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Loyola University Chicago Libraries

Library Orientation

About this Orientation

Welcome! My name is Annette Alvarado your librarian liaison. I have created this Library Research Guide as an orientation to the LUC Libraries. This orientation has multiple sections with an optional scored quiz. You may go through this library research guide in one sitting or read parts at your own pace. 

  • Use the menu on the left to navigate through the sections.
  • Use the arrows at the bottom of each page to navigate forward or backwards.

Don't Stress

Learning to search databases and find the sources takes time and experience.  It will get easier the more you do it.  Remember, the library and the librarians are here to help.

University Libraries

The University Libraries are comprised of five libraries and two archives spread across three Chicagoland campuses, plus the Rome Center.  These libraries are Cudahy Library and the Information Commons on the Lake Shore Campus, Lewis Library and the Law Library on the Water Tower Campus, and the Health Sciences Library at the Maywood Campus.

Library Spaces - Cudahy Library and the Information Commons at the Lake Shore Campus and the Lewis Library at the Water Tower Campus are open and available to any of you.  Lewis Library is the main library for business, communication, social work and education resources.  The entrance to Lewis Library is on the 6th floor of Corboy Law Center. 

  • Computer workstations and lockers are available on the 6th floor.
  • Children's books, curriculum materials, the Popular Reading Collection, and DVDs are available on the 6th floor.
  • Silent study spaces are available on the 8th floor.
  • Group and individual study rooms are available on the 9th floor.  Rooms can be reserved at

Some of you may not be in Chicago or on campus and may be concerned about how you will accomplish your research.  Most of our library resources and services are available online.  

Access to books and DVDs — Search our online catalog of one million physical books, including the Popular Reading and Curriculum collections, and DVDs between the Lake Shore and Water Tower campuses.  Graduate students can check out books for the entire semester.

  • Find scholarly works for research projects and class assignments.  Most education books are at Lewis Library.
  • Read something for fun in our Popular Reading collections at both campuses.
  • Lewis Library at the Water Tower Campus is home to the Curriculum Collection, a collection of textbooks, curriculum guides, lesson planning materials, and children’s literature from Early Childhood to 12th Grade. The Curriculum Collection mainly supports our students in the teacher preparation programs but is open to everyone.
  • Our DVD collection contains both popular films and instructional films.

Access to electronic resources — Loyola Libraries subscribe to over 400 databases for online journal subscriptions for peer-reviewed articles. Our online catalog provides access to thousands of academic ebooks, and streaming video services.

  • Find electronic Course Reserve material that faculty have requested be available for you.  Course Reserves can include journal articles and book chapters that are required reading for your classes.
  • Most electronic books have unlimited use, but some are restricted by the publishers to one or three users.  It will say in the catalog if there is a limit.
  • Keep in mind that we are not always able to get an electronic version of a book, even if it’s available electronically through Amazon or a public library.  The publisher has to offer an institutional license.
  • Loyola Libraries subscribe to almost a dozen streaming video services, including Kanopy.
  • Read ebooks or listen to audiobooks on Libby!

InterLibrary Loan — Any journal article not available through one of our 400 databases can be requested free of charge from other libraries. You can also request books and book chapters. 

  • Journal articles and book chapters are sent as a PDF, typically within 48 business hours. 
  • Books must be picked up at the library.  Please allow up to 10 days for delivery.
  • Find out more information and request materials at

Get Help with all of the above! — Ask your librarian! I am available for reference and research assistance throughout your academic journey.

  • Send questions by email.
  • Meet with me one-on-one via Zoom web conferencing software.
  • Schedule a meeting with your group projects, or research group.
  • Request a class visit. As an active partner in the teaching and learning process, I teach library research skills to classes and small groups.
  • Assistance is also available 24/7 by clicking on the “Ask a Librarian” link on our website or the chat tab on this page.
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Or email Annette Alvarado

Schedule an appointment online!

Check out "How to: Writing Center" for a short tutorial on setting up appointments online. 

Preparing for your session:

  • Schedule online using to make an appointment with a tutor. 
  • Be on time for your appointment.
  • Come to the Writing Center with your paper assignment and with rough drafts, if you have them.
  • Ask questions during your session, and keep an open mind when your tutor makes suggestions.
  • Remember: The Writing Center is not a fix-it shop; we work with you to improve your writing.

Both the Lewis Library and Information Commons provides best effort to help with technical issues for WiFi: