Archive for the ‘Library services’ category

Fall Graduate Student Reception and Workshop Series

August 31, 2009

Help us kick off a new school year by joining us at our Annual Graduate Student Reception. It is a great opportunity to meet your subject librarian, as well as mingle with your fellow graduate students over some complimentary food and drinks. We will be giving away NYU Bookstore gift certificates to three lucky attendees. The reception will take place:

–> Thursday, September 17th, 6:00-8:00, 6th floor North Reading Room, Bobst library

Please RSVP by going to

We are also offering a series of Graduate Student-focused workshops, where you can learn everything from how to organize your bibliographies, to how to track down those tricky citations, to how to be a more effective research assistant (and much more). For the complete listing of these sessions, and to sign up, go to:


As a new or returning Graduate Student at NYU, you should know that we have been working hard over the past two years to expand and improve our services and spaces to fit your needs, and we hope you’ll help us keep improving.

We look forward to meeting you and wish you the best of luck this semester!

— The Bobst Graduate Student Working Group


New Database Page on Libraries’ Web

July 22, 2009

There is a new improved way to access the Libraries’ electronic resources!

We have reorganized the “Articles via Databases” page on the Libraries’ website to include many discipline-specific categories to assist you with your research. By using these categories, you will see recommended databases and electronic resources selected by the Libraries’ selectors. In many cases, you will also be able perform a combined (federated) search of these databases.

If you do not pick a category, the default is “General Search,” which searches Proquest, Wilson Omni and JSTOR.

The A-Z list of databases has been enhanced with detailed descriptions.
The list of “popular databases” has been made more prominent.

Access the new page by choosing the Articles via Databases link on the Library homepage, or by going directly to

Additional new features, which will be included in Library workshops in the Fall, include saving and exporting individual citations, searching and sorting by self-labeled citations, and creating sets of federated databases to both search and embed in any web page.

A questions / comments link is available for your feedback.

Grad Students, finish your semester right!

April 29, 2009

Bobst Library offers a number of ways to support grad students during the busy end-of-the-semester crunch:

Extended Hours: The stacks are open for study until 3AM during final exams, May 2-13. Lower Levels are open 24/7.

Expanded Seating: We will be offering extra seating in selected areas of the library.

FREE Coffee: Get complimentary coffee during finals after 6pm at the snack bar on Lower Level 1.

FREE Stress Management Assistance: The Student Health Center will be offering sessions on relaxation and self-hypnosis to improve concentration and reduce anxiety. May 5th from 10am to 12pm and May 7th from 2:30 to 4:30 in seminar room 1-17A (next to the circulation desk opposite the elevators, around the corner from the Elmer bust)

Reference Assistance: The reference desks are open as usual (1st floor: Mon-Thurs 10am-9:45pm, Fri 10am-6:45pm, Sat 11am-6pm, Sun 1-7pm), and you can always IM a librarian (screen name: AskBobst) Mon-Wed from 10am-midnight, Thurs 10am-11pm, Fri-Sat 11am-6pm, and Sun 1pm-10pm. For more info on Ask-a-Librarian, go to:

Self-service Checkout at Bobst Library

March 30, 2009

Bobst Library is pleased to announce the introduction of QuickCheck self-checkout machines. Library users may now check out books 24 hours a day. To use QuickCheck, you must have registered your library card at your home library’s circulation desk. If you have previously checked out materials then you are registered. You must also be in good standing with the library – meaning you should not have any blocks on you circulation record, or owe more than $5 in fines.

Please stop by the library circulation desk to try out this exciting new service. If you have an extra moment, we would appreciate your help in evaluating the service by taking a short survey regarding your experience. All participants in the survey, from March 30 – April 5, will be entered to win a $25 Starbucks gift card.

Thank you,
Bobst Library Circulation

Sydney Thompson
Delivery Services Librarian


March 25, 2009

Bobst Library is providing one-on-one research assistance for NYU students who want help locating library materials relevant to their topic. Students are invited to make an appointment with a librarian who will assist you in developing an individualized research strategy for your topic.

Complete the online registration form at
There is no telephone or in-person registration.

Monday through Thursday, March 30 – April 9. The specific times are indicated on the registration form. Appointments last about 25 minutes.

This service is designed for undergraduates but any NYU student (except Law, Medical and Dental School students) is welcome to sign up.

Please note that this service does not include writing assistance.
Contact NYU’s Writing Center at 212-998-8866 or for details about writing support.

Visit a Reference Center in Bobst Library seven days a week throughout the academic year and ask the librarian on duty for help.
Humanities & Social Sciences – 1st floor Business, Public Policy and Documents – 6th floor Science – 9th floor

Email or instant message Ask-A-Librarian when you need basic research guidance.

NYU Libraries website:

Bobst Library Lower Level 1 Renovation and Expansion

March 3, 2009

In order to serve the growing academic needs of the community, we are renovating a former staff area on Bobst Library’s Lower Level 1. The renovation will add classrooms, graduate student spaces, more seating and new lockers. Plus, the Lower Level 1 restrooms will be completely renovated and expanded. This is part of a University-wide initiative to upgrade academic and student spaces.

The project will run from early March through summer, and the new classrooms will open in September. Lower Level 1 will remain open for use during this project. The Computer Center and classrooms, snack lounge, adaptive computing rooms, and most of the 24-hour study areas will remain accessible.

Construction begins Wednesday, March 4. To minimize noise, most work will be restricted to the hours of 2am – 10am. We want this project to have the least possible impact on users, so work will be shut down during final exams.

We’ll keep you informed of changes that might affect your work on the Lower Levels via our website and LibLink.

You can send any questions to:

“Request ILL” : what does it mean?

March 3, 2009

When you see this status in BobCat, it means the item is missing or unavailable, so we suggest to request the item through Interlibrary Loan (ILL). We may be able to get the item shipped to us from another library!

When you see “Request ILL” in BobCat, just click, login, and BobCat will automatically insert the item information into your ILL request submission form.

For more information about Interlibrary Loan, please visit: