Friday, December 23, 2011

World's most beautiful college libraries?

Flavorpill, a "network of culturally connected people, covering events, art, books, music, and pop culture the world over", recently selected their 25 most beautiful college libraries, and followed up with a reader's choice post.  What do you think?  What makes a college library beautiful?

Closing for the holidays!

We'll close today at 3 pm and be closed until 10 am on Monday, January 2.  Wishing you a joyful and peaceful break.

We have shortened Winter Term hours during January.  Check them out!

If you are off-campus and need access to our electronic resources, follow our advice here.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Mudd hours until the end of finals

The A-Level and Scholar Studies remain open continuously until 5:30 on Wednesday, December 21st. 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 Tuesday night (Wednesday morning). We re-open at 10 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday and 8 a.m. next Monday - Wednesday.

We'll be open 10 am - 5:30 pm on Thursday, December 22nd and 10 am - 3 pm on Friday, December 23rd.

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 and the hours in our branch libraries.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Dance parties coming on Saturday!

The poll is out at

Vote early and often!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

The due date approaches!

Don't do this with your library books!  Return them instead!

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

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

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Extended hours for Mudd

Beginning at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, Mudd will be open continuously until 2 a.m. on Saturday, December 17.
Please note that during the following hours, access is via OCID card swipe only.

December 14 at 11:45 pm - December 15 at 8 am
December 15 at 11:45 pm - December 16 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 building hours for the rest of exams and hours for specific service points.

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Quiet on the set!

Filming will be in progress in the 4th floor lobby Thursday evening from about 10:15 - 11 pm. We hope it's not a major inconvenience to you! They'll be filming a holiday video with Nothing but Treble.

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

What do you want me to do with my books?

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 15, 2011. 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 15) until you have finished with them.

Many materials are renewable starting on December 12; 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!

Monday, December 05, 2011

Happy Birthday to FRUS!

This year the State Department is celebrating the 150th year of Foreign Relations of the United States, the official documentary record of U.S. foreign policy.

Learn more about it or peruse Oberlin's holdings of this venerable series.

Sunday, December 04, 2011

Reading, viewing, listening for pleasure

Help yourself unwind and de-stress -- sit down with good book, a film you've always wanted to see, or a great piece of music. Here's what the Library added to its collections just last month!

Friday, December 02, 2011

Koffee with Krislov: 12/5

Stop by Azariah's Cafe Monday at 10 pm for our last Koffee (and kookies) with the president for the semester!