Jack C. Taylor Library

Library FAQs

How do I...?


Find a book?

Start with the Classic Catalog to see if a book is available in our collection. If so, you'll use the Call Number (in the middle of the screen to the right of the item location) to locate the book on the shelf. Patrons are expected to retrieve their own books from the shelves, but if you need assistance stop by the front desk or give us a call.

For more information about the Library of Congress classification system, click HERE.

If a book is NOT available in the Fontbonne collection, you may request it through MOBIUS (a regional consortium); the link can be found at the top of the catalog screen.

If you still can’t find it, you can request it through Interlibrary Loan.


Find an article?

Many full-text articles are available through the Digital Resources A-Z List. Look for the 'Search EBSCO' box on the main page or choose a subject-specific database to search the collections. If you have a citation, you can use  to see if a particular publication is available. You will be asked to log in with your Fontbonne username and password. If you run into problems, check out these troubleshooting tips.

If an article is not available, you can request it through Interlibrary Loan.


Check out audio and ebooks with Libby?

Download the Libby app on your device and add the MOBIUS consortium to your list of libraries. You will use your id number + f (123456f) to sign in. Kindle users will need to log in to Amazon after borrowing each item.


Request a book or an article?

If a book is NOT available in the Fontbonnne collection, you may request it through MOBIUS (a regional consortium). Look for the link at the top of the catalog screen.

Books and articles that are not otherwise available can be requested through our Interlibrary Loan services.


Renew items I have checked out?

Library items checked out on your account can be renewed through the Classic Catalog.


Get help with a project?

Start with the Subject & Reference Pages or email us with specific questions: libraryhelp@fontbonne.edu.

Reference Librarians are also available during regular library hours (days, evenings, & weekends). If you need in-depth research assistance, you can schedule an appointment with the appropriate subject librarian.


Reserve a Study Room?

Students and faculty have access to five private study rooms in the library, including one on the second floor that can now be reserved for 2-hour sessions. Reservation can be made by emailing circdesk@fontbonne.edu. Please allow at least 24 hours notice. 


Print in Color? 

Color printing is available in the Information Commons at the cost of $0.24/page. Students will need to activate their PaperCut account using PayPal to add credit (in increments of $5). Detailed instructions are available on a handout in the rack near the entrance of the Info Commons, or you can ask at the Desk for help.


Access Canvas?

You can access Canvas through the Current Students page or GRIFFINNET on the main university site. You can also use this direct link: https://fontbonneuniversity.instructure.com.


Find the library?

The Library is located on the north side of the main Fontbonne Campus; the main entrance faces Ryan Hall and the horseshoe drive.

Click HERE to find a full map of the campus.


Additional Notes

Taylor Library welcomes alumni, campus visitors, and members of the community outside Fontbonne to use library computers when they are not needed by students, faculty, or staff. More information about guest computer use is available HERE.

Troubleshooting Login Problems

When accessing the Digital Resources (aka library databases) from off campus, you will see this message on the login screen after clicking on a link to a digital resource.

Please type your Fontbonne username (without the @fontbonne.edu) and password that you use for Fontbonne email, Canvas, wi-fi network, GriffinNet, etc.

Scenario 1: No login screen

If you do not see the login screen or the digital resource does not load correctly after you enter your username and password, please try the following (and document your steps in case a technician needs to assist with troubleshooting your issue later):

1) try a different web browser (Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, etc.)

2) try private (or incognito) mode in your web browser

3) try a different internet connection

NOTE: An internet connection with a security firewall, like a school or place of work, may prevent you from accessing the login screen and the digital resources.

Scenario 2: Username/Password not valid

Logins should extend across Outlook and Canvas. Once you have logged in to one with your Fontbonne email address (with the @fontbonne.edu) and password, you should have access to the library resources. If you are not able to log in, you can try resetting your Fontbonne password at https://askus.fontbonne.edu/ (you will need to have set up your security questions ahead of time). If you still are unable to get in, please contact IT. 

Scenario 3: Additional Issues

If the steps suggested in the above scenarios do not solve your issue OR your issue is not covered here, please report your issue to librayhelp@fontbonne.edu. Please include clear details of your issue, including the URL of the page where you clicked the digital resource link and other steps or clicks that you performed to arrive where you're running into problems. If possible, please include screenshots of error messages OR screen record the actions that lead to the issue.

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