Recruiting Volunteers for our Student Library Advocates

September 17, 2014 at 3:13 pm | Posted in Student Library Advocates | Leave a comment

heart of the book's pagesWe are recruiting students to join our Student Library Advocates and would love to include YOU!  Join our Student Library Advocates and help us spread the news about our services, programs and spaces that contribute to student success on campus.  The Paul V. Galvin Library is committed to enriching and enhancing the educational experience for students and to that end we will continue to work with students to gather input, but we also need students to assist us in outreach to the IIT community.  Advocates will be comprised of undergraduate and graduate students from various disciplines who will meet a few times each semester to:

• learn more about library services, collections and spaces
• develop effective communication strategies for reaching students
• foster programming ideas
• help identify trends in the student use of services and resources
• participate in the development of surveys or focus groups

Volunteering to join the Student Library Advocates will allow you to add an important line item on your resume under Campus Activities and Leadership Opportunities, but more importantly, it will also allow you to make an IMPACT on student life on campus.  If you are interested in participating, send us an email at, write “Student Library Advocates” in the subject line and tell us three things:

• Your student status (undergraduate or graduate level)
• Major or intended course of study
• Why you would like to serve on the Student Library Advocates

Please submit your email of interest to by Friday, September 26. The first meeting of Advocates will be Thursday, October 2. Board meetings are held from 12:50-1:40 PM and lunch is provided. New members will be notified by Monday, September 29.

Laptops Available to Circulate Outside of the Library

September 15, 2014 at 9:33 pm | Posted in technology | Leave a comment

LaptopGalvin Library, in cooperation with the Office of Technology Services (OTS), has laptops available for students to borrow that can be used outside of the library. All of the laptops have the course software you need, and borrowing time is 4 hours, plus you can renew it one time for an additional 4 hours. Maybe you have IPRO or group work expected, or worse, your laptop is fried and an assignment is due? Maybe it’s as simple as you just don’t want to lug your own electronics around campus? Borrow an OTS laptop at Galvin Library!

Here are some specifics to remember:

  • You need your IIT ID to check out a laptop
  • Borrower is responsible for timely return with no damage
  • Borrowing time: 4 hours, with one 4 hour renewal
  • Limited availability; first-come, first-served

Problems with your electronic device or these laptops? Visit the OTS Support Desk on Galvin Library’s upper level or contact them by email or phone at 312. 567.3375.

Research Appointments Available

September 10, 2014 at 1:11 pm | Posted in instruction, news, research, services | Leave a comment

Received research paper assignment…done.

Procrastinated…definitely done!

Searched Google at 3 a.m. but didn’t find much…done.

Met with an expert in the library…what?

If you’re stuck on a research question, we can help!

Schedule a research appointment with a librarian to receive specialized help with your research.  Librarians are here to help you with any level and any type of research you need to do.  Appointments can last from 15 minutes to an hour.  Email to make an appointment.


Finding Your Textbooks

August 23, 2014 at 12:56 am | Posted in textbooks | Leave a comment

Undergraduate textbooks are available for use inside the library for two hours at a time. You need to bring the call number of the textbook you want to use to the Circulation Desk on the lower level. There are two fast and simple ways to find the call numbers of your textbooks.

1. If you know the course number: go to and search by course number to see a complete list of books.

Enter your course number to find a list of textbooks for the course.

2. If you only know the name of the textbook: enter the title in the search box on our homepage. Choose to search by title and click search. You can write down the call number from the main catalog screen. There is also an option to text yourself the call number, which is a great way to ensure you’ll have the correct number with you.

tip: write the call number on your syllabus so you don’t have to look it up again.

Click on the title to learn more about the specific book, such as the edition number.

a status of ‘available’ or ‘recently checked in’ means the book can be used. Books already in use will list the time they are due.

To learn more, watch this short video, read this quick PDF or see our textbook policies. If you tried both methods and still can’t find the call numbers you need, ask us!


Student Jobs @ Galvin Library

August 20, 2014 at 3:55 pm | Posted in news | Leave a comment

Are you interested in working at Galvin Library? With our 24×5 and weekend hours, plus 8 departments, we have positions for on-campus employment. You can apply for a job online and all of our hiring managers look at the applications that are submitted at that site. Please do NOT come to our service desks seeking jobs; we don’t have time to talk with you personally and you will be directed to the web page.

We hire students with Federal Work Study (FWS) and we hire a few without FWS. Please specify on your application if you have FWS, but the most important thing is to let us know your availability. We have many returning students already on the schedule and we are just trying to fill open gaps.

We do most of our hiring the first two weeks of the semester, so waiting to apply is not always a good idea. We sometimes hire for openings later in the semester but those openings are rare. Welcome to IIT and good luck with your fall semester!

New Student Library Tours

August 14, 2014 at 1:12 am | Posted in classes, instruction, news, workshops | Comments Off

The first few weeks of the semester is one of the busiest times of the year, especially for new students.  You will be getting lots of homework, meeting new friends, and exploring Chicago.  Galvin Library has services that can help students work more efficiently, and there are great spaces for groups and quiet study.  We are giving tours and teaching the basics of using the library, so come by and learn about the library and the services offered.  The Cherry Conference Room is located on Galvin Library’s lower level.  Tours will be offered during the following times:

Library Tour for New Students:

  • Thursday, August 21 at 1:30 p.m. Tour lasts less than 30 minutes. Location: Lobby

Library Fundamentals for New International Students: 

  • Friday, August 22 at 11:30 a.m. Session lasts approximately 45 minutes. Location: Cherry Conference Room
  • Friday, August 22 at 1:00 p.m. Session lasts approximately 45 minutes. Location: Cherry Conference Room
  • Friday, August 22 at 3:00 p.m. 中文 Session lasts approximately 45 minutes. Location: Cherry Conference Room
    *Note : the 3:00 p.m. session is in Mandarin Chinese

These classes are popular and packed with information. Show up on time (or earlier) so you don’t miss anything! Questions?  Email us here.

Guides for New Incoming Students

July 1, 2014 at 2:49 pm | Posted in news | Comments Off

power bar(2)_2013Are you a new incoming freshman or transfer student? We have a guide just for you that features a video tour of the library done by a student, so you know you’re getting all the necessary info. You can watch the tour video or get all the information on borrowing textbooks from reserves, the best study spaces, research help and more from the research guide.

Are you a new international student? We have a research guide for you too!

Remember, no matter the question, you can #TrustYourLibrarian to have the answer. You can contact us by email, phone or IM or stop by to chat with us any time.

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