Library holdshelf is in the lobby

The library holdshelf is now in the lobby to facilitate no-contact pickup. When materials are requested for pickup location “Reed Library” they will be checked out to you, put in envelopes, and placed in the cubbies by the east lobby doors. You will receive and email with this information 1 hour before the items are available.

For students and faculty outside the Portland metro area use the “Ship to – provide address in comment”. Please enter a full address in the comment box and we will ship you those materials via USPS media mail within 24 hours. For international deliveries email library-circ@reed.edu.

IMC and PARC pickup locations are open Monday-Thursday, 10a-4p.

Library News for Fall 2020

(updated 8/6)

Due to constraints imposed by COVID-19, the library is making several changes to fall hours, access, and services. Our goal is to make the library as safe as possible for the Reed community as well as library staff while supporting our students both on campus and off.

Please contact Dena Hutto, College Librarian, with questions or concerns about these plans.

Fall hours for Hauser Library and the library circulation desk

  • Monday – Thursday: 9:00 AM – 10 PM
  • Friday: 9:00 AM – 6 PM
  • Saturday: 10 AM – 6 PM
  • Sunday: 10 AM – 10 PM

Access and study space

Hauser Library will be open for Reed students, faculty and staff. Keycard access to the lobby is available now for faculty and staff and will be activated for students by mid-August.

The library will be open for individual study no later than the first day of classes. Total occupancy will be limited to about 300, pending determination of the number of seats available for study. Face masks are required at all times. Seating has been reduced to enable social distancing of 6 feet. Group study rooms will be closed. Library stacks will be open for browsing. Windows should be left open in areas where people are present in order to maximize air flow.

Disinfectant and hand sanitizer are available throughout the library’s public areas and students are encouraged to clean personal study space before and after use.

Since the virus may persist on books and other library surfaces, please practice good hand hygiene (wash hands with soap for 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer, keep hands away from face) while handling library materials.

Public computers have been removed except for a limited number of kiosks for access to the library catalog and reference assistance. Copiers, scanners, and printers are available.

Due to reduced seating in the library, thesis desks will not be assigned for fall semester.

Library reference and instruction

Library reference, instruction, and outreach will be offered virtually. Librarians will work with faculty to embed support into points along the path throughout the semester, including traditional Zoom instruction sessions, integration into Moodle courses, and group Q & A drop-in sessions for students. Please contact a librarian for more information.

Library course reserves

Electronic course reserves are available through course Moodle sites.

Due to concerns about virus transmission, print reserve books will be available for a longer loan period and will be quarantined for 72 hours between checkouts. Students should acquire their own texts for fall classes if possible. The Reed Bookstore offers interest-free student charge accounts to help with textbook ordering, with flexible payment plans available. Financial assistance may also be available; please contact the Financial Aid Office for details.

Additionally, the library purchases ebook versions of print reserves texts whenever available.

Summit

Summit borrowing resumed on August 3. At this time, 16 of the 37 member libraries are participating in Summit. Requested materials may be picked up in the library lobby.

Interlibrary loan

Interlibrary loan for articles with electronic delivery continues to be available. Interlibrary loan for books resumed on August 3. Requested materials may be picked up in the library lobby.

Reed Special Collections and Archives

Starting September 4, hours will be:
Monday – Friday 1 PM – 4 PM by appointment only.
A maximum of 4 patrons can be accommodated at a time. Special collections materials will be quarantined for 72 hours after usage.

Instructional Media Center

Hours:
Monday – Thursday 10 AM – 4 PM
The computer labs are closed. You can request AV equipment here.

Performing Arts Resource Center

Hours:
Monday – Thursday 10 AM – 4 PM for request pick up.
Request equipment and library materials in advance. The AV Editing Workroom (Room 327) is available by advance reservation only. PARC stacks, study rooms, and spaces are closed. Study space is available in the Performing Arts Building atrium. More information at library.reed.edu/parc.

Visual Resource Center

Staff are working remotely. For assistance, please email reedvrc@reed.edu.

More Reed Resources

Reed’s Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Prevention & Response

COVID-19 Support Resources for Students

Remote Teaching & Learning from Computing and Information Services

Echoes of Harlem

There’s a time travel portal next to the reference desk.

1920s and 1930s Harlem NYC was a time when African American arts and culture flourished. Jazz music from Billie Holiday and Louis Armstrong could be heard floating from Harlem nightclubs. Painters such as Jacob Lawrence and Archibald Motley chronicled the daily lives of African Americans.

It was also a politically and racially charged time in US history. If you walked down 5th Avenue you might see a black flag hanging from the NAACP office that proclaimed “A MAN WAS LYNCHED YESTERDAY” in bold white lettering.

Whether you’re interested in Harlem Renaissance aesthetic, culture, or politics, our book display has something for you. Come discover a good read and learn about the Echoes of Harlem that still reverberate throughout NYC and the USA today.

