Get to Know MeLCat!

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Do you know about MeLCat?

MeLCat is a system that allows you to request books from other Michigan libraries. When you request a book through MeLCat, it arrives for you at the Kalamazoo College Library, and you get an email that it’s here. Then just come to the Library circulation desk to pick it up. It’s that easy!

To use MeLCat, just search the MeLCat catalog for your book. When you find what you want, click “Get this from MeLCat,” choose Kalamazoo College Library from the drop down list, enter your name and barcode number (the 14 digit number on your ID that starts with 25017…), and that’s it! You will receive an email when it arrives.

You can check out a MeLCat book for three weeks, and renew through MeLCat for another three. The system includes academic and public libraries, so it’s great for fun reading as well!

AntiRacism Reading Knook September 2021 Discussion

AntiRacism Reading Knook

ARRK September 2021 Discussion with Sarah Lindley

Please join Sarah Lindley on Tuesday, September 21 from 4 – 5 p.m. for a discussion of Resmaa Menakem’s book My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies. A PDF of the preface and first chapter as well as a podcast by the author can be found on the ARRK Teams Meeting Space

For further details, see the ARRK (AntiRacism Reading KnooK) on the Inclusive Excellence website.


The AntiRacism Reading KnooK (ARRK) is a collaboration between the K College library staff and our Inclusive Excellence (KCIE) leadership team. This initiative is NOT a book club, but seeks to facilitate campus-wide engagement with the books in the KCIE Reading for Change book collection. This collection was created to encourage learning about and facilitate greater access to antiracism information to all members of the campus community.

ARRK aims to:

  1. reduce barrier to entry into reading antiracism books,
  2. identify and highlight campus facilitators with experience teaching and/or disciplinary expertise who can provide context and guide discussions of specific texts,
  3. foster broader relationships among faculty and staff, and thus
  4. build greater capacity for an inclusive campus through sustained and focused engagement with shared texts.
  5. help catalyze members of the campus to engage in small group discussions of entire books in the collection (self-organized book clubs, if you will).

For further information on #ARRK see the KCIE AntiRacism Reading Knook page. To volunteer to lead one of these sessions complete the ARRK Discussion Leader application.

Constitution Day: September 17

Celebrate the United States Constitution!

To mark this year’s Constitution Day (Friday, September 17th), the Library has compiled a guide of resources, including primary source documents, to provide the College community with information about one of America’s most important documents.

Established by Congress in 2004, Constitution Day recognizes the ratification of the U.S. constitution on September 17, 1787.  The law, introduced by Senator Robert Byrd of West Virginia, requires all educational institutions receiving federal funds provide information and instruction about the Constitution on September 17th each year.

COVID and Using the Library

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The Library is here for you this Fall Quarter! 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.

Remember to socially distance while you are in the Library building, especially on stairways, the elevator, and in seating areas. Six foot distances are marked at service points like the Circulation Desk.

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.

Study Space

Classrooms are not available for checkout for study on evenings and weekends.

However, study rooms are available on a first come, first served basis on the second and third floors. There is also seating for study and at computers throughout the first, second, and third floors.

Wash Up

Wash your hands!

Please use hand sanitizer and disinfect surfaces.

Five Things: Library Resources to Support Teaching

Ask us for help

Do you need help finding a book, film, or other resources for your class? Having trouble accessing library databases, articles, or ebooks? Any questions about library services?  Email us at library@kzoo.edu.  

Course Materials

Librarians are happy to talk with you about materials for your courses! The library may have relevant books, ebooks, articles, and videos in our collections.  We can suggest open access alternatives that may fit your course needs. We’ll help with off-campus links to articles and ebooks to make it easier for students to access materials that you assign. 

Course Reserves

Questions about placing materials on Reserve in the Library?  We can help! Contact us at circulation@kzoo.edu. Personal copies or Kalamazoo College Library copies of books and DVDs can be put on Reserve (please submit our Printable Course Reserve Form). To provide electronic materials (such articles in PDF format) to your students, contact Josh Moon to learn how to use Moodle for electronic readings. 

Customized Library Course Guides

We are more than happy to work with you to create a Library Guide tailored to your specific assignments. A librarian can visit your class and give an overview of course guide resources. Examples of Course Guides include BUSN/ECON 380 and HIST 242. Additional library guides include discipline specific research guides and the general Library Research Toolkit

Research Instruction

Librarians are happy to visit your class and teach your students about research and library resources! These sessions can cover hands-on activities on navigating databases, finding primary sources, understanding information systems, evaluating sources, and creating citations. Research Instruction can be for 20 minutes on up to a full class session 

Just ask!

