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Library Information for International Students

This guide contains helpful information for international students about using Galvin Library.

Magazines and Newspapers

A shortcut to get familiar with Chicago and US culture is to watch local news or read newspapers and magazines. 

Galvin Library has several local newspapers in print, including the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times and etc. You can find them in the Galvin Magazines & Newspapers area. In the same area, you can find popular magazines on various topics, including fashion, cars, movies, etc. 

U.S. Holidays and Customs

1 January

New Year's Day

Welcome the new year with parties starting the night before (New Year's Eve on 31 December)

3rd Monday in January

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Commemorate the birthday of the African-American civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr., who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964.

14 February

Valentine's Day

Celebrate love and romance by exchanging tokens of love (usually cards, candy or gifts).

3rd Monday of February

President's Day

Honor past American presidents like George Washington (the nation's first leader) and Abraham Lincoln (Civil War hero who helped abolish slavery).

17 March

Saint Patrick's Day

Celebrate the patron saint of Ireland with parades and parties decorated in Irish green.

1 April

April Fool’s Day

Play a clever (but harmless) trick or tell a joke to someone with a good sense of humor.

Last Monday of May

Memorial Day

Remember the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces.

4 July

Independence Day

View public displays of fireworks as Americans mark the date when thirteen U.S. states declared their independence from England in 1776.

1st Monday in September

Labor Day

Honor the contributions and efforts of hard workers throughout the country.

2nd Monday in October

Columbus Day

Pay tribute to Christopher Columbus, who is traditionally thought of as the discoverer of the Americas in 1492.

Last Thursday in November

Thanksgiving Day

Feast on a traditional meal that commemorates the dinner shared by the Pilgrims (first settlers of the thirteen colonies) and the Native Americans.

25 December

Christmas Day

Celebrate the birth of Christ, leader of the Christian faith, by exchanging gifts with family and friends.


“American Culture | Study in the USA.” International Student, Accessed 14 Dec. 2018.