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Welcome to our FAQ Page. Check here for answers to common questions about library services. If you can't find what you need on this page, please contact us.

If you are off campus, some resources may require you to log in through a system called EZProxy.

You should see a log-in page such as the one below. Simply log in with the username and password that you use for Self Service.

If you have any difficulties accessing library resources, please contact us at 580-327-8574, or email

Screenshot of EZProxy screen seen when logging in from off campus
EZProxy log-in page.


  1. Go to Self Service to make sure you are logging in with the correct username and password. You will use the same credentials for off-campus access.

  2. Clear your browser history and cache. Sometimes your system may have cached webpages containing errors. Once you clear your history, go back to the library homepage and select the resource to which you are trying to gain access.

  3. Still can’t get in? Contact us. We need to know!

As a student, you can check out:

  • Books for .

  • DVDs for .

  • Laptops & tablets for .

Digital books (eBooks) have a default loan period of , after which they expire automatically. You are not required to return eBooks.

You can check out twenty-five items, including 5 DVDs. See the page on Borrowing for more details.

In the Catalog

If you are looking for a book, check the NWOSU Library Services’​ online catalog to determine whether the book is available at the J. W. Martin Library.

If you find a book in the catalog that is housed in another library, you can order it by clicking the button labeled Request Item in the book’s catalog entry. This will take you to a form; please fill it out using your NWOSU email address.

If you are a distance learner or are on a satellite campus, please specify where we should send the item. Contact the library staff if you need assistance.

In a Database

If you are searching in a research database and find an article that is not available in full text, the article’s reference information should include a link with the label Ask Northwestern to get this item from another library.

This link will take you to an interlibrary-loan form; please fill out the form using your NWOSU email address.

By Form

To request an item that you can’t find in either a research database or the online catalog, use the interlibrary loan form. Provide as much information as possible, such as:

  • Complete title.
  • Author.
  • Publication information.

Library staff members can assist you in your search or with your interlibrary loan request.

Intra-Campus Loans

If you find a book in the online catalog and want us to send it to another campus, you will find a link in the item record, Request NWOSU-owned item, through which you can request it. Expect loans between campuses to take one to two business days.

If you have questions, please contact the access services librarian via phone (580-327-8576) or email (

Twelve study rooms are available in the J. W. Martin Library on the Alva campus.

You do not need to reserve a study room; simply enter one that is not already occupied.

Study Room 7 contains a laptop and SMART Board perfect for practicing presentations. This room is kept locked, so ask at the front desk if you wish to use it.

You can connect to our wireless network with your laptop or mobile device.

Your laptop or phone should locate the network when you open your network and sharing center. The network for Northwestern Oklahoma State University is listed as Rangers.

Access to the WorldCat Catalog is available from the navigation bar at the top of the screen.

Select CatalogGo to the Catalog. On most pages of our site, you can also search the catalog directly via the search bar in the header.

You can search by:


Type any term, such as psychology, modeling, or mental health. Be aware that keyword searching only looks for your term. There is no guarantee that the results will be about your term.


Type any known words from the title. Avoid articles like a or the.


Use either Last name, First name or First name Last name order.

Limit results:

  • To Northwestern Oklahoma State University Library Services to discover items held at our library.

  • By Content to find peer-reviewed articles or items available in full-text.

  • By Format to find specific types of items such as articles or printed books.

Detail of left sidebar in catalog, showing limiter options.
Limiters from the catalog.

You can click on the title link of any record to get more detailed information about the item. Make sure to note the location (Call Number) and the Status (Available, Lost, or Checked Out) of the item you want.

If you are looking for a local newspaper, please see our current list of newspaper holdings:

Try the eBook Help page for tips on downloading eBooks from our various collections:

The company EBSCO curates most of our eBooks. You can read eBooks online, but to check out and download them, you will need to create or log into an EBSCO account, which is separate from your library account.

You can download most eBooks in EPUB or PDF format. The preferred software to read eBooks is Adobe Digital Editions, which is available for free:

Information on the use of copyrighted materials in the classroom is available in our Faculty Services guide:

To summarize, the government circular Reproduction of Copyrighted Works by Educators and Librarians indicates that use of copyrighted works should meet tests of brevity, spontaneity, cumulative effect, and notice of copyright:


A complete poem or less, not exceeding 250 words.

A complete prose work of 2,500 words or less.

An excerpt from a longer prose work of no more than 1,000 words or 10%, whichever is less.

A maximum of two pages from a special work such as a short, illustrated children’s book.

A maximum of one reproduced image per published work.


Copying is instigated by the particular instructor using the work.

The need for the work is realized close enough to the instruction period that seeking permission is not feasible.

Cumulative Effect

The copying of a particular work is for only one course.

No more than one complete work or two excerpts is copied from a single author.

Copying of this nature is done no more than nine times in a term.

Notice of Copyright

A notice of copyright should be printed with the copy.