Library Instruction

Guidelines and Policies

  • Librarians can best assist you if you allow at least one week’s time for arrangements and preparation. Scheduling is subject to availability of a classroom and of the librarian who will teach your class.
  • Library instruction is proven to be most effective when it is connected to a concrete assignment or research task. When requesting a Library Instruction session, please include any information regarding the class’s current research tasks. This will help librarians to provide relevant, course-connected instruction for your students and design class activities that will help students meet the assignment goals.
  • Please plan on accompanying your class to the library instruction session and remaining with your class for the entirety of the library instruction session.
  • Please do not assume that the class has been scheduled until you receive a confirmation.

Guidelines for visiting (off campus) groups

The Library welcomes school groups visits. These visits are most useful to students in grades 9-12 who need resources at the UD Library to complete assignments. These groups can benefit from a Library orientation session provided by librarians, who are willing to guide students in the successful use of Library resources. Additionally, all public K-12 schools in Delaware have access to online databases, magazines and encyclopedias through the UD Lib/SEARCH program, managed by the University of Delaware Library.

For information on planning a visit to campus, including parking information, please see Resources for School Groups Visiting the Library.

Policy on School Groups Visiting the University of Delaware Library

  • It is the responsibility of the adults accompanying the class to monitor their students’ use of Library electronic resources, including the Internet.
  • The Library requests that school group visits be scheduled between 8:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. when possible, to avoid overcrowding at Library computers.
  • Groups visiting the Library should be no larger than 40 students.
  • School group visits to the Library should be scheduled at least one week in advance. To schedule an orientation, please contact Meg Grotti, Coordinator of Library Instruction (phone (302) 831-6310; email
  • One adult chaperon for every ten students is recommended.
  • Teachers must accompany the class and remain with students at all times.
  • Students are expected to behave appropriately and in a manner which does not disturb others; disruptive behavior, such as loud talking or running through the Library is not acceptable.
  • Teachers who know that their visiting group is not going to arrive at the Library on time for a library instruction session are asked to call the Reference Office at (302) 831-2432 to alert library staff to the situation.
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