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Accessing Library Resources Off-Campus

by  Sarah Berry

Rohrbach Library offers a slew of resources through its electronic databases, which include Academic Search Complete, BrowZine, The Reading Eagle Archives and more. Accessing these resources on campus is simple, however many students are unsure of how to use these databases off campus.

So, how are these databases accessed off campus? Simple, by logging in.

Student ID card

A student ID features a library barcode beginning in 622001.

There are two forms of ID that can be used for logging in. The first requires your campus login and password, which is used for accessing MyKU and D2L, along with your KU email. The second requires your KU library barcode, which is found on your student ID card or your library card.

If using your student ID card, the barcode will be a 16-digit number located on the front and will begin in either 50392 or 622001. If using your gold library card, the barcode will be a 14-digit number and will begin in 20506.

After choosing your ID, you can proceed with logging in.

When trying to access the databases off-campus, you will encounter a screen similar to the one below, asking you to provide either a Library ID or a Username/Password to log on to the system. If opting to use your campus login and password, select the Username/Password option. Alternatively, if using your library barcode, choose the Library ID Logon option.

KU Login

Users using their campus ID to login will be taken to a separate login screen after selecting, “Login.”

If you receive an error when logging in with your library barcode, it is likely the barcode has not been validated by the library. To validate the card, contact the library by phone  at 610-683-4480 or visit the Information Desk on the first floor of the Rohrbach Library the next time you are on campus. If you are unable to reach the library by phone, try using your campus login and password instead.

If you receive an error when logging in with your campus login and password, double-check your spelling and ensure your password has not expired. If your password has expired, contact the IT Help Center at 610-683-1511 for assistance.

If you fail to receive any errors, then congratulations, you now have off-campus access to the library’s electronic databases.


Try BrowZine: a NEW way to research through Rohrbach!

By Veronica Daub

News: The Rohrbach Library has just added BrowZine to its already extensive list of research resources. And, it’s going to change the way you look for online academic journals at Rohrbach!

It’s easy to become overwhelmed with the abundance of information available online. At times, this information tsunami makes it difficult to pinpoint a solid BrowZineLogo-FINAL COLORtopic or journal source for research. The dreaded search-box asks you what you’re looking for, and in many cases, you don’t know just yet. BrowZine has brought research into the 21st century by providing academic journals and articles in a “bookshelf-view” that omits the search-box venue of research. In addition to bringing academics to the modern age, not only can users experience BrowZine on their computers, but also on their tablets and smart phones. (In fact, it started as an app!)

Video: Watch this video for a preview of how easy BrowZine is to use:

On Trial at KU: Kutztown University has a trial subscription to BrowZine (including off-campus access) until December 31st. Try it! If you like it, please let Bob Flatley know at If we get enough interest, BrowZine could become a game changer in how we access our online research journals at KU starting in the spring semester.

Using BrowZine: The shelves are organized by subject, making it easy for thumbing through academic journals. Users can dive in and find what they’re searching for through browsing, rather than beginning with a search.

For example, I chose earth and environmental sciences. The next page brought me to a large, alphabetical shelf-view list of journals that covered the wide range of topics that fall under environmental sciences, such as aquaculture, ground-water monitoring, and sedimentation. Selecting a journal will bring you to a page similar to this (click image for a full view):


Underneath the journal title on the left, you may select the year of publication, which will bring you to the respective list of volumes and issues. After selecting an issue, you will see a list of the journal’s content through different subheadings. Clicking on one will bring you to a document viewer that will provide both the abstract and full text.

BrowZine also has a “My Bookshelf” feature where you can file favorite articles and journals to view later, AND you can set it up to receive notifications when those journals are updated with new information. This way, BrowZine assures its users that they can stay on top of the constantly emerging information in their chosen field. BrowZine also makes sharing information as simple as a click; articles can be emailed, posted to Facebook or Twitter, or opened in other apps (when using a tablet) all through BrowZine.

Like it? Let us know!: We hope you like BrowZine. Again, please try it and get any feedback to Bob Flatley at

Insights from the Intern (Part One)

By: Megan Neely

As an intern for the Rohrbach Library, I see a consistent stream of students coming down to the basement on the days that I am working. There is a definite cycle to the way students are using the library. In the morning, students are quicker; they’re logging onto computers to print something before class then just as fast as that document has popped out, they’re rushing back off again. As the day goes on, the students stay longer. They spend time working on their assignments on the computers, reading, or meeting up with group members to get projects done.

