2020–2021 Walden University Student Handbook (March 2021) 
    Jul 01, 2022  
2020–2021 Walden University Student Handbook (March 2021) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


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The Walden University Library mission is to foster an information-literate Walden community. The library provides information literacy instruction, reference services, school and college library liaisons, and an expansive online library collection. Students and faculty can access the library through their myWalden student or faculty portal, online course resources, or by visiting the library website.

Library Collection

The entire library collection is online and accessible to the Walden community 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The collection includes more than 90 academic research databases, 94,000 research journals, 210,000 ebooks, and over 5 million dissertations and theses. The library’s institutional repository, ScholarWorks, showcases doctoral dissertations, Walden faculty research, and university publications.

Document delivery service is available when the Walden University Library does not own an article or book chapter that a student needs for their research. The library has agreements with various publishers and university libraries to supply these materials at no cost to students.

Library Instruction

Information literacy is a university-wide learning outcome. In support of this, the Walden University Library teaches skills for finding, analyzing, and using information via media, tutorials, and guides. Library learning resources include self-guided materials available on the library website and learning resources embedded into course materials.

Library Reference Services

The Ask a Librarian service is available through email, chat, or appointment. This service can provide a range of support, from helpful links to custom library search demonstrations to connections with additional resources, such as appointments, webinars, or instructional guides.

Students may leave an email or voice message at any time of the day and receive a response within 24 business hours. Students are also able to set short call-back appointments or use the library’s chat service when librarians are online.

The library also offers longer consultation appointments for doctoral capstone students. These are staffed by school and college liaison librarians who have experience in each programs’ capstone requirements and subject-specific library resources. Appointments can take place via phone, instant chat, or video call.

Hours and further information are available on the library website.

Library Access Policies

A student must be in active and enrolled status in order to have access to all standard university services, including library collections and services.

While on a leave of absence, the student is not considered to be enrolled in the university and, therefore, will not have access to university library services or online collections.

Students completing course work to resolve an I (Incomplete) grade will retain access to library services and collections for a limited period after the last date of active enrollment.

After graduation, alumni have access to the Alumni Library, provided by the Office of Alumni Relations.