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6 awesome library services you didn’t know existed

Pulling an all-nighter? No need to leave the comfort of your study carrel
September 11, 2019

The Grey Nuns Reading Room | Photo by Concordia University The Grey Nuns Reading Room | Photo by Concordia University

Think you’re getting everything you need from Google? Think again.

From comfortable study spaces to on-call assistance, Concordia’s R. Howard Webster Library and Georges P. Vanier Library provide services specifically designed to meet your needs.

And don’t forget about the Grey Nuns Reading Room and group study rooms on the Sir George Williams Campus. It’s a historic site with a former chapel that has been transformed into a beautiful, silent reading room. 

1. 24/7 study zones

Whether you crave a quiet place to study on your own or in a group, the Webster and Vanier libraries offer round-the-clock study spaces

2.  Course reserves

From textbooks and course packs to CDs and class notes, course material in print and digital formats can be checked out for anywhere from a few hours to a few days. A great cost-saving feature for anyone on a tight budget. 

3. Laptops and iPads

Keen to try out a tablet? Forgot your laptop at home? No problem: you can take out one of 300 laptops on a one-day loan or one of 125 iPads on a three-day loan.

4.  Chat with a librarian

Enjoy the luxury of chatting with a librarian from the comfort of your own home — or couch, for that matter. You can also email, call and speak to a reference librarian in person, if you wish, or zone in on one of Concordia’s subject librarians who specialize in particular academic fields. They will happily answer your questions and guide your targeted research projects.

5.  Skills workshops

Looking to improve your academic performance? From term-paper planning to reference sourcing, Research Skills Workshops ensure you consistently make the most of your library experience.

6. Technology sandbox

Learn by doing, making, playing and sharing your knowledge in a community-oriented space. Visit LB-211 and LB-204 at the Webster Library where you can experiment with 3D printers, virtual headsets, a digital die cutter and 360-degree video cameras, as well as create a cat selfie machine and much more. The sandbox also offers workshops on a variety of related topics on both campuses.


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