Who was Hiram Watson Sibley?
Son of Hiram Sibley, who presented the University of Rochester with its first library building in the 1870s, Hiram W. Sibley is recognized in the Rochester community for providing funds to start the first music library in Rochester. In 1904, the Sibley Music Library was founded "for use of all music lovers in Rochester." Hiram W. became a prominent citizen of Rochester and was involved in various business ventures throughout his life, including railroads, timber, coal, land, and a seed company. Like his father, Hiram W. Sibley gained much financial success, and often shared it with the community. For more information click here.
Why can't I take out recordings
from the library?
You might not have privileges to take out recordings. Only Eastman faculty members, teaching assistants, and graduate students can take sound and video recordings from the library. They cannot be taken from the library by undergraduates students or community members, but they can be charged out for listening and viewing in the 3rd floor listening room for three hour intervals. Sound and video items include LP records, cassettes, CDs, reel-to-reel tapes, videos, videodiscs and DVDs, and certain media items.
Can I make a photocopy?
This question is trickier than it might at first seem. Legally, the employees
of the library cannot tell you whether you can or cannot make a photocopy
of a published work. If the item is in the Public Domain, then certainly you
are free to copy whatever you need. If it is still under copyright, or if
there is a question about its copyright status, please go here http://www.lib.rochester.edu/copyright/
for a fuller explanation of the steps to determine if the intended copying
Sibley Library has four public photocopiers, two in the hallway near the circulation desk, one in the alcove near the reference desk, and the other in the Current Periodicals Reading Room. All of them are operated by U of R ID cards, or by separately sold copy cards. To buy a new card, or to add money to an existing card, you must use the VTS machine (the black box attached to the wall next to the 2nd floor photocopiers). Please note that this machine suffers from periodic problems (such as being out of cards, or full of money) over which we have little control. Whenever it is down, we immediately place a service call, but Sibley staff cannot fix it. Please also note that the VTS box only accepts $5, $10, and $20 bills.
Why can't I take out closed-shelf
There are several possible reasons for this:
- Closed shelf items may be part of a set of Collected Works (M1-5)
- The item may not be in good enough condition to circulate
- It may be a Reference Book
- The item may be rare or unique item
- It may be a journal or periodical
The item I want is not on the shelf. Where
might it be?
There are a number of possibilities. Check the Voyager Catalog record to
determine if the item has a temporary location of one of these:
- Bindery: the book is either in the Conservation lab scheduled to
be bound or it has been sent to a commercial bindery. If it is in the Conservation
lab, it can be expedited and you can expect it in a couple of days to a week.
If it has been sent to a bindery outside of the library, the waiting time
can take from 2 weeks to a month.
- Brittle Books/Conservation: the book is in need of repair; if there
is a need for the item, it can be expedited and the waiting time is approximately
2 days to a week, depending on the extent of the repairs.
- Cataloging: the book has been received in the library but it has
not yet been cataloged for a variety of reasons. If there is a need for this
title, it can be expedited and could be ready within 2-5 days.
- Gift: the book is in cataloging and has not yet been cataloged for
a variety of reasons. If there is a need for this title, it can be expedited
and could be ready within 2-5 days.
- Replacements: a copy of the item has been ordered as a replacement
for a “lost” or “missing” copy or a copy that is too
damaged to circulate. The turnaround time on these types of items is variable.
- Storage: items are usually in storage because they have been “retired”
due to condition (too brittle, binding has been damaged etc.); there will
usually be a replacement copy of the item in the stacks. If the current copy
is already loaned out, a recall can be done. If not, occasionally arrangements
can be made to view the older copy.
- Storage Unclassified: These are items that are to be cataloged but
without an urgent need. They can usually be located and cataloged for circulation
within 2 – 5 days.
- Any item in a temporary location can be requested to be used by clicking on the Request This Item link on the right side of the Voyager record.
If the item does not have a temporary location, and is simply missing
from the shelf, you can also check:
- Prestacking (the area of shelves behind the circulation desk)
- Carrels on the third and fourth floors
- The area near where the item should be in case it is simply out of order
How can I renew my items online?
If the items you charged out are not overdue, it's easy! From the “Basic
Search” screen in the Voyager
Catalog click on the words “My Account” at the top of the
screen. Enter your NetID/password. Then click “Login”
and Voyager will display your name, address, and charged out items. If you
want to renew any of your items, click the check boxes to the left of each
item, then click “Renew.” Voyager will report which items were
renewed and which items could not be renewed due to library policies. This
screen will also display any requests you have made, as well as any fines
or fees that you owe.
What are the library's hours?
How do I get to the library?
What resources does Sibley have for
members of the Rochester community?
How can I get access to New Grove, e-reserves,
and other online library services from home?
The item I want is not yet
cataloged. How can I get it?
If you find something in the Voyager catalog that has a temporary location of "Catalog Department," "Gift," or "In-Process," you can have that item cataloged for you in 2-5 days. Click on the "Request This Item" link. Fill in your barcode or NetID/password plus your last name, and fill out the online request form. Make sure that you ask to "Request this item" ("Recall this item" is used when another patron has the item checked out), and on the last page make sure to indicate that you want the item picked up at the Sibley Circulation Desk.
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How can I get something the library
Even though Sibley is a very large library, we may not have everything that
you need or want. If the item is not available in the University of Rochester
system, we can obtain items (scores, books, periodical articles, but rarely
audio or video recordings) from other libraries across the country. Sometimes
there is a fee, sometimes not.
For the moment, you must fill out a paper form, copies of which are located
outside the door to Interlibrary Loan next to the reference desk. Very soon
we plan to offer ILLiad, an online ILL request form.
Can I get a book from another U of R library
without going there?
Absolutely! Once you find what you are looking for in the Voyager catalog, if a library other than Sibley holds that item, you can click on the “Request This Item” link. Fill in your NetID/password and fill out the online request form. Make sure that you ask to “Pickup at My Circ Desk” (“Get Checked Out Item” is used when another patron has the item checked out), and on the last page make sure to indicate that you want the item picked up at the Sibley Circulation Desk. Once it arrives in Sibley, usually in a day or two, you will be notified by email that the item is available for your use.
How can I listen to recordings of Eastman
faculty and students?
The Eastman Audio Archive comprises Eastman recordings of concerts from 1933
up to the present. All recordings after 1988 (and selected earlier recordings)
may be found in the Voyager catalog. Pre-1988 recordings not found in Voyager
are searchable in the Composer/Title and Performer card catalog, housed in
T. Watanabe Special Collections.
Performances found in Voyager
may be ready for immediate listening. To see if there is a service copy available,
look at the Voyager record for a second location, and a call number that begins
with an "S." These copies are available at the Reserves and Recordings
desk. If no service copy exists, go to Special Collections and fill out a
“Service Copy Request” form. Recording engineers from Technology
& Music Productions will transfer the original recording to a service
copy CD, and you will be informed when it is available.
How can I access the internet with my laptop?
The University of Rochester maintains two wireless networks that can be accessed from anywhere in Sibley. One is used by members of the UR/ESM community, the other is an open access network for guests.
More information on accessing the wireless networks.