The Ryerson and Burnham Libraries offer topic-driven and general library orientations for graduate and undergraduate classes. A librarian works directly with the instructor to structure the sessions in a way most appropriate to the learning outcomes and brings out items from the collection that relate to the focus of the class.
Complete the registration form to schedule your class visit.
All classes must be requested via the instruction form on this page. All requests for the semester must be received by the end of the 4th week in the semester. (Deadline for spring 2019: February 22.)
Preference will be given to classes with specific, collections-related assignments or classes making repeat use of the collections during the course of the semester.
Instructors requesting course-related research sessions must visit to review materials prior to the class session.
Students must arrive on time for class, having completed all requirements for library access (checked coats and bags, signed in); please account for time needed for coat check when requesting a specific class time.
Duration and Library Instruction
A typical session lasts 1.5 hours and includes an introduction to the libraries and instruction in searching the libraries’ catalog and other pertinent online resources.
Class visit options
Please choose one of the following class visit options based on your desired learning outcomes for the class session.
Bibliographic instruction followed by Reading Room tour and review of up to 12 collection items
Stacks tour available for graduate-student classes
Materials must be requested via form OR appointment made with librarian two (2) weeks prior to class
Course-Related Research Session (show-and-tell)
Review of up to 12 special collections items or 25 general collections items
Librarian will provide brief overview of library access policies and handling instructions
Course instructor is responsible for all other session content
Special collections materials may be restricted from student handling; specific openings should be requested/marked by instructor during materials review appointment
Materials must be requested via form or appointment made with librarian to discuss selections at least two (2) weeks prior to class
Collection Highlights and/or Library Tour
Review of up to 12 special collections items/25 general collections items
No handling of materials permitted
Librarian is responsible for selections/session content following appointment with instructor to discuss learning outcomes for the session