No sleep ’til summer

Try not to get too stressed as the school year wraps up in the next week. With last-minute group meetings and cram sessions, you may find you need a place away from your dorm or apartment to study. If you find yourself in the unfortunate event of having to pull an all-nighter, the UGL is here for you 24/7 during finals week.

Night time photo of the UGL courtyard

We’re here for you–all night, every night during finals week.

Here are our special hours for finals week:

  • The UGL will be open continuously from now until Friday, May 10th, when we’ll close at 7 PM.
  • If you plan on hanging with us all night, read our tips to get the most out of the library services.
  • The UGL will remain closed the weekend of commencement, May 11-12.

We’ll start our summer hours on Monday, May 13th. So if you’ll be hanging with us in Chambana this summer, be sure to watch our blog, Twitter, and Facebook for hours updates.

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Race to the Finish

We know coming back after spring break isn’t always the easiest. However, the end of spring break also means that the end of the spring semester is right around the corner. In the race to the end, we know you’ll potentially be working on research papers, projects and preparing for tests, job interviews and graduate school applications. This is your friendly reminder that the UGL’s got your back.

The infamous hard-to-open doors at the UGL.

Don’t let the awkward doors stop you… Greatness awaits inside!

  • For starters, regular library hours resumed on Sunday, March 24 at 1pm. This means the UGL is back to being open 24 hours Sunday-Thursday, and closes at 2am on Fridays and Saturdays. Woohoo, late-night cram seshes!
  • If you’re feeling a little overwhelmed with classwork, check out the library’s Savvy Researcher free workshop series. Topics covering citation management, finding international statistics and using the library after graduation might come in handy, among others.
  • Are you graduating this May and officially on the job market? Stop by the Partners Desk to meet with a rep from the Career Center for a personal resume or cover letter critique. Check the Events Calendar for all dates/times.
  • Last but not least, don’t forget to Ask A Librarian (in person or online!) if you have questions about, well, just about anything.

Let’s make the rest of the semester the best yet, #ClubUGL!

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Spring Break Hours

Spring break! It’s the most wonderful time of the (academic) year! Whether you’re planning a road trip to the beach, napping for a week on your family’s couch, or sticking around C-U, catching up on projects, we hope you find a little bit of time to relax. We certainly will be doing the same at the UGL, with shorter hours during the week.

Vintage illustration of seaside town.

We want to go to there. Cannes. Boulevard de la Croisette. Photo courtesy of Cornell University Library via Flickr Commons

Below are the Spring Break hours for the UGL. Check out the schedule for other campus libraries, too.

  • Friday, March 15: UGL closes at 7pm
  • Saturday, March 16: ALL campus libraries are closed
  • Sunday, March 17: ALL campus libraries are closed
  • Monday, March 18 thru Friday, March 22: The UGL will be open daily from 8:30am to 5pm. Please note that the media collection closes at 4:30pm.
  • Saturday, March 23: ALL campus librares are closed
  • Sunday, March 24: UGL opens at 1pm, then resumes regular semester hours.

Enjoy yourselves, #ClubUGL. We’ll be here, ready and waiting, to tackle the rest of the semester with you as soon as you’re back!


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Spring Hours

Well, the trees in the UGL courtyard might not be blooming quite yet, but it is officially spring semester, and that means we’re heading back to our normal hours.

Sunny spring courtyard will return soon.

Starting today, we’re back to our 24/5 schedule, meaning we’re open 24 hours Sunday through Thursday, and then close at 2am on both Friday and Saturday nights (re-opening at 10 am on Saturday and Sunday mornings). We do have a few exceptions, though:

  • This first weekend, Friday, Jan. 18 and Saturday, Jan. 19, we will close at 10pm instead of 2am.
  • We will also close at 10pm on Sunday, Jan. 20.
  • All libraries will be closed on Monday, Jan. 21 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr Day.
  • The UGL will re-open on Tuesday, Jan. 22 at 8am.

Then, we promise we’ll be back to our good, ol’ 24/5, late-night weekend schedule. Pinky-swear! In the mean time, make sure you stop by the UGL if you haven’t been in for a while. We’ve added some new furniture, rearranged some old furniture, and implemented some new technology. We’ll have lots more details about these and other exciting developments soon. Double pinky-swear!

