Monday, May 18, 2009

11,000 and counting!

Since the end of the semester due date the main library alone has processed more than 11,000 books -- and there are more to come.

It will take while for most of these to make it back to the stacks, so check the holding areas (there's a map near the circulation desk) if you are looking for something.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

To renew or not to renew?

Today is the due date for most books, scores, and government publications! So what should you do if you still need your 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're finishing an incomplete, you can keep the books until you're finished with them. Please complete a Request for Summer privileges form, and after we've processed it, renew your books.

If you're a returning student who's remaining in Oberlin for the summer, you're welcome to claim summer borrowing privileges and check out books. Please do renew any materials you'd like to keep for the summer, after we've processed your summer privileges request form. We will hold your enrollment for fall semester if you don't return or renew the materials that you have checked out and that are due before the end of the semester.

Do you want to check on what you currently have checked out and when it's due? Just access your account at

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

Mudd hours through the end of exams

The A-Level and scholar studies are open continuously until Sunday, May 17 at 5:30 pm.

The whole building is open until 2 a.m. Tuesday - Saturday nights this week.

The circulation desk will offer service until 2 a.m. Tuesday - Thursday and until midnight Friday and Saturday.

Please see our hours page for the service hours of other desks and offices.

Congratulations! You're almost finished with another year! Enjoy your summer!

Study, but eat and sleep too

As we head into the exam period, just a friendly library reminder to keep up your strength.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Mudd Movie Mania + Coffee with Krislov tonight

Join the Student Friends of the Library at 8:30pm tonight on Wilder Bowl for screenings of student films "Reader Madness," "The Resourcerer's Apprentice," and "Catatome" on the wall of Mudd.

Refreshments will be served outside during the screening and there will be a coffee break with President Krislov immediately following in Azariah's Cafe.

Friday, May 08, 2009

Extended Hours for Mudd

Mudd will be open until midnight on Friday, May 8, and the A-Level and Scholar Studies will be open all night.

Beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Mudd will be open continuously until 2 a.m. on Tuesday, May 12.

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

May 9 at 9:45 pm - May 10 at 10 am
May 10 at 11:45 pm - May 11 at 8 am
May 11 at 11:45 pm - May 12 at 8 am

Note that this is just the building, and no services will be offered during much of this time.

Please check out our hours page for specific service points during reading period and exams.

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Seriously -- exams start next week???

Are you wondering what you're supposed to do to get square with the library before you leave campus? We've tried to anticipate all your questions in our end-of-semester FAQ.

Here's the abbreviated version:
  • You may review your library record, and see details of your account, including the due dates for checked out items, at Use the number on the back of your college ID when prompted for your barcode number. If you have turned in Problem Reports for any of the items currently checked out to you, please know that we are continuing to work to resolve the problem and no further action is necessary at this time.
  • The due date for semester loan materials is May 12th. If you are completing work due during the exam period, you may keep semester loan items for a few extra days and you will not be charged fines. If you wish to keep library materials beyond that, please renew them.
  • BUT, remember that special due dates still apply to reserve materials, periodicals, recalled items, video materials, 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 are remaining in Oberlin for the summer and are a continuing student, you can claim summer borrowing privileges. Get all the scoop!
Contact me or any circulation supervisor if you need any further help or explanation.

Want to have a fun study break? Watch this -- filmed in Mudd last year.

Allison Gallaher
Head of Circulation

Mudd Fludd

Early this afternoon a cool water line used for the air conditioning system leaked during testing, causing water to back up on the south side of the main level and on the A Level.

The current reading area has been cleared of furniture and some books to facilitate wet vacuuming and fan drying, but Azariah's is still open for business.

The green elevator, however, is out of commission until further notice (yes, we have a green elevator as well yellow and red).

Monday, May 04, 2009

April Additions

Great new books, videos, scores, and recordings, ready for reading, viewing, or listening.