Library Services, Fall 2020

The Library is here for you this Fall Quarter!

Things look different, but our services are available.

Library Building

The Upjohn Library Commons building remains CLOSED through Fall Quarter 2020.

Circulation Services

Local faculty, staff, and students may request items through Library OneSearch. We will retrieve the books for you, and you will get an email when your materials are ready. We will have them on a cart for pickup in the Receiving Area of the Library at the Academy Street double doors (expect a one business day processing time). We will not mail materials. If you are not in or near Kalamazoo, please contact reference@kzoo.edu and a Reference Librarian will help you identify libraries and services in your area.

How to Pick Up Items

  • You will receive an email notifying you that your item is ready for pick up. For easy pick up, all items will already be checked out to you.
  • You may pick items up from 9am-4pm, Monday through Thursday at the receiving area on the Academy Street side of the Library.
  • The double doors located on the Academy Street side of the library are locked. You will need to ring the buzzer at the door and wait to be let in. Please be patient! You may need to ring twice if library staff are performing other tasks, in meetings, etc.
  • Locate items by your name, take your books from the cart, and exit the same way you entered the building. Please ensure the door closes completely after visiting. 

Things to know

As library staff time in the building is limited, pick ups for items cannot be arranged outside of 9am-4pm, Monday through Thursday.

Please wear a face mask when picking up items to keep Information Services staff safe. Patrons are welcome to use the available hand sanitizer near the pick up cart when picking up items.

For staff safety, all doors leading into the building are locked. No one other than designated staff is allowed to enter the main library space.

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

MeLCat and ILL

MeLCat is available for faculty and staff, and will be available for students starting September 8. You will receive an email when your materials are ready for pickup through the method above.

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is currently available for article borrowing only. You will receive ILL articles in PDF format through our Interlibrary Loan system.

What If I am Not in Kalamazoo?

Students who are not in or near Kalamazoo can contact reference@kzoo.edu and a Reference Librarian will help you find resources and identify libraries and services in your area. You can also search the Open Library to see if they have the materials you need.

Returns

Please place all returned items in the Academy Street drop box. For staff safety, please DO NOT leave returns on the cart with pick up items. Returned items are quarantined for at least 72 hours in the drop box.

Reserves

Print reserves are suspended during Fall 2020. Your instructor may have materials for your course on Moodle, Teams, or another platform.

Reference Services

Reference services continue remotely. Make a Research Rescue appointment with us and we can meet with you on Zoom or Teams! You can also email us at reference@kzoo.edu.

Archives and Rare Book Room

You can make an appointment to use materials in person in the Archives or Rare Book Room, or we can answer your questions via email, Teams, or Zoom. 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 hours and service changes. Please check their websites for details.
 

Returning Materials to K College Library

The Library remains closed while we develop our plans for reopening safely. However, you may now return materials checked out to you before the campus closure.

If you are near Kalamazoo:

Please use the book drop on the Academy Street side of Upjohn Library Commons. Items returned in the book drop are quarantined for a minimum of 72 hours, so they may remain on your account for a few days after return.

If you are in Michigan:

You may return your items to a participating MelCat library. Please contact circulation@kzoo.edu and we will email a return label for you to print that includes your MelCat library’s name and code. Once you receive the label, package the items in a sealed box, and include a list of the items you are returning. Find a participating library in your area.

If you are outside Michigan or the U.S.:

If you are in the U.S but not in Michigan, or you are not in the U.S., please package the items and include a list of items being returned. Contact circulation@kzoo.edu and we will email a UPS return label for you to print.

If you are returning to campus in the fall:

If you are coming back to campus for the fall quarter, you may return your materials in person at that time. Happily, we do not charge overdue fines!

Questions?

Ask us! Contact circulation@kzoo.edu if you need assistance or have any questions. We are happy to help!

Becoming Better Allies: Anti-Racism Resources

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Confronting racism requires white allies to listen, learn, and educate themselves.

Dismantling the legacy of white supremacy in America demands a deeper understanding of the systems of oppression we all live within. The Kalamazoo College Library has a wealth of anti-racism resources both in print and online.

