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First Year Students: Home

An introduction to the library's resources for first year students.

Welcome, first year students!

This guide is designed to help you learn about the services and resources available through the Melvin J. Zahnow Library.


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Library Collections

Zahnow Library has access to some of the best academic sources for your paper.  You can find print books, ebooks, DVDs, streaming videos, online journal articles and more.  Students may also borrow material from area libraries and libraries worldwide free of charge. 


  Learn How to Find Books

  Learn How to Find Articles

  Learn About Checkout Policies and Procedures

  Learn About the Library's Collections

  Learn How to Request Material from Other Libraries

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There are computers, printers and scanners available for student use in the library.  Students can borrow laptops and headphones as well.


  Learn About Laptop Checkout

  Learn About Printing Policies

  Learn About the Library's Collaborative Technology


Space to Study

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The library has ample space for doing group work and for studying.  You can find group study rooms with collaborative technology throughout the library as well as quiet zones.  

Peer tutoring is available through the Center for Academic Achievement, the Math and Physics Tutoring Center as well as the Writing Center all located on the library's second floor.


  Learn About Group Study Spaces

  Learn About Individual and Quiet Study Spaces

  Learn About the Center for Academic Achievement

  Learn About the Math and Physics Center

  Learn About the Writing Center


Research Help

Professional librarians can offer in-person or online assistance when you need help with your research.  


  Learn How a Research Librarian Can Help

  Learn How to Contact a Librarian

Research Help
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Academic Success

Studies suggest that students who use the library have a higher GPA than their peers who are not library users.  Zahnow Library's resources and services can help you achieve academic success!


Body Soria, K. M. & Fransen, J. & Nackerud, S.(2013). Library Use and Undergraduate Student Outcomes: New Evidence for Students’ Retention and Academic Success. portal: Libraries and the Academy 13(2), 147-164.