Check Out a Portable Power Station!

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Did you know that the library has portable power stations for you to check out? These batteries allow you to plug in and sit in places that don’t have a convenient power source.

Take one to class, to the quad, to your favorite quiet spot in the library! Charge up and stop worrying about plugging in.

Ask for the portable power station at the Library Circulation Desk. They circulate for four hours, and will help you POWER THROUGH Winter Quarter!

Goodbye Daily Library Fines!

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On January 1, 2020, the Kalamazoo College Library ended fines on overdue materials for students!

Overdue fines have been justified as a motivation for borrowers to return materials on time. Yet research shows that people unable to pay fines stop using the library.

What does this mean for Kalamazoo College students, staff, and faculty?

  • No more daily fines for overdue materials owned by Kalamazoo College Library!
  • You will continue to receive reminders to return overdue materials
  • You are still responsible for returning materials on time
  • You are still responsible for paying for any lost or damaged materials

What library materials still accrue fines?

  • Course Reserves, Power Banks, and other materials with limited time checkouts will still accrue fines at $1.00 per hour. Recalled materials accrue fines at 25 cents per day.
  • Interlibrary Loan materials will continue to accrue overdue fines and fees
  • Media Services, the Center for New Media Design, and other departments may still charge overdue fines for their materials, as determined by individual departments

What happens when Library items are overdue?

  • If materials are lost, damaged, or 45 days overdue, you will be billed a $45 replacement cost per item, plus a $15 processing fee
  • Charges for lost or damaged materials are sent to the Business Office monthly. The Business Office bills student accounts for the replacement charges
  • If library items are returned after a student account is billed, students need to speak with the circulation supervisor in order for a credit to be issued

For more information about our circulation policies, check out the section of our web page on Overdue and Lost Items.

Welcome Back!

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Welcome back, students! Ready to get to work? We are here to help!

The Library’s Winter Term hours are:

January 6 – March 14, 2020:

Mon– Thurs: 8 a.m – 2 a.m.;
Fri: 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.;
Sat: 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.;
Sun: 11 a.m. – 2 a.m.

Winter Break Hours

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Library hours for winter break are:

December 2-20:
Mon. – Fri.: 8:00am – 5:00pm
Sat. – Sun.: CLOSED

December 21, 2019 – January 1, 2020: CLOSED

January 2-5:
Mon. – Fri.: 8:00am – 5:00pm
Sat. – Sun.: CLOSED

Academic Term Hours Resume January 6, 2020

Thanksgiving Break Hours

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Congrats on finishing up those finals! The library hours for break are:

Wednesday, 11/27: 8 am – 3 pm;

Thursday, 11/28 – Sunday, 12/1: CLOSED.

Winter break hours start on Monday, December 2.

Fall Finals hours

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The Library has modified hours for Fall Finals:

Sunday, 11/24: 9 a.m. – 2 a.m.;
Monday, 11/25: 8 a.m. – 2 a.m.;
Tuesday, 11/26: 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Good luck – you’ll do great!!

Therapy Dogs in the Library 10th Week!

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Relax and relieve some stress by spending a few minutes petting a furry animal friend! Therapy dogs will visit campus in the Kalamazoo College Library lobby on Thursday, November 21 from 3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. De-stress a bit with a canine companion before finals week kicks in.

Date: Thursday, November 21, 2019
Time: 3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Location: Upjohn Library Commons Lobby

Kalamazoo Public Library 2020 Reading Together Title: We Are the Weather: Saving the Planet Begins with Breakfast by Jonathan Safran Foer

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Need some winter break reading? Try the 2020 Reading Together title!

Kalamazoo Public Library’s 2020 Reading Together title is We Are the Weather: Saving the Planet Begins with Breakfast by Jonathan Safran Foer. Foer will speak about his book on Tuesday, March 10 at Chenery Auditorium. This event is free and open to the public.

In We Are the Weather, Jonathan Safran Foer explores the central global dilemma of our time in a surprising, deeply personal, and urgent new way. The task of saving the planet will involve a great reckoning with ourselves—with our all-too-human reluctance to sacrifice immediate comfort for the sake of the future. 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.

You can get We Are the Weather on our shelves, or through the Kalamazoo Public Library or MeLCat if the K College Library copy is checked out.

About Reading Together

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. When we do that, we engage and learn, not only about ourselves, but more importantly about each other and the world around us.

By experiencing the same book, hearing the author of that work speak right here in Kalamazoo, and examining the book’s themes through a local lens, we are able to embrace our similarities and differences from a common point of reference.

Very simply, when we read together, we grow together.