We have prepared the library for Finals Week! Starting April 25th we have extended library hours (click here for details) through Sunday May 11th, including our ever popular free cookies and coffee which are available after 10pm to our fabulous Willamette students.
Starting next Wednesday, the Hatfield Room will be temporarily designated as a quiet study space during finals week. This compliments the quiet second floor of the library rule. There are two large whiteboards if you need large writing areas to help you think (two more white boards are located downstairs for group study). We also bring in large tables to spread out your work, and some soft chairs for relaxing.
We have a popular reading collection available downstairs in case you need to break loose from the academic rigor of finals and just enjoy a fun, non-academic book. We will also have a coloring station to let that creativity flow!
Some other things: We have a recording room which might be handy to those who need to practice a presentation or make a recording for a language class. We have two printers on the second floor, two on the first floor, and one printer in the Fish Bowl in case one of the printers goes down. We have soft seating scattered around the library for relaxation, and hard wood-backed chairs if you prefer a more solid chair. And below is a map of the power outlet to keep your laptops and cell phones humming!
Introducing the new Book Swap bookcase located in the Hatfield Library’s Fish Bowl (24 hour study). The idea is simple: If you see a book you like, take it… just consider leaving a book in exchange.
The initiative for this program came from the Hatfield Library’s Reading Group, which has a goal to encourage life long reading habits. One idea the group had been considering was to create a book exchange area somewhere in the library for books (or dvds, magazines, etc.) that had been donated to the library, but we already owned or didn’t fit with our collection guidelines. One of the librarians noticed that an “ancient” wooden book cart was on its way to the campus surplus. The library staff really wanted to reuse the book cart in some fashion, so the thought of reusing it for a Book Swap bookcase occurred to a librarian who had seen a similar arrangement at another university.
The wooden cart most likely came from the original Willamette Library that was housed in Smullin Hall. Someone from Willamette’s facilities department back in the 1950s or 60s most likely built it.
Over the winter break the wheels were removed, a wood base added, and a fresh coat of paint and customized graphic were given to the former cart. And voilà! We now have a creative “new” way to share books. It is kind of neat to incorporate and reuse such an interesting bit of Willamette’s history.
The concept for “take a book, leave a book” is not new. Various renditions of this sharing system have existed for many years and occurs nationally. Salem, for example, has a few similar public “Little Free Library” stations scattered about the city. Willamette University had a similar system several years ago that essentially functioned out of a wicker basket in the Dean’s Office. The new bookcase in the Fish Bowl makes this much more accessible to students, faculty, staff, and others connected to Willamette.
We encourage our Willamette community to participate in our Take a Book, Leave a Book program. For comments and questions, please contact Joni Roberts, Associate University Librarian for Public Services and Collection Development, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The library has some commonly overlooked study areas. One such area is our 24-Hour Study, nick-named the “Fish Bowl” because if it’s curved window shape.
Several small tables are available for small group study, along with a comfortable arm chair, small sofa, and coffee table. The perimeter of the Fish Bowl has outlets for your mobile devices, and we have to campus computers that have Internet access.
If you need a quick snack or something to drink, we have vending machines available with food and beverages as well as a drinking fountain. Restrooms are also located close by. So if you need a place to study away from your noisy roommate or dorm floor, think about using our 24-Hour Study Fish Bowl!