Fall Semester Updates

Welcome to a new academic year at CTS!

COVID-19 has changed much of the way in which we are interacting with physical spaces, information resources and research support in the Learning Commons.

Please consult the following listing of changes in the Learning Commons.

Online Course Reserves

The course reserve readings for the Fall semester are ready and can be accessed via the Learning Commons Catalog. Over 70% of course readings are available as ebooks, so please consult the course listings. You can click on the course reserve icon on the Learning Commons homepage in order to access the course reserve module for each class. Here is the direct link to the Learning Commons course reserves for your reference: https://cts.kohalibrary.com/app/course-reserves

Getting Help

As always, the Learning Commons is a key partner in your journey at CTS. If you have any questions or concerns regarding accessing materials or finding information for your research, feel free to reach out as follows:

  1. LiveChat – Reach out to library staff in real-time using the red LiveChat widget on the Learning Commons website. Library staff are available during the following hours: Monday-Friday from 10:00am to 5:00 pm. You can still submit your questions after-hours via the LiveChat widget.
  2. A 1:1 reference consultation can be arranged by appointment via Zoom or Microsoft Teams. Evening hours are available on Monday nights. You can schedule a Zoom or Microsoft Teams session with the librarian using the Calendly app.  A link to the appointment will be automatically emailed to you.
  3. Virtual drop-in hours will be available every Thursday from 7:00-9:00pm CST starting in October 7th. Here’s the Zoom link: https://ctschicago-edu.zoom.us/j/98182107910
  4. Email – Send your research request via email to [email protected].
  5. Call the Learning Commons during our office hours at 773-896-2450.


Evening Hours

The Learning Commons will remain open until 9pm on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings. As noted above, members of the CTS community can schedule a reference appointment on Monday nights OR make use of the virtual drop-in hours via Zoom on Thursday evenings.

Online Library Workshops

Streamline your research process and register for any of the various online research workshops in the Learning Commons.

Curbside Pick-up for Physical Books

The Learning Commons will no longer be offering curbside service to the CTS community. Students, faculty and staff are now able to browse the physical stacks again in the Learning Commons. If you are unable to access the CTS building due to your vaccination status,  please email [email protected] to coordinate arrangements for circulation requests.

Learning Commons FAQ

Got questions? Check our FAQ for a list of commonly asked questions. If you do not find an answer to your question, you can submit one using this form.

To our new and returning students, please take the time to review the Getting Started Guide for help navigating the Learning Commons.

Any updates or changes to services in the Learning Commons due to COVID-19 will be posted in this guide.