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Libraries Welcome Kit: Education Grad Students: Home

Welcome to CU, new grad students! This guide is to orient you to some of the University Libraries' useful resources and services.

Welcome! So glad you're here!

Welcome new grad students to the School of Education and CU Boulder campus community. We are so glad you are here and look forward to getting to know you. The University Libraries offer an array of services and resources to support your academic journey. Don't hesitate to get in touch with us!

Contact the libraries

There are a number of ways to get in touch with your librarians and library community described below. Please keep in mind that we welcome these connections and look forward to answering questions, both big and small. Reach out today!

Chat With a Librarian

The Libraries chat service allows you use your computer or mobile device to ask a question and receive a real-time answer from a librarian during business hours.

Call Your Librarians

Reach a librarian when the Ask a Librarian Desk is open at 303-492-7521. Here are the hours.

Email Your Subject Librarian 

The library community is made up of information specialists knowledgeable in a range of subject areas. Find your subject specialist and contact by email!

Schedule a Consultation

Looking for more in-depth help? Schedule a research consultation for a date and time that fits your schedule. A librarian can coach you through the research process at any stage. We will meet with you in person, online, over the phone or by email.


Your Library Website

Your Library Website

Bookmark it today!

A gateway to a multitude of resources and help! There is a lot to explore on the library web page. To learn more about a few key resources, click on the gold + signs. 

Off Campus Access

Easy Access (EZ Proxy)

When you are off campus and you click on a link to a resource on the libraries website, you will see an authentication screen that looks like this:

Screenshot of federated identity service

EZ Proxy Sign In

CU-Boulder students, staff and faculty: Log in with your Identikey username and password and you will be linked directly to the resource.

Virtual Private Network

Another option to access CU library resources is through CU-Boulder's VPN service. VPN provides a secure connection to the campus network from any location, as long as the device has an internet connection. The VPN can be used to access campus resources (e.g. most library resources, file servers) or to securely browse the Internet. CU-Boulder Faculty, Staff and Student affiliations automatically receive a VPN entitlement. Some users with slower internet connections do find that using VPN can limit connection speed. Thanks to our EZ Proxy Identikey authentication you do not need VPN to access the majority of University Libraries resources.
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Meet your librarians

Meet your librarians
The University of Colorado Boulder Libraries is made up over 100 employees who specialize in information and information technologies. You'll meet a few of them in this course. But please keep in mind you may explore and discover more about who we are through our online staff directory

Circulation Team

Another great team of librarians, we'd like to introduce you to are the Borrowing Team. You’ll learn more about how to borrow a bit later in the modules. This team of librarians are your go-to for all questions about requesting, receiving, renewing materials. You'll probably like to have their contact details close at hand. 



Circulation Patron Services
Norlin Library, 1st floor – East Entrance



Many thanks to Caroline Sinkinson for creating and compiling much of this content for Education online master's students, which has been adapted here to welcome new graduate students to the School of Education more broadly. 

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