Do Better Work.
The University Libraries is here to help you succeed. With locations on every campus, we have the services, collections, and study spaces you need to do your best work. Check out what we can offer:
Unsure of where to start? Use the library search box to search for articles across disciplines in multiple databases. You’ll be sure to find something, and can narrow down your search to find what you need.
The University Libraries subscribes to hundreds of databases covering every imaginable academic discipline. You’ll find articles on any topic, written by respected experts, to make your project better.
Can’t find the article you need? The University Libraries will get you a copy if we don’t have it online, often within a day! All you have to do is ask, and we’ll do the rest. (It's free!)
The University Libraries has over a million books and eBooks in our collection, plus access to hundreds of research databases with scholarly journals and articles.
In Michigan Libraries
The University Libraries partners with the Michigan eLibrary, which gives you access to books at hundreds of other libraries across the state, delivered free to Grand Valley in just a few days!
Across the World
Need a book, but no one in Michigan has it? Don’t worry. The University Libraries can get books for you from nearly anywhere in the world, often in just a few days.
Need help getting started? Stop by any library service desk. We'll help with basic research questions or finding a subject expert who can help you.
The Knowledge Market is where highly-trained fellow students help you improve your skills. Our Peer Consultants work one-on-one or in small groups to develop your research strategies, writing skills, or polish your presentations.
Our librarians have subject expertise and are ready to meet with you one-on-one to help with your research assignment.
We have a number of tools to help you rack, organize, and cite sources in your research. (For help with how to cite sources or create a bibliography, check out the Writing Center.)
RefWorks lets you import references automatically from research databases, and then organize and manage them online. RefWorks helps you format your manuscript and bbliography in seconds! Requires a GVSU login.
EndNote Basic helps you collect, organize, and share references. By using Cite While You Write™ with MicroSoft Word®, you can easily cite references in your paper.
Zotero is a free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share your research sources. Zotero works on any platform and most browsers, and intergrates with Word and LibreOffice.
The University Libraries has computer labs at our three main locations. Whether you need a Mac, a PC, or just need to print something quick, we have you covered. You can even check real-time availability!
Laptops & iPads
Need some portability? Borrow laptops and iPads and work where and when you want. (Available to current GVSU students, faculty, and staff only with a photo ID.)
The Makerspace is a place to practice creativity, problem solving, and learn new skills. Housed in the Mary Idema Pew Library, the Maker space currently has 2 3D printers and is open to students, faculty, and staff.
For Distance Students
The University Libraries knows that distance education students have different needs than on-campus students. All library services at GVSU are available to the distance education community, and we work hard to meet the needs of all distance learners.
The library has a rich collection of online information resources to support your research, including thousands of e-journals and hundreds of article databases, available anytime, anywhere.
We know that some subjects are taught off-campus more than others. We’ve have librarians assigned to each subject GVSU to help you.
Home Delivery of Books
You can have any book at the University Libraries sent to your home address. Just select "Off-campus pickup" when you request the book. If GVSU doesn't have it, Document Delivery will find it and send it to you.
Local Book Dropoff
Save postage when returning your books by dropping them off in:
Play, Learn, and Win!
We are bringing gaming into the library! Library Quest is a quest-based game developed for the Grand Valley State University Libraries. Complete quests to earn points for chances to win valuable prizes and become a library VIP, earning perks in the process! Find the elusive Player’s Lounge to connect with other players and earn even more points. Along the way, you’ll learn valuable information that can help you use library spaces and services to help with your classwork. You will need a Facebook account to play.
Page last modified April 14, 2014