The Library is Open! Mid-Summer Hours and Services

The Library building is now open! Our services continue in July and August.

Mid-Summer: July 6 through August 15

Hours

Monday – Thursday: 10am – 2pm
Friday – Sunday: CLOSED

Services

  • Requested books from the Kalamazoo College Library will be available for pick up during Library open hours on the cart next to the Reference Desk. You can also locate materials yourself and check them out at the Circulation Desk!
  • MeLCat & Interlibrary Loan services will be available.
  • Reference librarians will be available virtually​ and in person by appointment.
  • Book returns will be accepted in the outside book drop on the Academy Street side of the building and at the Circulation Desk.
  • Archives and Rare Book Room will be available for walk-ins and by appointment.

Late Summer: August 16 through September 10

Hours

Monday – Friday: 9am – 4pm
Saturday – Sunday: CLOSED

Services

  • Requested books from the Kalamazoo College Library will be available for pick up during Library open hours on the cart next to the Reference Desk. You can also locate materials yourself and check them out at the Circulation Desk!
  • MeLCat & Interlibrary Loan services will be available.
  • Reference librarians will be available virtually​ and in person by appointment.
  • Book returns will be accepted in the outside book drop on the Academy Street side of the building and at the Circulation Desk.
  • Archives and Rare Book Room will be available for walk-ins and by appointment.

The Library will be closed Monday, September 6 for the Labor Day holiday.


Other Services

Other services in the building (Writing Center, ESL Help, Center for New Media DesignMedia Services, Help Desk, etc.) have other hours and service changes. Please check their websites for details.

Document Your Pandemic Experience for the Archives

Many libraries and archives are asking people to document their experiences during the pandemic, and the Kalamazoo College Archives wants your stories!

The Kalamazoo College Archives invites students, faculty, and staff) to document their personal experiences during the COVID-19 crisis. Daily life under a global pandemic will be an important research topic in the future and the College Archives seeks to preserve these stories.

You can submit your experiences in a variety of ways: write a journal, submit photos or artwork, write poetry, or make videos. We want to know about topics like:

  • The shift to distance learning
  • Displacement from residence halls or off-campus housing
  • Working your campus job remotely
  • Staying in touch with friends and family
  • The international student experience
  • Student organization activities
  • Social distancing
  • Self-quarantine
  • Changes in leisure activities, celebrations, religious events

Visit the Kalamazoo College Archives for more information about format and content. We want to hear from you!

AntiRacism Reading Knook Discussion Event – June 2021

AntiRacism Reading Knook

ARRK June 2021 Discussion with Elizabeth Manwell

Please join Elizabeth Manwell on Tuesday, June 15th from 4 – 5 p.m. in sharing and discussing books, movies, podcasts, music, and more centering Black Joy. The discussion will start with a chapter from Samantha Irby’s We are Never Meeting in Real Life, “The Real Housewives of Kalamazoo” and the first episode of Issa Rae’s web series The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl. A PDF of Irby’s chapter as well as a collaborative spreadsheet for participants to share their recommendations can be found on the ARRK Teams Meeting Space.

For further details such as this month’s chapter of focus, time, and where to join the discussion, see the ARRK (AntiRacism Reading KnooK) – June 2021 Discussion post 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.

Summer Break Library Hours and Services

The Library is here for you this summer! Our services continue as we take a break in June and reopen in July.

Early Summer: June 9 through July 5

Hours

The building will be CLOSED June 9 through July 5.

Services

  • Requested books from the Kalamazoo College Library will be available for pick up Monday through Thursday from 10am-2pm at the receiving doors on the Academy Street side of the library building.
  • MeLCat & Interlibrary Loan services will be available.
  • Reference librarians will be available virtually​ and in person by appointment.
  • Book returns will be accepted in the outside book drop on the Academy Street side of the building.
  • Archives and Rare Book Room will be available by appointment.

The Library will be closed Monday, July 5 for the Independence Day holiday.


Mid-Summer: July 6 through August 15

Hours

Monday – Thursday: 10am – 2pm
Friday – Sunday: CLOSED

Services

  • Requested books from the Kalamazoo College Library will be available for pick up during Library open hours on the cart next to the Reference Desk. You can also locate materials yourself and check them out at the Circulation Desk!
  • MeLCat & Interlibrary Loan services will be available.
  • Reference librarians will be available virtually​ and in person by appointment.
  • Book returns will be accepted in the outside book drop on the Academy Street side of the building and at the Circulation Desk.
  • Archives and Rare Book Room will be available for walk-ins and by appointment.

Late Summer: August 16 through September 10

Hours

Monday – Friday: 9am – 4pm
Saturday – Sunday: CLOSED

Services

  • Requested books from the Kalamazoo College Library will be available for pick up during Library open hours on the cart next to the Reference Desk. You can also locate materials yourself and check them out at the Circulation Desk!
  • MeLCat & Interlibrary Loan services will be available.
  • Reference librarians will be available virtually​ and in person by appointment.
  • Book returns will be accepted in the outside book drop on the Academy Street side of the building and at the Circulation Desk.
  • Archives and Rare Book Room will be available for walk-ins and by appointment.

The Library will be closed Monday, September 6 for the Labor Day holiday.


Other Services

Other services in the building (Writing Center, ESL Help, Center for New Media DesignMedia Services, Help Desk, etc.) have other hours and service changes. Please check their websites for details.

Library Finals Hours

The Library’s hours for Spring Quarter Finals are:

Sunday, June 6: 1 p.m. – 9 p.m.;
Monday, June 7: 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.;
Tuesday, June 8: 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Good luck – you’ll do great!

OneSearch/MeLCat Unavailable and Library CLOSED Memorial Weekend

OneSearch and MeLCat Unavailable 5/29-5/30

Both Library OneSearch and MeLCat will be unavailable between 9pm on Saturday, May 29 and 9pm on Sunday, May 30 due to vendor maintenance.

If you need to use Library databases, you can still access them through our A-Z Databases page.

The Upjohn Library Commons building will be CLOSED:

Saturday, May 29
Sunday, May 30
Monday, May 31 (Memorial Day)

We will reopen at 9am on Tuesday, June 1. Enjoy the weekend!

Need Research Help? We are Here for You!

Woman working at a laptop with books

Librarians can help your with your research — wherever you are in the world!

You can sign up for a one-on-one appointment with a Librarian through Research Rescue. We have Librarians available in the evenings and weekends, Michigan time. Just click on Research Rescue to see what times and days are available. We can talk with you via email, or in real time with Teams or Zoom. Just let us know what works for you!

You can also ask us questions through this online form, or email reference@kzoo.edu.

Check out our videos on Microsoft Stream! They cover everything from databases to primary sources and how to use ebooks.

AntiRacism Reading Knook Discussion Event – May 2021

AntiRacism Reading Knook

ARRK May 2021 Discussion with Brittany Liu

Please join Brittany Liu on Tuesday, May 18th from 4 – 5 p.m. for a discussion of Michelle Alexander’s book The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

For further details such as this month’s chapter of focus, time, and where to join the discussion, see the ARRK (AntiRacism Reading KnooK) – May 2021 Discussion post 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.

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month! Check out some resources highlighting AAPI heritage:

SIP Research Workshops

Toy dinosaurs on books

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

Seventh Week: Join the meeting in Teams
Tuesday, May 11th at 7 p.m.

Eighth Week: Join the Meeting in Teams
Wednesday, May 19th at 7 p.m.

Librarians are also available for individual consultations via Microsoft Teams or Zoom. 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!