Library COVID Reminders

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The Library is here for you this Fall Term! 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.

Masks are required in all areas of the building, including study rooms. You may unmask in the Book Club if you are eating or drinking.

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.

Wash Up

Wash your hands!

Please use hand sanitizer and disinfect surfaces.

Kalamazoo Public Library Mobile Library Visit

The Kalamazoo Public Library’s mobile library will be visiting campus on Friday, October 29th from 11am-1pm. All students, staff, and faculty are invited to sign up for public library cards! Bring your K ID and know your Hicks Center mailing address or office address. The mobile library will be parked on Campus Drive, in front of Hoben Hall.

Your Kalamazoo Public Library card can be used to check out materials from any of the five KPL locations, as well as from their digital collection of ebooks and audiobooks. Your KPL card will also give you access to their online services, including LinkedIn Learning.

New Database: Open Society Justice Initiative

Check out Kalamazoo College Library’s newest database, Open Society Justice Initiative. This is the fourth  database added to the HeinOnline Social Justice Suite, which also includes Slavery in America and the World and Civil Rights and Social Justice.

Learn more about the Open Society Justice Initiative Database here!

About Open Society Justice Initiative

The Open Society Justice Initiative, part of the Open Society Foundations, was established in 2003 to provide expert legal support for Open Society’s broader mission and values through strategic human rights litigation and other legal work. The Justice Initiative publishes reports, handbooks, briefing papers, legal and policy submissions, and fact sheets exploring and advocating on issues of human rights and justice. Beyond its publications, the Justice Initiative represents individuals before domestic and international human rights tribunals. Its advocacy work targets national and regional policymakers and governments to advance human rights and the rule of law, and it supports local, national, and international efforts to expand access to justice.

AntiRacism Reading Knook October 2021 Discussion

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ARRK October 2021 Discussion with Katrina Frank

Please join Katrina Frank on Tuesday, October 19 from 4:10 – 5 p.m. for the “Speak Up, Show Up” discussion on acting outwardly as a an ally. In this discussion, participants will watch and analyze short video clips that show examples of microaggressions, prejudice, and oppression. Participants will also discuss and practice how they can speak up for others in a time of need. See the ARRK Teams Meeting Space for two short videos (less than five minutes to watch both videos).

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.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and the Library has (virtually) gathered titles to help people who want to learn more about domestic violence survivorship. Check out our Virtual Book Display on Domestic Violence Survivors for some of our library’s resources and the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence for more on Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Need more information? Reference Librarians are here to help you! Email reference@kzoo.edu or make an appointment.

SIP Research Workshops

Students! Join your friendly Reference Librarians for a 30 minute workshop to help you get started (or finished!) with your SIP research work.

Second Week: Join the meeting in Teams
Tuesday, Sept 21st at 7 p.m.

Fourth Week: Join the Meeting in Teams
Wednesday, Oct 6th at 7 p.m.

Librarians are also available for individual consultations via Microsoft Teams. Make an Appointment or email us at reference@kzoo.edu!

Want to know more about using your library? Check out our helpful videos on Microsoft Stream!

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.