The circulation desk may be the heart of the library where books and other materials pump in and out, but the librarians at the reference desk are the brain helping to answer questions, troubleshooting and fixing problems, and teaching classes. Need a fact like the latest estimate of the population of white tail deer in Iowa? Ask the reference desk. (Roughly 200,000 according to the Iowa DNR) Having trouble finding information on your topic and need help? Ask the reference desk. Not sure about how to do a citation in MLA or APA? Ask at the reference desk.
You can contact the reference desk in several different ways.
- You can come in and person and talk to the librarians. Any time the library is open, except for 9:30 pm – 11:00 pm in Cedar Rapids, a credentialed reference librarian is available to help. Stopping by in person is especially recommended for people working on citations and is sometimes more helpful for research questions.
- Call into the reference desk in Cedar Rapids call 398-5697 directly or 1-866-452-8504 toll free. In Iowa City call 887-3612.
- Chat in to the librarians by clicking on the blue “Questions? Ask a librarian” box on the right side of the library website. Also find it in EBSCO at the bottom of the right hand column on any results page and in ProQuest in a slightly different format in the bottom left hand column of any results page. Please note that sometimes our IM isn’t terribly I if we’re really busy, so please be patient. The chat opens into its own tab and you can navigate away from the page you found it on without disconnecting us if you want to work on something else while you wait.
- You can e-mail the library at: Library firstname.lastname@example.org
The account is checked daily.
We’re open Monday – Friday 8am – 5 pm this week. We’re closed this weekend (Jan. 16-17). On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day we’ll be open 11am-5pm in Cedar Rapids and 8am-8pm in Iowa City. Then we resume normal hours.
Links to Some of The Books Recently Added to the Collection:
Our Special Display This Month
Our Database of the Month
Event – Exam Cram
Exam Cram – Relax before Finals Week Begins, Look for it in Spring the week before Finals
Check out our Information Literacy posts from October
And remember you contact us at the library any time by phone, e-mail, chat, or stop on by! We’re always glad to see you! Look for the next issue of our newsletter.