May is National Chamber Music Month: Use Naxos!

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May is National Chamber Music Month. What better way to celebrate than to listen to chamber music through the library’ subscription to Naxos Music Library?

Naxos Music Library is a streaming music service of predominantly classical music. ** Please log out of Naxos Music Library when you are finished –
Our subscription is limited to ten concurrent users. **

What are you listening to this month?

Interactive Exhibit: Before the Touchscreen

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Inspired by the 2019 Edward Moritz Lecture in History, Upjohn Library presents an interactive exhibit featuring typewriters and a printing press! Drop by and try your hand at these printing tools.

Upjohn Library Lobby
Wednesday May 1: 10:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m.
Thursday May 2: 11 a.m. -1 p.m.

Dewing Lobby (before the Moritz Lecture)
Thursday, May 2: 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Alan Lomax’s Music Archive Now Online

Alan Lomax performing.

Songs and interviews by the folklorist Alan Lomax are now online for free! Open Culture highlighted this treasure trove of music earlier this month. The recordings were made available by the Association for Cultural Equity, a nonprofit organization founded by Lomax in the 1980s.

Lomax recorded traditional African American songs and stories, as well as pieces from other cultures of America, the Caribbean, Europe and Asia. Musicians, anthropologists, sociologists, historians, and so many more people will be interested in this archive.

Search the Archive yourself!

Fancy New Microform Reader Now Available

microform reader

The Library has a new microfilm and microfiche reader, available to use in the Technical Services Suite on the second floor (Room 205).

This machine will allow you to make a PDF of your microfilm or fiche and send it to yourself! No printing necessary!

If you’d like to use the microform reader, email to make an appointment for a time between 8am and 5pm, Monday through Friday.

Easter Weekend Hours

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The Library’s hours change for Easter weekend:

Friday, April 19: 8am – 5pm
Saturday, April 20: Noon – 5pm
Sunday, April 21: 3pm – 2am

Regular hours resume Monday, April 22.

Thank You Student Workers!

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Kalamazoo College is celebrating Student Worker Appreciation Week! We cannot do what we do without our super duper student workers.

In the Library, student workers:

  • check materials in and out
  • answer research questions for other students
  • retrieve all our mail (we get a lot!)
  • check in periodicals and newspapers
  • get books ready to shelve
  • process archives materials
  • re-shelve materials that come back from being checked out
  • process MeLCat requests coming to our patrons and going out to other libraries, and
  • help keep the building open 114 hours per week!

We couldn’t work without you, students! Thank you!

Welcome Back!

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Welcome back! The Library’s Spring Term hours are:

April 1 – June 8, 2019:

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.

MeLCat Maintenance March 27

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The MeLCat central server ( is scheduled for a software upgrade on Wednesday, March 27, beginning at 7:00am. We expect the server to be down for several hours. While the catalog may re-appear and be searchable, placing requests and other functionality as outlined below may work until the server is fully restored.

What This Means for You

1. You will NOT be able to place new MeLCat requests or directly search MeLCat ( Keyword searching will be available via MeL Discovery at, but MeLCat requests cannot be made, and the item status may not be current.

2. Users attempting to renew their MeLCat items may get a “server unavailable” message.

3. Though the MyMeLCat link will not work, you can use this alternative link to access your patron record and review your MeLCat requests:

If you have questions, please contact us at