It may have been a while since you hung up your black robe, but that doesn’t mean that you’ve resigned all the privileges of an NSA student. In fact, here at Tyndale Library, you as alumni have access to virtually the same resources and services as our current students. This includes our physical as well as our online materials.
Resources in the Tyndale collection. Tyndale is not a public library; if someone from the community wants access to our physical materials, they have to pay for an annual subscription. But not so with alumni—alumni enjoy free access to all of Tyndale’s physical materials. This includes our over-46,000 volumes in fields such as theology, philosophy, history, music, literature, and so on, as well as our other hardcopy materials such as DVDs, alumni theses, and magazines. Not only that, but if you’ve moved away from Moscow since graduating to some other part of the US, we’re willing to mail you physical materials—excepting only our non-circulating materials such as reference sources or magazines—for free. Seriously.
You can browse Tyndale’s collection on our website (tyndale.nsa.edu), or under the “Library” tab of Populi (nsa.populiweb.com)—or, if you still live in Moscow or are just passing through, feel free to stop by and browse our collection personally. (If you can’t remember your Populi login, please contact NSA’s Registrar, Grace Burnett, at [email protected].)
Interlibrary loan. But it gets better. Even with upwards of 46,000 volumes in our collection, there are still a lot of resources we don’t own. Enter interlibrary loan. If you notice we don’t own an academic resource—be it a book or a journal article (more on that later)—that you’d like for your own research, you can submit an interlibrary loan request on our website. Simply head to the “Inter-Library Loan” tab on the upper toolbar and fill out the brief questionnaire; we will then request that resource from another academic library, who will ship the resource to us, which we will in turn ship to you—for free.
A note on interlibrary loan: Book requests typically take as long as two weeks to fill (sometimes even longer these days, what with many libraries running at partial capacity and being unwilling to circulate their physical materials). This means that, if you live in Moscow, you can expect to wait at least this long to receive a book request—and even longer if you live out of town. Article requests, on the other hand, are typically filled much faster than book requests—usually in the realm of two to three days—since such requests only require the lending library to email a PDF scan of the requested resource. That said, if you know you’d only like access to a particular chapter (or chapters) of a book, consider requesting those book pages as if you were requesting a journal article. (Of course, if you have any questions about interlibrary loan, please feel free to contact me.)
JSTOR journal database. For those of you who don’t know, JSTOR is one of the leading journal databases, granting you online access to thousands of journal articles across various academic disciplines. Unfortunately, when Tyndale first signed up for an institutional subscription to JSTOR, alumni were not included in the subscription fee, meaning you are not allowed access to the database at this time. However, I am currently in contact with JSTOR about including alumni in our institutional subscription, something I am hoping to get squared away in the next couple weeks. I will be sure to contact you with any updates in this department. In the meantime, know that you are able to gain access to JSTOR by using your Populi login, but since we are not currently paying for that service, we ask that you kindly refrain from doing this for the time being.
OverDrive. Last year, Tyndale signed up for an institutional subscription to OverDrive, an online ebook/audiobook provider. Unlike with JSTOR, alumni currently are allowed access to this platform. To gain access, simply head to tyndale.overdrive.com and sign in using your Populi login. There, you can browse our collection of over 80 ebooks/audiobooks, including titles currently assigned for NSA classes, as well as many “just-for-fun” titles. (Also, be aware that our OverDrive collection is expanding, with plans to purchase new titles every year at Christmastime and the beginning of Summer Break, so keep your eyes peeled for those.)
Local newspaper archive. Lastly, as alumni, you have access to the online archives of two newspapers local to Moscow: The Moscow/Pullman Daily News and The Lewiston Tribune. To gain access, simply head to the “Links” page under the “Library” tab of Populi, click the links near the top of the page, and sign in using the login listed there.
One Last Perk
One last thing (not technically pertaining to the library, but worth keeping in mind nonetheless): As alumni, you enjoy a 25% discount on all apparel (e.g., t-shirts, sweatshirts, scarves) and merchandise (e.g., mugs, tumblers, wine glasses) at the NSA bookstore. If you live locally, come check out our merch in person; if you live out of town, be sure to follow the latest sales on the bookstore’s new website (nsabookstore.com).
That’s all for now. For daily updates on library acquisitions and news, like us on Facebook (“New St. Andrews College Tyndale Library”) or follow us on Instagram (@tyndale.library).
Caleb Harris Head Librarian Tyndale Library