Frequently asked questions

Reserve seminar/study rooms

Perkins Library has two study rooms that seat two people and the Buck Seminar Room that can seat up to 10 people. Any of these rooms may be used if you wish to have a quieter place to do your study and research or if you need a place for a small group meeting. The Buck Room must be reserved in advance since it is used for seminar courses and is kept locked for that reason. The two study rooms can be used at any time, but may be reserved to guarantee availability. Please contact the library to make a reservation request and then come to the circulation desk at the library entrance to check out a key to the room you have reserved.

Scan/fax documents in the library

There are two ways to fax a document in the library. There is a traditional fax machine in the library workroom that the staff will be happy to send faxes through for a charge of $.50/minute for the Doane community and $1.00/minute for the larger community. Just bring your document to the circulation at the library entrance and we'll send it for you. Payment is required after the fax has been sent.


The other option is to send an electronic document in PDF to an email address from the printer/copiers. You can scan the document and send it to yourself, another recipient, or more than one person. To do this press the IMAGE SEND button to the right of the display panel. On the display panel select Address entry and enter the first email address. Press To: or Cc: to select the appropriate address type. To add other recipients select Next address and Address entry to repeat the process. When you have all of the recipients entered, press the Copy button (large blue button on lower right of panel); scanning will begin. NOTE: If you have more than one page to send DO NOT press Read-End until you have all of the pages scanned. Once this has been pressed the document will be sent.

Should I put my recycled material in a trash sack before I dump it into the outside bin?

No.  All the recycling material must be hand sorted back at the warehouse.  All plastic bags must be removed before the material can be sorted.   Second, the driver for The Garbage Company needs to assess the recycled material inside the bin.  If there is actual trash in the bin, the whole bin will be thrown away.  Not only will he not have the time to sort it, he is not allowed to sort it.  The onus of correctly sorting trash from recyclable material is on you. 

Suggest materials for purchase

The library staff welcomes suggestions for materials to be added to the library's collections, whether the material is physical or electronic. Please be aware, though, that Perkins Library cannot purchase everything due to its limited budget, and each suggestion will be judged for its appropriateness according to the library's collection development policy. Requests may be submitted online using the Puchase Request Form, or the ordering information may be turned in to the Collection Development Librarian in the library. Please provide as much information as possible to uniquely identify the material. If an item is purchased the requester will be notified when it is available in the library.

Switch computers from Windows to Mac

The computers in the library's Information Commons have both operating systems, Windows and Mac. To switch from Windows to Mac, go to the Start button and select Shut Down. Select Restart in the drop-down menu, then hold down the Alt/Option key BEFORE clicking on OK. Continue holding down the Alt/Option key until the Mac operating system comes up.


To switch from Mac to Windows, click on the apple icon in the upper left-hand corner and select Restart from the drop-down menu. Hold down the Alt/Option key BEFORE clicking on Restart to answer the question, "Are you sure you want to restart your computer now?" Continue holding down the Alt/Option key until the Macintosh/Windows selection screen appears.

Understand a call number

A call number is simply an address so books (and other materials) can be located. Perkins Library uses Library of Congress classification to arrange books by subject. The first line of the call number is one, two, or three letters and is read alphabetically. The second line is made of numbers and is read numerically. The third line can be trickier. The letter is shelved alphabetically but the number following the letter is treated as a decimal number (e.g., .E4571 comes before .E461). If the top three lines are identical look to the fourth line. If it contains a letter followed by numbers, items are organized alphabetically by letter and then by decimal number.

Understand what is a scholarly source

Scholarly journals typically have the following characteristics: longer in-depth articles written by experts in the jargon of the discipline, with illustrations that support the text such as charts and graphs; very few advertisements and no glossy paper; and articles are reviewed and critically evaluated by a board of experts. A quick way to determine if an article is scholarly is to look for this article structure:


  • abstract

  • literature review

  • methodology

  • results

  • conclusion

  • bibliography

Using Department Printers

Printer Models by Department:


  • Service Bureau - MX-M850

  • Education - MX-M550

  • Science and Math - MX-M700

  • Advancement - MX-3500

  • Business Office - MX3500

  • Gaylord - MX-M350

  • Library - MX-M350 

If you have any questions, please contact the Helpdesk .

What are the requirements for admission to the program?

Applicants must have completed their undergraduate degree with a minimum GPA of 2.8. They complete the application for admission and pay the $30.00 application fee. Two official copies of the undergraduate transcript are required, plus three letters of recommendation. In addition, applicants must complete a writing sample indicating reasons for interest in completing a teaching endorsement. Passing scores in all three sections of the PPST (Pre Professional Skills Test) are required before admission, along with a State of Nebraska teacher certification background check. The applicant must affirm that he/she has not been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor involving abuse, neglect or sexual misconduct.

