8 Things To Do First At The Library

Students reading and studying on the 5th floor of Lauinger Library.

1. Learn Library Basics: The Library offers hundreds of resources and services to support you throughout your time at Georgetown so where do you start first? We recommend starting with How Libraries Work. Ready to explore in person? Check out our Library Floor Maps and our Call Number Locations. Want to dig deeper? Check out our Undergraduate and Graduate student homepages!

2. Add upcoming Library events and workshops to your calendar: This semester the Library is offering free workshops on topics such as bookbinding, digital mapping, dorm decoration, video editing, and more. RSVP to secure your seat!

3. Schedule a research consultation with your subject specialist: As soon as you get your first research assignment, schedule an appointment with your subject specialist. They can show you how to search the Library’s millions of resources effectively and point you in the direction of the best resources for your topic.

4. Visit the Maker Hub: The Maker Hub is located on the first floor and has a variety of resources including a laser cutter, 3D printers, a woodshop, a bookbinding station, and more. Drop in any time starting August 28th during open hours (Mondays-Thursdays from 4-8pm and Fridays-Saturdays from 12-5pm).

5. Get social: Keep up-to-date on the latest news and information from the Library by following us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram! We post news, photos, and lots of interesting Georgetown history. You can also become a part of our Maker Hub and/or VR and Immersive Content Creators communities.

6. Explore the Booth Family Center for Special Collections: The Library has a large collection of rare and unique materials in the Booth Family Center for Special Collections, most of which are available for research. If you’re taking a class requiring original research this semester, take a few moments to explore Special Collections, which includes the University Archives, Rare Books, Manuscripts, and the University Art Collection. Don’t forget to stop by to see the latest exhibition!

7. Learn a new skill with LinkedIn Learning: What are your goals this year? Want to become a master public speaker or an Excel ninja? Log in to LinkedIn Learning with your GU netID & password to find thousands of professional video tutorials on technology and professional skills.

8. Reserve a private Library space: If Lau 2 isn't your scene, you can book a group study room or an individual study room instead. If you're working on a media assignment or just want to get creative, you can reserve a multimedia production space such as an editing room or the production studio after you get authorized online.