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One of the best things about college is the many resources available to students on campus. Many schools offer free tutoring programs, mentoring, counseling, and so on. But one of the biggest and most underrated resources available to students in the library. A college’s library is home to thousands of books, both paper and digital, as well as many employees who want to help students get the information they need to succeed! Here are a few examples of resources available at a university’s library:

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  • The circulation desk. The circulation desk is a great place to ask where a specific book is located in the library if this book is available to check out, and how long you can keep the book before it needs to be returned. Library employees at the circulation desk will also know the quietest places in the library to sit in as well as how crowded the library is on certain days.
  • Private study rooms. Depending on your school, your library may also have the option to reserve private study rooms. These study rooms are great for students who are working on a group project and need a place to meet up. Not only will the private study room keep you from disrupting other people that are in the library, but it can also keep other people in the library from distracting you!
  • Librarians. A librarian is a great person to talk to if you are unsure of how to find credible and quality sources for a research paper. Not only can a librarian show you which databases and journals will work best for a specific topic, but a librarian can also walk you through how to use these sources to the fullest and how to properly cite sources within a paper.
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  • Computers and other electronics. While most colleges and universities require you to bring your own laptop, sometimes technology fails us and we are left without a computer. Thankfully, almost all libraries have computers, both laptop, and PC, available for students to use. Many libraries also rent out equipment like chargers, headphones, and cameras to students for free as well.

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Your school’s library has much more to offer than just a quiet place to study. Taking advantage of the library’s resources can help you find better sources, write better papers, and so much more!  

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