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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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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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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.


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McCain Library Celebrates World Vegan Month


November saw the celebration of World Vegan Month, a month long awareness program dedicated to a vegan lifestyle (refraining from the use or consumption of all animal products).

In conjunction with World Vegan Month, library student workers JD Tanaro ’19 and Connie Tran ’21 created a display on the first floor of McCain dedicated to vegan and animal welfare books and DVDs in our collection.

Additionally, the library will have “I cannot believe it’s vegan” snacks at noon each day (Tuesday through Friday) and a chance to win a gift certificate to a local vegan restaurant opportunity with the display.

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McCain Library’s First Weekend of ADDED Exam-Time Hours for ASC Students

Friday, Dec 7     Open late: 8 AM – 2 AM

  • All library services until 10:30 PM
  • Building open for study 10:30 PM – 2 AM
  • @ 2 AM, ASC ID’s will access some of the
    common spaces on the Ground Floor
    of Campbell Hall

Saturday, Dec 8   Open late: 11 AM – 2 AM

  • All library services until 10:30 PM
  • Building open for study 10:30 PM – 2 AM
  • @ 2 AM, ASC ID’s will access some of the
    common spaces on the Ground Floor of
    Campbell Hall

Sunday, Dec 9      Open: 1 PM – 2AM

Next weekend (Dec 14-16) will also have additional, but different, hours and services.

Good luck wrapping up this semester!

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Library Hours Around Thanksgiving Break



                          Mon., 11/19      OPEN 8:00 am – 2:00 am*

                          Tues., 11/20     OPEN 8:00 am – 6:00 pm

                          Wed., 11/21      OPEN 8:30 am – 12:00 pm

                          Thurs., 11/22    CLOSED (College Holiday)**

                          Fri., 11/23         CLOSED (College Holiday)**

                          Sat., 11/24          CLOSED (College Holiday)**

                          Sun., 11/25         OPEN 1:00 pm – 2:00 am*

If you’re traveling, remember our online, no-password-needed, keyword searchable LibGuides ( – subject-oriented research starters for help at a distance, 24/7.

*Visitors allowed in the building until 10:30pm.

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Join McCain library to Celebrate National Writers Month 2018 in November

McCain library will celebrate National Writers Month 2018 by hosting a month long event for students to come together to work on their novels or other writing projects. This event consists of weekly meetings, Wednesdays from 6-7pm, November 7, 14, and 28. In the meetings, future authors will come together for writing exercises, hear from Scotties who have published their own books, and get tons of helpful advice. The final event on November 28 will feature a known published author.  Each meeting gives you a raffle ticket that puts you in the running for our prize! So, the more meetings you attend, the higher the chance to win. No matter where you are in your writing journey, stop by and finally get cracking on that book you’ve been meaning to write.

National writers month!

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Visit McCain Library’s Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead) Display

Visit the library at 4pm today (Friday, November 2) to enjoy some delicious baked goods celebrating Día de Muertos and make sure to stop by Annel Chavez’s (Class of ’21) incredible tribute to her grandfather and Día de Muertos on the first floor of the library.


This Ofrenda I made is for my abuelito, Feidel Chávez, who passed away my senior year of high school. This is my 4th year doing an ofrenda for my abuelito. It’s important to me because it’s a way to connect to my abuelito and my heritage. In Mexico, it’s something my whole family celebrates, and I never really got the chance to celebrate this special day with them. Imagine my grandpa coming back on November 2nd, Día de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead), and he finds one of his ofrendas in Agnes Scott! He would be shocked to find himself at a library of all places in a different state. It’s a very beautiful day in my culture filled with parties, laughter, and prayers. Even though it’s sad that my abuelito passed way, he’s here on that day celebrating and laughing with the family without a care in the world.


The Ofrenda (altar) is placed on a table and covered by a tablecloth. The ofrenda I made has 3 levels; the saying goes that the higher the ofrenda is the closer to God the dead are. I did this by stacking boxes on top of one another on the table (traditionally, if you were in Mexico, this would be done on the tombstone). It’s typically decorated with papel picado (cut tissue paper), crucifix, rosary, cempasuchitl (a traditional flower for the dead), candles, salt, water, drinks, copal (a type of incense), comida tipica (such as mole, tamales,arroz, pozole, menudo, fruits), Pan de Muerto (Bread of the dead), favorite clothing, small toys, cigarettes, liquor, pictures of the loved ones who passed away, Calavera de Azucar (sugar skulls), La Calavera Catrina (Dapper Skeleton), etc. Most of the items above also depend on if the deceased loved ones liked them while they were still in the land of the living. For example, my deceased abuelito (grandpa) liked to eat Fray Vasco de Quiroga (Mexican fruit roll-ups), so I put a small basket of them on his altar.