Break is Over

We hope you all enjoyed a restful break and have settled back in. There are only eight weeks of classes left in the term. Please know we are here for you as you prepare to buckle down for the second half of the fall semester.

We are thrilled that we have already had the opportunity to work with close to six hundred students this academic year. Since late August, we have seen more than four hundred students in thirty-three library instruction classes. We have met well over one hundred students who received an introduction to the library as part of their First Year Experience course. Additionally, dozens have made one-on-one appointments with reference librarians for research assistance.

We hope to see many more of you in the coming weeks. Below is a rundown of the services and resources we have available to help you succeed.

  • Book an appointment with a librarian – Are you doing research for a paper or a presentation? Do you need help with citations? Librarians can help. Visit LibCal to book an appointment for one-on-one assistance. If you don’t see a time that works for you, email and we’ll do our best to find a time that accommodates your schedule.
  • Book a study room – Do you prefer a quiet study space to the bustle of the library’s first floor? The library has a variety of study spaces that you can book for solitary or group work. Study rooms must be booked at least one hour and up to one week in advance. They can be reserved for up to two hours. Our study rooms are extremely popular! We strongly recommend that groups book a room at least one day ahead.
  • Book the Zoom Room – Do you have an interview for a job, internship, or graduate school? Consider doing it in our Zoom Room. Use the study room booking form to reserve this space – ML 211. This large study room is outfitted with an attractive backdrop to lend professionalism to any Zoom meetings.
  • Combat the Seasonal Blues –Daylight Saving Time ends on November 5. Seasonal affective disorders (SAD) are a direct result of the reduction in daylight hours. Students afflicted by SAD find they cannot alter their sleep-wake cycles, thereby affecting their mood, study patterns, and behavior. No worries! Simple tools have been shown to be effective in reducing the intensity of such disorders. The Library of Things has six therapy lamps and core massage rollers to help anyone feeling SAD.  The 10,000 lux lamps mimic sunshine, minus the UV rays, and have proven to be mood stabilizers in a darkening winter world. The rollers aid in deep tissue muscle massage with trigger point release effects. Thanks to the Stonehill Wellness Initiative Grant, these freely accessible light therapy lamps and foam rollers can be checked out of the library, as easily as checking out a book. Do it now!
  • De-Stress with a game or a good book – The Library of Things has a wide selection of items that can help you relax – game consoles, board games, athletic equipment, cooking utensils and more. The Library of Things is located on the first floor, opposite The Desk. Next to the Library of Things is our Leisure Reading Collection which features a wide array of popular fiction, YA literature and current non-fiction.
  • Treat yourself to a pumpkin spice latte (or another warm drink) – Donna (our favorite Barista) reports that Ace’s Place should be getting in their fall treats (including those pumpkin spice favorites) this week.

If you need anything and are not sure where to go, visit, call, or email The Desk. We are here to help.