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Meet Your Librarian Day Set for March 7th

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The LSU Libraries will host Meet Your Librarian Day on Wednesday March 7th from 10AM until 2PM.

Please stop by either Middleton Library, the Student Union, or Pierre’s Landing to learn about the many research services available to the LSU community. We will have new things to offer, including several brief walk-in sessions in Middleton on March 7th and 13th.

Check the library blog and Facebook page for more updates and more information. We want to know how we can help you-please join us and meet the people who are available to help you navigate the libraries!

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