Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Library Offers More Than Books

When you're on campus, it can be difficult to find a place to stay focused if you want to get some studying done. Distractions are everywhere. Luckily, that's where the Thigpen Library comes in.
Kristina McClanahan and Norberto Domingo work in the library.
History student Kristina McClanahan knows those distractions all too well, which is why she often spends time studying and doing homework in the library.
"Sometimes I even stay late, because if I go home and study, I know I'll end up on Tumblr or something," she said. "It's a great place to study. They have all the study rooms. If you have a study group, it's always nice to get together with people and study here. It's peaceful."

Study rooms are a big component to the library's resources. There are several rooms located throughout the second floor with dry-erase boards students can use for up to two hours at a time. That makes study sessions with groups flow much better, according to nursing student Lauren Allers.

"I'll use it for study groups. It's usually very quiet, which is nice, because not all libraries are quiet. They have enough space, so there's always a table available to study," she said.
That kind of peace and quiet is extremely important when you're pulling in long hours over a paper or preparing for a test, according to English student Norberto Domingo.
"I don't really have a quiet space at home to write papers and stuff, so I usually come in here to get things done," he said.
In addition to the books and ample study space, the library also has several other resources students can utilize while on and off campus, including online catalogs, E-Resources, research aids and tutorials.
One of the most popular research aids is NoodleBib, an online citation creation and management tool, which will come in handy for those research papers assigned by instructors. Another popular tool is the E-Resources, which encompass articles, streaming video, and E-books that are available 24/7.

Hours for the fall semester are as follows:
Monday-Thursday: 7:30 a.m.-8:50 p.m.
Friday: 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Saturday: 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
You can contact the library by phone at 615-230-3400 or email librarian@volstate.eduClick here for more information about library services.

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