Periodicals/Serials Unit


Periodicals and newspapers are shelved in the north wing of the Library on the second floor (see Library Map for details). During the hours listed above, staff are available at the Periodicals and Media Assistance Window in that area to assist with locating and using periodicals, newspapers, and serials, as well as the multimedia materials in the Media Resources Area.

The term "periodical" refers to magazines, journals, and other publications that are issued at regular intervals, usually more frequently than twice a year. The HSU Library currently subscribes to over 1,600 periodicals; there are also many backfiles of older issues available. Periodicals are arranged together in the Periodicals Collection on the second floor by call number assigned according to the Library of Congress classification system. The current issues of some of the more "popular" titles are displayed alphabetically by title on the Periodicals Current Display shelves in the Helen Everett Reading Room. Backfiles of some periodicals are stored on microfilm or microfiche in the cabinets at the north end of the periodical section, adjacent to the Media Resources Area.

To find HSU Library holdings, call number, and microform number for a periodical, serial, or newspaper, look in the HSU Library Catalog.

Most periodicals may be checked out overnight and are due back to the Library before closing the following day. To check out a periodical, take the issue or volume to the Circulation Desk on the first floor of the Library. Note that issues on the Periodicals Current Display in RED COVERS and newspapers may not be checked out.

There are self-service readers and copiers for microfilm and microfiche located near the microform cabinets; help with these machines is available at the Periodicals and Media Assistance Window. For more information on micrographic services in the Library, consult the Microform Collection and Services Page.

If the HSU Library does not own a periodical, HSU students and faculty have the option of obtaining periodical articles via Interlibrary Loan.

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Last Updated: September 17, 2004 
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