Well, they’re not quite here, but they’re coming up quickly. As always, the SMCM Library is ready to help you finish out the year on a high note.
For starters, the Reference & Instruction librarians (and myself, from behind the circulation desk) are available to provide research assistance on any and all subjects. If there isn’t anyone at the reference desk, we have an “open door” policy here – if a door is open, come on in! Beyond that, you can email any of the librarians to set up an appointment. Beyond THAT, we often have someone available to chat live, in real-time, at the Research Help page on the library website. Finally, there is an online knowledge base of frequently asked questions for you to search – or you can ask your own question and get a response within 24 hours.
What’s that you say? You don’t necessarily need research help, you just want a place where you can kip down and study? Well, you are in luck! The SMCM Library has lots of accommodations – tables, individual study carrels and comfy chairs can be found in abundance on the first and second floors of the library. If you need to use a computer, we have about two dozen of them loaded with Microsoft Office software and other goodies such as SPSS and Adobe Reader. Room 112 in the Library Annex has another 16 computers, and it is available 24/7 for night owls and early birds. The circulation desk also has laptops available. If you want a bit of privacy, we have five group study rooms, three of which can be reserved online for up to three hours at a time (the other two are first-come, first-served). These rooms all have tables/chairs, ethernet ports, power outlets, and whiteboards. One study room even has a 55″ flatscreen TV with a computer connection for your laptop!
If it’s gear you need, then the circulation desk has almost certainly got what you’re looking for. We’ll loan you a laptop, headphones, dry erase markers, ethernet cables, extension cords, laptop chargers (Mac & PC), and lots of other stuff to help you make the most of your time here. By the way, I should mention that NONE of these items are subject to overdue fines 😀
In addition to all of the above, we’re offering extended hours from Tuesday, April 23 through Tuesday, May 7. Be sure to thank Carol, Reneé, and the rest of the late-night staff for helping keep us open late!
As always, if you have any questions, comments, or concerns, feel free to let a library staff member know. If they can’t help you directly, they can put you in touch with someone who can.