The University of Chicago Library offers a variety of orientation programs for new students. With the wealth of online resources now available, such as ebooks, online journals and research databases, library orientation no longer is just a building tour. Instead, these programs focus on the many resources and services that are available to students to support their research both on and off-campus.
New undergraduates are welcome to attend two orientation programs during O-Week. “Library Boot Camp” in Regenstein Library, provides College students with a fast-paced overview of the library services and research tools essential to success in their first quarter of classes. At Crerar Library, “Science Research: An Introduction to the John Crerar Library” introduces students to library services for the biological and physical sciences, and focuses on journal literature—ideal for pre-meds or future chemistry majors.
Incoming graduate students can join tailored Library orientations hosted by the subject librarians (also known as bibliographers) who serve as liaisons to their department or program. These orientation sessions highlight the wide variety of Library resources—both online and print collections—available to students as they complete their programs of study. In addition, students receive detailed information about services to support their research such as research consultations, Scan and Deliver, Borrow Direct and UBorrow.
The Library also participates in campus-wide orientation activities for new students, hosting information tables at the Family Resources Fair, the Graduate Student Orientation, and the Student Activities and Resources Fair. These events provide students with an opportunity to meet librarians, learn about new services, ask questions, and pick up fun giveaways such as Library pins.
A listing of orientation programs can be found on the Library’s Workshop and Events Calendar. Additional information can be obtained by contacting our subject specialists or through our Ask a Librarian service.