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Getting Help from Steely Library

August 18, 2023

Steely Library is excited to welcome students back for another fall semester. As everyone settles in and begins their coursework, we wanted to share some updates on the various ways you can get help from Steely this year. Links are provided below, and you can also visit our Get Help page for all available options.

General Research Assistance


You can always pop into Steely Library if you have a question. Steely is open seven days a week during the semester; see our hours page for the most up to date information. If you have a question, stop by the third floor Public Services desk. We’ll be happy to answer questions regarding UCAP textbooks, group study room availability, printing, and more. Steely librarians also staff the Public Services Desk, Monday through Friday, from 11am – 4pm.


Steely Library offers 24/7 chat service to our community. We answer all kinds of library questions including database issues, finding articles, and accessing an eBook. Our chat is staffed throughout the week by Steely librarians and is supported by a co-op system of librarians in the evenings and on the weekends.


If you’re working on a research assignment, consider scheduling a personalized consultation with a Steely librarian. During a one-hour consultation, in-person or over Zoom, a librarian will work with you at any stage of your research process. We offer consultations, Monday through Friday, from 11am until 4pm. Sign up for a consultation via our calendar link.


Steely Library has curated a series of frequently asked questions. These questions range from library policies to how to check out an eBook. We’ll continue to add more FAQs throughout the semester, so consider coming here first when you have a question!

Library 101 Videos

If you’re getting started on research and aren’t sure how to get started, take a look at some of our Library 101 videos. These videos will help you get started and learn more about the various resources Steely provides.

Specialized Research & Course Assistance

Explore Steely’s Special Collections and University Archives

The Archives welcomes student researchers interested in using primary source materials (documents, photographs, maps, objects, posters, artwork, etc.) and books and journals related to the history of this region. Research strengths include regional and local history, visual arts, photography, writing and communication, military history, education, Appalachia and Appalachian authors, David Mack graphic novels, and NKU history and theatrical performances. To learn more, visit the Special Collections & Archives webpage.

Center for Innovation in Technology & Education (CITE)

CITE has quick-start resources for students covering Canvas, Kaltura, Zoom and OneDrive.
The two most popular ones are:

·       How to record a presentation using Kaltura Capture

·       What to do when your file is too large to submit to Canvas

UCAP Textbook Library Available at Steely

Steely Library collaborates with University Connect and Persist (UCAP) by administering the free textbook program. Through UCAP, students are allowed to borrow textbooks for an entire semester. These textbooks can be checked out on a first-come, first-serve basis. Students can check to see if their textbook is available through the library catalog or stop by Steely Library’s Public Services Desk to check.

Don’t forget, Steely Library has many other resources and spaces, including our Stego Studio makerspace, reservable group study rooms, and our Wellness and Popular Reading collections for when you need a break from coursework!