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Reserve seminar/study rooms

Perkins Library has two study rooms that seat two people and the Buck Seminar Room that can seat up to 10 people. Any of these rooms may be used if you wish to have a quieter place to do your study and research or if you need a place for a small group meeting. The Buck Room must be reserved in advance since it is used for seminar courses and is kept locked for that reason. The two study rooms can be used at any time, but may be reserved to guarantee availability. Please contact the library to make a reservation request and then come to the circulation desk at the library entrance to check out a key to the room you have reserved.

Scan/fax documents in the library

There are two ways to fax a document in the library. There is a traditional fax machine in the library workroom that the staff will be happy to send faxes through for a charge of $.50/minute for the Doane community and $1.00/minute for the larger community. Just bring your document to the circulation at the library entrance and we'll send it for you. Payment is required after the fax has been sent.


The other option is to send an electronic document in PDF to an email address from the printer/copiers. You can scan the document and send it to yourself, another recipient, or more than one person. To do this press the IMAGE SEND button to the right of the display panel. On the display panel select Address entry and enter the first email address. Press To: or Cc: to select the appropriate address type. To add other recipients select Next address and Address entry to repeat the process. When you have all of the recipients entered, press the Copy button (large blue button on lower right of panel); scanning will begin. NOTE: If you have more than one page to send DO NOT press Read-End until you have all of the pages scanned. Once this has been pressed the document will be sent.

Should I put my recycled material in a trash sack before I dump it into the outside bin?

No.  All the recycling material must be hand sorted back at the warehouse.  All plastic bags must be removed before the material can be sorted.   Second, the driver for The Garbage Company needs to assess the recycled material inside the bin.  If there is actual trash in the bin, the whole bin will be thrown away.  Not only will he not have the time to sort it, he is not allowed to sort it.  The onus of correctly sorting trash from recyclable material is on you. 

Suggest materials for purchase

The library staff welcomes suggestions for materials to be added to the library's collections, whether the material is physical or electronic. Please be aware, though, that Perkins Library cannot purchase everything due to its limited budget, and each suggestion will be judged for its appropriateness according to the library's collection development policy. Requests may be submitted online using the Puchase Request Form, or the ordering information may be turned in to the Collection Development Librarian in the library. Please provide as much information as possible to uniquely identify the material. If an item is purchased the requester will be notified when it is available in the library.

Switch computers from Windows to Mac

The computers in the library's Information Commons have both operating systems, Windows and Mac. To switch from Windows to Mac, go to the Start button and select Shut Down. Select Restart in the drop-down menu, then hold down the Alt/Option key BEFORE clicking on OK. Continue holding down the Alt/Option key until the Mac operating system comes up.


To switch from Mac to Windows, click on the apple icon in the upper left-hand corner and select Restart from the drop-down menu. Hold down the Alt/Option key BEFORE clicking on Restart to answer the question, "Are you sure you want to restart your computer now?" Continue holding down the Alt/Option key until the Macintosh/Windows selection screen appears.

Understand a call number

A call number is simply an address so books (and other materials) can be located. Perkins Library uses Library of Congress classification to arrange books by subject. The first line of the call number is one, two, or three letters and is read alphabetically. The second line is made of numbers and is read numerically. The third line can be trickier. The letter is shelved alphabetically but the number following the letter is treated as a decimal number (e.g., .E4571 comes before .E461). If the top three lines are identical look to the fourth line. If it contains a letter followed by numbers, items are organized alphabetically by letter and then by decimal number.

Understand what is a scholarly source

Scholarly journals typically have the following characteristics: longer in-depth articles written by experts in the jargon of the discipline, with illustrations that support the text such as charts and graphs; very few advertisements and no glossy paper; and articles are reviewed and critically evaluated by a board of experts. A quick way to determine if an article is scholarly is to look for this article structure:


  • abstract

  • literature review

  • methodology

  • results

  • conclusion

  • bibliography

Using Department Printers

Printer Models by Department:


  • Service Bureau - MX-M850

  • Education - MX-M550

  • Science and Math - MX-M700

  • Advancement - MX-3500

  • Business Office - MX3500

  • Gaylord - MX-M350

  • Library - MX-M350 

If you have any questions, please contact the Helpdesk .

What are the requirements for admission to the program?

Applicants must have completed their undergraduate degree with a minimum GPA of 2.8. They complete the application for admission and pay the $30.00 application fee. Two official copies of the undergraduate transcript are required, plus three letters of recommendation. In addition, applicants must complete a writing sample indicating reasons for interest in completing a teaching endorsement. Passing scores in all three sections of the PPST (Pre Professional Skills Test) are required before admission, along with a State of Nebraska teacher certification background check. The applicant must affirm that he/she has not been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor involving abuse, neglect or sexual misconduct.

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