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Starting research can be stressful enough without adding library anxiety to the mix. If you are unfamiliar with academic libraries or the kinds of books, article-locator tools, and services offered by them, it can be intimidating to even walk in the front door. If you are a student working on an assignment when you first start feeling anxious about using the library, chances are you are also already very busy with coursework, under pressure to make good grades, and still trying to maintain a social life.
Here are some tips that can help you cope with library anxiety so that you can make friends with the library, or at the very least, be able to get in, get out with what you need, and get on with your life.
Please also be aware that Ryerson University offers a variety of counseling services to students that may be useful if you are suffering from anxiety or stress: https://www.ryerson.ca/healthandwellness/counselling/