Seven kinds of help at the main campus library

KCC Library Contributed Column

7. Space – Do you know we have a second floor? Our second floor is our quiet study floor and the location of our individual group study rooms. You can reserve the rooms through the library website. If you’re with a group & are going to talk please use a study room or come downstairs. The second floor is also where we keep most of our books. You have to take either the elevator or stairs within the library to find it. (The library in Iowa City also has study rooms, but they use a different reservation system.)

6. Citation also called APA/MLA – Have to do a research paper? Your instructor will normally tell you they want it in APA or MLA. These are both systems to help you give credit to where you find information. They are similar overall, but differ a lot on the details. We recommend stopping by the reference desk in person if you need help because it’s a LOT easier for both of us, but you can also find help online: 

5. A Fun Read – Need something relaxing to read? While most of the library’s collection is purchased with an eye to supporting assignments, we do have a collection of popular books on the first floor for people looking for a fun read. 

4. Movies and Music – We also offer a DVD collection and 2 databases of streaming videos. The video databases are focused on documentaries, but they have regular movies, too. Look for them in our database list as Films On Demand and Kanopy: Also look for the Naxos databases to stream music, we have classical music and jazz.

3. Keeping Up With the Library – There is more to the online library than just the library website. Find us on Facebook (kirkwoodlibraries), YouTube (kirkwoodlibraries), and Twitter (@kirkwoodsmart) to keep up to date with the library and to have fun with words, reading, and information literacy. Most importantly follow our blog for all the latest library additions and news. 

2. More databases than EBSCO – For a long time the library only offered the EBSCO set of databases. It was so long that all over campus people started to think that EBSCO and database were the same thing. Luckily today the library has a lot more databases than just the basic EBSCO products. Click on our All Kirkwood Databases list on our website to explore all the different databases we now offer from the New York Times to videos to medical information to countries around the world and beyond! 

1. A mascot – Eggbert is the library mascot. You can find him on all the library’s social media channels. Stop by the library and you can always ask for an Eggbert photo or hug.