Borrow Vermont State Parks and Vermont Historic Sites passes — free!

This summer you can borrow a free pass to Vermont State Parks or Vermont Historic Sites! Just ask at the Rice-Aron Library.

Each pass admits one vehicle holding up to eight people FREE to any Vermont State Park or Vermont Historic Site for one day.


•    Passes may be checked out by current Marlboro College faculty, staff, and students, as well as residents of the Town of Marlboro and eligible alumni who have registered for borrowing privileges at the Rice-Aron Library.

•    Four (4) day check out. Passes are due back to the library by closing time 4 days from the date you borrow them (or, if they would be due back while the library is closed for the weekend, they must be returned by Monday morning).

•    The library’s summer hours are Monday-Thursday, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm. If you are returning a pass outside of those hours, please leave it in the book return bin located outside the entrance to the Aron (new) wing of the library, near the librarians’ offices.

•    No renewals are permitted.

•    Passes are available strictly on a first-come, first-served basis. You are welcome to check the catalog (link) or call (802-258-9221) to see if a pass is available, but we cannot hold it for you.

•    Fee for lost pass: $80.00 plus billing and processing fees.

Thanks to the Vermont Department of LibrariesVermont State Parks, and Vermont Division for Historic Preservation for making this program possible.

For more information about Vermont State Parks:
103 South Main Street
Waterbury, Vermont 05671-0601
(Got a smartphone? Check out the Vermont State Parks app for iOS or Android)

For more information about Vermont Historic Sites:
1 National Life Dr
Montpelier, Vt 05620

For questions about using the pass, contact the Rice-Aron Library:

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

Info for Senior 2s re: Plan submission and personal Plan copies

Congratulations, Senior 2s!

Guidelines for handing in print and digital copies of your plan to the Registrar are here:

Plan of Concentration Submission Guidelines (Registrar)

Want a bound copy of your plan mailed to you later this summer, compliments of Town Meeting? Instructions for how to get one, as well as copyright information about your plan, can be found here:

Personal Copies of Plan/Plan Copyright (Library)

(Spoiler: to get a personal copy sent to you, just give an extra copy to the Registrar along with an address to which it can be mailed in late summer/early fall.)

Please remember to return all library materials by this coming Wednesday, May 11. (Not sure what you still have out? Log in and see!)

If you’ll be living in the area after Commencement, you can get an alumni borrower account at that time — but you need to clear your account (i.e., bring everything back or pay any outstanding fines/replacement costs) first.

With all the best wishes for your post-Marlboro adventures,
Emily Alling
Library Director


Library end-of-semester deadlines and hours, May 2011

Congratulations to everyone for finishing up another semester, and special congratulations to our graduates! We will miss you, and we wish you all the best in your lives after Marlboro.

Here’s what you need to know regarding library deadlines and services as the semester ends.

  • All Marlboro College library materials are due back no later than Wednesday, May 11. To view your Marlboro library account, just log in here: 
  • If you are planning to return to campus in the fall, you may renew materials over the summer by logging into your account in the library catalog. Caveat: if another borrower needs an item that is checked out to you over the summer, you will need to return it within 10 days (by mail, if necessary). Full circulation policy:
  • The final due date for books borrowed from other libraries via Interlibrary Loan is also May 11 (if not sooner — check the label on the front of the book).
  • All personal belongings should be removed from the library by 9:00 am on Thursday, May 12. On Thursday, library staff will be clearing the building, scanning and reshelving all library books, and placing any and all personal items in Lost and Found.
  • The library building will remain open through Commencement and will close and lock at 5:30 pm on Sunday, May 15. If you come to the library after that time to return materials, please use the return bin that will be located outside the entrance to the new (Aron) wing of the library.
  • End-of-semester service and building hours:
Date Services Building
Wednesday, May 11 8:30 am – 4:30 pm Open
Thursday, May 12 8:30 am – 4:30 pm Open
Friday, May 13 8:30 am – 4:30 pm Open
Saturday, May 14 No staffing Open
Sunday, May 15 12:30 pm – 5:30 pm Closes at 5:30 pm
Mon-Fri, May 16-20 8:30 am – 4:30 pm 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Sat-Sun, May 21-22 Closed Closed
Mon-Thu, May 23-26 8:30 am – 4:30 pm 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Fri-Mon, May 27-30 Closed Closed

Regular summer hours (Monday-Thursday, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm) begin Tuesday, May 31.

Have a wonderful summer!

Rapid Reviews this Thursday – May 5th at 3pm in the Appletree

Come hear about some great books to read this summer at this semester’s Rapid Reviews this Thursday, May 5th at 3pm in the Apple Tree.  You’ll be able to choose from 49 books as students Morgan Donhoff, Emma Goldhammer, Mike Mirer along with staff members Chris Lenois and Ken Schneck and faculty member Martina Lantin talk about their all-time favorite books, reviewing each in a minute or less.  Whether you like poetry, short stories, novels, political or social commentary, biography or graphic novels, you will surely find something you’ll love.  All the books reviewed will be available at the event for you to check out over break.  Homemade chocolate chip cookies, gluten free and vegan goodies along with milk will be served.

