New to the Library? Here’s where to start.

Coming to college for the first time can be overwhelming. There’s new people to meet, dorm living to adjust to, and a course load that requires solid time management skills. A university library is often much larger than your local public library and provides its own challenges of where to get started.

Your first foray into the library might be for a quiet study space.  Did you know you can reserve a study room (rooms in green at the bottom of the map) on the 3rd floor?  There is a link to reserve a study room on our main page.



Eventually you may need to find resources to write a paper.  On the library homepage there is a search box labeled  OneSearch. OneSearch is the place to go for finding online magazine, journal, or newspaper articles on a topic.  It will also help you locate print and e-books.

search box


By putting terms in the search window and clicking the search button you will retrieve results that you can narrow via search refinements (left hand side of screen).  If the resource is available online it will indicate that in the citation via a yellow star that says “online.”



If you get a book, it will list the call number and location in the library.   Our library map provides more detail on the organization of the library.  Note, the main floor is actually considered the 2nd floor, yet most, but not all of the books are located on the 3rd (upper floor on the map).  As you can see below the first book, “The Frog Scientist,” is located on the main floor in Pre-K-12 Collection (left hand side of the map), while the second one is on the 3rd floor.

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