University of Vermont

Bailey-Howe Library and obtaining equipment and research materials

The Bailey-Howe library is the main library on campus. It has 1.4 million volumes. It is also part of the Interlibrary Loan system. So, if there's a book that you want but UVM doesn't have it, they're send away for it at a consortium of colleges. If you really want a book at UVM, you can fill out a form to get it approved, and if it does you get first dibs on it. The first floor of the Bailey-Howe library is home to Media Services, where you can rent out virtually any DVD that's ever existed, from recent releases all the way back to Alfred Hitchcock, Charlie Chaplain... I put on reserve Deathly Hallows, Part 1, the, night of the Harry Potter, Part 2 premiere, because I wanted to watch it right before I went to the midnight premiere. You can also rent out cameras, camcorders, and other video equipment, and they have technicians down there who can help you use the equipment or upload any videos and pictures. They also have a Special Collections library downstairs.

The second floor is more the noisy floor. That's where most students are. A lot of group study happens on the second floor, the main floor of the library, because they have tables there the students will do group study at. They have a print station, so if you don't have a printer or you forgot you have a paper due in 5 minutes, you can rush to the library, print it out from a USB port or e-mail. The Cyber Café is the only place on campus open 24 hours a day. So, students can study in there all night--many of them do. They sell a lot of caffeine and pastries in the Cyber Café .

There's also the Writing Center, which is free writing tutoring for all UVM students. So, they just help UVM students transition from high-school-level writing to college-level writing, for free. Right across from them is the Reference Desk. The librarians in the library are extremely accessible, nice people. They will help you learn how to use the online databases--because there are so many of them; they'll help you cite sources correctly, which is really important; they can also help you search for a book in the 1.4 million volumes--because it's a little overwhelming your first time. At the Circulation Desk, that's where you return and take out books. You can take out 50 at a time as a undergrad student, and if you're in the Honors College you can take out 100 books at a time.

The second and third floor are the quiet floors. That is where if you opened up a bag of chips, you're going to get a lot of evil glares from students, because it is super-duper quiet on those top two floors.

Last modified January 07 2013 03:39 PM