UA libraries increase services ahead of exams

UA libraries increase services ahead of exams
Jacob Arthur / Alabama Crimson White

As the semester comes to a close, UA libraries are increasing services to make life easier for students. CW / Jake Arthur

Deadlines are approaching as fall ends, and students scramble to finish projects and papers on time. Despite the stress that comes with rushing to make deadlines, University Libraries wants students to know that they do not have to do it alone.

According to Library Services, the libraries on campus have an array of services meant to make the lives of students easier. 

“Any student should feel free to walk into any of our branches and walk up to a desk and we can get you a librarian for a consultation immediately,” said Michael Pearce, head of Gorgas Information Services. Between the hours 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday students are welcome to seek out a consultation at any branch of the library on campus.

Pearce said if students are more comfortable with scheduling appointments they can do so online. On the University Libraries website,, students can book an appointment. 

“Someone is going to get back to you to meet one-on-one, probably 30 minutes after you make the request,” Pearce said.

Appointments made online let librarians know what the request will be about before the meeting. If a person booked an appointment for their paper in a specific field, then the librarian can have materials prepared for their consultation. Pearce said he has a fair turnout for requests like this, and they increase as the end of the semester approaches. 

Because of the approaching end of the semester, Universities Libraries have services specifically for consultations. 

“We have librarians on the desk in Gorgas, between the hours of 4 and 6 p.m. to accommodate some research needs, and we call that research rescue,” Pearce said. 

From now until the end of the semester, every Monday through Thursday, Gorgas will have a Librarian at the desk specifically to provide research assistance to students.

On Nov. 28,  University Libraries and The Writing Center are hosting The Great Campus Write-In. The event will be from 1 to 4 p.m. in Gorgas 205. Students can stop by to speak with librarians who will assist them in writing their assignments. Pearce said librarians and writing specialists will be in Gorgas 205 to aid students with their end of the year papers and assignments. 

“We are just trying to provide a time for students to come in and get writing, tutoring and research help,” Pearce said. 

This event is an extension of services that are already available daily through University Libraries. The employees at University Libraries encourage students to ask for help whenever they need it and are here to help students survive the semester.

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