Answered By: Research Center Desk
Last Updated: Aug 11, 2016     Views: 40

Even though finals are quickly becoming a distant memory, don't forget to visit the library this summer. Below are the top five reasons that you should make a habit of coming to the Main Library during the summer season.

Beat the heat

Escape the sun and the crowds within the cool, airy Anderson Academic Commons. Our air-conditioned building is a respite from the intense Colorado sun; and with many students leaving campus for the summer, it is easy to find a comfortable chair or cozy corner where you can relax or get some work done.

Plan a vacation

The library has a large collection of resources geared to helping you make the most of your vacation. Search the library catalog to access hundreds of travel guidebooks, both print and electronic. A good search strategy is to use the Classic Catalog to create a search for guidebooks tailored to a particular geographic area. Enter where you want to travel in the keyword search box and the phrase “travel guidebooks” in the subject field, as shown below.

Depending on where you are traveling, you may want to brush up on your language skills using one of our online language learning programs, or, if you are staying in the Colorado area, plan a vacation around some of the resources that make this state unique, such as these geological points of interest.

Get lost in good books…literally

Did you know that the library has 8 miles of books stored on moveable shelving on the lower level of the AAC and an equivalent amount in our offsite storage facility? Our strong academic collection combined with collections geared toward pleasure reading give you ample opportunity to “get lost” in some good books this summer.

Get a head start

Even though many classes do not meet during the summer, research help is still available at the Research Center. Our Research Center Desk is staffed Monday-Friday from 9-5 and Saturday and Sunday from 1-5 in the summer. Expert reference librarians are available by appointment to meet with you to give you an in-depth overview of library resources or to answer any other questions that you may have. Becoming familiar with research tools over the summer will give you time to practice your skills so that you are ready to tackle your classes in the fall.

Summer break? What summer break?

We are well aware that not everyone in our community has a summer break. Many faculty and staff work on campus during the summer months, and many graduate programs are still in session. The Anderson Academic Commons maintains our commitment to being open 24 hours a day, 5 days a week during the summer, with earlier closures on Saturdays and Sundays. (See our summer quarter schedule for details on holiday closures). All of the resources that you rely on to get your work done will also be available, as will expert assistance if you need it.

Rather than asking yourself why you should come to the library this summer, maybe you should ask yourself why you aren’t there already!