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Get a tour of Booth, its collections and services

Every semester Booth offers walk-in tours of the library three times a day, four days a week for the first four weeks of the term. But what you may not know is that you can request a tour at any time!

You can request a walking tour of the building or request special instruction in any of the library’s resources from our library faculty. Professors will often request to have a librarian speak to their class about research tools related to an assignment, but the librarians are able to tailor their presentations to your questions and interests too!

Call the Reference Desk at 217-581-6072 to see about an appointment for a tour for you or your group. If you are interested in scheduling hands-on research skills instruction, complete the web form to reserve a time in our classroom or with a librarian in our reference lab.

Librarians offer research help 24-7

You know there are a lot of computers in the library and free printing in the Reference lab on the third floor. And, of course, you probably know there are a million-plus books and electronic resources and research available through Booth. But what do you know about the people at Booth?

Did you know librarians at EIU are highly credentialed faculty, and many of them are published scholars? Booth librarians are available to support student and faculty research in a variety of ways. The Reference desk, located on the main floor of the Library, is staffed with library faculty members from 8 a.m. until 10 p.m. most days of the week. They can answer questions ranging from the simplest to the very specific and complicated.

Do you need to find resources for your writing assignment? They can help. Are you having difficulty understanding what your professor is asking you to do? Bring your assignment by and let a librarian work through it with you. They won’t give you the answer, but they’ll be a big help in getting you on the right path, and they have many years of experience working on college assignments with students just like you.

The “reference librarians,” or “research-help” librarians, have expertise in finding information and navigating the complex research tools that the library makes available to the university. Library databases are highly sophisticated systems and have many features and options that are not obvious to the novice researcher. Librarians understand these systems and know how to manipulate them to get the optimal results. They also know how to explain it all so the non-expert can understand.

Research-help librarians are also available online. You can reach them via email or chat, or make an appointment for a private consultation. They are even on D2L! You can use the library widgets in your D2L course site, or your professor might even have added a research librarian to your course!

There are librarian liaisons with your major department who specialize in a subject area like English, Economics, Biology, History, or Education. They support the faculty in that department by collecting materials for the library and teaching classes in research skills. They develop instructional guides and web pages to help you accomplish tasks in Booth.

No matter what your question, the librarians at Booth have you covered!