Check Out Our New Study Rooms at the Herrick Library!

Looking for a quiet space to study or meet in? Whether you are looking for an area for independent study or to meet with others, Herrick offers several options!

If you are interested in reserving a room for a particular date and time, there are four rooms to choose from: The Seminar Room (106), The Conference Room (202), the Children’s Room (212), and the Computer Lab (120).

The Seminar Room is an excellent option for group meetings. Along with four rectangular tables and eight chairs (with more chairs available if needed), it comes equipped with a ceiling mounted projector and screen, laptop, LCD television, and podium with a built-in sound system. A conference phone is also available for set-up upon request. You will find the Seminar Room on the first floor near the Learning Commons; it is the last room on the left:seminar room.jpg

The Conference Room is also an excellent option for group meetings. One large conference table and 12 chairs sit in the center of the room. It is best for groups who do not require a projector on a regular basis or AV capabilities. Herrick’s “Harry Potter” room, as many of our students refer to it, holds a historic charm that makes it an appealing space to meet either in groups or individually. It is located on the second floor at the top of the stairs leading from near the main entrance and to the right:confrence-room

The Computer Lab, opposite the front desk on the first floor, is available for student use at all times during library hours. It is also ideal for class or club meetings which require computer and internet access. The lab includes 16 computers and chairs (extra chairs may be brought in from other areas of the library for larger groups). It is also equipped with an LCD projector, moveable podium, desktop computer with sound system, and an erasable whiteboard. Additional laptops, dry-erase markers, and a remote control for the LCD projector may be checked out at the front desk:computer-lab

The Children’s Room is perfect for individual and group study sessions, as well as for smaller club meetings. Located on the second floor directly in front of the stairs leading from near the main entrance to the library, the room contains one table and eight standard chairs, two armchairs, and one rocking chair. It also includes one desktop computer for personal research and browsing:childrens-room

In addition to the four rooms above, the BookEnd Lounge is also available for reservation upon request. This area is large, open, and welcoming, making it accommodating for faculty, staff, and student campus events. In the past, the lounge has hosted events such as Team Trivia Night, Massage and Therapy Dog Night, short-term art exhibits and auctions, orientations, ceremonies, and receptions. The BookEnd Lounge also has a café area that may be used to lay out food and beverages for guests.bookend-lounge

To make a reservation, please visit the following link to check for room availability and to make a room reservation request:

If you are a walk-in, you are welcome to use the Seminar Room, Conference Room, Children’s Room, Computer Lab, and BookEnd Lounge for personal use as long as they have not already been reserved for that time. J

There are also other options for walk-ins! Herrick has recently constructed four new study rooms that are available on a first come, first serve basis.

Two of the study rooms, Room 20 and Room 21, are located opposite the elevator on the ground floor of the library:

One study room, Room 122, is located first floor near the side entrance of the library :room 122.jpg

Last but not least, there is another study room near the ground floor entrance to the library near the parking lot. This study room is also known as Room 25:room-25

Please feel free to stop by Herrick to check out all of our rooms in person!


Exhibit Opening and Reception: Medieval Manuscripts of Alfredum

You’re all invited! Come enjoy light refreshments in the Scholes Library this Thursday, October 20th, from 11:20 am to 12:00 pm, while admiring illuminated manuscript pages created by our students, alongside beautiful manuscript reproductions from Special Collections. I had the opportunity to work with the students and help them discover some of the manuscript facsimiles we have here at Scholes, and it was very exciting to see the work they turned in afterwards. (And did I mention refreshments?)



Discover Open Access


Join the AU libraries in exploring the OPEN ACCESS movement!

This one-week series will look at Open Access and its impact on research and publishing. 

From the origins of peer review to understanding your rights as an author, 

join us to discover what you have been missing! Join us to discover Open Access!

October 24th-28th @ Scholes Library 12pm-1pm

Refreshments will be provided



Register to Vote!

It’s 2016 and whether you like it or not, it’s time to VOTE!

Politics may not be your thing, but your vote is your voice!


BE HEARD! VOTE! (But first, you’ve got to register to vote)


Both Scholes and Herrick have voter registration forms.

Scholes Library will also be streaming the debates!

While your here, fill out a voter registration so that you are ready for NOVEMBER 8th!



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Kanopy, a popular online streaming service, is available to library patrons!

Have you ever wished that a Netflix-like streaming service would be freely accessible on campus? Now it is!

Herrick Library has purchased a one year subscription to try out Kanopy, an on-demand video streaming service, which provides online access to over 26,000 films from 800 top producers such as Criterion Collection, PBS, New Day Films, The Great Courses, California Newsreel, Kino Lorber, First Run Features, Media Education Foundation, etc. Its collection grows by roughly 500 films a month, so viewers are regularly presented with new and interesting viewing options.

Kanopy provides educational institutions access to one of the largest collections of films in the world – including award-winning documentaries, training films and theatrical releases – on every topic imaginable.

Its innovative patron-driven acquisition model has been adopted by over 1,500 universities worldwide, now including Alfred University!

You may browse Kanopy’s available films by subject on its website:

To browse Kanopy’s most recent film additions and recommendations, please click here.

Click here to start watching.



AU Libraries Wins Nationally Recognized Prize for Public Relations

Touted as “The Most Prestigious Award of the American Library Association”  The ALA has recently announced that Alfred University Libraries is a winner of the coveted: 

2016 John Cotton Dana Library Public Relations Award

gI_78425_johncottondana HPW_Presentation_Page_01 “Built around the National Library of Medicine’s traveling Harry Potter exhibit, the Scholes Library created a comprehensive marketing campaign that both showcased their own collections as well as their creativity as they celebrated all things Potter in a tiered campaign that brought the entire community together.”

With this recognition, AU Libraries takes its place alongside several of the nations’ most prestigious public and university libraries.

From the official press release :  April 29, Chicago, ILAfter many hours of deliberation – made especially challenging by the high quality of the dozens of entries in this year’s John Cotton Dana Library Public Relations Awards – the judges announced the eight winners of this year’s contest.  Each winning library will receive a $10,000 award from EBSCO and the HW Wilson Foundation, the sponsors of this prestigious annual award. The following winners will be celebrated June 26 at an open reception during the American Library Association’s 2016 annual conference in Orlando.

illustrationIn Fall 2015, the Scholes Library at Alfred University hosted the National Library of Medicine’s “Harry Potter’s World” traveling exhibit. To welcome the exhibit, forge ties with the campus and community, and raise awareness of our collections, we created a two month long event series in the university libraries. The product of collaborations with university staff, faculty members, student groups, and local public libraries, this event series energized the Alfred community, created new connections between the library and outside institutions, and brought several hundred additional patrons into the libraries.

evaThe project was the brainchild of Scholes Art Librarian Eva Sclippa, whose leadership and creativity have helped put AU Libraries in the company of large, nationally recognized, library institutions such as Chicago, Houston, New Orleans, San Diego, Vancouver Public Libraries and the libraries at Northwestern University.  This is an extremely impressive company.  With a simple idea and a few hundred dollars, Eva has led the Alfred University Libraries and the entire university community to prove, once again, that Alfred University has magnificent creative resources and a dedicated faculty and staff who generate national recognition.

For additional information please see Application Materials Submission from Alfred University