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.

Library Finals Hours

The Library’s hours for Spring Quarter Finals are:

Sunday, June 6: 1 p.m. – 9 p.m.;
Monday, June 7: 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.;
Tuesday, June 8: 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Good luck – you’ll do great!

OneSearch/MeLCat Unavailable and Library CLOSED Memorial Weekend

OneSearch and MeLCat Unavailable 5/29-5/30

Both Library OneSearch and MeLCat will be unavailable between 9pm on Saturday, May 29 and 9pm on Sunday, May 30 due to vendor maintenance.

If you need to use Library databases, you can still access them through our A-Z Databases page.

The Upjohn Library Commons building will be CLOSED:

Saturday, May 29
Sunday, May 30
Monday, May 31 (Memorial Day)

We will reopen at 9am on Tuesday, June 1. Enjoy the weekend!

Need Research Help? We are Here for You!

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Librarians can help your with your research — wherever you are in the world!

You can sign up for a one-on-one appointment with a Librarian through Research Rescue. We have Librarians available in the evenings and weekends, Michigan time. Just click on Research Rescue to see what times and days are available. We can talk with you via email, or in real time with Teams or Zoom. Just let us know what works for you!

You can also ask us questions through this online form, or email reference@kzoo.edu.

Check out our videos on Microsoft Stream! They cover everything from databases to primary sources and how to use ebooks.

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month! Check out some resources highlighting AAPI heritage:

New: Virtual Book Displays

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Now you can see what the library has on display on the first floor — even months later!

We are keeping track of the books on our first floor display shelves and have created virtual displays so you can find these books later.

These virtual displays also include new books we’ve added to the collection.

Check out our ERACCE Resources, Native American Heritage Resources, Climate Change Resources, and more!

Resources: Sexual Assault Survivors Library

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and the Library has (virtually) gathered titles to help people who want to learn more about sexual assault survivorship. Check out our Virtual Book Display on Sexual Assault Survivors for some of our library’s resources and the National Sexual Violence Resource Center for more on Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

Need more information? Reference Librarians are here to help you! Email reference@kzoo.edu or use the Ask a Librarian
online form to make an appointment.

Spring 2021 Rare Book Room Exhibit Now Open

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Interested in the history of books or printing? Or maybe you’re looking for something new to do in between classes? Come to the A.M. Todd Rare Book Room on the third floor of the library to view our Spring 2021 exhibit, Incunabula: An Exploration of Books from the Infancy of Printing.

The exhibit runs until June 11 and is available for viewing Tuesdays 10:00-12:00 PM, Friday 1:00-4:00 PM, or by appointment. We are open only to students, faculty, and staff who are participating in the college’s COVID-19 surveillance testing. Two people will be allowed to enter the room at a time. Masks are required.

Mallory Heslinger
Rare Book Room Curator
rarebookroom@kzoo.edu
(269) 337-5762

Women’s History Month Feature: Emancipated Spirits

Book cover of Emancipated Spirits

In 1983, four authors captured the spirit of Kalamazoo College’s pioneer women who “found at Kalamazoo College enormous challenges, great work to be done, obstacles of tradition and prejudice which never fall easily and might have thwarted lesser spirits.” Celebrating the college’s sesquicentennial, Emancipated Spirits details the lives of four Kalamazoo College women who “had taken first steps and opened doors — or broken them down”:

  • Lucinda Hinsdale Stone: abolitionist, feminist, suffragist, and educator;
  • Frances Diebold: Professor of Biology who was “perhaps more responsible than anyone for its reputation in the sciences, that realm where women were supposed to tread so fearfully;”
  • Pauline Byrd Johnson: the College’s first black student, who became the first black teacher in the Kalamazoo Public Schools; and
  • Nelda Balch: Professor of Theatre, who was known for undertaking challenging and avant-garde plays and elevated theatre at the College.

Find Emancipated Spirits online or on our shelves. If you are interested in more pioneering women at Kalamazoo College, contact our College Archives!