Though the Library building is closed, our online resources are available 24/7. If you would like to read a title we only have in print, your local public library may have an online version or be open for circulating print copies. You can also get online books for free through the Open Libraries project of the Internet Archive. You can also purchase them (used or new) through black-owned booksellers such as Semicolon Bookstore, Source Booksellers, or Brain Lair Books; through local Kalamazoo bookstores This Is a Bookstore, Michigan News Agency, or Kazoo Books; and via other online retailers such as AbeBooks, alibris, Better World Books, or Powell’s Books.

Suggested Readings

Kalamazoo College Inclusive Excellence (KCIE) has purchased and recommends the following book collection to all K College Students, Faculty, and Staff looking to engage with antiracist ideas and practices. 

We have several titles recommended by ERACCE (Eliminating Racism and Creating/Celebrating Equity) both online and in print.

Further, Medium.com recently published a Detailed List of Anti-Racism Resources that includes books, movies, articles, and more.

Also check out these titles:

Ebooks

Print Books

Becoming Better Allies: Anti-Racism Resources

Image of people with different colored skin holding hands

Confronting racism requires white allies to listen, learn, and educate themselves.

Dismantling the legacy of white supremacy in America demands a deeper understanding of the systems of oppression we all live within. The Kalamazoo College Library has a wealth of anti-racism resources both in print and online.

Though the Library building is closed, our online resources are available 24/7. If you would like to read a title we only have in print, your local public library may have an online version or be open for circulating print copies. You can also get online books for free through the Open Libraries project of the Internet Archive. You can also purchase them (used or new) through black-owned booksellers such as Semicolon Bookstore, Source Booksellers, or Brain Lair Books; through local Kalamazoo bookstores This Is a Bookstore, Michigan News Agency, or Kazoo Books; and via other online retailers such as AbeBooks, alibris, Better World Books, or Powell’s Books.

We have several titles recommended by ERACCE (Eliminating Racism and Creating/Celebrating Equity) both online and in print.

Further, Medium.com recently published a Detailed List of Anti-Racism Resources that includes books, movies, articles, and more.

Also check out these titles:

Ebooks

Print Books

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.

The library building is closed, but we are still here here to help!

Library Resources and Services for Learning and Teaching Online

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Many of our resources are available to you online anytime, anywhere you have internet access.

Librarians are working remotely and are here for you!

Find the Library Online!

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The Kalamazoo College Library has thousands of eBooks, streaming films, and online journals in our collection! From the Library Home Page, just click the Online Resources tab in the purple box and search for your terms. You’ll get eBooks, streaming video, articles, and more!

You can also search the National Emergency Library and check out eBook titles for free. The Internet Archive opened this collection of eBooks to support emergency remote teaching, research activities, independent scholarship, and intellectual stimulation while schools and libraries are closed.

Don’t forget you can also use the Kalamazoo Public Library’s online materials! Don’t have a KPL card? You can register for a temporary electronic card to use their online resources (books, movies, music, magazines, etc). Students can use their Hicks Center mailbox as their mailing address for a card. Kalamazoo College faculty and staff can use their office mailing address. https://www.kpl.gov/category/patron-support/become-a-patron/sign-up/

Starting Your Research? We’re 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.

The library building is closed, but we are still here here to help!

Video: Meet the Reading Together Author

Image of book cover for We Are the Weather by Jonathan Safran Foer

If you were unable to attend Jonathan Safran Foer’s presentation on the 2020 Reading Together book, We Are the Weather, you’re in luck! You can watch his presentation online!

In We Are the Weather, Jonathan Safran Foer explores the central global dilemma of our time: saving the planet. We have, he reveals, turned our planet into a farm for growing animal products, and the consequences are catastrophic. Only collective action will save our home and way of life. And it all starts with what we eat—and don’t eat—for breakfast.

The purpose of Reading Together is to build a stronger community with deeper connections through the common experience of reading the same book and exploring its themes together. Very simply, when we read together, we grow together.