Here is a sample of the books that will be reviewed (click on the image to see the listing in our library catalog):

Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott

Market Day by James Sturm

Bicycle Diaries by David Byrne

Straight Life: the story of Art Pepper by Art and Laurie Pepper

Red Cavalry by Isaac Babel

The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe

An Object of Beauty by Steve Martin



Van trip to UMass Amherst Libraries, Sunday, 4/17

On Sunday, April 17, the library will sponsor a van trip to the UMass Amherst Libraries. The van will leave the dining hall at 11:30 am and return to the dining hall by 5:30 pm. We have room for 14 people — sign up on the sheet at the Research Bar in the library (first-come, first-served).

Located about an hour’s drive from our campus, UMass Amherst has one of the nation’s top-ranked research library systems. The W.E.B. Du Bois Library and Science & Engineering Library together hold over three million volumes and provide access to millions of articles, reports, data, images and more via top-notch research databases.

Everyone is welcome to walk in to the libraries and use their collections on site. You can browse and read articles online and email them to yourself or save them to a USB drive. If you happen to be a Massachusetts resident, you can also borrow books (you need to sign up for a state borrower’s card first). All others who wish to borrow books from UMass Amherst can request them via Interlibrary Loan, and our library will get them delivered here for you.

Want a preview?


  • Subject research guides: see what UMass has on topics of interest to you (note: you need to be physically at UMass to use many of the things listed on these pages)
  • Library catalog: look for books, journals, etc.
  • E-journal list: see which journals the library has, along with years of coverage (note: you need to be physically at UMass to access the journals)


If you’d like to make the most of your visit, feel free to talk with Emily or Amber beforehand: we can help you target the best things to help with your particular research.


The New York Times Paywall

On Monday, The New York Times instituted a new digital subscription policy for content available on

Here are a brief breakdown:
– Readers will have free access to 20 online articles each month (including slideshows, videos, etc.)
– Home delivery subscribers will have free access to all content
– Viewing the homepage and all sections fronts will remain free
– Links to NYT articles from search engines, blogs, and social media (Facebook, Twitter) will remain readable even if you’ve reached your monthly limit [though you may run into daily limits when accessing articles through search engines)
– More information available at the Digital Subscriptions FAQ:

At this time, institutional subscriptions to are not available, and the print subscription that library has does not qualify as a home delivery subscription.

The library still provides full text access to the NYT via our database subscriptions (LexisNexis and Academic OneFile). Unfortunately, articles are text only; can be a little confusing to find; and do not contain images.

If you’d like to learn more about reading NYT articles through the library databases, just ask a librarian.

News & resources for Japan disasters

Sharon Domier, East Asian Studies Librarian at UMass Amherst, has assembled an invaluable and practical guide with information about the disasters that have occurred and are unfolding in Japan. 

Info on Earthquake in Japan

The guide includes links to Japanese and English news sources (newspapers, streaming TV, and radio) as well as official government information, alarms and warning information, links to various efforts to find and reunite people, and background information on some of the science involved.

Spring Break hours @ the library

Here are library building and service hours for Spring Break 2011:

Friday, March 11: Library closes at 4:30 pm
Saturday & Sunday, March 12-13: CLOSED
Monday-Friday, March 14-18: Library open 8:30 am – 4:30 pm (building and services)
Saturday & Sunday, March 19-20: CLOSED
Monday-Friday, March 21-25: Library open 8:30 am – 4:30 pm (building and services)
Saturday, March 26: CLOSED
Sunday, March 27: Library reopens at 12:30 pm 

Have a wonderful break!

Emily Alling
Library Director

PsycINFO trial extended through March

Exciting news — the Vermont Consortium of Academic Libraries has arranged for our trial of PsycINFO, PsycARTICLES, and PsycBOOKS to be extended through March 2011. These are are truly gold standard resources for research in psychology. If you’d like an overview on how and why to use them, feel free to stop by the library or contact us.

earlier announcement:

This month, the library has trial access to three important psychology resources. If your research involves psychology, behavior science, or mental health in any way, shape, or form, you will want to check these out. They are active through March 3.

PsycINFO (through March 31, 2011)
The American Psychological Association’s renowned resource for scholarly journal articles, book chapters, books, and dissertations. The largest resource devoted to peer-reviewed literature in behavioral science and mental health.

PsycARTICLES (through March 31, 2011)
Full text of nearly 80 journals published by the APA. All journal articles, book reviews, letters to the editor and errata from each journal. Coverage from 1894 to the present

PsycBOOKS (through March 31, 2011)
Full text of over 2,000 books, including some 1,500 classic books of landmark historical impact in psychology, plus more than 1,500 authored entries from the Encyclopedia of Psychology.

This trial has been set up by the Vermont Consortium of Academic Libraries. We welcome your feedback on these resources–stop by to let us know what you think, or email

Happy researching,