Your campus library - a place to unwind from the excitement (or boredom) of the classroom and study (or waste time). There's no doubt your campus library is a go-to source for enlightenment, from the bookshelves to the computer labs. But do you really make the most of this wonderful place?
Understand there's a lot more to your library than books on a bookshelf and computers in a computer lab. Explore your library in more depth, and find where the hidden magic lays. Here is a list of things to look out for!
Free Textbooks for Your Courses
Your campus library is a fantastic place to get free textbooks for your college courses. They best suit introductory courses, such as introduction to biology or sociology. Save yourself some money by going this route and still get some good-quality learning.
I recall skipping out on purchasing the required textbook for one of my sociology classes by getting a previous edition of the same book from the library. There weren't any huge differences between these textbooks.
If you follow this tip, make sure you take awesome notes in class to keep track of any information your library textbook lacks. Using editions of other book titles could be just fine, too.
Textbooks on Reserve
An awesome option is getting required course textbooks put on reserve in your campus library. Some professors have the textbooks they teach from made available in the library for students to use at no cost. If you are super confident in your studying abilities, it may be ideal for you to check out reserved textbooks instead of renting or buying them.
Keep in mind these textbooks can only be used within a few hours on average, so get all that you can out of your study sessions with them. Also, ask your professors to put their required textbooks on reserve if they haven't already - they may give in.
In addition to course textbooks, getting novels from the library can help you ace your English classes, for free. Putting to practice this tip kept me from purchasing any popular literature books for an English course I took back in community college. And I did well in the class.
You just have to be quick about getting your hands on these treasures before others. Or else, you may have to go to a nearby public library to get them.
Helpful Research Databases
Finding reputable sources to use for your research assignments can be a drag. But your campus library website can save the day. Go there and check for research databases that can help you explore the depths of any subject you need.
Some popular ones universities usually have listed on their library websites are JSTOR, PubMed, PsycINFO, and ERIC. Don't struggle with looking through page after page of Google search results to find the best academic journals - try this out instead.
Access to Special Rooms
Need rooms to hold your student club meetings on campus? Go to the library. You may find special rooms are available there to use for student organizations. Holding your meetings in the library is a great way to cut back on travel time for making your way to them if you're already on campus.
These quiet areas can help you focus on meeting members, exchanging ideas, and crafting plans with little distractions. But contact library staff before you go entering one to get permission first.
Interacting with your campus library is also a great way to make some money. Consider getting a job there. Check your school's job board, or ask library staff if they are hiring.