Catalog

Getting Started with MINERVA

What if we don't have it?

If you are searching for an item by author, title, or keyword, and your search comes up empty, try searching all the libraries in the system. The default library is "St. Joseph's College", but you can change the scope of your search by clicking the menu under "Search By Library", scrolling to the top, and selecting "ALL MINERVA LOCATIONS".

Proceed with your search the same way you would for a "St. Joseph's College" search. You can modify your search to limit the material type, such as music CDs, DVDs, and audiobooks.

Requestor

Once you find what you are looking for you can request that the item be sent to you.
The display below indicates the item is held by McArthur Public Library, and that it is available.

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To request this item, click on the "Request" button at the bottom of the screen. This screen will appear:

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You will need to enter your name as it appears on your Saint Joseph's College ID, and your 14-digit barcode number starting with 21912.

Wellehan Library will notify you when your materials arrive, usually within a week to ten days.

Finding Audiobooks & Music  

Download Library

Best-selling and classic titles are available for free anytime, anywhere!

Browse the collection, check out up to two items at a time with your library card number, download the audiobook to your computer, and then transfer it to a mobile device (like an iPod) or burn it to a CD.

To get started, take a look at the Quick Start Guide. Additional help and information is available on the help page.

Audiobooks on CDs or Cassette Tapes

Wellehan Library does not have audiobooks on CDs or cassette tapes; however, SJC on-campus students, faculty, and staff may request these items from other Maine libraries through MINERVA and MaineCat. (Online students must request materials differently. More information...)

To search for audiobooks, on the MINERVA page, click the "Advanced Search" button. Fill in the search box(es), limit to "ALL MINERVA LOCATIONS", and for "Material Type", choose:

  • SPOKEN (CD) - for audiobooks on CD
  • SPOKEN (CAS) - for audiobooks on cassette tapes

When you locate an available item, you may request it from the owning library using the library barcode on your SJC ID. Requested items typically arrive in 5-7 days; you will receive an email when items arrive.

If you do not find what you are looking for in MINERVA, try MaineCat, which includes the holdings of a number of other Maine libraries including those in the University of Maine System, Bates, Bowdoin, Colby, and the University of New England.

Music on CD or Cassette Tape

Wellehan Library has a small collection of music CDs shelved after the DVDs on the A-frames.  Also, Saint Joseph's College patrons may borrow music from other Maine libraries through MINERVA and MaineCat. (Online students must request materials differently. More information...)

To search for audiobooks, on the MINERVA page, click the "Advanced Search" button. Fill in the search box(es), limit to either "St. Joseph's College" or "ALL MINERVA LOCATIONS", and for "Material Type", choose:

  • MUSIC (CD) - for music on CD
  • MUSIC (CAS) - for music on cassette tape

When you locate an available item:

  • if it belongs to Wellehan Library, use the call number to locate it on the shelf.
  • if it belongs to another library, you may request it using the library barcode on your SJC ID.  Requested items typically arrive in 5-7 days.

If you do not find what you are looking for in MINERVA, try MaineCat, which includes the holdings of a number of other Maine libraries including those in the University of Maine System, Bates, Bowdoin, Colby, and the University of New England.

Finding Books

To find books, first search MINERVA, the online catalog.

Type of Search

  • Select the "Title" option if you know the title
  • Use the "Author" option if you are looking for books by a particular author
    (Remember: last name, then first: steinbeck john)
  • Try the "Subject" option if you are searching for books on a particular topic
    (Remember: broad term first, then narrower: history united states)
  • The "Keyword" search does just that: keyword search of title, author, subject, and notes fields.
    If you simply enter search terms, MINERVA automatically inserts "and" between them.
    (To include a phrase in your search, put it in quotation marks: "united nations" war)

Select Library

MINERVA includes items from over 60 libraries across Maine. To only see SJC's items, scroll through the list and select "St. Joseph's College". If you want to see all items, choose the first option, "ALL MINERVA LOCATIONS".

If you do not find what you are looking for in MINERVA, try MaineCat, which includes the holdings of a number of other Maine libraries including those in the University of Maine System, Bates, Bowdoin, Colby, and the University of New England.

Borrowing Books

On-campus students, faculty and staff may check out SJC books at the library and request items from MINERVA and MaineCat libraries online using the library barcode on your SJC ID.  Requested items typically arrive in 5-7 days.  To request a book not found in either MINERVA or MaineCat, submit an Interlibrary Loan Book Request Form.  Please be aware that book requested through Interlibrary Loan may take up to two weeks to fill.

Online students must request books (whether owned by Wellehan Library or not) by submitting Interlibrary Loan Book Request Forms. Books are sent through the mail; students are responsible for the return postage. Please be aware that book requests may take up to two weeks to fill.

Finding Films

Wellehan Library has a collection of DVDs that includes feature films, classics, and documentaries; the film collection does not include VHS tapes. Also, Saint Joseph's on-campus students, faculty, and staff may request films from other Maine libraries through MINERVA and MaineCat. (Online students must request materials differently. More information...)

To search for films, on the MINERVA page, click the "Advanced Search" button. Fill in the search box(es), limit to either "St. Joseph's College" or "ALL MINERVA LOCATIONS", and for "Material Type", choose either DVD or VHS.

When you locate an AVAILABLE item,

  • if it belongs to Wellehan Library, use the call number to locate it on the shelf.
  • if it belongs to another library, you may request it using the library barcode on your SJC ID.  Requested items typically arrive in 5-7 days. 

If you do not find what you are looking for in MINERVA, try MaineCat, which includes the holdings of a number of other Maine libraries including those in the University of Maine System, Bates, Bowdoin, Colby, and the University of New England.

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