Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Today is the due date!

Today is the official due date for semester loan books, scores, and government publications.

We know that many of you are still using these materials, and you should feel free to keep using your material through reading period and exams without fear of being fined. Remember that special due dates still apply to reserve materials, periodicals, recalled items, interlibrary loans, OhioLINK materials, and other short-term loan items, and you will be responsible for fines if the items are returned overdue.

If you wish to keep library materials during the holiday shutdown or beyond, please renew them. If you are leaving library materials in a Main Library scholar study or carrel for shutdown and/or Winter Term, please be aware that the green, in-house use streamers must be date stamped so that we know that your books are not overdue. Be sure to ask the circulation desk staff to date stamp your renewals and new check-outs if you are not offered that service.

Do you want to check on what you currently have checked out and when it's due? Just access your account at http://obis.oberlin.edu/patroninfo/

Do you have other questions about end-of-semester policies and procedures? Check out our FAQ, or contact any circulation supervisor for advice.

Please feel free to get in touch with me if you have any questions about your library account or our policies! Best of luck in the final days of the semester!

Allison Gallaher
Head of Circulation

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Friday, December 12, 2014

Extended hours in Mudd

Beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Mudd will be open continuously until 2:00 am on Thursday, December 18 (that is, Wednesday night).

Please note that during the following hours, access is via OCID card swipe only.

Dec. 13 at 9:45 pm - Dec. 14 at 10 am
Dec. 14 at 11:45 pm - Dec. 15 at 8 am

Dec. 15 at 11:45 pm - Dec. 16 at 8 am
Dec. 16 at 11:45 pm - Dec. 17 at 8 am

Note that this is just the building, and no services will be offered during much of this time.
These extended hours are brought to you by the Main Library circulation desk student staff.  Stop by and thank them, if you like the additional hours!

Beginning on Wednesday night/Thursday morning, the library will return to a 2 am closing time for the Main and upper levels of the building.  The A-Level and Scholar Studies remain open continuously.  

Please note that during the following hours, access is via OCID card swipe only.
Dec. 17 at 11:45 pm - Dec. 18 at 8 am
Dec. 18 at 11:45 pm - Dec. 19 at 8 am
Dec. 19 at 9:45 pm - Dec. 20 at 10 am
Dec. 20 at 9:45 pm - Dec. 21 at 10 am


The whole building closes at 5:30 pm on Saturday, Dec. 21.
Please check out our hours page for building hours for specific service points.

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Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Don't forget to return your library books!

Don't let our shelves look like this!  Return your library books!


We know that many of you are still using these materials, and you should feel free to keep using your material through reading period and exams. Remember that special due dates still apply to reserve materials, periodicals, recalled items, interlibrary loans, OhioLINK materials, and other short-term loan items, and you will be responsible for fines if the items are returned overdue.
If you wish to keep library materials during the holiday shutdown or beyond, please renew them. If you are leaving library materials in a Main Library scholar study or carrel for shutdown and/or Winter Term, please be aware that the green, in-house use streamers must be date stamped so that we know that your books are not overdue. Be sure to ask the circulation desk staff to date stamp your renewals and new check-outs if you are not offered that service.

Do you want to check on what you currently have checked out and when it's due? Just access your account at http://obis.oberlin.edu/patroninfo/

Do you have other questions about end-of-semester policies and procedures? Check out our FAQ, or contact any circulation supervisor for advice.

Please feel free to get in touch with me if you have any questions about your library account or our policies! Best of luck in the final days of the semester!

Allison Gallaher
Head of Circulation

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Monday, December 08, 2014

Have a library question? Check the FAQ (or just ask!)

We are here to answer your questions!  Talk to a staff member at any desk in the libraries, or check the Library FAQ.  View the Ask a Librarian page for more ways to contact us.

Thursday, December 04, 2014

The end of the semester approaches!

Yes, that's right, next week classes end, and the week after that the semester is over! You may have questions, and we have answers. Many of them are here, or follow the links for more information. If you prefer interfacing with humans, ask a staff member or give us a call!

Library materials that students have been using for the semester are officially due on December 17, 2014. These do not include shorter-term loan materials such as OhioLINK, ILL, reserve, periodicals, and recordings which have their own specific due dates. You can see everything you have checked out to you, and when it is due, by viewing your library record.

We recognize that some of you need to keep using your material through exams -- if this is the case, you may keep your semester-loan materials (books and scores due on December 17) until you have finished with them.

Many materials are renewable starting on December 9; please read our advice about renewing materials.

Do you have other questions about end-of-semester policies and procedures? Check out our FAQ, or contact any circulation supervisor for advice.

All the best at this busy time!

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Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Tips for staying well

As we head into the last weeks of classes, reading period, and finals, staying healthy is more important than ever.  Follow these wellness tips to help keep yourself and others healthy:
  • Practice good health habits: get plenty of sleep and exercise, stay hydrated, eat a balanced diet, and manage stress levels
  • Wash  hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand gel
  • Avoid touching  eyes, nose, or mouth
  • Avoid close contact with sick people
  • Cover nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze; throw tissue in trash after using
  • Don’t share food, utensils, or beverage containers with others
  • If you're sick with flu-like illness, stay home for at least 24 hours after  fever is gone without the use of fever-reducing medicines

Book talk by Sonia Kruks Thursday at 4:30p

Sonia Kruks, Professor of Politics, will speak about her latest book: Simone de Beauvoir and the Politics of Ambiguity  on Thursday, December 4, 4:30 p.m., Moffett Auditorium, Mudd 050.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Thanksgiving Info

If you'll be here over the holiday, note our reduced hours;  if you'll be out and about but still need access to library resources be sure to observe the instructions for off campus access

National Book Awards for 2014

We've got 3 of the 4 winners in our collections - and many of the finalists.

Pick up some Thanksgiving leisure reading or add to your holiday wishlist! 

Evidence from the Ferguson case released by prosecutor

St. Louis Public Radio has posted the documents considered by the grand jury in the Michael Brown case.   The site may be down at times due to strong interest.