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Library Services & Support for Faculty: Support for Research

The Hope College Libraries provide a variety of services and resources in support of faculty teaching and scholarship.

Research Consultations

The Hope College Libraries provide access to over one hundred research databases. If you could use some help getting started on a research project, librarians are happy to consult with you.  Email or contact your departmental librarian.

Help Finding Funding

Librarians work with the Sponsored Research Office to help faculty identify potential sources of research funding. Visit the funding resources page and talk with your librarian and Tracey Nalley in the Sponsored Research Office about how we can assist you.

Obtaining Research Materials

The library has a vast network of resouces to support your scholarship. There are probably few things we can't get for you.

MeL Catalog and Delivery

MeL (the Michigan Electronic Library) is a shared catalog of public and academic libraries in Michigan. Your may directly request that a book in MeL be sent to you via the "get this for me" button. Log-in with your 1Hope username and password when prompted. Books are on loan for three weeks. Most MeL requests come in 4-5 days and are less expensive for the library than interlibrary loan.

Interlibrary Loan

For journal articles and items not available via MeL. Submit your request using the appropriate online request form

Van Wylen Library provides free Interlibrary Loans to Hope College students, faculty, and staff. Most items will arrive within 2 weeks. Articles will be sent directly to you. Books must be picked up at the Circulation Desk. You will be notified by e-mail when your item arrives. Contact Interlibrary Loan at 395-7794.

Center for Research Libraries

The Center for Research Libraries makes available more than four million publications, archives, and collections to its member libraries to supplement their own humanites, social science, and science holdings. Center materials can be obtained for extended loan periods and at no cost for Hope College faculty, staff, and students.

 Search the CRL Catalog    Sumit an CRL Loan Request

Science Direct Article Requests

You may request Elsevier articles on-demand via Science Direct using a username and password assigned to your department. The library is charged $23.00 for each article downloaded. Check with ask-a-librarian if you need assistance determining the best method to obtain an article or if you need your department's username and password.


Make Your Scholarship Visible

The library strives to make the scholarship of Hope College faculty visible and available to the larger research community. Hope College supports open access to faculty scholarship through the Faculty Open Access Policy and our institutional repository called Digital Commons @ Hope College.  Once you submit an article to the institutional repository you will get monthly reports regarding the number of download requests it received.

Faculty may submit information about your research to the institutional repository directly using the appropriate submission form. Alternately, you may simple email information about your submission to If you have questions about retaining your author rights before you sign an author's agreement, contact Kelly Jacobsma (x7738 or

Faculty Bibliography

The library also produces an annual Faculty Bibliography of scholarship and creative performance based on the submissions in the institutional repository. Please make sure that your scholarship is represented. Department Chairpersons may also request reports about their department's scholarly activity based on items submitted to the repository.