Library closed Friday, July 3

9217509831_1cae6bfaec_mIn observance of the holiday, Rentschler Library will be closed Friday, July 3rd. Regular summer hours resume Monday, July 6th. Hope you have a happy 4th of July!

Monty Python and more!

MontyPythonDVDcoverWe don’t *just* buy new books like “Caring economics : conversations on altruism and compassion, between scientists, economists, and the Dalai Lama, we also purchase less “serious” materials like “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” on DVD.(An instructor on our campus was actually using clips from Holy Grail in a class recently, so it made sense for the library to have a copy of the full movie.)

Here are just a few of the other titles we’ve added lately:

YogaBookcoverYoga: Mastering the Basics by Sandra Anderson and Rolf Sovik. Himalayan Institute Press, 2000. This title won the Independent Book Publishing award for “most life-changing” book back in 2001. It has 25 reviews on Amazon with an average of 5 stars. One Amazon reviewer praised the book for its step-by-step instructions and clear photos of the poses. BTW, did you know that yoga classes are offered every Wednesday night on the Hamilton campus? See the list of health & wellness classes offered on the regional campuses.


Hannibal: a Hellenistic Life, by  archaeologist, lecturer and travel guide Eve McDonald (Yale University Press, 2015).  We often purchase historical biographies like this for history students’ assignments. Hailing from Carthage (what is now north Africa) Hannibal led fighting elephants into battle and could have taken Rome, forever changing the course of history. According to reviewer Thomas Martin on the History Book club website, author McDonald covers Hannibal’s military exploits and also surveys his legend over the centuries in a readable style.

MaryOliverPoemsCalled an “indefatigable guide to the natural world” in Women’s Book Review, American poet Mary Oliver has won both a Pulitzer Prize and a National Book Award. We have just added “New and Selected Poems, Volume 2” to our collection.  Oliver is an Ohio native but now lives in Florida. Here is one of her poems, “Black River” courtesy of the Poetry Foundation.

OhioLINK planned service outage

All OhioLINK hosted services will be down Friday, June 12, 6pm – Saturday, June 13, 12pm (noon), while all OH-TECH organizations are moved to a new data center at the State of Ohio Computing Center.  Affected services will include: the OhioLINK website, Central Catalog, E​lectronic ​J​ournal ​C​enter, Electronic ​Book ​Center​, D​igital ​Resource ​Commons​, ETD, EAD, OhioLINK EZProxy and Rave URLs.

We’re Hiring!!!


Are you a student and looking for a job on campus? Interested in working in the library? We’re currently taking applications for Library Student Associates. For more information about the job and to apply, visit:

You can also contact us if you have questions.

Library hours for summer

cardimg (3)This summer the library will be open from 8AM – 6PM Monday thru Thursday, 8AM to 4:30 PM on Friday, and closed on Sat. and Sun.

Camel Contest Winner!!

The winner of the Camel Contest for the month of April is:
Matthew Rivera!!!
Congratulations, Matthew! Stop by the library with your ID to claim your prize.

This is the last camel contest for the semester. Thanks to everyone who participated!


Study, Play, Repeat

study, play, repeat cycle diagram

During Finals Week, we are going to have a Fun Zone in the library!! Take a break from studying to color and/or play with play-doh! The fun zone is in the computer lab in the back of the library. The door will be shut since the rest of the library will be a quiet zone, but feel free to come and go when you would like to take a study break. You can also go in there to work if you prefer a not-so-quiet study area.

Good Luck on Finals!!