The thing is, it’s the same students coming in day after day, and when you look closer, it’s the same majors coming in too.  Library science (obviously-they’re based here) and education majors typically dominate in population of patronage to the ground floor; closely followed by the English and professional writing students. Over 10,000 students make up Kutztown University, so I ask this:

Where are you?

I get that everyone has their own preference when it comes to studying and if what you’re doing works for you and your academic goals then keep it up!

However, if you’re reading this and your GPA could be higher, don’t feel bad because I was the same way. Please continue to read on. The Rohrbach Library has some amazing services that I wish I had known about when I was a freshman at Kutztown.

Rohrbach Library contains over 500,000 items divided into eight collections: Archives, Bound Periodicals and Microforms, Curriculum Materials, Government Documents, Library Science, the Main Collection, Quartos and Reference.  It probably sounds really overwhelming but the good news is that you can search through all of the collections using the Rohrbach Library Online Catalog. Which makes it really easy to find the appropriate sources for a paper or a book to do some additional research the material that you’re learning in class.

computer labFrom the Rohrbach Library website, whether you’re on campus in one of the many computer labs or not, you can access over 100 databases. Through companies like EBSCOhost and Lexis-Nexus, you have a plethora of options to provide you with journal, magazine and newspaper articles, and many are in full-text format. Better yet, professional librarian assistance is available at the Research Help Desk located on the main floor in the Information Commons area. There a librarian can help you sort through the databases and the catalog to find what you’re looking for. For more in-depth assistance, you can contact a librarian directly and make an appointment.

It’s easy to see how the library can contribute to academic success, but YOU have to be the one to use it. If you’re still unsure about what the library can do for you, you’re in luck. This semester, we are creating bookmarks for departments with exclusive information about services that apply specifically to your major. Stay tuned to the library’s blog for updates and then be sure to check your department office to pick one up!

Little Free Libraries: 5,000 new libraries in four years

Picture of tiny streetside library

A little free library, and three little readers

Right, you’re still looking for a way to celebrate National Library Week. Here’s an idea: open your own dang library. If you get busy right now you can probably finish construction by the time NLW ends on Saturday night.

The national broadcasting company of Japan, NHK, a couple days ago aired this story from here in the U.S. about what’s absolutely the cutest craze ever to take the book-loving public by storm.

A Little Free Library looks kind of like a birdhouse where novels and biographies and children’s books are nesting. You come along, you browse. You take a book or two; you leave a book or two.
Map showing nearby site of a Little Free Library
The structure itself is an eminently DIY creation, one that thousands of people have installed on roadsides all across America and, yes, the world. The movement’s website offers plans and tips galore.

There are some of these libraries not far from here–one in Doylestown, for example–but what’s the closest one to Kutztown? Let us know if you find it. Or, better yet, build it yourself. And send us a picture!

This is huge! Kutztown’s first Art Walk!

Kutztown is an art town, for sure. The borough is packed with art, with artists, with aspiring artists, with artists-in-training, with art lovers, with art teachers and teachers of art teachers, with aspiring art lovers…

Thursday is going to be a memorable night here in Kutztown. So mark your calendar:

September 6       4pm-9pm       Map

New Oaxacan prints at Rohrbach Library, curated by Kevin McCloskey

Kevin McCloskey recently returned from Oaxaca with a sheaf of new prints. He curated this exhibit in our Second Floor Gallery and it is a todo dar.

Our library’s participation in this amazing celebration of the printmaker’s art features an exhibit curated by longtime Friend of Rohrbach Kevin McCloskey, who wrote a great preview of the whole Art Walk that’ll stretch from here to down past Saucony Creek.

We hope you’ll be able to stop by. Rumor has it there will also be Mexican pastries and drinks up on the Second Floor. First come, first served, of course.

Ah Paris!


Photo Courtesy of the  Official Eiffel Tower Website

The Eiffel Tower was dedicated on this day in history in the year 1889.  Go here to learn more about the historical occassion and the reason behind the construction of this iconic tower.

Visit the official Eiffel Tower Website for a virtual tour of the landmark.

Want to learn more about the city of Paris?  Check out ParisDailyPhoto, a blog that posts pictures from around the city of Paris every day.

To learn more about historical places and landmarks, check out our articles and databases on the Rohrbach Library Website.

Isabel Allende’s The House of The Spirits to be Performed by Repertorio Español


Chilean-American novelist Isabel Allende’s debut work, , has been adapted for the stage by director José Zayas and playwright Caridad Svich, and is to be performed at Repertorio Español’s theater on East 27th Street in New York City.  Click here to view the New York Times article on this recent adaptation.

Want to check out to play, but have never read any of Allende’s works?  Check out these results from our library catalog to learn more about Allende and her poetic and prolific writing.

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