Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Welcome Classes of 1961 and 1986!

The Oberlin College Archives welcomes the Class of 1961 for their 50th reunion and the Class of 1986 for their 25th reunion with an exhibit of materials in the Goodrich Room on the fourth floor of Mudd Center, May 23-29. An additional exhibit on the Oberlin Salzburg Program will be on display in the Kohl Building's Skyway Bar from May 28-29.

Detailed hours can be found at College Archives' homepage -

Monday, May 23, 2011

Introducing the Sela G. Wright Digital Collection

Check out this collection of important linguistic materials relating to the Ojibwe, from an Oberlin-based 19th century missionary, Sela Wright, who spent many years with the Ojibwe in the Red Lake area of Minnesota. The Sela G. Wright Digital Collection at Oberlin College is a joint project of The Center for Research Libraries (CRL), Oberlin College Archives, and Oberlin College Library.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

May 18 = due date

Due date -- from Wikipedia:

A due date may refer to:

Or, at Oberlin, the date by which most books, scores, and government publications are to be returned! 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 until the end of finals

The A-Level and Scholar Studies remain open continuously until 5:30 on Sunday, May 22nd. The card swipe will be active during the overnight hours.

The upper levels of the building, including the Academic Commons, close each night at 2 a.m. until next Saturday night (Sunday morning). We re-open at 8 a.m. Wednesday - Friday and 10 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
Please note that not all services are available during these open hours -- check our hours page for the details of our service hours this week.


Friday, May 13, 2011

Extended hours for Mudd

Beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 14,

Mudd will be open continuously until 2 a.m. on Wednesday, May 18.

Please note that during the following hours, access is via OCID card swipe only
  • May 14 at 9:45 pm - May 15 at 10 am
  • May 15 at 11:45 pm - May 16 at 8 am
  • May 16 at 11:45 pm - May 17 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.


Monday, May 09, 2011

Interested in Becoming a Librarian?

Don't miss out on the opportunity to apply for a graduate library education scholarship, sponsored by the Friends of the Oberlin College Library.

Deadline is June 15 -- details are here.

Sunday, May 08, 2011

Wait....what? It's the last week of classes?

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 18th. If you are completing work due during the exam period, you may keep semester loan items for a few extra days without renewing them 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.

Allison Gallaher

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Hsiu-Chuang Deppman talks about her new book

The Friends of the Oberlin College Library invite one and all to attend Hsiu-Chuang Deppman's talk about her latest book Adapted for the Screen: The Cultural Politics of Chinese Fiction and Film. Deppman is an Associate Professor East Asian Studies.

Join us in Moffett Auditorium, Mudd 050, at 4:40pm on Thursday May 5th!

Public library levy passes

Voters passed the Oberlin Public Library operating levy by a large majority on Tuesday.

For the Tax Levy: 946 (88.99%)
Against the Tax Levy: 117 (11.01%)

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Those April Showers...

Brought lots of exciting new books, scores, recordings, videos, and governments documents to our shelves. Have a look!

Distraction outside Mudd Wednesday evening

Tonight, Wednesday, May 4

from 9 pm – 11 pm
under the Mudd ramp

Katie Buono’s Senior TIMARA and Dance Project


This will include music that may be audible inside the building. If this is inconvenient for your studies, you have our sincerest apologies, and we hope you can make alternate study plans for the night. Better yet, come down and enjoy the show! Thank you for your understanding.

Monday, May 02, 2011

Koffee with Krislov tonight

The next Koffee with Krislov event is tonight, Monday May 3 at 10pm in Azariah's Café. Enjoy free coffee and cookies while rubbing shoulders with Oberlin's prez.

May Mudd Puzzle Hunt

This month's puzzle hunt involves solving word puzzles and is Sherlock Holmes themed! To get started, pick up instructions and your first clue from the board at the front entrance of Mudd. Brought to you by the Student Friends of the Library. Happy sleuthing!

History of the Book Lecture today at 4:30pm

Leah Price, Professor of English and American Literature & Language at Harvard University, will give the last lecture of the History of the Book series, "Force-Reading: Captive Audiences in 19th-Century Britain. "

Her talk will be at 4:30 on Monday May 2 in King 106.