Monthly Archives: September 2016

Donate your books!

bookExchIf you have old books – even textbooks – and want to get rid of them, drop them off in the book exchange box inside the library’s front doors. One or two times a year, when we have collected enough items, we put them on a cart right outside the library’s front doors. You can take the books – no questions asked – and bring them back when you’re through. Easy? What are you waiting for?

How do you read books? Print or Online?

ebooks“Someday all of these print books will be replaced by the Internet.” I’ve often heard that opinion from perfect strangers when I tell them I’m a librarian. (aside: I’m also asked if I sit around and read books all day).  My standard response is “probably not in our lifetimes.”

According to a recent Pew Research Center poll, print books are hanging in there:

“The share of Americans who have read a book in the last year is largely unchanged since 2012; more Americans read print books than either read e-books or listen to audio books.”

Leisure reading is different from academia, where users usually don’t read an entire book. There just isn’t time. They read the introduction or preface, and use the index or table of contents to gather information for a research paper. They may read only a chapter or two. That kind usage I can see going up and up.

Miami University libraries subscribes to several e-book services that has items by large respected publishers like Oxford University Press. You can find them in the online catalog by just limiting your search to “Electronic Resources” after running a search. You can also log in from off campus to these e-books using your Miami ID and password. OhioLINK also provides a wealth of e-books on their website, also accessible from off campus with your ID and password.

Open House

Library Open House today at 10am! There will be donuts and coffee!! Stop in, look around, say “Hi”, and grab some caffeine and sugar.


Closed Labor Day Weekend


The library will be closed:
Saturday, Sept. 3rd
Sunday, Sept. 4th
Monday, Sept. 5th
for Labor Day.

Enjoy the long weekend!