Every Library plays a unique role in the intellectual life of the University. It offers individual and collaborative learning space as well as rich print, digital collections and expert research assistance.
The Wisconsin International University College (WIUC) Library was established in 2002 as a valuable partner in supporting the University’s pursuit towards excellence in teaching, learning, research and other interests of faculty, students and non-teaching staff of the University community as well as non- members of the University. To fulfill its mandate, the WIUC library has the under mentioned mission and vision statements:
- To assist Management to provide students, faculty and non-teaching staff with the best possible resources and conditions for teaching, learning and research;
- To create a working environment dedicated to excellence, equity, and mutual respect; and
- To cooperate with other educational institutions and other learning communities to create new knowledge, prepare students for fulfilling careers, and improve the quality of life through leading-edge research.
The WIUC Library seeks to be the “heart” of the academic and research culture of WIUC and to contribute to the intellectual activities of the University. The Library envisions that it will fulfill its unique role as a major contributor to the academic, cultural, and social development of the university community.
In fulfilling this vision, the Library will continue to acquire and maintain adequate information resources, offer effective instruction on the retrieval and use of materials in a variety of formats, and continue to provide state-of-the-art technology for users in all locations. The library also aspires to assist the University in its commitment to the broader community, by developing innovative approaches to supporting life-long learning.
Loan and Care of Books
All categories of users are required to register with the Library. Users who qualify to borrow from the collection are required to register (as borrowers) at the Circulation Desk. Users need to fill a registration form upon the presentation of an ID card. The ID card should also be surrendered when signing for a thesis, past questions or a book from the reference cage. No borrowing is allowed without the ID Card.
I. Regular Books
- Undergraduate and Post graduate students may borrow up to 2 books with multiple copies (with the exception of those marked ‘Reference” or “Ref’) for 1 week, renewable once only if not requested by another reader. The Books may be recalled after 4 days at the discretion of the Librarian if circumstances of the Library so demand.
- Senior Members may borrow up to 2 books, with multiple copies (with the exception of those marked ‘Reference” or “Ref’) for two weeks, renewable once only if not requested by another reader. Books will be subject to recall after 1 week if circumstances of the library so demand.
- Lending of books ceases 45 minutes before closing time every day.
- From the last Friday before Revision week to the end of the Semester, Users are not allowed to borrow any library material.
II. Reference/Special Collections
- Students may not borrow books from the special collections within the WIUC Library such as the Professor Ansere’-Donated Adult Education Materials, and all books in the Reference Cages or books marked ‘Reference’ or ‘Ref’. Such books may be used only within the library after submission of a Students ID Card. Students wishing to photocopy these materials outside the Library must submit their mobile phones in addition to the ID Card.
- In addition to the above, annual publications, bibliographies, statistics, dictionaries, encyclopaedias, almanacs, atlases, maps, students’ theses/dissertations and serial publications can only be used within the library.
Care of Books
- No book is to be written in, cut, or damaged in any way. Any defect in or damage to a book should be reported to the library staff.
- Readers should not mark, underline, dog-ear mark, write, tear pages or damage the Library documents.
- Readers must not trace any picture or figure from any book/material.
- Borrowers should report at once the loss of any book, and if it is not found, the borrower shall pay for the assessed cost of the lost book.
- Readers and borrowers will be held responsible for any damage to a book in their charge and will be required to pay the appropriate cost of such damaged books.
Special library instructions
Apart from the general instructions that we give new students, Senior Members can arrange to have their students instructed in the use of specific bibliographic tools, e.g. in the use of the Electronic Databases etc. The Library also handles small group-tours intended to teach senior students the use of the Library resources in a particular subject areas. We however, need to be given at least one week’s notice to enable appropriate preparations to be made.
General Rules and Regulations
- Silence is to be observed at all times within the precincts of the library.
- Smoking is forbidden in all parts of the library.
- No food or drink is allowed in any part of the library, toffees, fruits, candies, etc., not exempted.
- Gowns, raincoats, umbrellas, cameras, scanners, tape recorders, etc., must be deposited with the Assistant at the entrance and a tag given as receipt.
- However, such items are deposited at owners’ own risk and the Library disclaims responsibility for any loss of or damage to any items so deposited.
- Firearms and other offensive weapons are not allowed into the Library.
- Pets are not allowed in any part of the Library.
- All mobile phones must be put on silence or on vibration. Users are not permitted to make or receive calls in the Library.
- No seat shall be reserved by or for any reader. Any seat so reserved shall be cleared by the Library Staff for use by others.
- Seats that are not occupied by Users continuously for 30minutes or more may be considered vacant and given to another User. (Time to be determined by staff when he/she first sees the seat vacant)
- Any book recalled shall be returned within 72 hours or fines will be imposed after three days.
