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General Tours | Undergraduate Orientations | Graduate Orientations | New Faculty Reception
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Washington University Libraries offer a variety of library orientation programs throughout the year for faculty, staff, and students. These orientations can include demonstrations of the libraries' electronic resources and services, hands-on activities, and general tours of the libraries. In some cases, refreshments are provided to create a more relaxing and friendly environment. All sessions are conducted by library staff and tailored to meet the needs of the participants.


General Library Tours

Library tours are available upon request at all University Libraries throughout the year and are offered as part of all orientation programs. Tours enable users to learn about the Libraries' collections, services, resources, and the physical layout of the building. Users also have an opportunity to ask questions and meet library staff. Tours may vary in duration; some may be as short as twenty minutes and others may take an hour or longer.

Undergraduate Orientations

Undergraduate student library orientations are offered in the Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters. Although these introductory sessions are designed for new students, anyone is welcome. For the Fall semester, two days of scheduled electronic demonstrations and library tours are held in Olin Library the week before classes begin. Olin has also conducted orientation sessions specifically for international students in cooperation with the Washington University International Office. Students were given information packets and received a demonstration of the Libraries' web site and a tour of the library. Olin also schedules additional tours during the first three weeks of classes.

At the beginning of the Spring semester, Olin Library offers library orientations for new and transfer students. These sessions are conducted in cooperation with the College of Arts and Sciences and are designed to provide a basic introduction to the Libraries' services and resources. Students are given a tour of the library and meet library staff.

During the Summer session, the Libraries participate in the "Arts/Sci Summer Weekends" Program for incoming freshmen. Students are given tours of Olin Library, information packets, and an introduction to the Libraries' web site with opportunity for hands-on practice.

Graduate Student Orientation and Open House

Every Fall, the Libraries host a reception for graduate students in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and the School of Engineering. The two-hour program is designed to give new graduate students the opportunity to meet subject librarians, other library staff, and other graduate students. Students are given a tour of the library, an introduction to the Libraries' services and resources, and information packets. Refreshments are served to compliment the event.

New Faculty Reception

Early in the Fall semester, the Libraries host an orientation program for new faculty in Olin Library. The event includes a tour of Olin, an overview of library services, an introduction to the Libraries' online resources and a reception. The reception creates a relaxed setting for friendly conversation in which new faculty have an opportunity to meet subject librarians, other library staff, and faculty from other departments.

April Welcome

April Welcome is an annual campus-wide event for prospective students and their parents to learn more about the University. These students have been officially accepted to the University and want to decide if they will attend the University in the Fall. On Mondays and Fridays throughout the month of April, Olin Library offers scheduled electronic demonstrations and library tours. Students and their parents have an opportunity to find out about the libraries' services and resources and meet library staff.

Activities Fairs

During the Fall and Spring semesters, campus-wide activities fairs enable students to find
out about campus resources and services. The Libraries take this opportunity to host an information booth for the fourteen campus libraries. Library staff are available to answer questions and distribute information and souvenirs about the Libraries to hundreds of students.

To schedule an Olin Library orientation or tour, contact the Olin Library Reference Help Desk or call 935-5410. For departmental or school libraries , contact each library directly.
General Tours | Undergraduate Orientations | Graduate Orientations | New Faculty Reception
April Welcome | Activities Fairs | Library Instruction/Classes |