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Thanks for a great study break!

Thanks for coming out to McCain’s study break, Scotties! We had a great turnout for story time and snacks. Big thanks to Liz and her delightful reading voice! We are cheering you on through finals and the end of the semester! Don’t forget that resting and breaks are a vital part of sustaining your studies. Don’t hesitate to come to the library this week if you need a place to hit the books or hit the sack (we are told our couches are quite comfortable for a quick snooze).

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Extended Hours for Finals

Gearing up for finals? McCain Library will be open late this weekend and next to provide extra study-space on campus. See the images below for library hours 12/2-12/12.

Friday 12/2 – Open 8:00AM until 10:30PM
Saturday 12/3 – Open 10:00AM until 10:30PM
Sunday 12/4 – Open 3:00PM until 1:00AM
Monday 12/5-Thursday12/8 – Open 8:00AM until 1:00AM
Friday 12/9 – Open 8:00AM until 10:30PM
Saturday 12/10 – Open 10:00AM until 10:30PM
Sunday 12/11 – Open 3:00PM until 1:00AM
Monday 12/12 – Open 8:00AM until 6:00PM

Good luck with final projects and exams!

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Seeds for Fines Exchange Program

Do you have outstanding fines on your library account? Would you like to eradicate your overdue fines to ensure you won’t have holds on your account? Do you just have a boatload of extra seeds lying around, leftover from gardening season? McCain Library has good news for you!

After Agnes’ Thanksgiving break, McCain Library is instating a program called Seeds for Fines. Students with overdue fees on their library accounts can bring in seed donations to our circulation desk and we will accept them toward paying off your fines. 

Each seed packet you donate will contribute to 5 dollars of fines being removed from your account. If you choose to pay your fines with cash,* that money will be used to buy seeds for the springtime seed library!

All seed packets will be donated to our seed library that will be available to campus in the spring. Ask at the circulation desk for more information, contact McCain over email or over the phone. 

*We cannot accept card purchases for this program.

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Mobile Librarian in Alston Student Center

Thank you everyone who stopped to chat with McCain Library staff last week in Alston! We had a wonderful time setting up our second official installment in our mobile librarian program. Scotties picked up cute book-themed stickers and smart snacks, learned about events at McCain, and participated in a survey to help us program better at the library! We even had President Zak stop by and try on some glasses. Stop by McCain or give us a call (or an email) to inquire about upcoming Mobile Librarian events. Every month we will have a new stop around campus to post up and engage in a dialogue about all things McCain!

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Research Roundtable Skill Builder 11/14 @ 5PM

Do you find reading scholarly articles difficult? In this interactive Q&A style session, you will learn reading tricks that will help you quickly understand the key points of a scholarly article. This skill builder is focused on tips for reading scholarly journal articles. Join us at 5:00PM in the library on Floor 2 in room 211 to learn and ask questions!

When: Monday, November 14, 2022 from 5:00pm – 5:30pm
Where: McCain Library 211
Who: Christina Tatum and Casey Long, McCain Library
For more information, email McCain Library at

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Have you ever wondered what can grow from an old, unusable book? Look no further!

Starting Monday, McCain Library is hosting a book giveaway week! 

Searching for an obscure poetry publication? A free textbook? A classic novel or a book about myths? McCain is offering FREE titles from a wide variety of subjects. Join us on Monday, November 14th to kick off our old-book-themed activities!

The theme for this book giveaway is Plant the Seed! Every night this week, plant the seed of knowledge by picking up a free book from our book giveaway, cultivate creativity by crafting with McCain, or “grow your own” by picking up some information about our plant-based programs!

The library will have FREE books for giveaway, different crafts to “grow” out of old books, and information about McCain’s seed library and our Seeds 4 Fines exchange. We will also have information on the Raised Bed Program that is beginning soon.

At 4 PM on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, we will demonstrate DIY projects that culminate in a beautiful display for your dwelling. ANY LEVEL OF EXPERIENCE WELCOMED!

Activities and crafts are adjustable for all skill levels!

On Monday:

Give an old book new life by “growing” a banner or garland from its printed illustrations!

On Tuesday:

Help McCain cultivate a beautiful Agnes Scott floral arrangement made from discarded books to display in the library!

On Wednesday:

Learn easy ways to collage and decoupage on any surface (including flower pots)!

Visit McCain’s Main reading room this week to participate in our exciting book giveaway activities!

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New Materials at McCain Library!

Come over to McCain Library and check out some of our newest acquisitions! If there’s a recent title you want and you can’t find it in McCain’s collection, you can always suggest a purchase! Simply visit McCain Library’s website at and scroll to the bottom. There you will find our “Suggest a Purchase” button that leads to a simple form!

Remember, you can always ask a librarian for help!