People come to the library for many different reasons. Some come to study. Some come to look for reading materials for their research. Some come for the comfort of the relaxed environment that the library offers. Some just come to use the facilities and the services that the library has like the computers, daily newspapers, television channels and so on.
To those who are really studious, the library is THE place which they couldn’t live without. They will religiously come to the library during all the free time they have. They will use all the collections, services and facilities that the library offers. Some library customers believe that the library collections are only the printed books, journals and multimedia materials. They are oblivious that their research could go beyond the physical resources that the library owns. Therefore, without the library they are at a lost as to where to look for materials for their study and research. What happen if the library is closed? How can they access the library collection? The answer is simple – remote access.
The non-print library resources, other than multimedia, can be obtained online or digitally. Among the resources are the online databases, the digital library collection, e-books, e-journals and so on. These collections could be accessed through the library homepage either within the library, within the campus or out of campus (remotely).
How can you access the online collections, mainly the online databases, remotely? You can do so by performing two steps. First, register your borrower ID and password at the library homepage by clicking at “New User Sign Up” under the “My Digital Account”. Second, configure the web browser of your personal computer or laptop. The instruction is available in the library homepage at ( http://lib.iium.edu.my/resources/offcampuss.pdf ) or you can get the printed brochure from the Reader’s Advisory Desk. Basically, what you need to do is to enter the proxy address of the library homepage to your computer’s LAN setting. By doing so, the online databases’ providers will allow you to access their databases as they know you are a customer of the IIUM Library.
Give it a try today and you will find that it is easy to access the library remotely. You will also discover that even if the library is close at night or during the weekends, you can still do your information search for your assignments or thesis. If you encounter any problems, just contact your liaison librarians or the Reader’s Advisory Desk.
Yusrina Abu Bakar,
Head of Quality and Coporate Communication Section.