Library Hours Over Thanksgiving & The ILL book request deadline

While the Library building will remain open during the Thanksgiving holiday, the Service Desk will have reduced hours.


Governor LeRoy Collins pardoning the Thanksgiving turkey in Tallahassee, Florida. 1957. State Library and Archives of Florida.

The Service Desk will close at 11:00pm on Tuesday, November 24th. Please plan in advance if you’d like to borrow reserves, DVDs, equipment, or pick up holds or ILLs before break!

The Service Desk, Reserve/AV Room, and Plan Room will reopen at 6:30pm on Sunday, November 29th. Regular hours will resume at that time.

The last day to request books or A/V materials via Interlibrary Loan this semester is Tuesday, December 1st. (You can keep requesting articles.)

Remember that even when you’re away from the library, you still have access to over 125,000 academic ebooks, 40,000 online journals, and dozens of research databases. When you use library resources off campus, if you’re prompted to log in, just use your Marlboro username and password.

Have a wonderful break!

Trip to the UMass Amherst Libraries this Sunday!

This Sunday, November 22nd, the Library is sponsoring the second van trip of the semester to the UMass Amherst Libraries. Space is limited! Sign up on the sheet at the Library Research Bar.

The van will leave the Dining Hall at 11:30am and return by 5:30pm.

While at UMass, you can search their hundreds of databases and download or scan articles from their extensive journal holdings (e-journal list; library catalog). If you are a Massachusetts resident, you can get a library card and borrow books; if not, you can jot down any book titles that look useful and request them via Marlboro’s Interlibrary Loan service.

And the Winners Are!

Many thanks to everyone who nominated items for the library to buy this year with the David Pierce Fund. His family has generously established a fund in his memory to support the purchase of fun, not necessarily academic, materials for the library each year. This year, we were able to purchase all of the items that were suggested or they had already been purchased (yay!), and the winners are:

Pierce Fund Purchases:
Language of Flowers by Kate Greenaway
The Legend of Korra Book 3 (DVD) [we have Books 1 & 2 in the AV Room]
Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee
The Martian by Andy Weir
The Fighter (DVD)
Wicked and Weird: the Amazing Tales of Buck 65 by Rich Terfey

On Their Way:
Welcome to Night Vale: A Novel by Joseph Fink
All The Wrong Questions: Quadrilogy by Lemony Snicket (all four book in the series)

Currently Available:
Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth by Christopher Ware

These items will arrive at the library over the next few weeks; look for them to be on display as they come in.

Thank you to everyone who participated in this year’s selection process! This tradition is a lovely tribute to David’s memory. I hope that everyone enjoys these great new additions to the collection.

Help Us Select Items for the David Pierce Fund

David Pierce, a Marlboro College student whose tragic death in 2003 deeply impacted our community, is remembered each October. Many on campus still have fond memories of David, and a bench and apple tree outside of the Library commemorate his life and time at Marlboro. Additionally, David’s family established a fund for the Library to purchase items that are not necessarily for academic purposes, but rather for fun. Think graphic novels, current popular fiction, movies, TV series, etc. Each year, the Library buys a few more items using the fund established in his memory.

This year, we are asking for your help in choosing what to buy!

Between now and midnight on Monday, 10/5, email (or call, or stop by, or comment below…) with the titles of any movies, books, graphic novels, or other items you’d like the Library to add. Remember: fun, not work (though the two aren’t always mutually exclusive!).

We’ll make a list of all your suggestions, then put them to a vote. Students will be emailed a link to a survey; voting will be open through the end of the day on Wednesday, October 7th. When voting is over, we’ll rank the selections, start buying with the top vote-getter, and continue down the list as far as we can.

In the meantime, stop by the Library to see some of the items that have been bought with David’s fund in past years. They’re currently on display on the ground floor, across from the Service Desk.

Beth Ruane
Library Director

Celebrate Constitution Day!

united states constitutionEach year on September 17th, we celebrate Constitution Day to commemorate the signing of the Constitution on September 17, 1787. Among the many freedoms the Constitution guarantees, we’re partial to the First Amendment, which protects the freedom of expression and religion, as well as other important rights. Libraries are strong advocates of the principle of the freedom to read, supporting the concept that a vital democratic society depends on unfettered access to ideas.

