Before the students arrive and we all plunge into the Orientation Vortex, we wanted to give you a heads-up on some of the latest improvements at Cushing Library to better support student learning. Expect to hear more in the weeks ahead.
Longer Library hours: Students asked, we responded! The fall 2013 hours are Monday – Thursday 9 am – 10 pm, Friday 9 am – 5 pm, Saturday 10 am – 5 pm, and Sunday 12 pm – 10 pm.
Student laptop and iPad checkouts: Effective with the first day of class, students will be able to check out Macbooks, Windows laptops, and iPads from the Library (four-hour loans, library use only). Students will need to show ID and complete a computer use form.
Ask-a-Librarian: We’ve added a new “Ask a Librarian” tool to library.hnu.edu so students, faculty, and staff can text, email, or (during research help coverage hours) live-chat with a librarian for research assistance.
John Carlos read-alongs and guide: We’ve heard a lot of buzz around John Carlos, this fall’s Connections Project reading. We have a companion guide at hnu.libguides.com/johncarlos and a display with additional readings in the Library lobby. Additional copies of John Carlos are available in both print and ebook.
Additional study room available: We will miss Belo Cipriani, who with his service dog Madge for two years used the “Mural Room” study room as his office, but he’ll be close by in Heafey, and this frees up one more study room to support student learning. Study rooms are available on a drop-in or reservation basis. See library.hnu.edu to reserve a study room or classroom.
More seating on the Main Level: to accommodate a steady increase in use of the library by students, we’ve added more soft seating in the Glass Lounge and the Event Lounge.
More express lending: Over the summer, the Claremont College Consortium and Cal Baptist joined the Camino network, providing many, many thousands more books for rapid-request through our library catalog (on our website, library.hnu.edu ).
More events: Watch for book talks, art shows, brown-bag lunchtime concerts, and more!
Library commissions architectural “visuals”: The Library’s primary mission is to support student learning, which is increasingly difficult to do in a building that has not had a significant renovation since its construction in the 1950s. We have contracted with an architectural firm to take all the “visioning” work accomplished in the last three years (building inspections, focus groups, surveys, professional consulting, etc.) and produce a brochure with pictures of what a renovated Cushing Library could look like. We will ask for input when we have drafts (by October, we think).