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International Students Library Guide

A guide for international students of all levels about the FIU Libraries and how academic libraries operate in the United States. Includes lists of services, rights, and resources.

About the FIU Libraries

In the United States, an academic library is a teaching library.  As your partners, we will help you learn how to conduct research, learn how to use library resources, and find answers.  Working with a librarian, you will be able to do your own research after graduation.

Librarians are members of the university faculty at FIU, and as such are well educated and have advanced degrees.  We are ready to help you with questions, assignments, and research.

The entire library - librarians and library staff - are your partners in learning and research.  Ask us for help.  We are here for you.

FIU is a wonderful, dynamic, and culturally diverse environment.  The FIU Libraries embrace this environment enthusiastically, and believe that cultural awareness and understanding makes the world a better place.

Library Services & Resources

The FIU Libraries have many services available.  Here are just a few:

  • Citation Help - Learn how to compose proper citations as required by your professor.
  • Consultations with a Librarian - Need help with an assignment or research paper?  Request a consultation with a librarian, who will help you find your way.  Select the librarian of your choice by subject area.  You'll leave their office knowing what to do!  All discussions are confidential.
  • Electronic Devices - Need to borrow a laptop or tablet?  Go to the Green Library, 2nd Floor, The Hub Device Checkout Desk or the Hubert Library Circulation Desk 1st Floor.  Some of the electronic devices available include:  laptops checkout for 3 hours (Dells and MacBooks), tablets checkout for 24 hours (iPads, iPad Retinas, Kindle Fires), and e-Readers for 14 days (Kindles).  Other devices include extension cords, flash drives, and headphones.
  • Group Study Room Online Reservations - Need a group study room?  Available for groups of 2-8 students, make your online reservation for up to 14 days in advance.
  • Interlibrary Loan & Document Delivery -  Need a book or article not available in the library?  Submit an ILLiad Interlibrary Loan request, and we will try to borrow the book or get an electronic copy of the article for you.  There is no charge for this service.
  • Library Accounts - Look up the books you have checked out and see the due dates, or submit a renewal request without having to come to the library.
  • Library Hours - Look up the hours of operations and holiday schedule  - always the same for both the Green Library MMC and the Hubert Library BBC.
  • Off-Campus Access for Online Research and Services - As an enrolled FIU student, you have full off-campus access for library proprietary databases and other online services.  Just follow the login instructions.
  • Plagiarism - Avoid plagiarizing your work.
  • Research Assistance - Ask for help in person at the Information & Research Services Desks (Green Library 2nd Floor; Hubert Library 1st Floor), via Chat Reference (Monday's through Friday's, 10am-6pm), via email, or via text.

Your Library Rights

The FIU Libraries and libraries throughout the United States support the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution's Bill of Rights, which guarantees the freedoms of speech, the press, and expression.

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."

Censorship of books and other creative works is detrimental and damaging for a free society.  Libraries, including FIU, collect works which may contain opinions that may differ from some opinions.  These materials are part of the freedoms provided in the First Amendment and, as such, are part of the library’s collection and mission to provide all types and viewpoints of information and creative works for the community’s learning and discovery.

Consequently, you are afforded the following rights about library services, research, and accessibility:

  • Consultations with a Librarian - Discussion during a consultation regarding your research and information discovery needs is confidential.
  • Copyright Law - The U.S. Copyright Law allows for academic research and discovery, and the non-commercial use of copyrighted materials as provided in Title 17, U.S. Code.  The FIU Libraries are compelled to obey the Copyright Laws of the United States.
  • Internet Access & Use - You may freely use the FIU Internet for learning, discovery, and casual surfing.  Use of the FIU Internet is defined by the FIU Code of Computing Practice.
  • Library Accounts - Only authorized library employees may access your account information as needed.  It is prohibited to share the information in your library account with anyone, including family members.

Library Bill of Rights

The American Library Association affirms that all libraries are forums for information and ideas, and that the following basic policies should guide their services.

I.   Books and other library resources should be provided for the interest, information, and enlightenment of all people of the community the library serves. Materials should not be excluded because of the origin, background, or views of those contributing to their creation.

II.   Libraries should provide materials and information presenting all points of view on current and historical issues.  Materials should not be proscribed or removed because of partisan or doctrinal disapproval.

III.   Libraries should challenge censorship in the fulfillment of their responsibility to provide information and enlightenment.

IV.   Libraries should cooperate with all persons and groups concerned with resisting abridgment of free expression and free access to ideas.

V.   A person’s right to use a library should not be denied or abridged because of origin, age, background, or views.

VI.   Libraries which make exhibit spaces and meeting rooms available to the public they serve should make such facilities available on an equitable basis, regardless of the beliefs or affiliations of individuals or groups requesting their use.

Adopted June 19, 1939.  Amended October 14, 1944; June 18, 1948; February 2, 1961; June 27, 1967; and January 23, 1980; inclusion of “age” reaffirmed January 23, 1996, by the ALA Council.