Welcome back for the spring semester! And, if you are new to the UMassD community this semester, welcome! We hope you enjoyed the break and are excited to be back on campus.
So, now that you’re here we thought we’d take a moment to send a few library reminders:
The library is back to regular hours. We are open from 7:30 am to 1 am Monday through Thursday, 7:30 am to 9 pm on Fridays, 9 am to 9 pm on Saturdays, and noon to 1 am on Sundays. You can find holiday hours and other exceptions on our online calendar. Remember to bring your UMass Pass when visiting the library after 10 pm as you must tap your card to enter the building.
We are here to support your learning and research. If you have research questions, we have subject librarians who are happy to talk with you and provide help! You can email, chat, text, call, or stop by in-person to connect with one of our librarians. Reference librarians staff one of the computers at the 1st floor Learning Commons Desk. They are here to help you, so please feel free to come talk to them! Our Learning Commons student assistants also provide basic technical support with things like COIN and printing at the same desk. Think of the Learning Commons Desk as a one-stop shop for both your technical and research questions.
There are many kinds of study spaces throughout the library for individual and group study. Do you do a lot of group work? If so, you can go online and reserve a group study room! You will also see “table tents” on the 3rd and 5th floors to help you share the group study tables and help us all make the best use of the library’s study spaces. If you would like to notify a friend about where you’re going to be studying in the library, send them a link with a pointer on a library floor map of where you’ll be studying using the Find Me Here tool. And, near the Learning Commons Desk on the first floor, the South Reading Room provides a space for quiet study.
Do you need a laptop for your work in the library? Borrow one for the day at the first floor Circulation Desk.
If you’re back and already thinking about your senior project, your master’s thesis or the big paper you’ll have to write this semester, you might want to look up one of our expert subject librarians to help you with your research.
You may already know about the library’s collection of online journal databases and books, however, we just updated the Primo user interface for library collection searches, so please contact a librarian with any questions.
If you need an item that the library does not have in our collections (excluding textbooks), you can request it free of charge by using our interlibrary loan service.
As the semester progresses, watch for library programming and events, such as the Game Night we sponsor every Thursday night from 7-10PM in the Library Living Room, with a variety of board games on hand. The library also co-sponsors Stressless Days once a month in the Library Living Room that feature games, therapy dogs, and chair massage, as well as arts and crafts. Looking for a good book to read for fun? We have a Science Fiction Book Club that meets once a month, a collection of “Read and Return” books in the Library Living Room, and plenty of genre fiction or light non-fiction in the library stacks.
Other questions? Ask us, we are here to help!