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LIFE Student Library Orientation: Library Overview

Get to know the library's resources & services. We're here to help!

For Faculty

Faculty, be sure to check out the Library Resources for Faculty page!

Common Campus Questions

Where is my classroom building?

Click here for a link to the Campus Map.

I'm having a computer problem. Where do I get help?

Contact the Technology Helpdesk at (563) 589-3737. HelpDesk hours are Monday through Friday 8:00am-5:00pm. See the Office of Technology website for more information.

Where can students get writing/tutoring help or disability services?

Contact the Academic Success Center at (563) 589-3262. Hours and more information are available at the Academic Success Center website.

Library Resources

What resources does the library have?

As a student you're welcome to make use of the UD library's collection of books, DVDs, children's materials, board games, and more! The library has over 100,000 print books and over 3000 DVDs, including both academic and leisure titles. There is a small collection of print journals and magazines, primarily leisure magazines. These are also available for checkout, including current issues. Online library materials available to all UD faculty, staff, and students include 200,000 e-books, 50 online article databases, and 8000 streaming films.

How do I search for materials?

To find books, DVDs, CDs, and more, search the online catalog. Need help?  Just ask!

To find articles, images, and streaming films, search one of our nearly 100 databases. When available, video tutorials and mobile versions are linked.

For tips on searching, see the tabs above.

How do I check out & renew materials?

Student borrowing privileges include 2-week circulation for periodicals and media, and 4-week circulation for books.

Online renewals are available through the library catalog's My Account tab (enter ID number from front of university ID card, noting that the first time you'll need to choose Set/Reset Password & follow the prompts. Step by step directions are available here.) Up to 2 renewals per item are allowed as long as an item is not yet overdue and has not been requested by another patron. Further renewals may be requested by contacting the library Circulation Desk.

How do I access online materials?

Most of the library's databases & online journals are available 24/7 with a UD student or faculty network account. Just access them through the library's webpage, and enter your network ID & password when prompted.

Don't know your login?  Browse the instructions available on the Office of Technology website. Or contact the Helpdesk at (563) 589-3737. Be ready to tell them your name and your university ID number from the front of your ID card.


Circulation or check out of physical items from the Dubuque campus is limited to on-campus students. However, if you need an entire print book, contact the Reference Desk ( or 563-589-3770) and we'll work with you to get you what you need.

We do offer approximately 200,000 e-books that are available anywhere you can access the internet. They require the same UD username and password as the article databases do.

Due to the time constraints of mailing and processing, books or other physical materials are not available via Interlibrary Loan for Cedar Rapids or Tempe students. If you need a physical item or book we do not own, please contact the Reference Desk ( or 563-589-3649), so we can try to find an alternate solution.

Your Librarian

Contact your librarian anytime. Your librarian can help you:

  • Find information for your project
  • Request books or articles the UD library doesn't own
  • Track trends over time in your field of research
  • Find out about research methods in your field
  • Learn how to effectively use specialized library materials and tools
  • Incorporate & cite sources in your project

Becky Canovan
Asst. Director of Public Services
Librarian liaison for:
Aviation, Business, Core Curriculum, DART, English, Fine & Performing Arts, History/Politics, HWS, Math, Seminary

Office Phone: (563) 589-3649

Sarah Slaughter
Reference & Instruction Librarian
Librarian liaison for: 

Communication, Criminal Justice, DNAS, Education, Nursing, PA, Philosophy, Psychology, Sociology 
Office Phone: (563) 589-3645