Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Library Depository Remote Facility (LDRF) Opens for In-Person Research Visits

Starting January 13, 2014, the Library Depository Remote Facility (LDRF) will be open to the UNL community for research visits by appointment only.  The LDRF contains more than 500,000 volumes of books and journals and is located near the Tractor Test Facility on East Campus.  Appointments for research visits will be available Monday through Friday, from Noon to 4:00 p.m. and should be made at least 24 hours in advance.   Researchers should include a list of materials they want to review with their appointment reservation request and send the list to the email address ldrf@unl.edu.

Gary Dolan, the LDRF manager, explained that the goal of opening up this new service to UNL faculty, staff, and students was to assist the person needing to look through numerous items at once. 

“While most patrons request one or two items from the LDRF through ILLiad and receive the scan of the article they need within 24 hours, we have some patrons that need to sit down with numerous texts and it would be convenient for them to use our facility and equipment to do their own scanning,” stated Dolan.

Staff at the LDRF will retrieve the items on the researcher’s list in advance of the visit. Browsing the LDRF collection is not possible because all materials are stored by size in boxes and many materials will need to be retrieved by forklift.

A workspace equipped with a computer and scanner has been set up for the research visits.
Any materials from Special Collections that are stored at the LDRF will still have to be ordered through the Special Collections Department, and can only be reviewed at the Archives Reading Room in Love Library. All materials held by the LDRF can be requested via the UNL Libraries’ ILLiad (interlibrary loan/document delivery) system.



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