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Winter Break Hours

As much as we’d love to see you all every day, the UGL will operate on shortened hours during Winter Break. Just like you, we’ve got to regroup, re-energize and refresh before spring semester.

We love you in the snow, we love you everywhere.
And while we will be closed between Dec. 22 and New Year’s, we will be open most of the rest of break for those of you staying in town or coming back early. We get it. You love us too much to stay away for long.

A full schedule of all campus library hours over break can be seen here (*Main Library is open a few days while the UGL is closed). Otherwise, here’s a day-by-day breakdown for the UGL:

  • Thursday, Dec. 20: closes at 7pm
  • Friday, Dec. 21: open 8:30am – 5pm
  • Saturday, Dec. 22: closed
  • Sunday, Dec. 23: closed
  • Monday, Dec. 24: closed
  • Tuesday, Dec. 25: closed
  • Wednesday, Dec. 26: closed
  • Thursday, Dec. 27: closed*
  • Friday, Dec. 28: closed*
  • Saturday, Dec. 29: closed
  • Sunday, Dec. 30: closed
  • Monday, Dec. 31: closed*
  • Tuesday, Jan. 1: closed (HAPPY NEW YEAR!)
  • Wednesday, Jan. 2: open 8:30am – 5pm
  • Thursday, Jan. 3: open 8:30am – 5pm
  • Friday, Jan. 4: closed
  • Saturday, Jan. 5: closed
  • Sunday, Jan. 6: closed
  • Monday, Jan 7: open 8:30am – 5pm
  • Tuesday, Jan. 8: open 8:30am – 5pm
  • Wednesday, Jan. 9: open 8:30am – 5pm
  • Thursday, Jan. 10: open 8:30am – 5pm
  • Friday, Jan. 11: open 8:30am – 5pm
  • Saturday, Jan. 12: closed
  • Sunday, Jan. 13: closed
We’ll resume our normal hours on Monday, Jan. 14 at 8am. Have a happy, healthy, safe break, and we’ll see you when we see you!


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24 Hour Study People

It’s official. The UGL will not close between now and Thursday, Dec. 20 at 7pm. Adding to our already study-friendly 24/5 schedule (open 24 hours a day, Sunday thru Thursday), in honor of finals week, the UGL will remain open 24 hours this weekend, too.

Su nup to sun down and back to sun up, the UGL will be here for you.

What does this mean for you? You’ve got one more place to add to your study location list. For the most part, all services will be available. Group rooms? Check. Loanable technology? Check. Friendly, capable employees that can help with any of your research questions or library needs? Check, check, check.

The lower level will also remain open 24-hours for quiet study (during the week, it usually closes at 2am) and the media collection (DVDs, etc.) will close at midnight both Friday and Saturday nights (DVD retrieval will still be available by request). Per usual, group study is more than welcome on the upper level. A few other things to remember:

  • If you’re planning to be in the library late, make sure you’ve got a friend to walk you home! (You can also use MTD’s SafeRides between 5pm and 6:30am, and check out other campus safety tips.)
  • Stay hydrated! Beverages (with lids) are welcome in the library, and there are drinking fountains located in the upper level lobby and near rest rooms.
  • No food is allowed in the library. We know this kinda stinks, but dems da rules. We encourage you to bring snacks to eat in the Espresso area (those tables remain available even if Espresso is closed). It’s good to get up and stretch, anyway! And if you don’t want to move all of your stuff, we have laptop locks & lockers to keep your stuff safe while you take a snack break.
  • Printing out a bunch of stuff? Here’s a reminder on how to do it.
  • The Lower Level is for quiet study. Please be respectful of this rule—everyone’s a bit stressed and working under deadlines, so a quiet environment is important. If you need to chat with your group members, talk on your phone or LOL at something funny on the interwebs, please go into one of the lobbies, the courtyard or the Upper Level.
  • Congratulations! You totally knocked out that final paper or studied so hard for your exam your eyeballs almost fell out. Now, you get to leave the UGL. Hooray! Make sure you take all of your stuff and throw away any of your trash. Lots of people will be using this space this weekend, so please help us keep it as tidy as possible.

Good luck on finals, Club UGL. We know you’ve got this!

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Come to the UGL (Quad Day Edition)

Library at Quad Day had informational displays.

The fall semester officially starts on Monday! We know, we know… Where did this summer go? But whether you’re a freshman or a senior (or grad student, faculty, staff, community member, etc.), the UGL is happy to welcome you back to campus–or welcome you back from interim, if you were one of the lucky ones who took summer classes and hung out with us this summer, anyway.

We’ve got lots of exciting things in store for the upcoming school year–some changes big and small that we’ll be chatting about as the school year unfolds. For now, make sure to swing by our table at Quad Day on Sunday, Aug. 26. We’ll be handing out library Frisbees, hour info sheets and other good stuff to know about the campus libraries and how we are here to help you have the best year yet!

In the mean time, make sure you check out our fancy new UGL homepage–we think we’ve made some improvements you’ll appreciate. Don’t forget to “like” us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter, too! We post lots of good tips, tricks, service updates and fun facts. (We promise it’s not all about homework and research!) And if you’re already starting to plan out Club UGL meetings in anticipation of said homework, peep our fall hours.

If you want to come in and say hello before the semester starts (yeah!), we’re open this week Monday – Friday from 8:30am to 5pm, and Saturday, Aug. 25 and Sunday, Aug. 26 from 1pm-5pm. (Just a lil’ hint if you need an A/C break during Quad Day…)

Hope to see you soon!


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Summer Research Cheat Sheet

Picture of Illini pool

Rays and research, the perfect combination! (Photo courtesy of ARC website)

So, Summer I classes are almost half way over. Uh, whoa! That was super-fast! Condensed coursework is great because you get to rack up some credits a whole lot quicker. But they can also be a bummer because they tend to be much more intensive with tighter deadlines than a normal semester class. But if you’re taking a class right now, we don’t need to tell you that, huh?

If the half-way point of your Summer I class means it’s time to get your research on, never fear! The UGL has some quick-n-easy resources that will help you maximize your research capabilities (and theoretically maximize your grade), all while minimizing the time you actually need to spend in the library. In fact, the time you need to physically be inside the library could add up to a whopping zero hours. Is your mind blown? Well, it should be. Here are some trade secrets for helping you through a research paper – from conceptualizing an idea to polishing the works cited page – that are all one or two clicks away on the UGL homepage.

Meet your new best friend, the “Find” Button

screenshot of UGL homepage with easy search bar highlighted

Located in the upper left corner of the UGL homepage, hovering over the “Find” button gives you the keys to a whole bundle of helpful stuff, such as:

  • Need facts and contextual info on a topic? Click on “Background Info” to search our online encyclopedias, dictionaries, almanacs, etc. You can search by subject area, resource type, or just a plain old-fashioned keyword search—user’s choice!
  • Need to narrow down a broad topic? Click on “Subject Guides” and be privy to a whole list of custom-made research guides. These guides break down common topics such as climate change, the Iraq War, teen pregnancy or media bias with a topic overview, background info, tips on finding relevant articles and books, and helpful websites.
  • Need a couple peer-reviewed articles? Click on “Articles” and you’ll automatically land on our handy “Find Articles Guide” page. Divided by multi-topic or subject-specific, this page provides links into the most commonly used databases, where you can search for articles on everything from the effects of UV rays on college students’ appetites to the sociological impacts of taking a summer road trip with a handful of your closest buds. (Extra pro tip: try looking for the department your class is in if you’re stuck—for example, if you’re taking a psych class, PscyINFO could be a good place to start.)

A Cite For Sore Eyes

Style guides are linked to on UGL page under heading 'Learn'

Citations, I love you, but you’re bringing me down. Ever feel this way while working on the reference list for your paper? Well, there’s an app for that. Err, um, a link, anyway. Near the center of the UGL homepage, under the orange “Learn” heading is a link to the APA, MLA Guides. One click here takes you to a list of resources for perfecting your citations—both in the text and in the works cited list. Oh, your instructor is requesting Chicago Style? That’s covered, too!