Please join us on this September 17th (today!) at 2:30pm in Apple Tree for our Constitution Day event, “What Does It Take To Be an American.” Come hear the Speech Matters students give Mrs. Anne Hutchinson, a midwife and a schismatic, a second chance to make her case before the highest authority in the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Instead of defending herself with creative interpretations of the Bible, as she had to do in 1637, in this rendition of the famous trial, the defendant will have access to the U.S. Constitution. Will she have better luck this time?

Huzzah! It’s That Time of Year Again!

Welcome, new students, staff, and faculty, and welcome back, to those returning! We’re so excited to see the campus teeming with life once again! We’ll open for the Fall semester on Sunday, August 30th at 12:30pm and look forward to seeing new students with their peer adviser groups on Sunday from 1-3 pm.


Hervidor, the Library Tea Kettle

You probably know that once the library opens for the semester, we’re open 24/7 until after the Fall Finals period. You can come in, study, socialize, borrow/return books, work/print/scan/copy in the computer lab, have a cup of tea, or do whatever else you wish (subject to the College Handbook and the Library Honor Code, of course) whenever it tickles your fancy.

There are certain things, though, that you can only do when staff are on duty. These include: borrowing reserve readings; borrowing DVDs; picking up holds or interlibrary loans; and getting into the Plan Room.

Staffing will be a little atypical during the first couple days of the semester:

  • Sunday, 8/30: 12:30pm – 5:30pm
  • Monday, 8/31: 9:00am – Noon; 1:00pm – 4:00pm
  • Tuesday, 9/1: 9:00am – Noon; 1:00pm – 4:00pm; 6:30pm – 11:00pm
  • Wednesday, 9/2: 9:00am – Noon; 1:00pm – 4:00pm; 6:30pm – 11:00pm
  • Thursday, 9/4: 9:00am – Noon; 1:00pm – 4:00pm; 6:30pm – 11:00pm

Thereafter, our Service Desk schedule for Fall 2015 will be:

  • Sundays: 12:30pm – 5:30pm; 6:30pm – 11:00pm
  • Mondays-Thursdays: 9:00am – Noon; 1:00pm – 4:00pm; 6:30pm – 11:00pm
  • Fridays: 9:00am – Noon; 1:00pm – 4:00pm

We’ll always list changes to our schedule — building or Service Desk — on this blog, in the Town Crier, and on the library’s Facebook page and Twitter feed. If you ever have questions (about hours, staffing, or really, anything at all!), please stop by, email us (, or call x221 (802-258-9221).

We are looking forward to working with you this year!

Beth Ruane
Library Director

The End Approaches! Where Are Your Library Books? Spring 2015

As the blossoms appear and the heat drives us all to south pond, it can be easy to let all thoughts of books get washed away in the cool water and the nap-inducing sunshine.
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So here is a reminder about some important upcoming dates at the Library, which are important for all library users (and especially important for graduating seniors).

Wednesday, May 13: Due date for most library items.

      • Everyone: All Interlibrary Loans must be returned by May 13.
      • Everyone: Please return all library DVDs before leaving for summer.
      • If you are returning in the fall, you can borrow/renew Marlboro College library books over the summer. See our full circulation policies.
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        • Not using them over the summer? Return them before you leave.
        • Using them over the summer, and coming back in the fall? Renew them and bring them with you on your summer travels!

Thursday, May 14:  The big clean-up. Please remove all personal items from the library by midnight on Wednesday. On Thursday:

      • All library books left around the building will be picked up, checked in, and reshelved.
      • Personal items will be moved to the lost and found (Recycling Room, middle floor); anything left there on June 1 will be donated/discarded.


      • Graduating seniors: Official print & electronic Plan copies (and optional personal copies) are due to the Registrar by noon. Questions? See Print and digital Plan submission guidelines or ask the registrar or library.
      • Want your own personal plan copy? Read this! Town Meeting provides funding for each senior to receive one bound copy of their Plan for free. Additional copies can be purchased for $20 each (payable when you drop off Plan copies). You must provide the extra printed out copies to be bound. Bring them to the Registrar when you drop off your official Plan copy, and provide the friendly person there with a mailing address to which your Plan can be sent in late summer/early fall. (More on personal Plan copies) And, hey: congratulations!

