Access Services

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The Access Services Department strives to provide convenient, seamless delivery of resources to users, wherever they may be, whether the resources are from the University Library collections or from collections of other libraries. The action philosophy of the department is "Get it For Them" or GIFT.

Three units make up Access Services and all provide key services to our communities:

  • Circulation Services

In addition to checking out books and other items, the Circulation Services unit provides several specialty services including paging library materials for pickup, courtesy holds for in-library use, and office delivery for faculty on the Evanston Campus.

  • Multimedia, Periodicals, and Microform Services

The Periodicals and Newspaper Reading Room and the Marjorie I. Mitchell Multimedia Center make up the Multimedia, Periodicals, and Microform Services unit.  The Periodicals and Newspaper Reading Room houses the current issues of magazines and periodicals.  The unit provides newspaper resources in all formats, comfortable seating, quiet study space, scanning/printing centers along with public computers, and scanning and printing of the Library's vast microform and microfiche holdings.  The Marjorie I. Mitchell Multimedia Center houses the library's strong and highly circulated video collection, provides viewing carrels for individuals needing playback equipment, and manages three screening rooms for instructor-led media presentations.

  • Resource Sharing and Reserve Services 

Resource Sharing and Reserve Services consists of Interlibrary Loan and Reserve.  Interlibrary Loan provides loan services for Northwestern patrons and to world-wide libraries and their patrons, and Materials Scan and Delivery, a service that provides scanned copies of library resources to Northwestern users. Reserve includes regular reserve of books and media, as well as electronic reserve of articles and book chapters delivered to courses through the university's Course Management System. 

Staff Contacts
Geoff Swindells
Interim Head of Access Services
(847) 491-2927

Eli Brooke
Access Services Administrative Assistant
(847) 491-7634

Circulation Services Staff

Alice Tippit
Circulation Supervisor
(847) 491-2945

Tom McMahon
Circulation Evening & Weekend Supervisor
(847) 467-2714

James McMahon
Carrels & Circulation Assistant
(847) 491-2945

Deb Fenwick
Reserve & Circulation Fine/Fee Assistant
(847) 491-2167

Multimedia, Periodicals, and Microform Services Staff

Natalie Pelster
Multimedia, Periodicals, and Microform Services Librarian
(847) 491-8735

Carol Anthony
Multimedia Specialist; Multimedia, Periodicals, & Microform Services Supervisor
(847) 467-6494

Peter Burtch
Newspaper & Microforms Specialist
(847) 491-2915

Molly Zolnay
Multimedia Processing Assistant
(847) 467-1985

Resource Sharing and Reserve Services

Kurt Munson
Resource Sharing & Reserve Services Librarian
(847) 467-4167

Liz Fraser
Borrowing & Document Delivery Supervisor
(847) 491-2892

Victoria Zahrobsky
Borrowing Assistant
(847) 491-2892

Natalie Bowling
Borrowing & Document Delivery Assistant
(847) 491-3392

Carol Turner
Lending Supervisor
(847) 491-7659

Alex Barontini
Lending Assistant
(847) 491-3375

Rachel Kaplan
Lending Assistant
(847) 491-3382

Ish Harris-Wolff
Reserve Services Assistant
(847) 491-7681

Cory Slowik
Resource Sharing & Circulation Assistant
(847) 491-7681