New Year, New Books!

Check out the New Books display on the library’s first floor in the lobby! Highlights include:

Photo of book display

You can also keep up with our new books any time by checking out our new items collection through our catalog. If you need help finding a book or other materials, contact us at reference@kzoo.edu. We love to hear from you!

Historical Magazine Collection Open House

Over the winter break the library dusted off and brought up historical runs of 71 popular periodicals from the basement. For example, you can now find Time Magazine in the compact shelving on the 2nd floor going back to 1930. While we have database access to many of these titles (and the databases are more complete), browsing through these titles in physical format is a much different experience. You can see articles in context, encounter advertisements, and get a much greater feel for these rich historical and cultural artifacts. 

We’ve added colorful signs to our shelves in order to highlight where you can find these titles. We’ve also added a description of the publication, and where relevant, a link to the online version of the publication.

We’re hosting two Open Houses to highlight these titles. Please come if you are able! 

  • When: Wednesday, January 5th 11-12:30 and Thursday, January 6th 11-12:30 
  • Where: 2nd Floor of the Library, behind the compact shelving 
  • Who: Faculty, Staff, and Students 

In addition, we will be adding these titles to our Research Guides. Please contact reference@kzoo.edu if you have any questions! 

Library COVID Reminders for Winter Term

We are following the College guidelines on the Kalamazoo College COVID-19 Information website.

Masks and Distancing

Masks (covering nose and mouth) are REQUIRED in the Library building.

Masks are REQUIRED in all areas of the building, including study rooms. You may unmask in the Book Club if you are eating or drinking.

Food and Drink

Enjoy food and drink in the Book Club Café or outside.

Food and drink are not allowed in other parts of the Upjohn Library Commons building.

Wash Up

Wash your hands!

Please use hand sanitizer and disinfect surfaces.

Study Rooms Closed

Study Rooms Closed

Group and individual study areas are available on all floors of the Library. Please follow campus masking guidelines.

Fall Finals and Thanksgiving Break Hours

The Library has modified hours for fall finals and Thanksgiving break.

Fall Finals Hours

Sunday, 11/21: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.;
Monday, 11/22: 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.;
Tuesday, 11/23: 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Good luck – you’ll do great!!

Thanksgiving Break Hours

Wednesday, 11/24: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Thursday 11/25 – Sunday 11/28: CLOSED

Relax at our De-Stress Nook!

The Library is a great place to study, but you can also unwind here! Check out our De-Stress Nook on the first floor in the Learning Commons (behind the lobby display case). This is a great place to work on a puzzle, play a game, color, or just relax with friends.

What other activities or relaxing things to do would you like to see at the De-Stress Nook? Email us at library@kzoo.edu and let us know!

Photo of comfortable chairs

Rare Book Room Fall 2021 Exhibit

Come visit the Rare Book room and see our Fall exhibit, Off the Beaten Path: Historical Travel Literature.

The exhibit runs from September 14 – December 3, 2021. The Rare Book Room will be open Tuesday: from 10:00a.m.-12:00p.m., and Friday: 1:00p.m.-4:00 p.m. Other times are available by appointment by contacting Mallory Heslinger, Rare Book Room Curator, at Mallory.Heslinger@kzoo.edu or 269-337-5762.

The Rare Book Room is in Upjohn Library Commons, Room 326.

Study Rooms Unavailable for Remainder of Fall Term

Due to noncompliance with the Kalamazoo College masking guidelines and the Library’s food and drink policy, the first-come first-served study rooms in the Library are unavailable for the remainder of Fall Term.

The rooms affected are ULC 211, 212, 252, 253, 254, 255, and 319.

We are following the College guidelines on the Kalamazoo College COVID-19 Information website. As a reminder:

Masks and Distancing

Masks (covering nose and mouth) are required in the Library building.

Masks are required in all areas of the building. You may unmask in the Book Club if you are eating or drinking.

Food and Drink

Enjoy food and drink in the Book Club Café or outside.

Food and drink are not allowed in other parts of the Upjohn Library Commons building.

Wash Up

Wash your hands!

Please use hand sanitizer and disinfect surfaces.

Get Books and Articles Nationwide

Did you know that you can request a book or article that the Kalamazoo College Library does not have in our collection? It’s easy!

Just go to the My Interlibrary Loan link on the Library Website. Log in with your Kalamazoo College username and password, enter the information about the item, and it will be delivered to the Library for you! You will receive an email when the item arrives, so be sure you select to receive notifications via email.

In some instances, a Michigan library may own a book. In that case, you can request it from MeLCat. MeLCat only delivers books, not articles or microfilm.

If you have questions, you can read all about Interlibrary Loan. You can also contact the Interlibrary Loan Department by email at ill@kzoo.edu or by phone at (269) 337-7148.

If you need research help, contact our Research Librarians, who are available for individual consultations in person or via Microsoft Teams. Make a Research Rescue AppointmentAsk a Librarian using this online form, or email us at reference@kzoo.edu!