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What can your librarian do for you? – University of Reading

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What can your librarian do for you?


Your subject liaison librarian is your main point of contact with the Library - there is one for every subject offered at Reading. They can help you make effective use of the huge range of resources the Library has to offer in support of your studies by:

  • showing you how to use information resources effectively - your librarian can offer training sessions for your School/Department and online Library guides for your subject
  • show you how to save time by making the most of all Library services
  • give you individual help with research - your librarian can offer in depth help in finding information including identifying the most relevant e-resources for you to use  

Contact them directly or ask at an Information Desk. Staff at the Information Desks will be able to answer many of your questions if your librarian is not available.


Your subject liaison librarian can:

  • Help make sure your recommended books are in the Library - send in your reading lists. Your librarian will check them and arrange for any items not already in the Library to be ordered if available. They also manage the stock and write the collecting policy for your subject.
  • Run training sessions for your students - contact your librarian to arrange Library induction or more advanced training, such as searching databases or using EndNote, for your students
  • Help with your research questions - giving advice on sources of information and using them
  • Attend staff/student committees to discuss any issues relating to the Library

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