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University Libraries Instructional Services

Learn more about the Instructional Services department: our services, policies, and long-term goals and plans.

Instructional Services

Request Formal Instruction

Before you schedule:

  • Instructional sessions are most effective when tied to a specific assignment. Assignments allow the students to apply the concepts directly, and make the instructional session more worthwhile. Librarians can collaborate with instructors to develop assignments that meet information literacy objectives.

  • Make students aware of the assignment ahead of time. Students are more likely to come prepared for a Libraries instructional session if they understand the objective of the session and how it is tied to their coursework.

  • Faculty attendance at course-integrated instruction is essential. Not only does it create better collaboration between Libraries and teaching faculty, it demonstrates that mutual participation in the session is important to the instructor.

  • Library instruction should be arranged as early as possible to avoid scheduling conflicts. Due to staffing constraints, we require a two week notice for instruction.

  • Plan your library instructional session as close to the time of need as possible. The session will be more meaningful for students if they can apply what they learn immediately. General introductions to library resources/research do not have a lasting impact for students. The most successful instructional sessions are followed by activities that reinforce information literacy skills.



Online Learning

Research Guides

Get started using your own, specialized Research Guides. Find the best databases, journals, articles, books, eBooks, websites, and more for what you're researching!


Online Tutorials

Learn about the library and its resources at your own pace, whenever, wherever.

Research Consultations

Get Research Help

In-person consultations are currently unavailable due to COVID-19.

Research Consultations

Get research help through one-on-one session(s) with a librarian, in-person or online.


Library Tours

Schedule a Library Tour

Tours are currently unavailable due to COVID-19.

About Library Tours

McWherter Library tours provide an in-depth physical orientation to the complete facilities and services of the Ned R. McWherter Library.

  • Tours are available only to students in 7th-grade and older.
  • Tours must be requested at least three (3) weeks in advance and will be scheduled so that they may take place outside of peak instruction times.
  • A tour visit may accommodate up to 30 people; each tour group will be made up of no more than 15 people.
  • Instructional Services reserves the right to refuse tour requests if accommodations cannot be reached with available University Libraries personnel.


To Schedule a Tour:

To schedule a tour of McWherter Library, please email:

If you have not heard from the library within two regular business days, please email again or call the Research and Information Services Desk at 901.678.2208.

Basic directional questions may be asked at the RIS Desk (to the right upon entering McWherter).


To schedule a tour of the full University of Memphis campus, click here.



Join a Workshop

Currently unavailable due to COVID-19.


Sign up or walk in to a library resources workshop.