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*Library Orientation

Get Help!

Did you know there are several ways to ask for help from the library staff?

If you are in the Bolivar or Springfield libraries, you are welcome to come to the desk at the front of the library to ask for help. You can also use the Contact Us information bar at the side of this guide at any time. 

Chat or text with Us

The chat box can be found on the main library page or on the Contact Us banner at the side of the research guide and connects you directly with any available librarian during open hours. During the hours we are not open, the chat box will connect you to another trained librarian that is happy to answer questions about the SBU library resources. 

ask a librarian chat box

Need answers but don't have your computer? You can also text with a librarian by texting 417-222-0397! 

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Select your Personal Librarian and if they are available, send them a chat to say hello!
If not, send a generic hello and let the person
that answers know you are completing this orientation. 

Make an Appointment

As a student of SBU, you can schedule one-on-one research appointments with an SBU Librarian. By clicking on Services, then Research Consultations, you will be able to select if you want to meet online or at a campus location.

 SBU Libraries' website menu with arrows directing user to the services menu and Research Consultations button

On the next screen, you will see the options to select an SBU Librarian, date, and time for your research appointment. Make your selections and select continue on the bottom right. 

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Next you will be asked to submit your details for the research appointment. Please include any research you have already conducted on your topic or specific areas in which you are struggling so an SBU Librarian can adequately prepare for your appointment.

Once you have filled in all the information, you will confirm the appointment. 

Form for booking an appointment with your Personal Librarian

If you have any questions before your appointment or need to cancel, please use the link in the email you receive to follow up with your Librarian. 

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Schedule an test online appointment with an SBU Librarian.
They will send you a confirmation email they received your request and cancel the appointment unless you indicate you would like to keep it!

Quiz Yourself!