Your librarians are available and willing to help make your classes a success!
See more information on library faculty support.
Email us at reference@kzoo.edu or schedule an appointment to talk about your class needs. 

Fall 2021 Library Hours and Services

The Library is here for you this Fall Quarter!

Masks and Distancing

Masks are required in the Library building.

Please remember to socially distance while you are in the Library building, especially on stairways, the elevator, and in seating areas. Six foot distances are marked at service points like the Circulation Desk.

For more information about expectations and College plans, see the Kalamazoo College COVID-19 Information website.

Food and Drink

Please enjoy food and drink in the Book Club Café area or outside. Food and drink are not allowed in other parts of the Upjohn Library Commons building.

Fall Quarter 2021 Hours

Monday – Thursday: 8am – 10pm
Friday: 8am – 5pm
Saturday: Noon – 5pm
Sunday: Noon – 10pm

Circulation Services

You may bring books to the circulation desk for checkout, or request Kalamazoo College Library items through Library OneSearch. If you request Kalamazoo College Library items through OnsSearch:

  • We will retrieve the books for you, and you will get an email when your materials are ready. 
  • All holds can be picked up at the circulation desk. Please have your K ID with you to check items out.
  • Please wear a face mask when picking up items to keep Information Services staff safe.

If you have a concern about your requests or need assistance placing a hold, please email circulation@kzoo.edu.  

MeLCat and ILL

MeLCat and ILL is available for faculty, staff, and students. You will receive an email when your materials are ready. Please follow the instructions above for pick up.

You may use the MeLCat Visiting Patron service at other MeLCat libraries utilizing the service. Kalamazoo College students, faculty, and staff may borrow materials in person from other MeLCat Visiting Patron participating libraries.

Returns

Please return items (including MeLCat and ILL) in the Book Drop inside the building at the Circulation Desk or the Book Drop outside on Academy Street.

Reserves

Print reserves are available during Fall 2021. Your instructor may also have materials for your course on Moodle, Teams, or another platform.

Study Space

Study rooms are available on a first come, first served basis. However, classrooms are not available for checkout for study on evenings and weekends during Fall 2021. There is seating for study and at computers throughout the first, second, and third floors. Seating is first come, first served.

Please:

  • Do not move furniture
  • Stay six feet apart
  • Wear your mask correctly at all times
  • No eating or drinking
  • Wipe down your study area when you leave with the cleaning wipes provided

Reference Services

Reference services are available in person and remotely. Make a Research Rescue appointment with us and we can meet with you on Teams! You can also email us at reference@kzoo.edu.

Archives and Rare Book Room

Hours for the Archives and Rare Book Room are on their websites. You can also make an appointment to use materials in person in the Archives or Rare Book Room, or we can answer your questions via email or Teams. Contact us at archives@kzoo.edu or rarebookroom@kzoo.edu.

Other Services

Other services in the building (Writing Center, ESL Help, Center for New Media Design, Media Services, Help Desk, etc.) have other hours and service changes. Please check their websites for details.
 

Late Summer Library Hours and Services

Late Summer: August 16 through September 10

Hours

Monday – Friday: 9am – 4pm
Saturday – Sunday: CLOSED

Services

  • Requested books from the Kalamazoo College Library will be available for pick up during Library open hours on the cart next to the Reference Desk. You can also locate materials yourself and check them out at the Circulation Desk!
  • MeLCat & Interlibrary Loan services will be available.
  • Reference librarians will be available virtually​ and in person by appointment.
  • Book returns will be accepted in the outside book drop on the Academy Street side of the building and at the Circulation Desk.
  • Archives and Rare Book Room will be available for walk-ins and by appointment.

The Library will be closed Monday, September 6 for the Labor Day holiday.


Other Services

Other services in the building (Writing Center, ESL Help, Center for New Media DesignMedia Services, Help Desk, etc.) have other hours and service changes. Please check their websites for details.

The Library is Open! Mid-Summer Hours and Services

The Library building is now open! Our services continue in July and August.

