Please check the online catalog, SabreSearch, before requesting a book.  Patrons may place a hold on items that are currently checked out.  Contact the Circulation Desk if you wish to have an item recalled.

Not finding the full text of an article in a database? No problem! Use Journals A to Z to discover what database indexes the full text of a specific journal. Please check Journals A to Z before requesting articles that may be available in the library’s print or electronic collection.

Picking up materials

  • You will be notified when your materials arrive
  • Materials should be picked up at the Circulation Desk
  • Materials will be mailed to students attending classes online

Loan period

  • The loan period for a book, determined by the lending library, is generally two to four weeks.
  • The lending library is free to recall the book at any time. Recalled books must be returned immediately.

Returning materials

  • Books should be returned by the due date to a library staff member at the Circulation Desk. Do not place them in the book return.
  • Online students are responsible for returning books insured via U.S. mail or UPS.
  • Periodical articles received as PDFs should not be returned.


  • Fines/Fees will be charged for overdue books or for replacing lost books. The lending library may assess additional fines/fees which are the responsibility of the patron.
  • Failure to return books to a lending library on time jeopardizes our ability to continue borrowing from that institution.
  • Failure to return interlibrary loan materials or pay fines/fees on overdue/lost materials will result in the revocation of library privileges.
In accordance with the Wisconsin Statutes (2001–02) 43:30 (1) and the ALA Code of Ethics (2), the Cardinal Meyer Library maintains the privacy and confidentiality of all library borrowers’ records. Library staff will release information relating to an individual’s library transactions only to that individual or persons acting in the scope of their duties in the administration of the library.

The library considers individual control of a borrower’s card to be the most effective protection of privacy for the individual. How each individual chooses to use and share his or her card will determine the degree of privacy that the library can provide.

To support this choice the library will provide access to information associated with a valid library card under one of the following circumstances:

  • Presentation of a library card.
  • Provision of the barcode number over the phone or via email.
  • Presentation of the barcode number on an official library notice.
  • In the case of a lost card, presentation of a photo ID will permit access to the record of the person named on the ID.

(1) Wisconsin Statutes (2001-02) 43:40 states: “Records of any library which is in whole or in part supported by public funds, including the records of a public library system, indicating the identity of any individual who borrows or uses the library’s documents or other materials, resources, or services may not be disclosed except by court order or to persons acting within the scope of their duties in the administration of the library or library system …”

(2) The ALA Code of Ethics states: “We protect each library user’s right to privacy and confidentiality with respect to information sought or received, and resources consulted, borrowed, acquired or transmitted.”

Faculty may request that personal or library copies of books and recordings be placed on reserve. An instructor may also place on reserve his/her copy of a photocopied article for student use provided that the copy was lawfully made and does not infringe upon the copyright holder’s rights. See Copyright Policy.

Materials should be limited to essential items as specifically designated for an assignment or as referred to in the syllabus. In general, the library will place one copy of a book or recording on reserve. Multiple photocopies may be placed on reserve subject to the following:

  • The amount of material should be reasonable in relation to the total amount of materials assigned taking into account the nature of the course, its subject matter and level.
  • The number of copies should be reasonable in light of the number of students enrolled and the difficulty and timing of assignments. In general, the library will place no more than two (2) copies of a photocopied work on reserve. If a class has large enrollment or there are multiple sections of a class, the following guidelines will apply:
    • Up to 25 students: not more than two copies.
    • 26 or more students: not more than three copies.

All photocopied items must contain a proper bibliographic citation consisting of enough information so that the reader could locate the work in its original. The following notice will be stamped on the first page of each reproduction: “Notice: This material may be protected by copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code).”

Photocopying material should not have a detrimental effect on the potential market for the work. In general, the library should own at least one copy of the work. See Copyright Policy.

The library will not place the following on reserve:

  • Instructor-created anthologies or course pack readings, unless the anthology has been created with the permission of the copyright holders or the materials are in the public domain.
  • Unauthorized (i.e. instructor-produced) copies of video and audio cassettes or compact discs, including instructor-created video or audio anthologies, unless the instructor has written permission from the copyright holder for each piece of music or video clip.
  • Professor-copied commercially produced videotapes or off-air recordings of television programs. An off-air recording of a television broadcast may be used by the teacher in the course of relevant teaching activities. See Guidelines for Off-Air Recording of Broadcast Programming for Educational Purposes appended to the Copyright Policy.


  • Placing items on reserve
    • Reserve material request slips available at the circulation desk should be submitted to the circulation department three working days prior to use.
    • Reserve materials are normally placed on a two-hour reserve period unless otherwise specified by the faculty member. Other reserve periods are one, three and seven days.
    • Items will remain on reserve for the period of time specified by the instructor.
    • Because reserve space is limited, items will be removed from reserve at the end of the semester unless the instructor specifies that they remain on reserve for a class to be offered the following semester.
  • Checking out and returning reserve materials
    • Reserve materials are available upon request at the circulation desk.
    • A Marian University ID is required to check out reserve materials.
    • Reserve materials should be returned to library staff. This ensures that the materials will be checked in promptly and fines will not accrue. Do not place reserve materials in the book returns.
  • Fines on reserve materials
    • Materials are placed on reserve because they are in demand — i.e. needed by many students to fulfill course requirements. Fines on reserve materials reflect the demand:
      • 1 cent per minute with a maximum fine of $16 per item for hourly checkouts.
      • $2 per day for one-, three- or seven-day checkouts with a maximum of $16 per item.

Note: There is no grace period on reserve materials. Reserve materials not returned within 14 days are considered lost and the patron will be invoiced for the fine, replacement cost and processing fee. Failure to return reserve materials will result in revocation of library privileges.

Librarians are responsible, in consultation with faculty, for choosing material (i.e., print, audiovisual, electronic media, etc.). Faculty are encouraged to recommend items supporting their areas of the curriculum and/or research. To assist in selection, the library holds several standard review sources as well as the reviews contained in scholarly journals.

Choice of materials is a matter of academic freedom. In regard to censorship, the library follows the guidelines of the American Library Association as found in the following documents: The Library Bill of RightsIntellectual Freedom Principles for Academic Libraries, and The Freedom to Read.


Purchase decisions must take into account the need to support and respond to:

  1. Liberal Arts and the General Studies core.
  2. Professional programs and their accreditation needs.
  3. New programs.
  4. Maintenance/growth of reference materials.
  5. Individual requests.

Items that are expected to have low usage will be obtained via interlibrary loan.

Gifts are accepted at the discretion of the library staff.