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Nursing Resources

FAQs from Nursing Students

What types of materials are in the Library’s collection?

Books, periodicals, videos, CDs, e-resources, university archives, more. 


How do I find specific books or articles on the topic I’m interested in?

Search OneSearch from the Library's homepage to find resources owned by CMU and to link to content you can request to read or borrow from other universities. Consult our list of Nursing Databases to identify databases and e-Resources well-suited to your information needs. 


Where in the library can I find materials?

  • In general, materials are shelved alphabetically by the letters at the beginning of each item’s Library of Congress call number. 
  • Our Main book collection is on the 3rd floor; New Books are shelved on the 1st floor, as are items in our Reference Collection. 
  • Current periodicals are on the 1st floor; the rest of our periodicals are located on the 2nd floor and in Storage 
  • Ask at the Checkouts & Reserves Desk on the 1st floor if you need items on Reserve items; you can also search for professors and courses for what they have on physical and electronic reserves.
  • Our Special Collections and Archives are located on the 3rd floor and in our Digital Repository.
  • DVDs, CDs, and LPs are on  1st  floor. 


Can I use interlibrary loan? How does it work?

Current students, faculty, and staff can request books and articles from other libraries through interlibrary loan. Once your request is submitted, ILL staff contact other libraries holding the material. The lending library determines whether an item can be loaned and for how long, and if it can be renewed. If we are not able to obtain your requested items, ILL staff will notify you.

You can manage your interlibrary loan requests by logging into our ILL system, ILLiad.  After logging in, see important areas like Outstanding Requests, Received Articles, and New Request.

Books loaned by other libraries are mailed to CMU and then checked out to the requestor (you). Books through Prospector, our regional consortium of lending libraries--which covers all academics in the state of Colorado, plus various public libraries and the University of Wyoming--take 3-5 business days to arrive; books from outside that network tend to take 5-10 business days. You will be notified by email when your items are available for pick-up at CMU. You'll have the option to have items delivered to CMU's Main Campus, to the WCCC/Bishop campus, or to CMU's Montrose campus. 

Articles are usually delivered electronically to your ILL account within 24-hours.

Note, there are times when a book chapter may also be what you need, rather than the full book; in these cases, you might consider requesting an electronic copy of the chapter you need (which is also faster).


As a CMU student, can I check out books from other libraries?

Yes; you'll want to use Interlibrary Loan to request books from other libraries, both public and academic. You also have the ability to borrow from the Mesa County Public Libraries. Each library sets its own policies regarding loan periods, fines, etc. for reciprocal users.