1. University Libraries

The Murray State University Libraries serve as the intellectual commons of the university.  By providing traditional and evolving services, resources and information literacy instruction in a space conducive to diverse learning needs, we prepare the university community to effectively navigate and apply a world of information, media and technology.


1.1. ILLiad - MSU Libraries Interlibrary Loan System
1.1.1. Create an Account in ILLiad
Only currently active Murray State students, faculty, staff and retired faculty are authorized to use ILLiad.


To create an account in ILLiad
  1. Click “First Time Users” on the ILLiad log in page.
  2. You will then be directed to a webpage that gives you important information about Interlibrary Loan before you actually register. Please read this page thoroughly before actually registering for Interlibrary Loan.
  3. Once you have read the entire text click on “First Times Users Click Here” at the bottom of the page.
  4. Fill out as much of the information as possible with the red asterisk (*) fields being required.
  5. Once you have completed filling out the registration form, click “Submit Information.”
  6. After the click, you are directed to a page that asks you to input the word “cash” into the “Account Number” field.
  7. Once you have done this click, Add Account, then click “Main Menu”
  8. You are now ready to request an actual article or book!
1.1.2. Request a Renewal in Illiad
Request a Renewal through ILLiad
  1. Log into your ILLiad Account. (Can't remember your password?)
  2. On the left hand of your screen under view, you will see “Checked Out Items.” Click there.
  3. A list will come up with all of your currently checked out items.  Click on the transaction number of the request you would like to renew.
  4. If a renewal is allowed you will see “Renew Request”.  Click there.
  5. At this point you will see in blue, confirmation that the item has been requested for renewal and information that there can be no further renewals on this item.
Once you have completed these steps we notify the lending library to get you a new due date.  You should receive an email from us within the next 2-3 days with your new due date.  The system automatically renews the material for one week while you are waiting to hear from the lending library.
1.1.3. Reset Your Password in Illiad
Reset your password
  1. Go to the ILLiad log in page
  2. Click “Forgot Password?”
  3. Enter your username in the appropriate field.
  4. Click “Reset Password.”
  5. The password reset email has been sent to you.
  6. Click the link in the email.
  7. You will be asked to enter your new password.
  8. Click “Set Password”
You should now have access to your ILLiad account!

1.1.4. Submit a Request in Illiad
Submit a Request through your ILLiad account 
  1. Log in to your ILLiad account
  2. On the main menu page, look under “New Request” and select what it is you would like to request (book, article, standards, etc)
  3. Fill out the citation for the material you would like to request.  Please include all citation information you have with the fields with a red asterisk (*) beside them being required.
  4. Click “Submit Request” at the bottom of the page.  
Your request has now been submitted to ILLiad and is awaiting processing.  You may log in to your ILLiad account at anytime to check the status of your request.
1.1.5. View Electronically Received Articles in Illiad
Once you have received an email that your articles has been received, processed and is available to be viewed through your ILLiad account.
  1. Log into your ILLiad account.
  2. Look under the view option and click “Electronically Received Articles.”
  3. Click on the transaction number given.

You may save the article to your computer for future use. The article will remain posted for 15 days after the date of posting.

View our video tutorial.

1.2. Group Station Information
There are four group study computer work stations located on the lower level of Waterfield library near Copy Express .  

These are fully functioning computers, some with keyboards and mice attached and they all have larger screens for group related work.

Two of the stations near the wall have a keyboard and mouse attached but if you would like there are wireless keyboards and mice for check out at the Circulation Desk.  
NOTE: Wireless keyboards and mice must be returned to the Circulation Desk.

These computers need to stay plugged in to the power and the network so please do not unplug them.

These computers work like any of the computers in the lab with additional software installed such as Windows Movie Maker and Skype.  
1.3. LibGuides/Databases Supported Browsers and Versions
These browsers and versions are recommended for Library on Canvas pages.  They are:

Explorer 7 +
Firefox 3.6 +
Safari 5

NOTE for Powerspeak:

Please install and use Firefox 3.5 or higher. Safari is also a good choice. IE8 is supported for the student dashboard, but may not be 100% compatible with the Powerspeak coursework system. Chrome will work on most systems, but is not officially supported.
1.4. Pharos Print Release Stations
  • Laser printers are located in the main lobby of Waterfield Library.
  • Printers print from Waterfield circulation laptops, and desktop computers.
  • To print from personal laptops please visit the following link http://lib.murraystate.edu/wirelessprinting.htm
  • Print from your own storage media, library databases, or the Internet but only from the computers. NOTE: Do not try to plug in storage media at the print stations.
  • $.10 per black & white page 
  • $.30 per color page.
  • Copy cards can be purchased in the library.
  • If you need assistance with printing please see the information desk or the circulation desk.
1.5. Print from a Personal Laptop in Waterfield Library
Printing from your personal laptop in Waterfield Library.
  1. Access the MSUemployee or MSUstudent network with your laptop. 
    1. Students - instructions for connecting to MSUstudent
    2. Employees - instructions for connecting to MSUemployee
  2. Using a browser, go to the Libraries' wireless printing page
  3. Click on the appropriate package for your operating system.
  4. Choose “Run” from the File Download Dialog Box that should pop-up.
  5. If using Internet Explorer, you may get a security warning. Click “Run” if you do.
  6. After the download has finished, you will see the first installer screen, click “Install” to begin.
  7. After you see that the installation was successful, click “Finish”
  8. You may now print from your laptop as though you were using a library lab computer.
Standard printing costs will apply.
1.6. How to print from your personal Mac to the Waterfield Library Public printers over wireless

Use these instructions to print from your personal Mac to the public printers located in Waterfield Library over wireless Internet access.

 Instructions (PDF)

1.7. ScanPro 2000 (Microform Readers)
The microfilm reader computers located in Waterfield and Pogue library all come with a guide located near the machine to help with proper use and functions of the device.  This file is also linked here so if you would like to print a personal copy or review the details of the software you may.

How to start the program.
  1. First load your reel.  You will start by placing the reel on the left roller of the reader and feeding it through the middle under the glass pane and then attaching it to the reel winder on the right.  
  2.  Please make sure the micofilm reader is turned on.  This will be a little green light on the front of the reader.  
    • NOTE: If this light is not on, there is a switch in the back of the reader, or if you need help any of people at the information desk should know how to turn it on.*
  3. Run the E-Image Data Powerscan software that has an icon like this .  This will activate the bulb inside the reader and allow you to see your film.
  4. Use the controls located on the screen to move the reel forwards and backwards.  Also the try holding the film can be moved manually to help center the frame you are looking at.
  5. Once you are finished please remember to safely rewind the reel you are using and place it back in the box.  
  6. Once you exit out of the software the bulb should shut off automatically but the reader will be in a sleep mode, you will not need to completely turn off the reader.