Library hours over Thanksgiving; deadline for Interlibrary Loan requests

During Thanksgiving Break, the library building will be open normal hours. The Service Desk, Reserve/AV Room, and Plan Room schedule, however, will change:

  • Tuesday, November 22: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
  • Wednesday, November 23: 8:30 am – 12:00 noon
  • Thursday, November 24-Saturday, November 26: No service
  • Sunday, November 27: 6:30 pm – 11:00 pm

Regular hours will resume on Monday, November 28 — which happens to be the last day that we will accept interlibrary loan requests for books or multimedia items for the fall semester. (We will continue to accept article requests, however.)

Even if you’re far from Marlboro, as long as you have Internet access, you’re never far from the library. Tens of thousands of journals and ebooks are available 24/7: just start at the library website, navigate to your desired resource, and log in when prompted with your Marlboro username and password.

Have a wonderful break!

New: Download ebrary books for offline reading

The library’s biggest ebook collection, ebrary Academic Complete, contains over 50,000 academic books spanning a variety of subjects. You can read entire books, search for occurrences of a word or phrase within a book, take notes, build a bookshelf, and much more. If you haven’t tried it out, you should take a look!

Up until now, a barrier for many people to using ebrary has been the need to read ebrary books online, in your web browser. Maybe you don’t *like* staring at your computer screen for long periods of time. Maybe you don’t have Internet access at home, or on the MOOver, or in the woods, or wherever you like to do your reading.

Well, as of this week, we are happy to announce that ebrary lets you download books for offline reading. To do this, you need to install a free piece of software called Adobe Digital Editions, which is compatible with most devices (Linux and Kindle being notable and unfortunate exceptions). You’ll also need to create separate (free) accounts with ebrary and with Adobe. (These accounts are directly with those companies — separate from your usual Marlboro account.)

We’ve adapted some nice step-by-step instructions including screenshots (thank you to the librarians at Princeton University for permission to use these) to walk you through the download process. The first download can be a bit complicated due to installing software and setting up accounts, but subsequent downloads should be much quicker and easier.

You can download (=”check out”) up to 10 books at a time. Each “checkout” is good for 14 days.

Questions? Comments? Let us know! We’re also interested in your thoughts on e-books in general. Do you mind reading on a screen? Do you have, or have you tried out, an e-reader like Kindle or Nook? Are there books you wish the library could offer as e-books? Leave a comment!