Thursday, February 04, 2016

NOVA Nighthawks

Not sure what a nighthawk is?

Read all about it in

Peterson field guide to birds of eastern and central North America.  QL681 P45 

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

HELP!! The College is closed...

...and I have an assignment to submit!  I need to do research, find resources, and cite sources to complete my assignment.  What can I do???

Fear not!  Even when the College is physically closed, most Library collections and services are available online.

Go to the Library webpage to access


* ebooks.  Search the Library catalog follow the ebooks link to find tens of thousands of online holdings
*online articles (hundreds of thousand of full-text newspaper, magazine and scholarly journal articles)
*streaming video

Research Assistance:

* Chat with a librarian.  24-7, real-time assistance with a real-live Librarian (Ask a Librarian > 24/7 chat)
* Online Research Guides.  You can find one-stop guides for finding information for your course subject, or in many cases for your specific class. (instructors' names are indicated -- look for yours!)
* Citation Help.  It's not everyone's favorite thing, but you gotta do it

**Note that even when the College buildings are physically closed for any reason, class activity continues via BlackBoard.  Consult your college email and course BlackBoard pages for more information**

Monday, February 01, 2016

Snow's OVER!

The College re-opened Saturday January 30 and normal services, hours, and operations resumed.

What did YOU do while you were snowed in -- binge watch?  Binge read?  a little of both?

The Library staff recommended some of these options from the Library collections:

How did YOU stay busy in the snowzilla?  Aside from going to class online.


Alexander, The Chronicles of Prydain. PS3551.L35698 A6 2011

Gallsworthy, The Forsyte Saga.  PR6013.A5 F56 2002

Forsyte SagaAV PR6013.A5 F56 2002b

Vikings.  PN1992.77 .V555x 2013

The Young Ones. AV PN1992.77 .Y64664x 2007

Monday, January 11, 2016

Willi reads

Willi the Library Fish is catching up on medieval Welsh tales in the Mabinogion :

The Mabinogion (PS3545.A6296 M33 2002) is a collection of Celtic legend and folklore, and some of the earliest prose literature of the British Isles.

If the collected tales are too daunting, you might try Lloyd Alexander's modern-day adaptation The Chronicles of Prydain ( PS3551.L35698 A6 2011).

Monday, January 04, 2016


Happy New Year

During the week of January 4-8 the Library will be open from 8.30am - 5.00pm.

Spring classes begin on January 11th, and normal Library hours will resume.

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Happy Holidays!

Willi the Library fish wishes all the Alexandria Campus community a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year:

Willie recommends getting in the seasonal frame of mind with a good old Dickensian read:

If you know what "smoking bishop" is, enjoy some of that as well (you have to read to the end of the book to find out why!).

Goodbye Final Exams

As Final Exams come finally to an end, the Library returns to normal hours.

During the last week of classes and final exams week the Library opened early at 8am and closed late at 11pm.  

Over 110 students were served before 8.30 in the morning and over 500 stayed late with us (with coffee, cookies, chips, snacks and sodas at 10pm) for a grand total of 625 dedicated undergrads studying for exams, finishing research and writing papers.  Almost none of them did this:

Friday, December 11, 2015

Come be cosy with us...

Get a cup of hot cocoa (Hot Chocolate Bar Monday Dec 14th!!!) or a cup of coffee and a cookie (study snacks at 10pm Monday - Thursday!!!!) and enjoy our book fireplace:

Yes, our fireplace is made with de-accessioned National Geographic Magazines!