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.

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

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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.

Document Your Experience for the Archives

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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!