Greenawalt Library

June 2021 Newsletter

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Welcome Back

Welcome to new and returning students.

The library's goal is to support students while they're pursuing their future careers here at Northwestern. We can do this by offering books and online resources for your research needs. We can do this by offering quiet study rooms you can sign up for. And we can do this by offering both group and personalized instruction sessions.

For group workshops, check the schedule below to see when they're coming up. For personalized library and writing lab sessions, we now offer a Bookings link. While you can still set up these meetings with email, you can also do it directly with our calendars.

We have good news! The library has relaxed the COVID protocols we've followed since we reopened in September. You can find those new rules and the schedule below. If there are any changes, we'll let you know by email and/or in future newsletters.

We are also welcoming a new Director of Library Services, Emily Waitz. Her photo and a short introduction are below so you'll recognize her while walking in the hallways.

As always, we also have some brief tutorials on how to use the library from off campus down below but don't be afraid to reach out for more personalized guidance.

Hours and Rules

The library will be open Sunday through Friday.


Sunday: Noon to 8 p.m.
Monday: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Tuesday: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Wednesday: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Thursday: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

We are closed on school holidays. Those holidays will be:
Monday, July 5th for Independence Day

Library Rules Updates

The library will follow the new guidelines put out by the university.

  1. The library will follow the current university guidelines on masking. Masks are optional and recommended for non-vaccinated individuals.
  2. Capacity limits have been relaxed. More than one person can be at a table.
  3. Study room caps have also been relaxed.
  4. Small study rooms hold 1-4 students.
  5. The two larger study rooms hold 3-6. At least 3 people should be using those larger study rooms. They're #8 and #9.
  6. We'll continue to use Signup Genius to sign up for rooms.
  7. Cleaning is now the choice of the student. Cleaning materials will be available at the front desk if you'd like to wipe down surfaces before using a room.
  8. More computers will be available; although we do ask that you stay spaced apart unless you're electing to work with someone specifically.
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Book Directly Online

The library now has a Bookings site you can use to automatically schedule an appointment with a librarian. click here to access it. You can also access it by clicking on the logo above on our main library web page.

Simply select one of the categories offered or the "General Library Help" if you're not sure which category to choose. Options include:

  • Writing Lab
  • Citation help
  • Citation help with Mendeley assistance
  • Research help
  • Databases help

Don't worry, if you pick a category, you don't have to stick to exclusively that category. Just include a note about what kind of help you need.

If the available openings don't work and you need "off" hours (later/earlier in the day or on a weekend), contact the library to see if arrangements can be made.

You can still make an appointment with email if that's more comfortable for you or you are scheduling within 24 hours

Online Library Workshops

Orientation to the Library

Come learn about the library. What do you need to do to use the physical library? What resources are available online?

All of your questions can be answered during this session. If you can't make it, you can always email to set up an alternative time. Or read through the tutorials and documents below.

Library Introduction Workshops

Monday, June 7th at noon

Join on your computer or mobile app

Click here to join the meeting

Or call in (audio only)

+1 952-686-6428

Phone Conference ID: 563 989 659#

Email if you'd like a calendar invite sent

Monday, June 7th at 5 p.m.

Click here to join the meeting

Or call in (audio only)

+1 952-686-6428

Phone Conference ID: 971 510 467#

Email if you'd like a calendar invite sent

Searching Strategies (Beginning or Advanced)

Do you feel lost when searching PubMed? Do you wonder which databases to use that aren't PubMed?

Join this session for tips and tricks from a librarian. The format is casual. We'll walk through some searching strategies but the direction of the session will be determined by the experience or specific questions of the participants.

Wednesday, June 9th at noon

Click here to join the meeting

Or call in (audio only)

+1 952-686-6428

Phone Conference ID: 472 456 239#

Email if you'd like a calendar invite sent


If you'd like to learn about how to use Mendeley to store your citations and automatically add citations to the papers you write, join this Mendeley webinar.

Thursday, June 10th at noon.

Click here to join the meeting

Or call in (audio only)

+1 952-686-6428

Phone Conference ID: 830 347 666#

Email if you'd like a calendar invite sent

Thursday, June 10th at 4:30 p.m.

Click here to join the meeting

Or call in (audio only)

+1 952-686-6428

Phone Conference ID: 443 671 518#

Email if you'd like a calendar invite sent

Welcome Emily Waitz, Director of Library Services

The library would like to welcome Emily Waitz as the new Director of Library Services.

Emily has worked in academic, scientific and law libraries. She is happy to be returning to an academic library where she feels she can have a more hands on approach to helping students and faculty.

She also has experience working for online institutions and is excited to use that knowledge to support hybrid learning. If you would like to reach out to her with questions or suggestions, feel free to email her at She is looking forward to meeting everyone.

How to Use the Library From Off Campus

This section will offer tutorials on how to access library resources from off campus. The PDF document below is the most comprehensive guide.

There will also be short videos of how to do some of these steps. If you'd like to see anything "in action" please contact the library.

How do I use Ejournal Finder/Login From Off Campus?

How to Use Ejournal Finder & Login From Off Campus

How Do I Find Full Text Using PubMed?

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How Do I Access Full Text via Google Scholar?

Google Scholar

Library Support For Faculty

Naturally, faculty and staff have access to the library resources above..

We are also a resource for your questions about linking to library resources, emergency open access resources and online teaching books and resources.

If you'd like to link to subscription library resources, please use this guide below.

Guide To Linking Directly to Library Resources

Greenawalt Library

Monday-Thursday: 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Friday: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Saturday: CLOSED

Sunday: 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.