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 is legal.
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 items?
There are several possible reasons for this:
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:
If the item does not have a temporary location, and is simply missing from the shelf, you can also check:
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?
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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 doesn't own?
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 the Ruth 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.