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Library Guide for International Students


Welcome to The Gellert Library at Notre Dame de Namur University! 


As an international student studying at NDNU, you may find the academic library system and services in the United States somewhat different from those in your own country. This guide will introduce you to our library system and provide useful resources to help you succeed academically at NDNU.

When you are new, the Library can seem overwhelming, but help is available -- in person at the Reference Desk, via email, or on the phone 650-508-3748. Don't be shy; we're here to help you succeed and no question is too basic to ask.



American Library System

The Gellert Library has an "open stacks" system which simply means that you are welcome to browse most of the library's collection without any restrictions. You can find books relevant to your topic by using the DISCOVERY search box from the library homepage. Once you have the call number and location information, you can go to the shelf yourself and find the item. For information, click on Finding Books Tab

You can find journal articles using the many database resources available from the library homepage.  In today's American libraries, electronic resources are a very important part of research. More and more books, journal articles, magazines, and newspapers are available in electronic format and are accessible remotely.

Libraries seem to have their own special language. Here is a glossary of words you might hear used in the library.

Librarians can help you identify information you need and can show you, step by step, how to find books and other materials in the library. If you have any questions or need assistance in using the library, please do not hesitate to email us or ask at the reference desk.