Information and Research Help

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Reference Services

The library can be a confusing place. If you ever need help figuring out how to best use our many resources, feel free to contact our reference librarians by chat, text, email or appointment. Our website also offers research guides for DIY help, check our Getting Started on Research in the Library guide for tips!

Reference and Information Desk

The Reference and Information Desk is the place to ask any questions about using the library and conducting research. Please don't hesitate to get in touch! The desk is staffed by professional librarians ready to help with your queries via chat, email, text, or in person. Meetings with a librarian are also available by appointment during regular hours, please email to set up a time.

Reference and Information Desk Hours

Research Assistance

Students, faculty, and staff can schedule an appointment with a librarian for assistance in finding resources for research projects and creating effective research strategies. Instructors can also get help with integrating information resources into specific courses and designing effective library-based course assignments.

Research Assistance Appointments

Subject Liaisons

Each U of I College has a librarian assigned as a subject liaison. Liaisons can teach subject-specific classes, work with faculty to create research assignments, conduct one-on-one research sessions, and select and purchase materials for the library.

Find your Liaison

Data Hub

The Data Hub provides support in the areas of geospatial and data sciences, data visualization, and research data management. Located in the Map Room (First Floor 107), it features specialized equipment, staff, and collaborative space.

Data Hub Info and Chat

Off-Campus Access

Patrons are able to gain off-campus access to almost all of the library's online resources by using their University Net ID and Password.

Library Website

This website provides a huge amount of information about Library Services and Resources! You can use Google Site Search to find content or visit our Tech page to learn more about how it is created.

If you encounter any issues with this website, have questions, comments, or suggestions, please let us know with the website feedback form!