Welcome Back! You belong here!

Welcome Back! CMU Libraries Update, Fall 2021

Welcome back! We’re so happy to see so many students on campus and in the Park Library this fall. Whether this is your first semester here or you are a returning student, the library is here to support you on your academic journey. You belong here!

Your experience using the Park Library this year will reflect CMU’s Protect Yourself. Protect Others. health and safety plan. Face coverings are required in the library’s public areas regardless of vaccination status, but you do not have to physically distance. Hand sanitizer is available throughout the building and there are sanitation stations where you can get cleaner and cloths to wipe down surfaces as needed. You can learn more about CMU’s health and safety protocols on the Protect Yourself. Protect Others. website.

The Park Library offers a wide range of study spaces for groups and individuals.

  • The Copeland Suite and 3 East are designed for collaborative study and you can rearrange much of the furniture to accommodate your needs.
  • The group and individual study rooms are open for use on a first come, first served basis.
  • Faculty and doctoral students may request an Individual Research Room to checkout for an entire semester.
  • The quietest spaces for individual study are the 1st Floor Quiet Study area and the Mary Dow Reading Room.
  • If you’re looking for an area that is physically distanced, we’ve set up the Mary Dow Reading Room for one person per table or carrel section.
  • The after-hours study room, 1 North, is open 24/7 and the 1st Floor Quiet Study area offers extended hours.
  • Stop by our newest space, the Adobe Digital Lounge, for creative inspiration. One unique feature is a sound recording booth.
  • Building hours are posted online and at building entrances.
  • Currently under construction, a new coffee shop will be opening in mid-September on the first floor across from the 1 North study room.

You can browse the bookshelves and take items to the 2nd floor library services desk to borrow. The contactless book pickup service continues if you prefer the convenience of that service. You can search and access our virtual collections 24/7 wherever you are, including e-books, streaming media, and journal articles. If your professor placed materials on physical Course Reserves, you may borrow them at the 2nd floor library services desk. If you need something we don’t own, request it using our Documents on Demand service. If you’re interested in regional history, CMU history, or rare books and other special collections, stop by the Clarke Historical Library or browse their digitized collections.

Navigating library resources can be overwhelming sometimes. We’re here to help you and save you time. Through our Ask A Librarian service, you can chat virtually with a librarian or schedule a research consultation for assistance finding resources for a course project. We also encourage you to get to know your subject librarian. Our research guides can help you find the best resources for a particular subject area, and you can watch our online tutorials to learn tips to enhance your search process and finding resources.

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