Graduate assistants can find the resources and get the help they need through the CMU Libraries. The Park Library offers a quiet atmosphere for study, computers and access to printing and scanning, access to journals and books, and librarians available to help with research. The library building is open more than 100 hours per week and includes more than 250 computer workstations with printing capability. Wireless access (including printing) is available for laptop users. 

The Libraries’ collections offer a vast amount of materials for research and learning, including more than 1,000,000 print books and journals as well as 850,000 electronic books, access to more than 130,000 journals, and 125,000 streaming media titles. Copies of items not owned by CMU can be obtained (at no cost to the student) from other libraries through the library’s Documents on Demand office

Most of the library’s resources are available online, meaning you can use the library from wherever you happen to be. CMU credentials allows students and staff round-the-clock access to the library’s electronic resources, including journals, ebooks, videos, and article databases. 

In addition to the collections, the library provides a wide array of services for GAs. Reference librarians can be contacted by email, chat, or telephone for help with research. If in-depth help is needed a research consultation can be scheduled with the subject librarian in your discipline area. In a consultation, a librarian works one-on-one with you on a particular research assignment or task, helping to locate materials and answering questions. Most graduate students find research consultations very helpful.   

Subject librarians also provide instruction in the use of the library to undergraduate and graduate classes. Whether your class is face-to-face or online, a librarian is available to join your class to teach your students about the library resources and services available to them.

The library also houses the CMU Writing Center, the Mathematics Assistance Center, and the Statistical Consulting Center on the 3rd floor. These helpful services are available online as well.

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