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University Success: How The Library Works

Highlights different resources that are beneficial for freshman enrolled in UNIV 1001

Top 5 Places To Know

As a new freshman you are going to have to learn a lot of new places. Hopefully the library becomes one of those places! The library provides access to a number of services and materials , but here are the top 5 places to know:

1. Circulation Desk: The Circulation Desk is located directly on your left after entering the library. At the Circulation Desk library staff and student workers can assist       you with directional or general informational questions. Also at the Circulation Desk this is where you go to check out library material, including:

  • Books
  • DVD's
  • Laptops
  • Headphones
  • Reserve Items

At the Circulation Desk, this where you go to pay any fines or late fees you have incurred. For more information about fines and fees please make sure to read the  library's page on the Circulation General Guidelines page:

Circulation General Guidelines

2. Learning Commons: The Learning Commons is a collaborative learning space that has group study rooms, computers, printers and scanners available for research.

3. Group Study Rooms: There are five group study rooms available for use. However in order to use the rooms a reservation is needed, when reserving a group study room please keep the following information in mind:

  •     Rooms can be reserved for up to 4 hours.
  •     Only groups are allowed to reserve study rooms.
  •     The library cannot guarantee that a reservation can be made for the desired date and time.
  •     Reservations can be made between one week and one day in advance.
  •     Requests made the day of may not be accommodated
  •     if the group does not arrive within 30 minutes of their reserved time, the reservation will be cancelled.

 If you are interested in using a group study room please make sure you fill out a group study room request form

Group Study Room Request Form

4. Reference Desk: At the Reference Desk you can speak to someone about more specific research related questions, they can help you locate items such as:

  • Finding books for a research paper or project
  • Locating articles in the various library databases

5. Individual Study Space: Need a quite space to study by yourself? There are individual study spaces and tables located on the first and third floors of the library

Checking Out Items

As a new student at UNO you have the ability to check out library items. Here is what you should know:

  • UNO Undergraduate Students may have up to 120 books checked out at any one time.
  • The checkout period is for three weeks with unlimited renewals until the end of the semester when all library items must be returned.
  • Materials that have been placed on hold by another patron cannot be renewed.
  • The checkout period for CDs and videos is seven (7) days, with one renewal if the material is not placed
    on hold by another patron.
  • Student Government DVDs may be checked out for seven days only; there are no renewals.
  • Reserve material checkout periods vary (e.g. two hours in library only, overnight, three days, or seven days) according to what a professor designates.
  • Restricted circulation materials (bound and loose periodicals) do not circulate to undergraduate students.

Subject Librarian

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Hannah White
Earl K. Long Library
Room 432