Library Instruction

The Harper College Library is committed to providing tools to help students grow as learners and researchers. The Library offers many options for instruction, taught and prepared by qualified Library faculty in face-to-face and online modalities, to encourage lifelong learning as well as academic discovery.

Note: Library instruction is ONLY being offered in online modalities until in-person classes resume. See Harper's Advisory page for details.

What is Library Instruction?

Library instruction is a means to help students with research for their courses as well an opportunity for them to develop lifelong information literacy and critical thinking skills. Through library instruction, students should:

  • Be able to locate and identify basic Harper Library services such as: reference services, circulation services, etc.
  • Be able to locate and use the Harper Library's research tools such as the catalog, electronic databases, and more.
  • Be able to retrieve information from a variety of systems, both through the Harper Library and elsewhere.
  • Gain fundamental information literacy and critical thinking skills important for all Harper students.

These concepts are presented to students based on their skill level, curriculum, assignment, available resources, and time.

Online Library Instruction

We offer a variety of services for faculty teaching online/hybrid courses or needing online content for other reasons:

  • An online librarian assigned to your course, available for students in your Blackboard site.
  • Custom text or video instruction created by a librarian for your course.
  • Recommendations for existing online research and information literacy materials you and your students can use.
  • Guidance for faculty in creating effective online information literacy assignments/activities.
  • And more! Get in touch to discuss ideas and options.

For more information or to request online library instruction, email us at Please allow at least a week (longer for more involved requests) for librarians to arrange online options.

Library Instruction Sessions

To schedule an in-person session, fill our our online Instructional Request Form.

A few things to keep in mind:

  • Please contact us at least one week in advance. (Evening/weekend and summer classes are available but may require more notice.) This will allow the librarian scheduled to teach your session enough time to prepare, and will help ensure that your preferred time is available.
  • All of our classes are taught by Library faculty who are happy to work with you in order to create a meaningful learning experience. The more we know about your class, your assignment(s), and your expectations, the better we can design your library session.
  • You will be contacted within 3 business days to confirm your requested time and date. Please do not assume that a class is automatically scheduled until you have been contacted by the Library.
  • Time slots fill up quickly! Our busiest times are the first two months of each semester.
  • We strongly recommend that instructors attend the session with their students; this emphasizes the importance of research to students and gives you the opportunity to clarify any assignment-related questions that may arise.

If you have questions about library instruction or how to request a session, contact us at


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