Use our Chat with a Librarian button on the Library website to contact us when you need help finding sources, using databases, and more.
Librarians are also available by phone, email, and appointment (in-person or virtual), and at the reference desk on the Lisle and Mesa campuses. Drop in during Library hours or schedule an in-person or virtual research consultation using our Research Consultation Request Form.
The Library provides access to journals, magazines, and newspapers. While some are available in print or microform formats, the vast majority are available online through the Library's research databases. You can access Library databases on or off campus.
Find the full list of our databases on our Academic Databases page.
To search multiple databases at the same time, use the search box in the "BenSearch" and/or "EBSCO Articles" tab on the Library homepage.
Sometimes, the database you're using doesn't provide full text to the article you need. In that case, look for our Find Full Text button. If you see this button while searching a database, use it to discover if the full text of the article is available in a different database that we subscribe to.
Search BenSearch to find books, eBooks, DVDs, streaming videos, CDs, and other materials. Use the search box in the "BenSearch" or "Books & Videos" tab on the Library homepage.
In this search for the term "human genome," eBooks have an "Available Online" link and print books have a call number, which you can use to find the book on the shelf.
When you know exactly which journal, magazine, or newspaper you're looking for, click Search Journals By Title in the BenSearch tab on the Library homepage. This will bring you to webpage where you can enter the journal title (not the article title) to find out if the Library subscribes to it and, if so, how to access it.
If the BenU Library doesn't have an article or book you need, you can request a copy at no cost to you through interlibrary loan. Interlibrary loan, or ILL for short, is the loaning of items between libraries. Click "Interlibrary Loan" in the menu bar on the Library website to access our two ILL services.
Some professors place course readings on reserve. To access Course Reserves, click "Reserves" (the book icon) on the Library homepage. Then, search for you course.
Students are allotted $50.00 per semester for printing, which equates to 500 black and white double-sided pages. When you print to a campus printer, the cost of your print job is automatically deducted from your PaperCut account. If you exceed the $50.00 allotment, you can add money to your account.
The Library in Gillett Hall has:
Printing is free for current BenU students.