- Library Staff will inspect any item being taken out of the Library.
- Readers may not enter staff offices except by invitation by a staff member.
- No borrowing is allowed during inter-semester break.
- All borrowed materials are to be returned by three days to the end of each semester.
- Failure to return all library books by the end of the academic year may result in examination results being withheld till books are returned.
- Orderly conduct must be maintained at all times in all parts of the library.
Offences and Sanctions
The following shall constitute library offences:
- Failure to return borrowed books and related material on due date. Sanction:
- General Collection: Offender shall be liable to the payment of a fine of GH¢1.00 per day up to 7 days; thereafter GH¢2.00 a day plus loss of borrowing facility (rights) till books are returned.
- Loss or misplacement of books and related materials.[Text Wrapping Break] Sanction:[Text Wrapping Break]
- Offender will pay twice the current price of the book including shipping and handling charges, plus a processing charge of GH¢100.00.
- Unlawful acquisition of library materials/stealing[Text Wrapping Break] Sanctions:
- Ordinary books – Rustication for 21 days. In addition, the member shall lose borrowing rights for one semester.
- Reference books – As in (i) above plus possible dismissal.
- Mutilation of books and related materials.[Text Wrapping Break] Sanction: A member who commits this offence shall be dismissed from the University.
- Failure to return books and other materials on demand. (i.e., when a book is recalled) [Text Wrapping Break] Sanction: Suspension from the University plus any overdue fines.
Please note that with regards to the General Rules and Regulations of the Library, flouting of any of them could result in the Academic Board imposing appropriate sanctions on the offender(s), including suspension from the use of the library.
In the case of a Senior Member who commits any of the above offences, a report shall be made to the Vice-Chancellor for appropriate sanctions to be instituted against him/her.
The Library has materials in print formats including some government publications, electronic databases and some CD-ROMs. The Library has access to electronic journals because of its membership with the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Ghana (CARLIGH). In addition to the electronic databases, the Library also subscribes to some hard copy journals locally.
- EBSCOHOST Complete (Multidisciplinary): http://search.ebscohost.com
- EMERALD (Business & Management): www.emeraldinsight.com
- TAYLOR AND FRANCIS (Behavioral Science, Humanities & Social Science, Science): http://www.tandfonline.com/
- WILEY BLACKWELL: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com
- IEEE- EXPLORE (Computer Science & Engineering): http://www.ieee.org/ieeexplore
- PROJECT MUSE (Humanities & Social Science): http://muse.jhu.edu
- CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS: http://www.journals.cambridge.org
- SAGE PUBLICATIONS – (Business, Humanities & Social Science): http://www.sagepub.com/journalsIndex.nav
- Sage Research Methods Online: www.srmo.sagepub.com
- JSTOR: http://www.jstor.org
- World Bank E-Library: http://elibrary.worldbank.org
- MultiScience: http://www.multi-science.co.uk/index.htm
- Credo Databases: http://search.credoreference.com
- Oxford English Dictionary/Oxford Reference: http://www.oed.com
- INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND (Economic data, monetary policy, financial stability, economic development, forecasts and outlooks, poverty reduction): http://www.elibrary.imf.org/ and http://elibrary-data.imf.org/
- Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. (Biotechnology, Biomedical research/life sciences, Clinical medicine and surgery, Law): http://www.liebertonline.com/
- BioOne (Biological, Ecological & Environmental Science): www.bioone.org
- Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ): http://www.doaj.org
- American Physical Society APS (Physics Atomic, molecular and optical physics): http://prola.aps.org/search
- American Institute of Physics (Applied and multidisciplinary physics): http://www.aip.org/pubs/
- Geological Society (Geology Earth Sciences): http://www.lyellcollection.org/
- Symposium Journals (Education, Learning): http://www.symposium-journals.co.uk/
- University of Chicago Press (Economics, Education, Humanities, Law, Life and Physical Sciences, Social Sciences): www.journals.uchicago.edu
- AGORA, HINARI & OARE: http://www.aginternetwork.org/en/
- Beech Tree Publishing: www.ingentaconnect.com/content/beech
- British Psychological Society – (Psychology): www.ingentaconnect.com/content/bpsoc
- Oxford Univ. Press E-Journals – (Humanities, Social Sciences, Public Health etc.): http://www.oxfordjournals.org/
- NPG – Palgrave Macmillan Journals– (Business, Social Science, Humanities): www.palgrave-journals.com/pal
- Policy Press Journals (Social policy, Social welfare, Social work, Public policy etc.): http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/tpp
- OSA – Optical Society of America (The Optical Society of America brings together optics and photonics scientists, engineers): http://www.opticsinfobase.org/
- World Bank Publications: World Development Indicators (WDI): http://data.worldbank.org
- Global Development Finance (GDF): http://data.worldbank.org
- Africa Development Indicators (ADI): http://data.worldbank.org
- Global Economic Monitor (GEM): http://www.worldbank.org/gem
*Kindly contact the Library for the usernames and passwords.*
- It is not possible to print entire articles by using the “print” button in your web browser.
