Have a question? Ask a librarian!

Have a question? Ask an online superhero!

Sept. 23, 2020

“Which will hold greater rule over you? Your fear or your curiosity?” — Wonder Woman Every day, superheroes jump online to help CU Boulder students and researchers locate answers to seemingly unanswerable questions. These superheroes are academic librarians, and together they power the University Libraries’ online Ask a Librarian service...

West entrance of Norlin Library

Yes, you can (still) check out library books and materials

Sept. 21, 2020

The University Libraries continue to offer contactless pickup services on books and other library materials to current students, faculty and staff.

Librarian looking at requests on computer

Behind the scenes of the libraries' contactless pickup services

Aug. 18, 2020

The first task in the contactless pickup service is to check for requests that came in the previous evening. Anyone with a CU Boulder IdentiKey can request a purchase through the libraries’ Chinook catalog and request up to 10 library materials at a time. Circulation Media Specialist Arielle Fertman prints...

Library books stacked

The best disinfectant for library materials is time

Aug. 18, 2020

For book borrowers, the COVID-19 pandemic has raised some concerns: What are the best ways to disinfect a book or other items typically found in library collections? The best disinfectant—according to conservators—is “time.” The University Libraries are placing all patron returns in quarantine for 96 hours, says Acting Preservation Manager...

Textbook cycle

Fall course reserves go electronic only

July 28, 2020

The University Libraries will provide access to course reserve materials in electronic form only for the fall semester. Reserve materials will be provided as e-book purchases, full book scans and chapter scans. In order to have materials ready for the start of the semester, all instructors are encouraged to submit...

Norlin Library exterior

University Libraries offer remote support to CU Boulder community

July 20, 2020

In the months since the University of Colorado Boulder Libraries’ physical locations closed in mid-March for the health and safety of the campus community, library personnel have worked tirelessly to meet the needs of educators, researchers and students with online services and resources. (Photo/Ken Abbott) The Scholarly Resource Development team...

Outside of Norlin Library in summer

Libraries to begin contactless materials pickup July 21

July 14, 2020

The libraries will provide contactless libraries materials pickup for CU Boulder affiliates beginning July 21. Users may start placing holds, up to 10 at the time on July 15 and once their materials are paged they will be able to place a reservation using the link in the hold notice...

Norlin Stacks

Increasing Access with Google Books

Nov. 13, 2019

The University Libraries are pleased to announce a partnership with Google Books , which will allow thousands of unique books in our collection to be digitized. This effort is part of the technology company’s Library Project , which aims to build a searchable catalog of the world’s books online, including...

Erasing marginalia from a book with a chemical sponge.

CUATL Ep. 4: Is It Okay To Write In Books?

Oct. 14, 2019

This transcript of the CU at the Libraries episode “Is It Okay To Write In Books?” has been rewritten for the University of Colorado Boulder Libraries news site. Press play to listen to this episode below or find us on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen to your podcasts...

PASCAL's rows of books

CUATL Ep. 3: What is PASCAL, Anyway?

Oct. 7, 2019

This transcript of the CU at the Libraries episode “What is PASCAL, Anyway?” has been rewritten for the University at Colorado Boulder Libraries news site. Press play to listen to this episode below or find us on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen to your podcasts. “The Libraries are...

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