Ask Us! (Online)

Ask a Librarian chat box located on main library page, UGL page, and many other places.

There’s a live help chat box embedded in the UGL homepage, and it’s staffed M-F from 9am-5:30pm and Saturday & Sunday from 1pm-4:30pm. Just one more way you can get a little extra push from a librarian without leaving the air conditioned comfort of your bedroom (or the sweltering pool deck at the ARC, if your wireless so allows).

One last tip…

Our online library resources are available to you wherever you are—you just need an internet connection and your Net ID/password to access from off campus. Your crazy-busy Summer I sched might be cramping your grill out/lay out/work out seshes, but time spent in the library (while we’d be happy to have you!) doesn’t have to get in the way of your fabulous summer.

Questions about anything you read here? Ask-A-Librarian!

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Finally Summer!

vintage image of a merry-go-round

Image courtesy of Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums via Flickr.

It’s practically summer! Hopefully you’re preparing to do something fun/amazing, whether it’s finishing gen-eds with some summer classes, doing an internship in your major, traveling around the world, heading home to earn some moola, or something else we haven’t thought of (do tell!).

The UGL will not be doing any of the aforementioned things this summer, since it’s a building, but if you’re staying around campus (or even if you’re off campus and need research assistance) the UGL will be here for you. During the dog days of summer, you can basically do everything you normally do at the UGL, just not for as many hours each day.  Here are some ideas:

Taking a short trip and need a camera? Planning to work on a media portfolio? Studying like crazy for the GRE, LSAT or MCAT? During summer, you can still book and checkout the loanable technology items, collaboration rooms, and other library items you’ll need to accomplish these tasks.

Sadly, research papers do not disappear during summer classes. Never fear! You can also still get plenty of research assistance in person at the research desk and online via chat Mon-Thurs 11-6 and Fri 11-5. On the weekends, you can get research help at the circulation desk.

Here’s a look at our summertime schedule, which begins on Monday, May 14th:

Summer I & Summer II:

Mon-Thurs: 8:30-6

Fri: 8:30-5:00

Sat & Sun: 1-5

You can find the summer schedules for other campus libraries here.

Note: The UGL will close on Friday, May 11th at 7PM, and will reopen again on Monday, May 14th at 8:30AM.


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And we don’t stop

UGL from above, brightly lit at night.

Now that it’s almost finals week, the UGL is once again keeping its (admittedly very heavy) doors open all the time.  So!  No need to worry if you need a quiet place to pull an all-nighter (or a bustling place to keep you from snoozing when you should be studying)… we’ll be here.

Here’s the deal:  From now until Friday, May 11th at 7PM, the UGL is ALWAYS OPEN.

And in honor of all the hard work you’re doing, we’d like to share some sweet tips on how to make the most of your library experience during these trying times…

  • Do you need a collaboration room for a group project?  No problem!  Just remember that they tend to book up pretty quickly during finals week, so you’re best bet is to reserve one in advance.  Just call (or visit) the UGL circulation desk @ 333-3477 to make your reservation.
  • The lower level of the UGL is the quiet floor.  Especially during finals, people take the quiet mandate pretty seriously. To avoid scowls, scorn, and potential scandal, keep the talking to the upper level only. Seriously… it’s for your own good!
  • All-nighters are basically not doable without coffee and snacks.  That’s why the Espresso Royale location at the UGL will also be keeping it’s doors open 24/7 until Friday May 11th.  (OK… they’ll actually be closing each night for one hour from 12AM-1AM, and closed during the night on Saturday and Sunday).  Remember! Drinks (with lids) are OK in the library, but if you need to eat, please do so in the cafe area in front of Espresso.
  • You’re probably going to be clocking in some serious hours at the UGL, and you’re definitely going to need a break or two.  Don’t leave your stuff unattended! Remember, you can always check out a laptop lock at the circulation desk to ensure you’re computer is safe while you take a stroll or grab a bite to eat.
  • The UGL isn’t just for studying…we’re also here to help you unwind.  If you need to take your mind off finals, you can pick up a DVD, grab a good book, or take a gaming break.

We’re pulling for you! Try not to stress too much, and let us know if/how we can help make things easier! 



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