Welcome, and welcome back to campus for fall 2021!
You’ll notice some additions and upgrades to the Brooks Library. We have restored our pre-pandemic seat arrangements in the second floor commons, the Fishbowl, and throughout the third and fourth floors. We have added new furniture in the third and fourth floor study rooms, and digital humanities workstations in the microform area. I invite you to explore the building to enjoy the enhancements.
We look forward to Jimmy B’s coffee shop reopening in October, and the grand opening of the centralized Presidents United to Solve Hunger (PUSH) Pantry on our ground floor.
The enhancements will continue. Watch for new featured collection selections throughout Brooks on various topics and in various formats! We are also renovating the Music Library on the fourth floor, targeting an opening in the first half of 2022.
While we’re excited to have you back in person, we’ll also continue the virtual services we grew and updated during the 2020-2021 academic year. We will continue to offer 24/7 chat services and make available virtual appointments for more in-depth work. We are also piloting controlled digital lending to enhance our ability to bring resources to remote users as well as obtain materials from other libraries.
We’re continuing our quality library programming, and for the fall we’ll have a mix of virtual and in-person. Check out the events calendar.
We have updated, diversified, and deepened our electronic resource collections this past year. I encourage you to explore Academic Video Online, Documentary Educational Resources Premium, Sabin Americana, the archives of the Chicago Defender, Hispanic American Newspapers, Archives Unbound, LGBT Thought and Culture, National Theatre Collection, Met Opera on Demand, Ethnomusicology Global Field Recordings, or our collection of audiobooks.
Don’t forget to check out our new books list if you’d like to see how our print collection is growing!
We hope that we can provide peace of mind and intellectual nourishment, and enjoyable events. Watch our website for the very latest updates.
Be well and excel!
Rebecca L. Lubas
Dean of Libraries