From One Student to Another: What's at the Library?

Apr 22, 2022

You will no doubt find plenty of books in the library as well as ample study space, but did you also know the library is home to other services? 

Study Rooms

A study room may be booked for up to three hours per day. The person who booked the study room must pick up a key within the first 15 minutes of the room reservation and return the key to the Circulation desk by the allotted time.

Check out study room availability and reserve a room by looking at the Space Availability calendar.  

ITSS Media Hub 

The Media Hub is now located on the first floor of the Kathryn A. Martin Library, at the far end of the first floor desk. Its services are open to all students, faculty, and staff at no additional cost. 

The Media Hub lends out a variety of media equipment for video, photography, graphic design/illustration, and audio equipment. Popular equipment to check out are the DSLR cameras including Nikon, Canon, and mirrorless cameras.  

A newly available service is the Adobe Creative Cloud temporary license checkout. This allows borrowers to remotely access Adobe Creative Cloud apps to download to their personal devices for their checkout duration.  Anyone interested in checking out a temporary license to Adobe Creative Cloud can email [email protected] for this request.

For computer access to Adobe Creative Cloud, there are three 2021 iMacs with accessible workstations in the L121 Tech Lounge.  Additionally, the L115 iMac lab has 28 iMacs which all have access to Adobe Creative Cloud, along with other applications like Final Cut Pro. The iMac Lab is open to all students, faculty and staff when a class is not in session.  

For those looking to acquire a professional photo, LinkedIn Headshot Photos are currently offered on Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Professional headshots are open to all students, faculty, and staff. Final photos are sent via email.  Anyone who is interested in professional headshots can sign up at the Linkedin Headshot webpage.

Research Help

UMD has a team of expert research librarians who provide virtual research assistance, located in the Learning Commons on the library's second floor. In-depth research support is offered for both individuals and small groups. Contact a librarian who will help you identify topics, research strategies, and data sources for all the work you're doing.

Academic Writing and Learning Center 

Located in the Securian Learning Commons on the second floor of the Kathryn A. Martin Library, the Academic Writing and Learning Center (AWLC) provides academic courses and services designed to help all members of the campus community reach their academic and professional goals. It works in partnership with UMD’s administration, staff, faculty, and students to offer four programs including the Tutoring Center, the Writers' Workshop (writing center), SSP learning and leadership courses, and UST 1000: Learning in Community (first-year experience).

SSP Learning and Leadership Courses

There are several one-credit courses that run for 5- 7 weeks at a time. Some classes are SSP1002 Managing Time and Stress and SSP2010 Finding Your Purpose: Going Deeper in College and Beyond. These courses are popular for people who have dropped a class and need additional credits.

The following services are located in the Securian Learning Commons on the second floor of the library:

The Writing Writers’ Workshop 

Free, one-to-one consultations on your writing project as well as English as a Second Language (ESL) services. The Workshop is open to all UMD students, staff, and faculty.

Writing Consultants are professionals- graduate students or people who have taught writing or are. Book a 30-60 min session, which can be made online or as a walk-in appointment. As Jill Jenson at the Writer Center said, the Writers’ Workshop is for “Any project, any time, any place you are in the process.”

The Tutoring Center 

Students can receive tutoring in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Computer Science, Mathematics & Statistics, Business, Linguistics, and World Languages. Tutors are students who have taken the courses they're tutoring and met certain requirements specified by their department. The tutors are also required to take a training course. Students who are working remotely or who require special accommodations can email the directors to ensure they are able to use this service. 

An account must be made before students can sign up for a 30 minute, or one-hour session. At this time drop-ins are possible, but with no guarantee that a tutor will be available. Signing up for a session guarantees that someone will be available to help.

Securian Mathematics Laboratory

The Securian Math Lab is located on the second floor of the Kathryn A. Martin Library. It uses a combination of group class time and open lab time where students can get immediate assistance from an instructor or Teaching Assistant. The Teaching Assistants are a combination of graduate students and undergraduate students typically majoring in math fields. 

Online tools allow students to get feedback right away as they work through their homework. Students are able to work ahead if they would like. In the classrooms, the instructor can share their screen with all the TVs in the room and the class can work together as a group. Also at each table, a student can connect their device and share their screen with the TV associated with their table. 

Visit the library's website at lib.d.umn.edu for more information!

Sarah Brown is a Journalism and Art History Major. She is the Library's Student Engagement Assistant.