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Library Hours Over Thanksgiving & The ILL book request deadline

November 20, 2015 - 12:08am

While the Library building will remain open during the Thanksgiving holiday, the Service Desk will have reduced hours.

Governor LeRoy Collins pardoning the Thanksgiving turkey in Tallahassee, Florida. 1957. State Library and Archives of Florida.

The Service Desk will close at 4:00pm on Tuesday, November 24th. Please plan in advance if you’d like to borrow reserves, DVDs, equipment, or pick up holds or ILLs before break!

The Service Desk, Reserve/AV Room, and Plan Room will reopen at 6:30pm on Sunday, November 29th. Regular hours will resume at that time.

The last day to request books or A/V materials via Interlibrary Loan this semester is Tuesday, December 1st. (You can keep requesting articles.)

Remember that even when you’re away from the library, you still have access to over 125,000 academic ebooks, 40,000 online journals, and dozens of research databases. When you use library resources off campus, if you’re prompted to log in, just use your Marlboro username and password.

Have a wonderful break!

Trip to the UMass Amherst Libraries this Sunday!

November 18, 2015 - 6:59am

This Sunday, November 22nd, the Library is sponsoring the second van trip of the semester to the UMass Amherst Libraries. Space is limited! Sign up on the sheet at the Library Research Bar.

The van will leave the Dining Hall at 11:30am and return by 5:30pm.

While at UMass, you can search their hundreds of databases and download or scan articles from their extensive journal holdings (e-journal list; library catalog). If you are a Massachusetts resident, you can get a library card and borrow books; if not, you can jot down any book titles that look useful and request them via Marlboro’s Interlibrary Loan service.

And the Winners Are!

October 11, 2015 - 5:12pm

Many thanks to everyone who nominated items for the library to buy this year with the David Pierce Fund. His family has generously established a fund in his memory to support the purchase of fun, not necessarily academic, materials for the library each year. This year, we were able to purchase all of the items that were suggested or they had already been purchased (yay!), and the winners are:

Pierce Fund Purchases:
Language of Flowers by Kate Greenaway
The Legend of Korra Book 3 (DVD) [we have Books 1 & 2 in the AV Room]
Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee
The Martian by Andy Weir
The Fighter (DVD)
Wicked and Weird: the Amazing Tales of Buck 65 by Rich Terfey

On Their Way:
Welcome to Night Vale: A Novel by Joseph Fink
All The Wrong Questions: Quadrilogy by Lemony Snicket (all four book in the series)

Currently Available:
Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth by Christopher Ware

These items will arrive at the library over the next few weeks; look for them to be on display as they come in.

Thank you to everyone who participated in this year’s selection process! This tradition is a lovely tribute to David’s memory. I hope that everyone enjoys these great new additions to the collection.

Help Us Select Items for the David Pierce Fund

October 1, 2015 - 9:59am

David Pierce, a Marlboro College student whose tragic death in 2003 deeply impacted our community, is remembered each October. Many on campus still have fond memories of David, and a bench and apple tree outside of the Library commemorate his life and time at Marlboro. Additionally, David’s family established a fund for the Library to purchase items that are not necessarily for academic purposes, but rather for fun. Think graphic novels, current popular fiction, movies, TV series, etc. Each year, the Library buys a few more items using the fund established in his memory.

This year, we are asking for your help in choosing what to buy!

Between now and 8:30am on Monday, 10/5, email (or call, or stop by, or comment below…) with the titles of any movies, books, graphic novels, or other items you’d like the Library to add. Remember: fun, not work (though the two aren’t always mutually exclusive!).

We’ll make a list of all your suggestions, then put them to a vote. Students will be emailed a link to a survey; voting will be open through the end of the day on Wednesday, October 7th. When voting is over, we’ll rank the selections, start buying with the top vote-getter, and continue down the list as far as we can.

In the meantime, stop by the Library to see some of the items that have been bought with David’s fund in past years. They’re currently on display on the ground floor, across from the Service Desk.

Beth Ruane
Library Director

Celebrate Constitution Day!

September 17, 2015 - 1:26pm

Each year on September 17th, we celebrate Constitution Day to commemorate the signing of the Constitution on September 17, 1787. Among the many freedoms the Constitution guarantees, we’re partial to the First Amendment, which protects the freedom of expression and religion, as well as other important rights. Libraries are strong advocates of the principle of the freedom to read, supporting the concept that a vital democratic society depends on unfettered access to ideas.

Please join us on this September 17th (today!) at 2:30pm in Apple Tree for our Constitution Day event, “What Does It Take To Be an American.” Come hear the Speech Matters students give Mrs. Anne Hutchinson, a midwife and a schismatic, a second chance to make her case before the highest authority in the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Instead of defending herself with creative interpretations of the Bible, as she had to do in 1637, in this rendition of the famous trial, the defendant will have access to the U.S. Constitution. Will she have better luck this time?

Huzzah! It’s That Time of Year Again!

August 28, 2015 - 3:20pm

Welcome, new students, staff, and faculty, and welcome back, to those returning! We’re so excited to see the campus teeming with life once again! We’ll open for the Fall semester on Sunday, August 30th at 12:30pm and look forward to seeing new students with their peer adviser groups on Sunday from 1-3 pm.

Hervidor, the Library Tea Kettle

You probably know that once the library opens for the semester, we’re open 24/7 until after the Fall Finals period. You can come in, study, socialize, borrow/return books, work/print/scan/copy in the computer lab, have a cup of tea, or do whatever else you wish (subject to the College Handbook and the Library Honor Code, of course) whenever it tickles your fancy.

There are certain things, though, that you can only do when staff are on duty. These include: borrowing reserve readings; borrowing DVDs; picking up holds or interlibrary loans; and getting into the Plan Room.

Staffing will be a little atypical during the first couple days of the semester:

  • Sunday, 8/30: 12:30pm – 5:30pm
  • Monday, 8/31: 9:00am – Noon; 1:00pm – 4:00pm
  • Tuesday, 9/1: 9:00am – Noon; 1:00pm – 4:00pm; 6:30pm – 11:00pm
  • Wednesday, 9/2: 9:00am – Noon; 1:00pm – 4:00pm; 6:30pm – 11:00pm
  • Thursday, 9/4: 9:00am – Noon; 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Thereafter, our Service Desk schedule for Fall 2015 will be:

  • Sundays: 12:30pm – 5:30pm; 6:30pm – 11:00pm
  • Mondays-Thursdays: 9:00am – Noon; 1:00pm – 4:00pm; 6:30pm – 11:00pm
  • Fridays: 9:00am – Noon; 1:00pm – 4:00pm

We’ll always list changes to our schedule — building or Service Desk — on this blog, in the Town Crier, and on the library’s Facebook page and Twitter feed. If you ever have questions (about hours, staffing, or really, anything at all!), please stop by, email us (, or call x221 (802-258-9221).

We are looking forward to working with you this year!

Beth Ruane
Library Director