Winter Break Hours 2022-2023

The Library is open during Winter Break until December 22. Have a great break!

November 28 – December 22, 2022
Monday – Friday: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Saturday – Sunday: CLOSED

Friday, December 16
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

December 23, 2022 – January 2, 2023: CLOSED

Tuesday, January 3, 2023
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Winter Term hours begin Wednesday, January 4, 2023.

Fall 2022 Finals and Thanksgiving Break Hours

The Library has modified hours for fall finals and Thanksgiving break.

Fall Finals Hours

Sunday, 11/20: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.;
Monday, 11/21: 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.;
Tuesday, 11/22: 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Good luck – you’ll do great!!

Thanksgiving Break Hours

Wednesday, 11/23: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Thursday 11/24 – Sunday 11/27: CLOSED

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 17 from 3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. De-stress a bit with a canine companion before finals week kicks in.

Date: Thursday, November 17, 2022
Time: 3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Location: Upjohn Library Commons Lobby

AntiRacism Reading Knook Nov 2022 Discussion

AntiRacism Reading Knook

ARRK October 2022 Discussion

Join us today, Tuesday, November 15th in the ARRK Meeting Space at 4:10 ET to discuss Chapter Two: Dissenters and Heretics (44 pages total), of Reckoning: Kalamazoo College Uncovers Its Racial and Colonial Past by Anne Dueweke. If you are unable to attend the discussion, please feel free to post your thoughts on the chapter in 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.

Relax at the Library’s De-Stress Nook

The Library is a great place to study, but you can also unwind here! Check out our De-Stress Nook on the first floor in the Learning Commons (behind the lobby display case). This is a great place to work on a puzzle, play a game, color, or just relax with friends.

What other activities or relaxing things to do would you like to see at the De-Stress Nook? Email us at and let us know!

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November is Native American Heritage Month

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November is National American Indian Heritage Month. National institutions such as the Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution, and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join together in November to pay tribute to the rich ancestry and traditions of Native Americans.

Check out the Kalamazoo College Library online book display of Native American Heritage Resources. The National Museum of the American Indian also has online exhibits and collections for you to browse!

Blanket image by Navajo artist, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons.

Ghosts Haunt Kalamazoo College Library

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Did you know the Kalamazoo College Library is haunted? It’s true!

Little ghosts have been lurking in the stacks for the past few days — come on down to the Library and see if you can find one! (If you can, take them home!)

Happy Halloween!

Open Access Week is October 24-30

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This week the Library celebrates International Open Access Week! Open access is the free, online availability of research plus the rights to use the research in an open environment. At Kalamazoo College Library, we advocate for open educational resources (OERs), online classroom and study materials that can be used, adapted, and redistributed by others with few or no restrictions. This reduces textbook costs for students and promotes equity in our educational environment.

Faculty can learn more about OERs and even earn a stipend for reviewing one by attending an OER workshop on November 1 or November 9, 2022.