Ask A Librarian

There are many ways to contact a librarian -- just select the method that works best for you!

Not sure what kind of help you can seek? Here's a sample of questions asked last year.


By Instant Message

AOL / Yahoo / MSN users can IM a librarian at mcpvlibrary. Ask for assistance through IM chat. You can also simply use the chat box above. Most questions can be answered in 3-5 minutes. However, requests during exceptionally busy times may be delayed. This service is available M-F from 10am-4pm or whenever the chatbox above indicates a librarian is online.

In Person

On campus, you are encouraged to come to the Reference Desk when you need research assistance or help locating materials. Our friendly and knowledgeable librarians are happy to assist during the library's normal business hours

By Phone

Call the library at (310) 303-7260 for answers to general or factual questions. Most general questions are answered in 3 to 5 minutes. However, calls during exceptionally busy times may be delayed. Extended research questions will require a visit to the library in person.

By E-mail

Email questions to the librarian at Generally, a librarian will try to respond to you within two business days, but response time may vary. Questions received during the weekend will be treated as received on Monday. No questions will be answered during hours or days that the library is closed.

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