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9 Things to Do First at the Library If You’re a Student

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  1. Visit the Library’s Undergraduate and Graduate Student homepages: The Library offers hundreds of resources and services to support you throughout your time at Georgetown, and the best place to find them all is through our Undergraduate and Graduate student homepages! The student homepages provide an overview of these services and information on how to contact us if you want more information about anything.
  2. Add upcoming Library events to your calendar! The Library is hosting a diverse array of events this fall, including a special visit from the Librarian of Congress, Dr. Carla Hayden! Check them out and RSVP to secure your seat!
  3. Schedule a research consultation with your subject specialist: As soon as you get your first research assignment, schedule an appointment with your subject specialist. They can show you how to search the Library’s millions of resources effectively and point you in the direction of the best resources for your topic.
  4. Follow the Library: Keep up-to-date on the latest news and information from the Library by following us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram! We post news, alerts and lots of interesting Georgetown history. Don’t miss out!
  5. Sign up for a workshop in the Gelardin New Media Center or the Maker Hub! The Library’s Gelardin New Media Center and Maker Hub offer a series of free workshops on everything from data visualization to social media marketing to 3D printing and design every semester. Sign up early because they fill up fast!
  6. Explore the Booth Family Center for Special Collections: The Library has a large collection of rare and unique materials in the Booth Family Center for Special Collections, most of which are available for research. If you’re taking a class requiring original research this semester, take a few moments to explore Special Collections, which includes the University Archives, Rare Books, Manuscripts, and the University Art Collection. Don’t forget to stop by to see the latest exhibitions they have up!
  7. Make a lynda.com playlist: What are your goals this year? Want to become a master public speaker or an Excel ninja? Log in to lynda.com to find thousands of professional video tutorials on technology and professional skills.
  8. Reserve a study room: You don’t have to work on that group project in the middle of Lau 2! Book a group study room instead. All group study rooms are equipped with white boards and monitors so you can work collaboratively. Need to settle down and focus? We also have individual study rooms! Reserve them online up to a week in advance!