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Welcome, SHIP Students

Lauinger Library viewed from a tree-lined path on Healy Lawn

While your earlier arrival on campus was delayed by the coronavirus pandemic, we are delighted to have you here now, and we can’t wait to help you find information for classes and your personal interests. Georgetown University Library has millions of books, journals, and databases; a multimedia production lab; a makerspace; special collections that hold unique historical documents and primary sources; and a staff of librarians who are eager to help you navigate it all. Joseph Mark Lauinger Memorial Library—most people just call it Lau—is open daily throughout the Summer Hilltop Immersion Program.

University libraries can be a bit different than the public and school libraries you may be familiar with, and we’re here to help you get oriented. Start with our SHIP Welcome Video, featuring Meg Meiman, the Library’s new associate university librarian for scholarly resources and services.

The SHIP LibGuide provides lots of information about the Library, its collections, and the wide variety of services we provide. Learn about borrowing from Lau and from other university libraries in the D.C. area and around the world, how to print from Lau’s computers, how to get started with research, how to find and properly cite your sources, and much more.

This may be the first LibGuide you use, but it won’t be the last. Our librarians have created hundreds of LibGuides, and they’re one of the most valuable research tools we offer. A LibGuide is a curated collection of resources on a specific topic like the history of student activism at Georgetown or the manuscripts of Jesuit scholar Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, S.J., general subjects like sociology or chemistry, or how-to guides like starting a research project or video production. They’re the best starting point for just about any project. Some of your classes may even have course-specific LibGuides. See all of the Library’s LibGuides at guides.library.georgetown.edu. And if you need help, our librarians are readily available on our chat reference service.

Don’t miss the Library at two of the scheduled SHIP events. First, on June 11, the Library’s Maker Hub and Georgetown’s Center for Social Justice Research, Teaching, and Service will be hosting a button-making activity in front of the Lauinger Library in the Copley Formal Lounge in Copley Hall. Stop by from 5:30–7 p.m. to meet new friends and make creative buttons for yourself or as gifts. No experience, tools, or materials required! UPDATED LOCATION: Due to the weather, the button-making event has been relocated to the Copley Formal Lounge in Copley Hall

Then, visit the Library ‘tables’ at the SHIP Beyond the Classroom Fair on June 12 from 11 a.m.–2 p.m. Beyond the Classroom will take place in Red Square, just outside the Intercultural Center. We’ll have three tables where you can get an orientation to the Maker Hub, do a scavenger hunt to learn about Georgetown’s campus, and see a pop-up exhibit about Georgetown student life over time from the Booth Family Center for Special Collections at the Library’s tables. While you’re there, you’ll meet Library staff, get your questions answered, and pick up some limited-edition library swag.