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Library Orientation for International Students

A guide detailing library resources and services for incoming and current international students.

University of Chicago Library

The Library embodies the University’s motto — Crescat scientia; vita excolatur —  by providing comprehensive resources and services to support the research, teaching, and learning needs of the University community.

There are many, many ways that Library works to provide resources and services. For a brief overview, review the Library Top 10 below.

Library Top Ten

Ten things you need to know about the Library

  1. There are 6 campus libraries. Each Library specializes in collecting resources and providing services for academic disciplines.
  2. The Library collects more than books. You can borrow a wide variety of material from the library, including CDs, video games, and DVDs.
  3. The Library can provide you with articles, books, and films from around the world. From library partnerships with Ivy League Universities to our interlibrary loan staff, you should never have to pay to access information.
  4. You don't have to visit the Library to read items in the collections. The Library's Scan & Deliver Service will send digital copies of book chapters and articles directly to you.
  5. If you find it on Google, you can probably find it in the Library. Use the Library website or proxy-it bookmarklet to find immediate access to information resources while off-campus.
  6. We know where you should look for research. Library research guides provide curated lists of the most authoritative and comprehensive resources in a variety of disciplines. 
  7. The Library is full of experts. Library experts have specialized knowledge in research practices and resources. Consult an expert at any stage of your project.
  8. You can talk in the Library. Campus libraries have designated zones for cell phones, food, collaboration, and quiet study.
  9. We're social. Follow the library on social media to keep up with library workshops, events, and new collections!
  10. We love questions. The Library's Ask a Librarian service is available to help you whenever you need it.

For more information about anything listed above, follow the links to information pages or chat with us!


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