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Services for Patrons with Disabilities

If you have a disability-related need, let us know how we can help.

24-Hour Study Space

The Shields Library provides 24-hour access to study space year-round, including expanded locations to accommodate peak study times (e.g. finals).

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Library Accounts and Borrowing

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Course Reserves

Borrow don't buy! Find your course materials at the library.

Request Books or Articles

Get materials via Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery services.

Archives and Special Collections Duplication Services

See fees for reproduction requests for books, pamphlets, manuscripts, images, etc.; forms concerning personal camera use; and permission to use.

Access Online Materials from Off Campus

Use the library's VPN to access materials from off campus.

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Research Support

Research Assistance

Get help with assignments and explore new research areas.

Managing Citations

Learn how to cite information and how to manage citations for your papers and projects.


Design and implement digital research exhibits, digital archives and research portals; explore text mining, analysis, and natural language processing; develop data visualizations; and receive instructional support.

Data Management and GIS

Get assistance with organization, management, curation and preservation of research data.

Library Services for Social Science Data

Get help with numeric and structured social science data.

Open Access Publishing

Find out about publisher agreements, discounts, funding opportunities and support.

Copyright and Licensing

Get information on copyright-related issues.

Use Archives and Special Collections

Request access to primary source materials and plan your research visit.

Preserve Your Research

Preserve your hard-copy and born-digital research assets in the University Archives.

Teaching Support

Library Instruction for Courses

Request a library instruction class that introduces resources to your students.

Course Reserves for Instructors

Set aside course textbooks and materials for student use.

Study Space, Classrooms and Equipment

Study Rooms and Collaboration Spaces

Find and reserve private study and collaborative spaces.

24-Hour Study Room

Study 24/7/365 at Shields Library.

Microform Readers

View and print from microforms.

Lockers, Chargers, Calculators and Other Equipment

Lockers, headphones, calculators... see what you can borrow besides books.