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HCOL First Year Students: An Introduction to the UVM Libraries

Getting Started @ Howe Library

Using the Library

  • There are 3 libraries on campus:  Howe Library (the main library); Silver Special Collections Library (in Billings); Dana Health Sciences Library (Medical Education Complex - entrance behind Converse Hall).
  • Library materials may be borrowed with a UVM ID card (CatCard).
  • You may check books out for an entire semester, and may have up to 100 books checked out at once.
  • Library computers are equipped with Microsoft Office products.  These computers require your UVM NetID and password to log in. 
  • You must pay for your print jobs and photocopies with your CatCard. Black and white printing costs 5 cents per page.

Printing from Laptops, Smartphones, and Tablets to Library Printers

You can print from your laptop, smartphone, or tablet  by simply uploading documents to the Pharos Print Center (  via a web browser.​ (Paste the URL into your browser.)

  • To begin login to the Pharos Print Center with your UVM NetID and password.
  • ​Upload your documents with your browser.
  • In the print center, you can see your balance, specify black & white or color printing, page range and the number of copies. In addition, you can view your printing activity, delete print jobs and see a print preview. Then print and pay for your jobs at any one of the print stations in the Howe Library or at the CATCard Service Center. Note that unprinted documents are purged after 2 hours.

Using CATQuest

CATQuest is called a discovery tool and is a Google-like “meta” academic search engine designed to search broadly and return very large sets of results.

It searches lots (not all) of the content in databases subscribed to by the library.  It is the big search box on the library home page.

CATQUEST TUTORIAL:  CATQuest Interactive Tutorial

Research Roadmap

Research Roadmap provides interactive tutorials and information to help you navigate your way through all parts of the research process, understand complex information concepts, and make best use of the resources  available to you during your time at UVM.