Welcome back! Start-of-semester hours

Welcome to those of you who are new to Marlboro, and welcome back, old friends! The library building will reopen for the Spring semester on Sunday, January 19 at 12:30 p.m. We look forward to meeting new students for orientation at that time.

During the first few days of the semester, the library’s regular Service Desk and AV/Reserve Room hours may vary as we schedule student employee coverage. Someone will certainly be here during the following hours:

  • Sunday, January 19: 12:30 pm – 5:30 pm
  • Monday, January 20: 9:00 am – 5:30 pm
  • Tuesday, January 21: 9:00 am – 5:30 pm

We hope to be fully up and running starting on Wednesday, January 22.

Library catalog unavailable January 8, afternoon

The library catalog will be undergoing maintenance this afternoon and will be unavailable starting at 2:00 p.m. We hope to have things back up and running within a few hours. In the meantime, you can search Marlboro’s library holdings via WorldCat. If you need help locating an item in the stacks, please ask a library staff member! Thanks for your patience.

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: http://www.vtstateparks.com/
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: http://historicsites.vermont.gov/
1 National Life Dr
Montpelier, Vt 05620

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

E-books from EBSCOhost – Try it out!

EBSCO ebooksAlright, we know some of you really like ebrary and some of you have tried and failed to like ebrary. Either way, we have a 60-day trial of an academic e-book collection from EBSCOhost we’d like to you to try and let us know what you think. The trial is available for current students, staff & faculty both on and off-campus.

The EBSCOhost eBook Academic Collection (quite a title) has more than 114,000 e-books. Like ebrary, the e-books all have an academic focus, so no novels or other fiction. Most books can be downloaded using Adobe Digital Editions and in order to download you must create a MyEBSCOhost account.

Give it a try:
EBSCOhost Ebook Academic Collection

Let us know what you think!

Limited-time access to trial databases: don’t miss out!

Springtime often finds the library setting up database trials — free, limited-time opportunities to try out academic search engines and collections.

We’ve got a few trials in the works. The first two are now live and consist of historical newspaper collections.

Proquest Historical Newspapers provides the full-text (original page images) of major world newspapers from their beginnings until a few years ago. Included in our trial are:


  • The New York Times (1851-2009);
  • The Globe and Mail (1844-2009);
  • The Guardian (1821-2003);
  • The Observer (1791-2003);
  • The Irish Times (1859-2011);
  • The Weekly Irish Times (1876-1958); and
  • The Scotsman (1817-1950).



Gale NewsVault contains the full text of a number of 17th-19th century British and U.S. newspapers and magazines. This trial lasts only a week, so if you’re interested, try it now!

Yet to come: a trial of a major ebook collection that might give ebrary a run for its money — watch this space for updates.

You can always access all of our current trials by visiting the library homepage and clicking Database Trials (under ‘Conduct Research’).

New Children’s Book Collection

Once upon a time there was a brave little library up on a hill in Vermont… and now it has a children’s book collection!   On the top floor at the end of the hall between the 800s and the 900s you will now find a small but growing collection of board books, picture books,  and chapter books for kids.  We picked out some of our favorites and we’re hoping you will love them too.children's3

While we welcome the youngest members of our community to come check out the collection we also encourage college students, staff and faculty to curl up with a favorite book from childhood like Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House in the Big Woods, or Robert McCloskey’s Blueberries for Sal.  You can also  explore children’s literature that might relate to your current studies.  Taking Chinese?  Try In the Snow by Huy Voun Lee.  Writing a paper on the natural sciences?  Take a look at Around the Pond: Who’d Been Here? by Lindsay Barrett George.  Interested in Africa?  Get the flavor of Kenya by reading Mama Panya’s Pancakes by Mary and Rich Chamberlin.

Of Course the best way to discover treasures in the Children’s collection is to browse through the books that are there.  Have fun and let us know what you think!



End-of-semester dates and deadlines

It’s almost over! The library would like everyone to be aware of the following dates and deadlines.

  • Please remove all belongings and checked-out books from the library no later than Wednesday, December 12.
  • All interlibrary loan books are due back no later than Wednesday, December 12.
  • Marlboro library items are also due back Wednesday, December 12. However, you are welcome to renew them over break as long as no one else has requested them.
  • The Service Desk and Reserve/AV room will close at 4:30 pm on Wednesday, December 12.
  • The  library building will close and lock on Thursday, December 13 at 4:30 pm (same time that dorms close).
  • Hours for the library building and services over break are M-F, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm; the library will be closed (along with the rest of the college) December 24-January 1.

Doing research over break? Don’t forget that you have access to tens of thousands of journals, books, and more via the library’s website. And whether you are near or far, library staff remain available to provide research assistance (except 12/22-1/1).

Have a wonderful break!

Vote for some fun things for the library to buy

David Pierce was a Marlboro College student whose death on October 1, 2003 shocked and saddened the entire community, 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.

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, movies, TV series, current popular fiction….

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 8:30 am on Monday, 9/24, email library@marlboro.edu (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 Friday, September 28. 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 on display on the entrance level, across from the Service Desk. You can also find them in the library catalog, where they are tagged “David Pierce Fund.”

Emily Alling
Library Director

Banned Books Read-Out – September 12th

We need your voices!

Come observe Constitution Day (Wednesday, September 12) in the library. In honor of the library’s favorite constitutional amendment (the 1st), we will be hosting a Banned and Challenged Books Read-out in the Reading Room (300s) during Dedicated Hour from 1:15-2:15. We are looking for volunteers to read selections from banned and challenged books. We’ve made a list in our library catalog of some books that we own that have been banned or challenged in the United States.

Here’s how to prepare:

  1. Choose a book from the list. Come check it out it from the library (books are on display near the Service Desk — ask if you need help finding them).
  2. Before the event, identify a passage you’d like to read aloud (no more than a few minutes worth) and record your name, the book you will read, and the passage you’d like to read on the sign-up sheet near the library display.
  3. If you can, do a little research to find out when/where/why your book was challenged or banned and be ready to talk about it briefly. The ALA has compiled a list of the circumstances behind many books’ banning or challenges. Here are a few resources that might help you learn more about why your book was banned or challenged:
    Reasons for challenges to many of the classics on our list

    Google Map of book bans and challenges in the US from 2007-2011

Everyone is invited to this event, whether or not you plan to read.

Prefer to read from a banned or challenged book that’s not on our list? No problem! Just let us know what you’ll be reading. Sadly, there is no shortage of titles from which to choose.

Questions? Contact Amber Hunt, Librarian, at x579 or amber@marlboro.edu.