- To print an article click on the Print link supplied by Individual database.
- Each database offers several printing options which allow you toprint articles in their entirety. The default option is PDF: HighQuality; however, you can change or set your preferences atany time by following the on screen instructions.
- To download a full article:
- Click on the Download link – PDF/HTML.
- It is recommended to use the PDF High Quality option.
- Click on the link and then you will be able to Print, Email or Save to Disk.
To download a list of article citations:
- Click on Save citation link on your results page (this link is underneath each citation).
- Click on View Saved Citations.
- To email your citations, select the Email citations link form the saved citations page.
- Once you reach the email form page, select the output format you desire (BibTeX, printer- friendly, citation-manager, or tab-delimited).
- You will be asked to enter your email address, the email address of any recipients, and any notes you may wish to send along with your citations.
- To save your Saved Citation List to a local text file, select a format (BibTeX, printer- friendly, citation-manager, or tab-delimited) from the View and Save Citations option and then press the View button.
- A window will open, with the citations in the selected format.
- To save the citations to a local file, go to the File menu and select Save As. A new window will open, asking you where you would like to save your databases citations.
- To print your Saved Citations List as it appears in your browser, select the Print command from your browser’s File menu.
For further enquiries, you may contact the Library on: firstname.lastname@example.org
E-Resources Searching tips adopted and modified from the University of Surrey Library.
The Library has successfully relocated to its new Library and Computer Complex. From a library that originally sat a little over a hundred (100) students, the new library accommodates a total of 500 reader places and is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities in support of learning and research. The library occupies the first two floors of the total complex. The facilities in the new Library Complex include the following:
Sections in the Library:
- Serials Collection.
- Processing Corner.
- Discussion Rooms.
- Seminar Room.
- Postgraduate Corner.
- Faculty Corner.
- Property Alcove (Bags Collection Section): Bags are not allowed in the Reading rooms of the library. As such, all bags and other personal belongings like umbrellas etc may be left at the property alcove which is at the entrance to the main lending section of the library.
- Lending Section: This section is located on the ground floor of the Main library and offers a variety of services to assist users with reference and research enquiries.
- Serials Collection: The Serials section houses all the hard copy journal collections as well as serials and periodicals acquired in the Library. Also available in this section are all the newspapers to which the Library subscribes. Students’ dissertations and government publications may also be accessed from this part of the library.
- Processing Section: After the acquisition of library materials, they need to be properly processed to ease retrieval. In this part of the library, all newly acquired materials are stored and processed before being made available on our shelves for the use of Patrons. This section is restricted to library staff only.
- Reference and Special Collection: in this section of the library, users are assisted with reference as well as general consultations. However, materials in this section of the library may not be taken out of the library. Also, in this section, the Library houses all its special collections for special programmes offered by the University. These include: Azusa, Adult Education, and Dynamic Treasure collections.
- Faculty Corner: dedicated to the use of our Faculty members only.
- Postgraduate Corner: As senior students, special priority is given to our Postgraduate students. This part of the library is therefore reserved for postgraduate students in the Reference Section to enable them research and learn in some privacy. There are individual study spaces with power points to enable the use of laptops. Since these study rooms are not intended for group study, students are encouraged to book Discussion Rooms for the purposes of group study.
- Two Discussion Rooms: in line with the current trends, the WIUC library has made provision for discussion rooms to enable a group of three or more students to have discussions and study in the comfort of the library. This makes the library the most ideal place to study on campus. (Terms and conditions apply to the use of this facility).
- Seminar Room: The Library recognizes the need to organize short instructions for Patrons from time to time on the use of the online databases available to WIUC through CARLIGH. In addition to this, the Library has identified the need to give bibliographic instructions to students to assist with their research work as well as their dissertations, as part of the information literacy programme. The Seminar Room offers the Library the opportunity to give such instructions without going out of the Library. When the Seminar room is not being used by the Library for training purposes, it may be made available for group booking.
- Library Computer Corner: The WIUC library subscribes to a number of electronic information resources, through its membership with the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Ghana (CARLIGH). These online databases give our Patrons access to over 19,000 scholarly journals for research purposes. The Library Computer Corner gives the opportunity to Patrons to have access to these databases without going out of the Library.
- Special area at Reference Section: This is a special place at the reference section which has been designed for flexibility and comfort to ensure that students can de-stress after a long period of learning.