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Personal Librarian Program

Learn about the Personal Librarian program at UMSL Libraries.

Personal Librarian Program

Research shows that interacting with librarians and library services contributes to student success.

UMSL Libraries is offering a service called the Personal Librarian Program. Geared toward first-year/freshmen students, our goals are: 1) to ensure that students new to UMSL are aware of library resources, services, and programs; 2) to offer research and assignment support; and 3) to decrease student anxiety when it comes to library use.

During a freshmen's first year at UMSL, they can expect Personal Librarians to help with 

  • Navigating TJ Library databases
  • Finding articles, books, and other information sources
  • Developing research topics
  • Citing sources
  • Connect them to library specialists in any subject areas 

How can my Personal Librarian help me?

Your Personal Librarian will help you:

  • Find information, identify the best sources, and understand citations
  • Get started with a paper or project; if we don’t know the answer, we’ll find someone who does
  • When you’re away from campus via email or chat

We can also answer your questions (big or small) about the library:

  • How can I find articles for a research paper?
  • How do I know if the library has a book or an article that I need?
  • How do I get an article or book that the library doesn’t have?

The Personal Librarian program is designed to save you time, and help you succeed academically during your crucial first year in college. Your Personal Librarian is here to help you get the most of the library and we are dedicated to helping you succeed academically. 

You are not limited to only your Personal Librarian, so feel free to contact any library staff member if you need help. 

If you have questions about Personal Librarians, contact Reference Librarian, Lindsey Scales

Need help with advising, technology, writing or homework?

We love helping you, and sometimes that is by directing you to the folks who can do that best:


Advising - find your advisor -

Math Help - get help from the Math "Academic Center -

Tech Help - get help from UMSL Information Technology Services -

Tutoring - find out more from UMSL tutoring -

Writing - get an appointment at the writing center -

Coaching - request an academic coach -