October 7, 2020

Get the most out of Wayne State’s Libraries with expanded remote services

While three libraries are open this semester on a reservation-only basis, most of Wayne State University’s library resources and services have been expanded and are now offered remotely. Here are a few tips to help get the most out of the library’s resources:

1. Ask anything, at any time

Take advantage of the Ask-a-Librarian chat tool, which makes an expert librarian available online 24/7 to help answer your quick questions. Connect with them via chat or text at 313-228-3978.

For longer, more complicated questions, send an email or submit a form.

If you’re new to using an academic library, visit guides.lib.wayne.edu/newusers to get started.

Quick answers to frequently asked questions are also available at ask.lib.wayne.edu.  


2. Get one-on-one help with that project or research

In addition to the libraries’ vast electronic resources, Subject Specialist Librarians are available for each department and program to help you find articles and answer more subject-specific questions. Subject Specialist Librarians can work with you one-on-one via email, chat or video — schedule a consultation online.  

The library also has created research guides to lead you to the best sources of information in your specific class or subject area, including anatomy, engineering, history, psychology and English, among others. For more advanced research, the library also has wide array of research article databases.

3. Find a book or other course materials

Ebooks and articles are available online wherever and whenever you need them, and physical books can be requested for contactless pickup. Search for books, articles and other resources using the QuickSearch tool or the Summon search tool. If you need a book that is checked out or that Wayne State does not own, ask a librarian for help using the Michigan eLibrary or interlibrary loan.

4. Use a computer or print

This semester, the library has reduced capacities for safe social distancing, and all students, faculty and staff must make a reservation to use the library. To enter the library, have your OneCard available and be prepared to show that you’ve completed the Campus Daily Screener.  Wear a face covering in the library at all times. Visit the libraries website for more information and to reserve a space up to two weeks in advance.

The libraries can be used for:

  • The use of a computer or study space with WiFi
  • Picking up requested materials
  • Checking out a Chromebook or power bank to use in the library
  • Printing, scanning and copying
  • Using the Accessible Technology Lab 
  • Accessing the Tech Bunker (Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.)