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How do I access online resources from off campus?

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In order to use the library databases from off campus, you must first log in to the library's authentication system.  After selecting a database, you’ll be prompted to enter your username and password.  Your username is your NYU Net ID and your password was set by you during NetID activation.  

You can also connect remotely to NYU-Poly's VPN (virtual private network). When you use the VPN, all Poly accounts should function as if you are actually on campus. 
 
Alternatively, you can connect to Bobst Library from off campus with your NetID login or via NYU's VPN.

 

 

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What if the book I want to borrow is not on the shelf?

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First, check the book’s record in the catalog and make sure is not marked  “course reserve”  or “reference.”  If it is part of the circulating collection, and you cannot find it on the shelf, come to the service desk and let us know.  We will try and locate it and contact you when it is found. If the book is lost, you can request a copy from another library.
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How do I login to BobCat?

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Use your NYU NetID (located on the back of your NYU ID card) and password to login to BobCat. You must activate your NetID and set up a password if you have not done so already (see:http://www.nyu.edu/its/netid).
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How do I find full text journal articles?

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Many of the databases the library subscribes to include full text articles, while others include only citations and abstracts. The full text icon  indicates which databases contain full text articles. Keep in mind, certain databases that offer full text may not offer full text for every single article, but you can usually limit your results to include only full text articles.


Make sure you access databases through the library website to retrieve full text. If Dibner Library does not have access to a full text copy the article, you can request it from another library.

 

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Do I have access to other NYU libraries besides Bobst?

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Access to other NYU Libraries vary.  For detail information visit NYU Libraries Privileges Guide.
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How do I find out my NYU NetID and password?

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Your NetID is printed on the back of your NYU ID card. You can set up a password by following the instructions here: http://start.nyu.edu

For more information on NYU IT services, read the IT Services FAQ.

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Can I return a book from another NYU library to Dibner Library?

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Yes, you can return items you borrowed from Bobst or Courant Libraries to Dibner Library.
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Can I use other non-NYU libraries in the city?

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Yes, NYU School of Engineering is a member of local library cooperatives that allow you various degrees of access to their resources.

Academic Libraries of Brooklyn (ALB)
With an ALB card (available at the service desk) and a valid NYU ID, School of Engineering faculty and students may visit any of the libraries below and borrow up to two items at a time. Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO)
As part of the METRO cooperative, you may visit over 250 member libraries in the New York City area with the METRO referral card. The card is valid for one visit with no borrowing privileges. 

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Can Polytechnic alumni use Bobst Library?

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No, but alumni may become a Friend of Bobst Library to gain access.
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How do I log in to Poly's VPN?

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If you are having trouble logging in to the library's databases, you may want to access them through NYU's Virtual Private Network (VPN).

Go to: www.nyu.edu/its/nyunet/offcampus/vpn
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Can I use my wireless laptop in Bobst?

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Yes. NYURoam is New York University's secure wireless network.  Access to NYURoam requires NYU NetID and password authentication. About NYURoam.
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Do I have access to NYU consortium and affiliated libraries?

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Cooper Union     New School     NY School of Interior Design     Columbia University
NYU-Poly Students Yes No No No*
NYU-Poly Faculty Yes No No Yes*

*Full-time faculty and doctoral students can register for access to Columbia through the Manhattan Research Library Initiative.
 

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Can I reserve a study room at Bobst?

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Yes. Use your NYU NetID to complete the electronic reservation form. Please see Study Rooms for more details and instructions.
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How do I log in?

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To Search Databases : You are automatically logged in if on-campus.  When off-campus select a database, you’ll be prompted to enter your username and password.  Username= NYU Net ID.  Password = Set by you during NETID activation.

To log in to your Library Account : Go to My Library Account (link located at the top right corner of the library website) and enter your login information. Your username is your NYU NetID and your password is your NYU N number. You may change the password after initial login.

 Consult the Login Help page for more information.
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How do I renew a book?

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  1. Online: Log in by clicking “My Library Account.” Your username is your NYU NetID and your password is your NYU N number. You may change the password after initial login
  2. In Person: Come to the service desk on the main floor of the library and provide your ID card.
  3. By phone: Call 718-260-3530 and provide your full name.

You may renew a book one time, unless the book is overdue or on hold for another user. 

Interlibrary Loan Books:
You may not renew books borrowed via interlibrary loan online. Renewals are subject to approval by the lending library. Speak to a librarian before the due date to request a renewal.

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How do I access NYU's electronic databases?

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You can gain access to electronic resources shared among NYU libraries in a variety of ways:
The Dibner Library website features databases that gear towards science, engineering, math and technology. For access to a complete listing of databases that cover a wide range of subject matter, use the NYU Libraries database portal.
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How do I get books or articles not available at Dibner Library?

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If the item you need is not available at Dibner Library you may request it from another library using E-ZBorrow or Interlibrary Loan (E-ZBorrow is just for books).

Faculty and Ph.D. students can requests books from Bobst and Courant Libraries to be delivered to Dibner Library. See poly.libguides.com/bookdelivery for instructions. 
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Can I borrow a laptop at Dibner Library?

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Yes, laptops are available to borrow for four hour periods on a first come, first served basis. Find out more.
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Can I borrow materials from Bobst Library?

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Yes, you can borrow materials following Bobst Library's circulation policies. Visit the NYU library web site for details on circulation privileges for faculty & administrators and students & staff
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How do I make copies at Bobst Library?

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Self-service copiers are located throughout Bobst Library and payable by copy card. Read more about copying at Bobst.
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