Your UConn ID is your library card. Use it to charge out books at any library Circulation Desk. The loan period for books is 30 days for undergraduates, and 180 days for faculty, staff, and graduate students. Students may charge out up to 150 books at any one time; graduate students, staff, and faculty may charge out 300 books. More information.
The free Request Service allows you to request that circulating items from any UConn campus library (Storrs, Avery Point, Stamford, Torrington, Waterbury, or Greater Hartford) be pulled and held for pickup at the circulation desk of your choice. Please see the Request Service page for more information.
To request an article or chapter, please see our: Scan on Demand service.
Recall a book checked out to another person?
Recalling a book that is charged out is a service available only
to UConn faculty, students, emeritus retirees, staff, and affiliates of the
University. To avoid a $5.00 per day fine, return recalled books
promptly. Borrowers who are temporarily unable to respond to
recall notices should contact iDesk staff at (860) 486-2518 to
make prior arrangements and avoid overdue charges.
Procedures for placing RECALLS online are as follows:
From a HOMER book title record, click on the Recall
This Item button at the top of the screen.
From the NetID/Single-Sign-On page, click on the blue
Enter your NetID and Password.
Click on Login.
Click on OK to select Recall.
Click Submit Request at bottom of
If the Recall was completed the following message will
appear: Your Patron Initiated Request was successful.
HOMER can display the list of UConn items you have charged out, and when they're due back at the library. In HOMER select "Renew books/view account"; log in with your UConn NetID and a list of Items Checked out will be displayed. To view and renew your Interlibrary Loan items, please see: How do I renew my Interlibrary Loan material?
Many of the research databases licensed by the library are specialized indexes to journal articles in a particular field. After browsing the database locator to find the library database(s) that most closely pertain to your field of research, a search of the database will likely yield a list of journal article citations - including article title, journal title, volume, issue, page numbers, etc. See Research Quickstart online.
Alternately, begin with a general-purpose, full text journal database such as Academic Search Premier or Academic OneFile - both indexing thousands of academic journals and popular magazines and reproducing approximately one-third of cited articles in full text.
Know if UConn owns or has online access to a particular journal?
Search HOMER using a Journal Title search to determine the Libraries' holdings of a particular journal in print OR electronic format.
UConn students are responsible under the Student Code, Part VI on Academic Integrity, for acknowledging the research and ideas of others, knowing what plagiarism is, and creating accurate bibliographies or "works cited" lists. Whenever you use the quotes or thoughts of others in your own papers, you must indicate where you found them. Each citation should include enough information so that the reader can easily track down the material. More information about citing sources can be found on the library's Citing Sources page.
Request that the library purchase a book?
You may recommend that the library purchase an item when you place an interlibrary loan request. For details, please see: What is a Purchase Request?. You may also request a purchase by completing the online Request a Purchase form.
Connect my laptop inside the library?
Wireless internet access is available throughout the Homer Babbidge Library, as well as a number of free public data jacks.
Connect to library databases and e-journals from home?
Most of the Libraries' licensed research databases and electronic journals can only be accessed off-campus by current UConn students, faculty and staff. You will be automatically prompted for your NetID and password when connecting to these resources from off-campus.
Data jacks lit for standard Ethernet are located on Levels 2, 3 and 4 along the perimeter
(including Research Studies), and on the Plaza level, in the Reserve Room.
Users connecting to public jacks need an Ethernet card and standard
Ethernet cable. Both can be purchased at the Co-op.
Machines using a modem will need an active voice connection. Voice
jacks in the public areas are not lit. Research study users should
contact Telecommunications to arrange a phone line in their own name.
Users connecting to the network via public jacks will not have the
ability to print to public laserprinters on Level 1 due to technical
Further questions concerning public data jack information should be
directed to Rick O'Toole at 486-4776.
Self-service printing, copying, and free scanning are all available in the Homer Commons whenever the Library is open. Printing and Copying are payable by OneCard (Students, Faculty, and Staff), Department Cards, and a Library Services Card.
The Library Services Card allows Library users unaffiliated with the University to use any of our public printers and copiers while paying the same price as UConn affiliates. The card costs $5.00 and comes pre-loaded with $2.00. This card is available for purchase in the Homer Commons at the 'Husky Bucks' machine and can also be refilled with additional funds in $1 increments at this location.
Get support for my computer and other technologies?
Any of the 130+ public computers throughout the Library
Connecting to the Wireless Network
Self Service Copying, Printing, and Scanning
Viewing, Printing, and Scanning Microfilm/Microfiche
Adding HuskyBucks to your OneCard
A/V Viewing Stations
Tutoring, Instruction, Workshops
Get writing help?
At the Library's Homer Commons, a faculty-led staff of 33 graduate and undergraduate tutors from disciplines across the university, are available to support you at all stages of the writing process. Our tutorials create a unique learning environment that offers one-on-one attention, a good conversation around your writing, and thoughtful answers to your questions.
Get math help?
The Quantitative Learning Center (Q Center Tutoring) runs an extensive drop-in tutoring area, focusing (not exclusively) on lower-division Q courses in Chemistry, Math, Physics, and Statistics. See the Homer Commons page for details about scheduling and which courses are supported.