Winter Exam and Spring Break Hours

Photo of five people fist bumping over computers

Good luck on exams — you can do this!

Library hours for winter exam week are:

Sunday, March 17: 9am – 2am
Monday, March 18: 8am – 2am
Tuesday, March 19: 8am – 10pm

Spring break hours begin Wednesday, March 20:

Monday – Friday: 8am – 5pm
Saturday – Sunday CLOSED

Regular hours begin Monday, April 1, 2019.

10th Week De-Stress in the Library!

Example of Color Our Collections coloring page

Looking for a way to de-stress? Come to the Library this week and have some fun! Give yourself a study break and color or play with clay in the library lobby. We’ll have tables set up in the lobby all week.

Therapy dogs will be here on Thursday, March 14 from 3:00pm – 4:30pm!

You can also use these free coloring books from libraries and museums around the world! In the 2019 #ColorOurCollections project, 113 cultural institutions worldwide participated, sharing free printable coloring pages based on their acquisitions.

We hope to see you!

Therapy Dogs in the Library 10th Week!

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, March 14th from 3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. De-stress a bit with a canine companion before finals week kicks in.

Date: Thursday, March 14th, 2019
Time: 3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Location: Upjohn Library Commons Lobby
1200 Academy St., Kalamazoo, MI 49006

Contact: Stacy Nowicki:

Dorothea Lange’s Censored Photographs of FDR’s Japanese Concentration Camps

A Dorothea Lange photograph of a Japanese family relocated in 1942

Today in 1942, President Franklin Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, authorizing the internment of nearly 75,000 American citizens of Japanese ancestry. 

In 1942, the U.S. government hired Dorothea Lange, known for her FSA photographs like Migrant Mother, to make a photographic record of the “evacuation” and “relocation” of Japanese-Americans. She was opposed to the relocation but took the commission because she believed “a true record of the evacuation would be valuable in the future.”

The military seized her photographs, depositing them in the National Archives, where they remained mostly unseen and unpublished until 2006.

Check out this website by Anchor Editions, where you can see some of Lange’s photos from the National Archives, including the captions she wrote and quotes from people who were imprisoned in the camps.

Missing Stapler: Baby J

Photo of library staplers

One of our beloved staplers, Baby J, is missing. Do you know where she is? Can you help her find her way home? She may be running out of staples and we need to replenish her supply. Her friends miss her, and we’re one stapler short in the Learning Commons!

New Play Exchange

New Play Exchange graphic

Do you know about NPX (New Play Exchange)? As a member of the Kalamazoo College community, you can search the NPX database for plays, people, and organizations.

The New Play Exchange, a National New Play Network project, is the world’s largest digital library of scripts by living writers. The New Play Exchange provides an open platform on which writers all over the world can share their work and others can discover that work.

K Library Signs Position Statement on Controlled Digital Lending

Logo of Internet Archive

The Kalamazoo College Library signed on to a position statement by the Internet Archive supporting Controlled Digital Lending (CDL).

CDL would allow libraries to loan digital versions of print books to patrons. Through CDL, libraries use technical controls to ensure the library circulates the exact number of copies of a specific title it owns, regardless of format, putting controls in place to prevent users from redistributing or copying the digitized version.

Many library patrons look to digital access first, which means that a whole world of research is effectively inaccessible in a meaningful way. Some users are unable to travel to a library because of their remote physical location, economic issues, or homebound limitations.  For others, physical access is inefficient for research and learning. Many users with print disabilities are currently required to self-identify disabilities and request special access to digital copies.

We believe CDL would be a step forward in using available technology to make access to materials more convenient, and in some cases, possible.