School Visits Policy


SOUL supports study and teaching at the University. Our mission is to develop excellent collections, excellent information we provide, the excellent services we offer, and the environments we create either within it or the surrounding community to give school students the opportunity to visit SOUL.

How do I schedule a visit?

Teachers or Librarians or Media Specialists must contact the Library management at least two weeks in advance to arrange their visit.

When can I schedule a visit?

As a University library, our primary mission is to serve our students, staff, and faculty. As a result, our public school programs may be unavailable at specific times in the academic year. We are unable to provide programs during the University’s reading periods and final week. At other times of the year, programs can be held mornings from 8:30 am to Noon. As the number of students and faculty using the Library decrease during Summer Quarter or interim periods, we may be able to provide programs at alternative times during those weeks.

How many students may we bring into the Library?

School groups of up to 20 are allowed, which is approaching the number of seats available in our computer classroom. These visits are dependent on available staffing.

What supervision is required?

All school groups must be accompanied by a teacher or school librarian/media specialist. Larger groups may require additional supervision at the discretion of our University librarians.

What types of programs do you provide?

All school groups are required to develop a program with our University librarians. The program must relate to a specific assignment that makes use of the unique collections held at the Regenstein Library. The assignment should have a specific research goal that can be completed within the allotted visit time.

What types of assignments are appropriate for a visit to the University Library?

The most successful Library visits have students working on a project that uses specific types of items from our collection.

Broad research assignments, such as “Egyptian History” or “Education in Egypt”, are often difficult for students to complete during a short library visit. It is recommended that all students are working on the same assignment, or that groups of students work together on a few select research topics, so that they complete their assignment during the visit.

Where are the programs held?

School programs are generally held in the Library’s computer classroom, which is equipped with 20 student computers, an instructor’s workstation, and a projector.  Please be aware that scanning, printing and photocopying services are available for a fee. We are strongly against the use of portable USB drives for saving and protecting the Library System.

Can our students use the Library’s electronic resources?

The Library’s subscription electronic resources (databases, online books and journals, etc.) are only available within the Library during your visit.