How do I use the Research Center?

students asking for help at research center desk

The Research Center is a place to get answers to any questions you have about using the library or doing research. The Research Center Desk can be reached by phone, email, chat/IM, or in person seven days a week, up to midnight Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday (see below for complete hours).  No question is too big or too small; we answer around 10,000 questions a year from DU students, faculty, staff and community members, just ask!

For DU students, faculty and staff, Research Center consultations are a great way to jump start your research or to track down elusive articles, statistics or other information. Subject-specialist librarians will meet with you at any point in your research process, and on any topic. You can request a free, one-hour consultation using our online form, or by phone, email, chat/IM, or in person.  Consultations are available seven days a week, and up to 9:00 pm Sunday-Wednesday.  For distance students, we also offer consultations by Skype.

Over the past six years, over 99% of those receiving consultations say they would refer a friend or classmate to the Research Center. Find out what they already know – a Research Center consultation will help you with your current research paper or project and will teach you skills to be a more efficient and effective researcher in the future.  We hope to hear from you soon!


The hours below are our standard hours.  Please click here to see current daily hours.

Fall, Winter and Spring Quarters

The Research Center Desk is open 82 hours per week:

  • Monday: 9:00AM → 12:00AM
  • Tuesday: 9:00AM → 12:00AM
  • Wednesday: 9:00AM → 9:00PM
  • Thursday: 9:00AM → 9:00PM
  • Friday: 9:00AM → 5:00PM
  • Saturday: 10:00AM → 6:00PM
  • Sunday: 12:00PM → 12:00AM

Research Center Consultations are available for one-hour appointments and walk-ins:

  • Monday: 9:00AM → 9:00PM
  • Tuesday: 9:00AM → 9:00PM
  • Wednesday: 9:00AM → 9:00PM
  • Thursday: 9:00AM → 5:00PM
  • Friday: 9:00AM → 5:00PM
  • Saturday: 1:00PM → 5:00PM
  • Sunday:  2:00PM → 9:00PM

Summer Quarter and Interterms

During Summer Quarter and Interterms, the Research Center Desk is open:

  • Monday-Friday: 9:00AM → 5:00PM
  • Saturday-Sunday: 1:00PM → 5:00PM
  • Consultations are by appointment only



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