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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.

Library Resources

In the United States, college libraries are teaching libraries, and most librarians are professors.  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.

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 - Go to the library homepage and click on the chat bot that will appear from the right side of the screen.

contact us!

We're here to help! 

Librarians are here to provide research help to students, faculty, staff, and community members.

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Chat/IM a librarian, Ask Us!

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Email your question. asklib@fiu.edu

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Schedule a research consultation.

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Browse our FAQs.

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Call (305) 348-2454 MMC / (305) 919-5726 BBC

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SMS/TXT to (305) 240-6585

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Tweet to @FIULibraries

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LibGuides: Research & Subject Guides

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Hours for Research Help