Regenstein Library Introduction & Tour

Regenstein Library Introduction & Tour


The University of Chicago Library serves students, faculty, and staff at six campus locations: the Crerar Library, the D’Angelo Law Library, the Eckhart Library, the Mansueto Library, the Social Service Administration Library, and the Joseph Regenstein Library. The Regenstein Library — known affectionately to many students as “The Reg” — is the largest library on campus, specializing in the humanities and social sciences. But, the Regenstein Library serves everyone at the University of Chicago. Join us on a tour of the vast resources, time-saving services, and inspiring spaces of The Reg. The Regenstein Library is a hub of research, collaboration, and learning at the University of Chicago and it is designed for a variety of uses and studying styles. As you enter you’ll find one of the most active areas in the library, a designated place to meet and chat with your friends while you grab a cup of coffee from the student-run cafe, Ex Libris. You can find computers to use, get help with printing, scanning, and photocopying, check out books from the Circulation Desk, get technology help at the [email protected], and visit the Reference Desk, where a friendly and knowledgeable librarian is ready to answer your questions. The A Level, one floor below the First Floor, is also designed for you to meet, chat, snack, and work collaboratively. The A Level features drop in group study nooks, white boards, and specialized technologies for research and coursework. Quiet study spaces are available on floors 2 through 5, which are divided into reading rooms and bookstacks. The reading rooms feature discipline specific collections, individual study spaces, and group study rooms, which you can reserve online to work with friends and classmates. The bookstacks are where you can find the majority of the library’s books. The lowest level of the library, the B Level, is mostly bookstacks with a small area reserved for quiet study. So, whether you are looking for deep quiet for a little background noise, the library has study environments for you. Regenstein’s collections — both in the library and online — are vast and open to you. The Library Catalog is a great place to find everything the library owns including books, journals, films, musical scores, recordings, and online resources. The Catalog lists which library has what you need, as well as the floor within that particular library. This book is in Regenstein on the Third Floor in the bookstacks. To find the book note the book’s call number and go to the Third Floor. The entrance to the bookstacks is next to the main stairs. Use the call number to locate the book’s row and then find it on the shelf. Remember that you can always ask a library staff member for help. Bring the book to the First Floor Circulation Desk and present your UChicago Card to check the book out. The Circulation Desk is also where you’ll be able to borrow materials on reserve for your courses. Beyond the bookstacks, the Library also provides access to many online resources, including datasets, ebooks, ejournals, databases, music recordings, streaming video, digitized manuscripts, and much more, which you can access anywhere by going to the Library’s website. If you don’t find what you’re looking for, the Library offers many ways for you to request resources you need. Ask us to learn more. While you are in the Regenstein Library check out the First Floor gallery featuring items from the Special Collections Research Center. Using the things kept in Special Collections is different from elsewhere in the library but the staff here are more than happy to help you find what you’re looking for. Also unique to the University of Chicago is the Joe and Rika Mansueto Library, accessible from within Regenstein. The Mansueto Library’s Grand Reading Room is an inspiring space open for quiet study. Enjoy the view through Mansueto’s glass dome whatever the weather. Whenever you have questions, ask us. The Library staff are here to help. You can drop in to get help from a librarian at the Reference Desk or you can make an appointment to meet with a library expert about your assignments or research projects. We are also available online via chat or email and by phone. We look forward to answering your questions and welcoming you to the Regenstein Library.

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