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The REALTOR® University Library…More than Just Books!


This article was written by Abby Creitz, Reference Librarian, REALTOR® University Library

Undertaking a Master’s degree can be a daunting task, but the RU Library and its staff are here to help you! Whether you are a seasoned library user, or have been out of school for decades, the REALTOR® University Library staff will help guide you to the resources you will need for academic success.

RU students have access to the world’s largest real estate library collection, which includes physical books, reports, CDs, DVDs, videos, and audiotapes that we will mail to you. RU Library also has a collection containing thousands of eBooks and audiobooks, so if you need that book now, it’s yours. We also subscribe to databases that provide RU students access to journals containing business, academic, and popular titles that you can access online from the comfort of your home. Our collection covers the spectrum of real estate topics: sales, marketing, technology, management, and appraisal – to name just a handful.

Overwhelmed? Don’t be! RU librarians have you covered! We have prepared Research Guides tailored to the RU courses that lead you to relevant resources and tools to make the process easier. Librarians have even created RU Library orientation videos to help get you acquainted with all of our resources and tools!

Our services don’t stop at lending resources – we also offer Writing Center services. To get you started, the RU librarians have put together an APA Citation and Copyright guide and a Research Methods guide, but once you have your first draft written, you can also submit it for review at RU Library’s Writing Center. Papers submitted to the Writing Center are reviewed and returned with suggestions for strengthening your work.

If you live in Chicago, or you are you planning a trip to the Windy City, visit the library! Meet with a librarian for research assistance, browse the stacks, or take in the 1,750 linear feet of NAR historical archives. You don’t have to be in Chicago, or even in the library for us to help. Visit our website at, and reach a librarian at (800) 874-6500 or



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