Virtual Book Displays

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!

LGBTQ+ Collections at the Library of Congress

Did you know that the Library of Congress has LGBTQ+ Digital Collections?

The LGBTQ+ Studies Web Archive collects and preserves online content which documents LGBTQ+ history, scholarship, and culture in the United States and around the world.

The LGBTQ+ Politics and Political Candidates Web Archive captures digital content related to LBGTQ+ political candidates and political issues and topics at various levels of government, with a focus on lesser-known local and state politics.

Two related collections have also launched: The Women’s and Gender Studies Web Archive and the Zine Web Archive

These collections are added to daily.

Library Hours for Spring 2022 Finals and Summer Break

Library Finals Hours, Spring Term 2022

Sunday, June 5: 11am – 10pm;
Monday, June 6: 8am – 10pm;
Tuesday, June 7: 8am – 10pm.

Library Summer Break Hours

Wednesday, June 8 – Sunday, June 12
Wednesday – Friday: 9am – 4pm
Saturday – Sunday: CLOSED

Monday, June 13 – Thursday, September 1
Monday – Thursday: 9am – 4pm
Friday: 9am – 2pm
Saturday – Sunday: CLOSED

CLOSED Independence Day, July 4
CLOSED Labor Day, September 5

K Library Becomes a Member of Open Book Publishers

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Kalamazoo College Library is supporting open access and open publishing by becoming a member of Open Book Publishers (OBP). OBP publishes print books in hardback and paperback, but also makes every published title available for free in PDF, HTML, and XML formats. These free online formats can be read on the Web, or downloaded and reused elsewhere. They can also accommodate interactivity, moving images, links, and sound into the fabric of the text. 

For authors, OBP provides permanent, free access to their books with no Open Access fees or book processing charges. Most books are published under the Creative Commons BY Open Access License, meaning users can freely copy, share, and redistribute material as well as remix, adapt, and build upon it for any use, even commercially. Faculty interested in publishing with OBP can get information on their website.

OBP is a not-for-profit and the largest independent open access academic publisher in the UK. Kalamazoo College Library is excited to be one of the 238 members of OBP!

Current Kalamazoo College students, faculty, and staff can access OBP materials through our catalog.

Library Display: Black Joy

The Library’s June book display centers on Black Joy. Check out our books in person in the library lobby, or online through this link:

Black Joy

Readings include works by Maya Angelou, Ralph Ellison, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and more, including anthologies of works by African American authors.

Learn About the Library on Our Stream Channel

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Did you know the Kalamazoo College Library has a Stream channel? The short videos on this channel can help you become more familiar with our resources and databases.

See how librarians at K are using Teams to support your research with Research Rescue, learn strategies to find primary sources, and delve into searching with Library OneSearch and several popular databases.

Have a suggestion for a video? Email us at!

AntiRacism Reading Knook May 2022 Discussion

AntiRacism Reading Knook

ARRK May 2022 Discussion with Anne Dueweke

Please join Anne Dueweke for a discussion of her book Reckoning: Kalamazoo College Uncovers its Racial and Colonial Past on Tuesday, May 17 from 4:10 – 5 p.m. in the ARRK Teams Meeting Space. In preparation for discussion, please read Chapter Five: “There Is No Innocence.” You can access the eBook chapter through this post or through the ARRK Meeting Space.

For further details on the AntiRacism Reading Knook, 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.