Friday, May 23, 2014

Watercolors by Johnny Gruelle on Exhibition in Mudd

Come see original watercolor illustrations by Johnny Gruelle, creator of Raggedy Ann and Andy, in the Academic Commons this weekend.   The exhibition runs through June 16th and is accessible all hours the that main library is open.

Reunion Class Authors Exhibition and Reception

Recent books by members of the Reunion Classes are on display in the Academic Commons in the Main Library this weekend and there will be a reception for the authors in Azariah's Cafe from 4:30-6:00p on Saturday

Friends of the Library, former library student assistants, and other book lovers are invited!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Welcome Back Classes 1964 & 1989!

Visit the College Archives for a chance to peruse yearbooks, the Review and other memorabilia currently on exhibit.

They're open Monday - Friday 10a to noon, and 1 to 4:30p; Saturday 10a to 2p; Sunday 1-4p.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Today is the due date

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 are a continuing student remaining in Oberlin for the summer, you may claim summer borrowing privileges, and then renew your books beyond commencement. 
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


Monday, May 12, 2014

The end of the semester approaches

Yes, that's right, the semester is almost 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 May 14, 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 May 14) until you have finished with them.

Many materials are renewable starting on May 13; 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.

Thursday, May 08, 2014

Student Book Collection Competition Event

Come to the Academic Commons on Friday, May 9 at 4:30p to see selections and hear about the winning collections:

Curtain Up! A Collection Honoring the American Musical Theatre
Collection of Jonathan Jue-Wong '16

 Black Woman’s Liberation Library
Collection of L E X Y  P H I L L I P S  '14

 “The Text That Nature Renders…”: Narratives of the “Golden Age” of Polar Exploration
Collection of Abraham Rowe '14

Considering a Library Career?

There's a scholarship for that!
The Friends of the Oberlin College Library offers a graduate library school scholarship. This $3,500 award is given each year to an Oberlin graduate who has been accepted to an accredited school of library and information science.

Information and application instructions are available here.

Applications are due on July 1, 2014!

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Reading period and finals: extended hours in Mudd

Beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Mudd will be open continuously until 2:00 am on Thursday, May 15 (that is, Wednesday night). 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!

On Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights, the whole library will remain open until 2:00 am and the A-Level and Scholar Studies will be open 24 hours.  The whole building closes at 5:30 pm on Sunday, May 18.
Please note that during the following hours, access is via OCID card swipe only.
May 10 at 9:45 pm - May 11 at 10 am
May 11 at 11:45 pm - May 12 at 8 am

May 12 at 11:45 pm - May 13 at 8 am
May 13 at 11:45 pm - May 14 at 8 am
May 14 at 11:45 pm - May 15 at 8 am
May 15 at 11:45 pm - May 16 at 8 am
May 16 at 11:45 pm - May 17 at 10 am
May 17 at 11:45 pm - May 18 at 10 am

Please check out our hours page for building hours for the rest of exams and hours for specific service points.


And the Haiku Contest Winners Are...

Congratulations to the winners in our library-themed Haiku contest!  Due to the high quality of the submissions, the judges awarded a tie for third place.  Thanks to everyone who submitted a Haiku!  Thanks also to our panel of judges:  Nancy Boutilier, Visiting Associate Professor, Rhetoric & Composition; Jessica Grim, Collection Development Librarian; Mark Sikorski, OC ’16.

First place:  Ryan Yates, OC ’16

       Back to work again
       Leaves of information bloom
       In the April rain

Second place:  Sarah Lomax, OC ’16

       Pages collide, come
       Forth with knowledge fit to burst
       Our strained - desires

Third place (tie):  Zachery Crowell, OC ’15

       At wisdom's summit,
       I fall and break my glasses.
       Helpless, stuck in mud(d)

Third place (tie):  H. Ryu, OC ’15

       Lolita missing --
       All copies gone.  Conclusion:
       Nabokov is dead

Monday, May 05, 2014

How to reserve library spaces

Need to meet with your study buddies at a specific time? Want to table for an event or cause?  Interested in putting up a display? Student groups, college offices, and individuals can book a variety of spaces to study, meet in small groups, do tabling, put up exhibits, hold office hours, etc. Check out the details for how to reserve--it's easy!  Just complete the appropriate form and we'll get back to you.

Consult with a librarian - time slots still available!

Working on a research project?  It's not too late to schedule a research appointment with a librarian!

Librarians can help you:

  • Map out a research strategy
  • Focus and refine your topic
  • Come up with useful keywords for searching
  • Navigate and search databases effectively
  • Locate books, articles, primary sources, images, data, etc.
  • Evaluate sources for relevance and credibility
  • Make sure you haven’t missed important resources
  • Manage your citations 

Koffee with Krislov, Monday May 5

Take a quick study break! Last call Koffee with Krislov for the year. Head to Azariah's Café from 10-11pm to chat with the Prez and Dean Estes.  Coffee and cookies will be served to fuel your studying for another few hours.

Hear Kazim Ali speak on translation: Today - Monday May 5th

Join the Friends of the Oberlin College Library for The Oasis of Now,” a talk by Kazim Ali, Associate Professor Creative Writing, on translating Iranian poet Sohrab Sepehri, with poems read in Farsi by Mohammad Jafar Mahallati, Presidential Scholar of Islam

Monday, May 5, 4:30 p.m., Moffett Auditorium, Mudd 050