First-Year Undergraduate Student Resources

The DiMenna-Nyselius Library empowers the members of our community in the development
of their whole person, including their intellectual, psychological, spiritual, and professional
exploration; their growth as critical thinkers; their endeavors as knowledge creators; and their
quest for lifelong fulfillment. Librarians on staff are information experts who can assist
students with research.

The DiMenna-Nyselius Library offers:

• One-on-one research help with a librarian in-person, virtually, by email, or phone
• 24/7 help via chat service from the library homepage
Personal Librarian Program to introduce first-years and transfer students to the collections and
services of the Library. Personal Librarians are paired with FYE sections and will contact students
via email approximately once per month throughout their first year with research tips, Library
news, and more. Students can email to ask a question or schedule a research appointment.
• Course-integrated library instruction
• Online research and citation guides
• Citation management software and assistance setting up accounts (Zotero)
• One million books/ebooks & over 200 databases of academic articles & streaming media
• Student Donated Textbook Collection and Faculty Course Reserves
Digital subscriptions to the New York Times and Wall Street Journal
Fairfield University Archives and Special Collections
Interlibrary Loan, a free service to request articles/books from other libraries
Reservable spaces to conduct group work and a virtual reality viewing room
Tech equipment such as computers, laptops, printers (and poster printer), scanners. In addition the "Library of Things" offers a broad range of non-traditional library items like chargers, board games, lawn chairs, museum passes, creative technology, and other useful items to help you study or relax.
• 24/7 study space available in the Café and Innovation Lab
• Annual Library Research Prize of $1,000 awarded to an undergraduate student/team
• Opportunity to apply to be on the Student Library Advisory Board

Special events are held throughout the year, such as research and writing workshops, free coffee and snacks during finals week, therapy dogs, reading challenges, and other de-stress activities.

Other student support departments located within the library, as part of the Academic Commons, include: The Writing Center, ITS Help Desk, Global Fairfield, Math Center, Office of Academic Support & Retention,
Office of Accessibility, and Frederickson Family Innovation Lab.

Exterior of the DiMenna-Nyselius Library