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Valentine’s Day: History and Origins Display in McCain Library


Student assistant Tamaria Reed (’22) created a display on the First Floor of the library (near the elevator) to help explore the origins of Valentine’s day. The display explains the most common origin theories, answers the reasoning behind why people consume and gift chocolate on the holiday, and  answers the question of why valentines are written.

Tamaria also highlights some of the classic movies and novels that coincide with the holiday, a list that includes titles that can be checked out from the library for the holiday.

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Blind Date with a Book: Find Your Perfect Match February 10th – February 14th

16297013309_876cd5aab5_mIn the advent Valentine’s Day, one of the most dreaded holidays of the year for some, perhaps you’re feeling a little apprehensive about what you will do that day. People are going on dates with their significant others, and some have even found a loophole in the system by planning an outing for their friends, but you still haven’t found something you wanted to do…

How about reading a book? Sometimes the best date you can go on is a date with yourself! Cherish your alone time! Feel like a kid again who didn’t have to listen to societal expectations of what Valentine’s Day should look like! Be a rebel! Capitalism’s worst enemy!

If this sounds enjoyable to you, check out McCain Library’s “Blind Date With A Book” event! Curated by your lovely staff members and student assistants, each book will be thoughtfully packaged in newspaper and decorated with festive cheer. You will also get to know the book by its “speed dating profile” before you check it out, which includes a few hints about its genre, the book’s country of origin, and a short blurb about its contents. People say it’s better than Tinder! The fun starts Sunday, February 10th!

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Mexican Artists & Muralists

Don’t forget to check out student assistants Lauryn Ewens (’22) and Rachel Magana’s (’21) display on Mexican Muralists when you get the chance! Their display combines visuals and literature concerning not just some of the most influential Mexican muralists, but also Mexican artists such as, Frida Kahlo and Jose Guadalupe Posada. They were inspired to create this display because of our LDR 101 class “Mexican Muralism and the Rise of Public Art” (shameless plug) taught by Professor Korol. This course sparked an interest in the art of that time period and has found a cozy corner in McCain!

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Reserve a Study Carrel for the Spring Semester on Tuesday, January 7 at 8 a.m.

study carrel

Study carrel reservations for spring 2019 will begin at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, January 7, 2019. If you are enrolled in a senior seminar or an independent study, here is your chance to reserve a carrel for a whole semester (to turn it into your home away from home)! Library staff at the main check-out desk will start reserving them as soon as the library doors open on the first day of classes.

There are 41 carrels around the library, so walk through McCain, choose 2-3 carrel numbers/locations as your ideal choice, fill out the form, and get in line early! The carrels typically are all reserved by 9 a.m. Please don’t despair if you miss getting one this spring! Any student may sit at a carrel until the reservation-holder arrives.

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Limited Access to McCain Library Catalog on Wednesday, December 19

Photo credit: “Computer, server room, engineer Fortepan” by FOTO:Fortepan available via Wikimedia Commons is licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0

On Wednesday, December 19, McCain Library’s catalog, Sophia, will be unavailable due to server maintenance. We do not anticipate similar issues with database access.

If you have any difficulties accessing a database on Wednesday, or need help finding an item in the library, please stop by the circulation desk on the first floor, call (404-471-6094), or email ( and we will be happy to troubleshoot.

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Winter Break Hours!


McCain Library Winter Break Hours

Mon., Dec. 17, 2018   Open 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Tues., Dec. 18, 2018   Open 8:30 AM –11:00 AM
Wed.– Fri., Dec. 19 – 21, 2018  Open 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Sat., Dec. 22, 2018 –  Tues., Jan. 1, 2019  CLOSED
Wed.– Fri., Jan. 2 – 4, 2019  Open 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Sat. —- Sun., Jan. 5 -6, 2019  CLOSED
Mon., Jan. 7, 2019  Open 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Tues., Jan. 8 (Classes Start)  Open 8:00 AM – 2:00 AM


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McCain Library: Extra Exam-Time Hours for December 14-16

To assist you in studying for final exams and writing papers, McCain Library will add another batch of extra hours this weekend.

  • STUDY ONLY hours (no reference or circulation services after 6:00 pm) will be provided Friday and Saturday until 10:30 pm*.
  • On Sunday, the Library will open early at 10:00 am. Circulation/Reserves and laptop checkout will start then. The Library parts of McCain will be open until 2:00 am*.

Here’s a recap:

Fri., 12/14 (Study only, no services, 6 pm+) Open 8:00 am10:30 pm
Sat., 12/15 (Study only, no services, 6 pm+) Open 11:00 am10:30 pm
Sun., 12/16 (Circ/Reserves, 10 am-10:30 pm; Study only, no services, 10:30 pm+) Open 10:00 am2:00 am

See the Hours web page for library service hours after exams and over winter break.

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All library materials are due Monday, December 17

A few library reminders for students before leaving for the break.

All library materials are due by Monday, December 17. If you would like to borrow materials over the break (excluding equipment and interlibrary loan items), please stop by the circulation desk on the First Floor and we will extend the due date through January.

Study carrels must have all personal items removed from the carrel space by Monday, December 17. Also, please remember to return your plastic carrel sign to the First Floor circulation desk.