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 reference@kzoo.edu!

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.

Free eBooks on the Internet Archive

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The Internet Archive makes many titles available as eBooks for free through the Open Library!

All you need to do to access a digital copy is create an Internet Archive account with any email address and password. This will give you access to digital titles for two weeks.

You can borrow ten books at a time from Open Library. Loans are for one hour for browsing and/or 14 days if the book is fully borrowable. When loans expire the books will be disabled on your device. Any book that you can borrow from Open Library is also available in audio form. Click the “listen” button next to the “borrow” button. Learn moe at the Open Library FAQ.

Library Food and Farming Justice Display

The Library’s May display is on Food and Farming Justice. Check out our selection of books in person in the library lobby, or online at this link:

Food and Farming Justice

Our online display also includes links to videos and ebooks.

What is food and farming justice? Food justice studies the influence of race and class on the production, distribution, and consumption of food. This includes farm labor work, issues of status and class, and environmental justice.

Check out our Food and Farming Justice Research Guide for resources and information on practical farming skills, food justice, Kalamazoo community organizations, and food and farming justice at K.

Our Research Toolkit Is Here For You

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Not sure where to start your research? Try our Research Toolkit!

Become a more confident researcher with our tips on preparation, finding resources, evaluating information, and citations.

Librarians are available for individual consultations via Microsoft Teams or in person. 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!

Free Michigan eBooks on ReadMichigan.org

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ReadMichigan.org is a free collection of eBooks about Michigan and the Great Lakes region. This unique collection is a cooperative effort between Library of Michigan and the presses of University of MichiganMichigan State University, and Wayne State University and is available to all residents of Michigan.

The collection includes winners of the prestigious Michigan Notable Books award as well as other important books published by Michigan presses and authors. Residents and visitors to the state of Michigan can access these eBooks (with no wait lists or holds) via geolocation at any time at www.ReadMichigan.orgMichigan Humanities has provided important financial support and is also a founding partner of the project. Read the complete press release at https://www.michigan.gov/libraryofmichigan/0,9327,7-381-88857_20585-576165–,00.html.

SIP Research Workshops

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

Fifth Week:
Join the meeting in Teams
Tuesday, April 26th at 7 p.m.

Fifth Week:
Join the Meeting in Teams
Wednesday, April 27th at 7 p.m.

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

Want to know more about how we can help? Check out our Library Guide to SIP Research!

AntiRacism Reading Knook April 2022 Discussion

AntiRacism Reading Knook

ARRK April 2022 Discussion with Lisa Murphy and Robin Rank

Please join Lisa Murphy and Robin Rank today, Tuesday, April 19th from 4:10 – 5 p.m in the ARRK Teams Meeting Space. Lisa and Robin will be leading the April ARRK discussion of blackface, both K’s past and in the present-day form of digital blackface. In preparation for the discussion, please consider viewing the College archive collection “Minstrel Shows, Vaudeville, and Other Blackface Performances” and read Dr. Lauren Michele Jackson’s essay for Teen Vogue, “We Need to Talk About Digital Blackface in Reaction GIFs” that popularized the usage of the term.

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.

The Life of William Morris: Rare Book Room Spring 2022 Exhibit

Rare Book Room poster Spring 2022 featuring William Morris

The A.M. Todd Rare Book Room at the Kalamazoo College Library is hosting an exhibit curated by by Indigo Corvidae ’24 and Meaghan Kelly ’23. The exhibit features items from the life and works of William Morris, a British textile designer, poet, artist, novelist, architectural conservationist, printer, translator, and socialist activist associated with the British Arts and Crafts Movement.

Come check it out in Room 326!

Date: March 29 – June 3, 2022

Day/Time: Tuesday: 10 a.m.-12 p.m., Friday: 1 p.m.-4p.m., other times by appointment

The rare book collection contributes to the educational program of the college by introducing students to unique primary source materials in the context of their academic course work and through regularly scheduled public exhibitions.

Questions? Contact rarebookroom@kzoo.edu.

Interlibrary Loan – Express Service!

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OCLC Express Digital Lending

The Kalamazoo College Library has been selected to join to OCLC’s Express Interlibrary Loan program! Due to our ILL staff’s exceptional work, we meet Express standards for consistently and quickly delivering articles and other digital resources. This puts us in the top 10% for OCLC Interlibrary Loan! What does this mean for you? Kalamazoo College users will benefit from the speedy delivery of other libraries reciprocating this same high level of service. 

Who can take advantage of ILL services?

All Kalamazoo College students, staff, and faculty have access to millions (that’s right, millions) of articles and will receive the fastest interlibrary loan service available. For more information about ILL at the Library, visit the Interlibrary Loan page or contact ill@kzoo.edu for assistance.

How???

To place a request – sign into your ILL account or click the “Request via Interlibrary Loan” icons when using resources like Library OneSearch or our Databases