8/30: Library update & Vermont Irene Aftermath resources

Tuesday 8/30 update: Library staff will probably not be able to make it to campus today. Emailing library@marlboro.edu remains the best way to contact us.

We are working on a guide to news and local recovery efforts from the flooding caused by Tropical Storm Irene:


This guide is very much in progress, and we welcome suggestions for resources to add.

We hope to be back on the hill soon! Sending best wishes to everyone affected by the storm.

Emily Alling
Library Director

Library closed 8/29

The Rice-Aron Library is closed today, Monday, August 29. We hope to reopen as soon as possible. Due to road conditions following the storm, travel to the Marlboro College campus is not advised at this time. Watch the college website for updates: http://www.marlboro.edu.

Library staff are monitoring email…please send any questions to library@marlboro.edu. We hope that everyone weathered the storm safely, and we look forward to opening the library just as soon as we can.

–Emily Alling
Library Director

Library opens for semester Monday, 8/29

Welcome, or welcome back, to Marlboro! The library will open its doors for the semester on Monday, August 29 at 8:30 am.

The library is normally staffed during the following hours:

Sunday: 12:30 pm – 5:30 pm; 6:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Monday-Thursday: 8:30 am –  5:30 pm; 6:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Friday: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Those are also the hours when you can get access to the Reserve/AV Room and the Plan Room.

During the first week or so of classes, evening staffing (6:30 pm – 11:00 pm) may not be available as we hire and train students to cover those hours. It might be wise to try to visit the library before 5:30 pm to access reserve readings during those few days.

We look forward to welcoming new students during sessions with your Peer Advisors on Tuesday afternoon! Please do attend, as there are some critically important things you need to know about our library (like how to check out books) before you start using it.

We look forward to welcoming back returning students and faculty as you make your way back to campus.

Best wishes for a wonderful fall semester,
Emily Alling
Library Director

The library: your gate through the the online paywall

You’re poking around the Web and come upon a journal or newspaper article that you’d like to read. You click the link and find yourself being asked for a credit card number. $5, $10, $40…sometimes for only 24 hours of access to the article! What’s a researcher to do?

The library to the rescue! Through its online subscriptions, the library provides access to the full text of tens of thousands of online journals, magazines, and newspapers. Even our local newspaper, the Brattleboro Reformer — which announced today that content will go behind a pay wall starting on August 15 (viewers can see five free articles per month) — is available via the library’s LexisNexis subscription (with a delay of up to 24 hours).

If we don’t have the article that you need online or in print, we can almost always get it for you within a matter of days (sometimes even hours) via Interlibrary Loan (ILL).

What’s the catch?

  • You need to go through the library’s website to access our subscriptions. To see whether we have the journal/newspaper you need, check our Journal Lookup and follow the links from there.
  • It can sometimes be confusing to navigate to the article you need via the library website. (We are the first to admit this.) If you get lost, ask a librarian! We’re happy to help.
  • You need to be a current Marlboro student, faculty, or staff member to access library subscriptions from off campus–just log in when prompted with your Marlboro username and password.
  • If we don’t have what you need, ILL can take a few days.

One thing is for sure, though: the library will never ask for your credit card number. We can also help you find trusted information that you may not even have known existed. Stop by, call, or email, and we’d be happy to match you up with the information you need.

Emily Alling
Library Director