How to use the Leatherby Libraries

You’ve got a cell phone. You’ve got a computer. You’ve got a modem. You think you’re connected? Unless you’re connected to the Leatherby Libraries, you may not know what you’re missing. One of the biggest myths around is that everything is on the Internet and that you can find it for free. The fact is you’ll find little information on the Web before 1975 and little serious research available for free. Some information is actually easier to find in print than online. The Leatherby Libraries offer vast collections of books and other reference materials, historical and rare documents, photographs and recordings, video and other primary source material. The library also has an extensive collection of online journals to meet the specialized needs of student and faculty researchers. Some of these materials are available on the Internet, but at a steep price. But they can be found on the library’s website. Our library offers the best of both worlds: extensive print works and some of the finest electronic resources available. We provide online collections free of charge to our students in the same way we provide books, videos and other resources – only this way, you can log in all the time. Using the library has never been faster, easier or more comfortable. In addition to Web access, the library has more than 775 seats for studying and researching, 120 computer work stations, wireless technology throughout the building, power and data access at all study stations as well as art exhibits and a coffee lounge. Most importantly, there are librarians to help students find what they need, whether it’s in a book, journal, government document or database. The library may be the only place on campus where you’re not expected to know the answer. Librarians are the ultimate search engines. Our job is to help you find the answers. To help students sharpen their research skills, the library offers regular library instruction sessions. Students may also request an individual research consultation to receive independent library instruction or in depth research assistance. The library is participating in the Campaign for America’s Libraries, which is sponsored by the American Library Association and Association of College and Research Libraries. The national campaign hopes to raise public awareness of the value of libraries and librarians. My goal is to increase knowledge of the services and resources available at your library. The Leatherby Libraries encourage all students to find out more by stopping by the library or logging on to our website.

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