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Newman Library break hours

Sun, Dec 21: 9:00am - 6:00pm
Mon-Tues, Dec 22-23: 7:30am - 8:00pm
Wed, Dec 24: 7:30am - 12:00  noon
Thu-Thu, Dec 25 - Jan 1: Closed

Current semester hours

Art + Architecture Library break hours

Sun, Dec 21: Closed
Mon, Dec 22: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Tues, Dec 23: 8:00am - 12:00 noon
Wed-Sun, Dec 24 - Jan 4: Closed

Current semester hours

NVC Resource Center break hours

Sun-Thu, Dec 21 - Jan 1: Closed

Current semester hours

Information literacy

Information literacy is commonly defined as "the ability to locate, evaluate, and efficiently use information" and is comprised of several components:

  • Research skills
  • Critical thinking skills
  • Computer literacy

Students have to be able navigate the libraries and our print and electronic information resources; they need to be able to evaluate, analyze, and synthesize information to come to conclusions; and they need to be familiar with computers and computer applications not only to find and retrieve information but also to communicate their findings.

Lifelong learning is also encouraged through the promotion of information literacy. Students develop an appreciation of how these skills will assist them in their future coursework and careers, along with developing an understanding of the impact information has on society and their lives.


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Newman Library tour options

Self-guided audio tour

Our primary tour option for individuals is a self-guided, audio tour with a graded quiz that can be used to show attendance for classes that require participation or give extra credit. Locations and services are highlighted, and the tour takes about an hour. You can use your mobile device or check out an iPad from the Circulation Desk.