McCain Library Summer Hours

Starting next week, McCain Library will follow the Agnes Scott College summer schedule:

June 1 – August 2, 2015

Monday – Thursday  Open 8:00 AM –5:15 PM
Friday – Sunday  Closed


Monday, July 6 (July 4th Holiday Break)   Closed


Starting on June 1, Agnes Scott College students may use their ID cards on the wall scanners at the exterior Ground Floor doors facing Alston Campus Center to enter the ETC Hallway, then to unlock McCain G-11. This classroom provides quiet study space and WiFi access for personal laptop computers when the main library is closed.

Also, our online informational and research guides, LibGuides at, offer research guidance 24/7.

Certain Summer I Course Textbooks on Library Reserve

As a continuation of a successful pilot project in the spring, McCain Library will have at least one copy of these expensive course textbooks on reserve for students taking Summer I courses.

  • These textbooks may be used for two hours at a time in McCain Library.
  • They may not be taken out of McCain Library.
  • Ask for them by title at the Circulation Desk.

Note: this service does not include online supplementary tools, CDs, workbooks or lab manuals – just the required textbook.

  • BIO 222    Essentials of Human Anatomy & Physiology, 11th ed.
  • CHE 150   Chemistry: Atoms First, 2nd ed. (2 copies)
  • MAT 115   ​Introduction to the Practice of Statistics, 5th ed.
  • PSY 101    Science of Psychology 3rd ed. (2 copies)

McCain Library Hours Around Commencement and the Rest of May

DATE                                  LIBRARY HOURS

Tues., May 12           8:00 AM – 2:00 AM

Wed., May 13            8:00 AM – 6:00 PM (Exams end)

Thurs., May 14          8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Fri., May 15               8:30 AM – 4:30 PM (Baccalaureate)

Sat., May 16              9:00 AM – 1:00 PM (Commencement)

Sun., May 17             Closed

REST OF MAY (18th – 31st)*

Monday – Friday       8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Saturday – Sunday   Closed


Thurs., May 21           CLOSED – ASC Community Day

Mon., May 25             CLOSED – Memorial Day Holiday

McCain Library’s Extra Exam-Time Hours for ASC Students Only


To help students conclude the semester successfully, on May 8-10, McCain Library will offer some additional service and study hours as follows:

Friday, May 8

8am – 10:30pm       Services available until 6pm; study in McCain until 10:30pm

Saturday, May 9

9am – 10:30pm       Services available until 6pm; study in McCain until 10:30pm

Sunday, May 10

10am  2am             Checkout & Reserve services only between 10am and 1pm.
All other services as usual later on Sunday.

Note: After the library closes, students may use G-11 (w/ID) on the Ground Floor’s Educational Technology Hallway.

Reading Habits: David D’Ambrosio

Question 1)

 david_dambrosio_picDo you like to read? How would you describe yourself as a reader?

Yes–I read primarily the newspaper, magazines, and professional music publications having to do with keyboard performance and pedagogy. I also read  novels mostly during the summer months.  However, I wouldn’t describe myself as an avid reader.

Question 2)

What books would you recommend?

Life, Animated by Ronald Suskind
Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
The Soloist
John Adams by David McCullough
Under the Tuscan Sun
Autobiographies or biographies

Question 3)

Do you remember the first book your read or any childhood favorites?

One of the first books was a story of an adventure along the Allagash river in Maine, however, I don’t remember the title.  There were also novels by Zane Grey. I enjoyed the fables from the Childcraft publication and later on the Mark Twain classics and the poems of Edgar Allen Poe. I always enjoy reading books about the great composers.

Question 4)

Have you always liked to read? Was there ever a person in your life who really inspired you to read?

I didn’t always like to read that much outside of required reading for college.  I was able to acquire the desire to read more books over time.  I’ve never had a desire to read a lot of fiction. I love subjects of books having to do with historical figures and stories that recount actual historic events.  I don’t recall a person in my life who really inspired me to read. I had to find my own way in this regard.

Question 5)

Did you read any interesting/memorable books when you were in college?

I’m sure there was one or two, however, it’s difficult for me to remember what I read 40 years ago!

Last Minute Research Help!

Exam Cram 2The Reference Desk will be open Friday and Saturday until 10:30pm. Please stop by or email us at if you have any questions. You can also use the chat box on the library homepage.

If you would like to sign up for an appointment with a librarian next week, use this document to schedule a time with Casey Long. Other librarians are also available so email the library at and let us know what date and time works best for you. We will match you with a librarian and send you an appointment request.


Reading Habits: Mary Cain

Question 1)

mary_cain_picDo you like to read? How would you describe yourself as a reader?

I love to read–everything. I wish I had more time for pleasure reading of fiction. But I read what and when I can–newspapers, magazines, the backs of cereal boxes, whatever text is in front of me.

Question 2)

What books would you recommend?

I think there is a reason why the classics are classic, and except for Wuthering Heights, I’ve never regretted reading any one of them.

Question 3)

Do you remember the first book you read or any childhood favorites?

I don’t recall the first books, but childhood favorites include: From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler; Anne of Green Gables; Greengage Summer.

Question 4)

Have you always liked to read? Was there ever a person in your life who really inspired you to read?

My mother was an avid reader. She would read for  5-6 hours a day and consumed multiple books a week. She is my example.

Question 5)

Did you read any interesting/memorable books when you were in college?

I took an American literature survey course purposefully so I would read Moby Dick (I didn’t think I’d ever read it unless it was required). I’m so glad I did; that course–and reading that book–turned me into a nineteenth-century US historian.  I also have exceptionally fond memories of my courses on Shakespeare, and one of my favorite papers that I ever wrote was on Shaw’s Pygmalion.