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Book a librarian for up to an hour-long appointment, personalized to meet your information needs. These sessions are designed to provide one-on-one instruction of library resources or technology questions. Simply fill out the form below or call the Reference Desk at 725-3714 ext. 220. Based on expertise and availability, a librarian best-suited to meet your individual informational needs will contact you to set up a free one-hour session.

Frequently Asked Questions

What type of information and assistance do you provide?

  • Researching a topic, including instruction on our subscription databases
  • Information on specific illnesses, health conditions or wellness
  • Consumer research on specific products
  • Resume writing assistance and job searching
  • Limited computer and Internet instruction
  • E-book and E-reader tutorials
  • Local history and genealogy research resources
  • Instruction and assistance with the use of Library resources
  • How to set up an email account

Is there anything that the librarian cannot help me with?
We cannot offer advice (medical, legal, investment, tax preparation), except to advise you of reputable sources of information.  We cannot type or proofread your document, resume, cover letter, etc. Also, we cannot offer troubleshooting or maintenance help with personal computers, laptops or devices. We cannot assist you with credit card transactions.

Do you offer any instruction with computers or other technology topics?
The library offers a variety of computer workshops. Topics include Introduction to Computers, Internet Searching and Microsoft Office. Please call 725-3714 x223 or stop by the Reference Desk to reserve a spot. The Computer workshop schedule is also available on our website.

Do you provide help with genealogy research?
We’d be glad to give you an overview of the genealogical resources available both in the library and online that you can use in your research.

Who will be helping me?
We will look at your appointment request and determine the best librarian to meet with you based on expertise and availability.

How long will the appointment be?
Each appointment may last up to one hour. Additional appointments can be requested with a maximum of two appointments per month.

How do I make an appointment?
Complete the form below with as much information as possible. Let us know what you would like help with and a time that is convenient for you. We will get in touch with you to confirm the appointment as soon as possible. We require at least 24 hours advance notice.

When are the one-on-one sessions offered?
Book a Librarian is offered Monday through Thursdays from 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm.  Appointments must be booked at least 24 hours in advance.

How do I check in for my appointment?
Visit the Reference Desk on the second floor of the Sayles Building of the library. Your personal Reference librarian will meet you there and direct you to the area you will be using.

I need to cancel my appointment. What’s the best way to do this?
No problem! Just call the Reference Desk at 725-3714 x220 or
contact us by email. We will help you reschedule your appointment.

Are there other ways to get help from a librarian?
Of course! You can always stop by the Reference Desk and speak to one of the reference librarians. You may also
email us or call the Reference Desk at 725-3714 x220.



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