Mid-Summer: July 6 through August 15

Hours

Monday – Thursday: 10am – 2pm
Friday – Sunday: CLOSED

Services

  • Requested books from the Kalamazoo College Library will be available for pick up during Library open hours on the cart next to the Reference Desk. You can also locate materials yourself and check them out at the Circulation Desk!
  • MeLCat & Interlibrary Loan services will be available.
  • Reference librarians will be available virtually​ and in person by appointment.
  • Book returns will be accepted in the outside book drop on the Academy Street side of the building and at the Circulation Desk.
  • Archives and Rare Book Room will be available for walk-ins and by appointment.

Late Summer: August 16 through September 10

Hours

Monday – Friday: 9am – 4pm
Saturday – Sunday: CLOSED

Services

  • Requested books from the Kalamazoo College Library will be available for pick up during Library open hours on the cart next to the Reference Desk. You can also locate materials yourself and check them out at the Circulation Desk!
  • MeLCat & Interlibrary Loan services will be available.
  • Reference librarians will be available virtually​ and in person by appointment.
  • Book returns will be accepted in the outside book drop on the Academy Street side of the building and at the Circulation Desk.
  • Archives and Rare Book Room will be available for walk-ins and by appointment.

The Library will be closed Monday, September 6 for the Labor Day holiday.


Other Services

Other services in the building (Writing Center, ESL Help, Center for New Media DesignMedia Services, Help Desk, etc.) have other hours and service changes. Please check their websites for details.

Document Your Pandemic Experience for the Archives

Many libraries and archives are asking people to document their experiences during the pandemic, and the Kalamazoo College Archives wants your stories!

The Kalamazoo College Archives invites students, faculty, and staff) to document their personal experiences during the COVID-19 crisis. Daily life under a global pandemic will be an important research topic in the future and the College Archives seeks to preserve these stories.

You can submit your experiences in a variety of ways: write a journal, submit photos or artwork, write poetry, or make videos. We want to know about topics like:

  • The shift to distance learning
  • Displacement from residence halls or off-campus housing
  • Working your campus job remotely
  • Staying in touch with friends and family
  • The international student experience
  • Student organization activities
  • Social distancing
  • Self-quarantine
  • Changes in leisure activities, celebrations, religious events

Visit the Kalamazoo College Archives for more information about format and content. We want to hear from you!

Summer Break Library Hours and Services

The Library is here for you this summer! Our services continue as we take a break in June and reopen in July.

Early Summer: June 9 through July 5

Hours

The building will be CLOSED June 9 through July 5.

Services

  • Requested books from the Kalamazoo College Library will be available for pick up Monday through Thursday from 10am-2pm at the receiving doors on the Academy Street side of the library building.
  • MeLCat & Interlibrary Loan services will be available.
  • Reference librarians will be available virtually​ and in person by appointment.
  • Book returns will be accepted in the outside book drop on the Academy Street side of the building.
  • Archives and Rare Book Room will be available by appointment.

The Library will be closed Monday, July 5 for the Independence Day holiday.


Mid-Summer: July 6 through August 15

Hours

Monday – Thursday: 10am – 2pm
Friday – Sunday: CLOSED

Services

  • Requested books from the Kalamazoo College Library will be available for pick up during Library open hours on the cart next to the Reference Desk. You can also locate materials yourself and check them out at the Circulation Desk!
  • MeLCat & Interlibrary Loan services will be available.
  • Reference librarians will be available virtually​ and in person by appointment.
  • Book returns will be accepted in the outside book drop on the Academy Street side of the building and at the Circulation Desk.
  • Archives and Rare Book Room will be available for walk-ins and by appointment.

Late Summer: August 16 through September 10

Hours

Monday – Friday: 9am – 4pm
Saturday – Sunday: CLOSED

Services

  • Requested books from the Kalamazoo College Library will be available for pick up during Library open hours on the cart next to the Reference Desk. You can also locate materials yourself and check them out at the Circulation Desk!
  • MeLCat & Interlibrary Loan services will be available.
  • Reference librarians will be available virtually​ and in person by appointment.
  • Book returns will be accepted in the outside book drop on the Academy Street side of the building and at the Circulation Desk.
  • Archives and Rare Book Room will be available for walk-ins and by appointment.

The Library will be closed Monday, September 6 for the Labor Day holiday.


Other Services

Other services in the building (Writing Center, ESL Help, Center for New Media DesignMedia Services, Help Desk, etc.) have other hours and service changes. Please check their websites for details.