Sunday, May 17 (Commencement): Building closes at 5:30 pm.

      • Graduating seniors: please return all library items by Sunday, 5/17! Not sure what you have checked out? You can log in and view your account.
      • A return bin will be placed outside the entrance near the Service Desk when we close; please leave items there if the library building is not open.

Summer hours (8:30-4:30) begin on Monday, May 18.

Questions? Let us know.

Have a fantastic summer! Congratulations to all our wonderful graduates!

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Little Known Library Treasures

 Have you explored our Zine Collection?


It doesn’t hit you over the head with its presence, sitting at the end of the hallway on the middle floor, but don’t let its modest appearance deceive you! With over 400 zines to peruse, and a rotating cast on display, there’s no shortage of interest, entertainment, and education to be found on those shelves! Come by and check it out!

The collection was started in 2008, and boasts a healthy IMG_0131selection of personal and political zines, as well as a category for poetry & fiction, art & comics, sexual health, bikes & animal rights, prison zines, DIY (do-it-yourself) zines, history zines, zines in other languages, and locally produced zines by Marlboro folks.

The collection is currently undergoing a growth spurt, and new zines are being added every week. We’re working on beefing up our DIY section, as well as our zines about bikes, history, and foreign language zines. We also hope to introduce a new category for environmental zines, gender/identity, race/class, travel, and food/cooking.

For that matter, we are currently seeking new contributions! If you have zines you’d like to donate to the library, we are accepting donations over the course of the next two weeks (while we have someone here to catalog them!), and would welcome IMG_0134zines on any subject. Zines by Marlboro community members are particularly welcome. Zine donations can be given to a librarian at the service desk or left in the box labeled “Zines to Donate To Library”, located in the Zine Collection.

As always, feel free to search the collection online at LibraryThing. Zines can be searched by title, author, series, or subject (tag).

And just for fun, if you’re out and about in the northeast, here are some other cool zine libraries you can visit to garner some zine inspiration:

Papercut Zine Library in Allston, MA
Flywheel Arts Collective Zine Library in Easthampton, MA
Brooklyn College Zine Library
Barnard Zine Library
New York Public Library Zine Collection
Hampshire College Zine Collection in Amherst, MA
Smith College Zine Collection in Northampton, MA
Carnegie Library in Pittsburg, PA
The Soapbox: Philadelphia’s Independent Publishing Center in Philadelphia, PA

In the meantime, spread the word! Visit our collection! Read, celebrate and make zines!

It’s National Poetry Month!

The Rice Aron Library is celebrating this month with a display of some of the wonderful poetry books in our collection. Come by and check it out to discover some of the treasures of our poetry collection! As always, feel free to check out any of the books on display, or peruse the stacks to find more.

There are also numerous ways to participate in NPM:

Here in the library we will be hosting a Magnetic Poetry Contest, open 24/7 for submissions. We’ve set a up a magnet board with plenty of words to help you create poetic masterpieces on the ground floor of the Library, next to the poetry display. Come by anytime and compose a poem! If you wish to submit a poem to the contest, take a picture of it and email it to with your name and contact information. We will remove your contact info before we post your photo.

We’ll highlight some of our favorites on our Facebook page, and one lucky poet will win a gift certificate to the Potash Grill!  The winner will be selected at random from all eligible entries at the end of the month.

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Join people across the country who will be selecting a poem to carry around their pocket and share with others throughout the day.

To learn more about National Poetry Month, visit

Celebrate your poet friends! Write poetry! Enjoy the month!


Research trip to the UMass Amherst Libraries, 4/19

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Yes, that’s the library!

This Sunday, April 19th, the Library is sponsoring the second van trip of the semester to the UMass Amherst Libraries. Space is limited! Sign up on the sheet at the Library Research Bar.

The van will leave the Dining Hall at 11:30am and return by 5:30pm.

While at UMass, you can search their hundreds of databases and download or scan articles from their extensive journal holdings (e-journal list; library catalog). If you are a Massachusetts resident, you can get a library card and borrow books; if not, you can jot down any book titles that look useful and request them via Marlboro’s Interlibrary Loan service.

Beth is happy to meet with you this week to help you make the most of your 3 hours (roughly) at UMass. Stop by or email us to set up an appointment!