All items available for checkout!

Fall 2019 Thesis Submission Info

After orals, but before printing and binding, a final copy of your thesis must be approved by the library to ensure legibility. Librarians will be available in L17 during the following times to check and accept bound theses:

  • Wednesday, December 18 | 12:00pm – 5:00pm
  • Thursday, December 19 | 12:00pm – 5:00pm
  • Friday, December 20 | 8:30am – 12:00pm

If you cannot make the above hours, email Sarah Bavier to set up an appointment.

Information on the library submission process is available on the Thesis Library Guide.

Día de los muertos at Reed Library

Día de los muertos is a popular Mexican holiday that dates back 3000 years to the Aztec Empire. Those who celebrate Día de los muertos believe that on midnight October 31st and November 1st the souls of their departed loved ones descend to visit their families.

Monday, October 28th
Is there a dead poet or author you admire?
Come share your ideas for our ofrenda.
Library Lobby 1-2 PM

Tuesday, October 29th
Papel Picado Party
Help us cut our brightly colored tissue paper designs and make cempazuchitl flowers.
Library Room L17 1-2 PM

Friday, November 1st
It is believed the dead enjoy the tastes and smells of food. Join us for pan de muerto and chocolate as we celebrate Día de los Muertos.
Library Lobby 1-3 PM

All events are free and open to students, faculty, and staff. For more information contact Lily De La Fuente, Humanities Librarian, at delafuente@reed.edu

Ofrenda = an offering
Calavera = representation of a skull
Papel picado = perforated paper
Pan de muerto = sweet bread traditionally baked for Día de los muertos
Cempazuchitl flowers = marigolds

Workshops on Research Methods

Quantitative Methods WorkshopThe Library subscribes to Sage Research Methods Online, a database with over 1,000 videos, books, handbooks, and journal articles focusing on research design and methods in the social sciences. This Thursday, September 6th, a trainer from Sage will lead workshops in Library L17 on using the tool. Snacks will be provided!

1:30-2:30 pm: Quantitative Methods Workshop 

3:30-4:30pm: Ethnographic Methods WorkshopEthnographic Methods Workshop

Reference Assistant Spotlight: Chad

Chad with his favorite reference book, possibly looking up The Music Man.

Name: Chad
Year: Senior
Major: History

Favorite Library Resource: I’m not sure if it counts but I’m a big fan of the e-reserves. I do a lot of my readings on my laptop and I like being able to access texts for class at home or anywhere on campus.

Favorite Place to Work in the Library: Definitely my thesis desk. I have a great view of the Lawn and its nice to have a spot in the library where I can keep my books and other materials that I need for classes.

Reason you wanted to be a reference assistant: I’ll admit I’ve never been one to spend much time in the library. However, the position of reference assistant allows me to give back to the greater Reed community. Also, working as a reference assistant has helped me learn more about the different databases, guides, and collections that the library has to offer.

Hardest thing about research: Probably narrowing down the scope of my research. I like to tackle big picture questions in my work and focusing my research towards on one idea or question has always been difficult for me.

Favorite thing about Reed: I would say my favorite thing about Reed is the friends I’ve made during my time here. I’ve established a strong network of friends over my four years at Reed who are always willing to lend a helping hand when needed…but are also always down for a rowdy game of rage cage. (Editor’s note: I have no idea what rage cage is!)

Cool thing you did during break: I started teaching myself the basics of music theory in order to help me produce songs on Ableton and Logic Pro.

Reference Assistant Spotlight: Ruth

Ruth cheerfully helping a patron “old school”.
Name: Ruth
Year: Senior
Major: Religion

Favorite Library Resource: Summit and being able to use all the electronic resources when I’m off campus!

Favorite Place to Work in the Library: North Ref

Reason you wanted to be a reference assistant: I want to utilize everything I’ve learned at Reed by helping other students with the research process!

Hardest thing about research: Narrowing unbridled interest and enthusiasm into a focused topic with a limited dataset… while maintaining the initial interest and enthusiasm.

Favorite thing about Reed: The canyon, the scrounge, and the Religion department! (Editor’s note: Ahem. I think you forgot something….)

Cool class you’ve taken at Reed: Last fall I took a 300 level English course on the literature of the Black Panther party, which changed my entire worldview. Pancho never repeats his classes, so email me if you want the syllabus!

Reference Assistant Spotlight: Claire

Claire using our beloved Library of Congress Subject Headings.

Name: Claire
Year: Junior
Major: English

Favorite Library Resource: The thesis tower or the photographs in the Reed College Archives.

Favorite Place to Work in the Library: North Reference. The old-school green desk lamps make me feel like Elle Woods during her Harvard days. An Elle Woods with endless table space. (Editor’s note: Legally Blonde is one of my favorite guilty pleasures!)

Reason you wanted to be a reference assistant: Reed has given me a lot, so I want to pay it forward! Also, being the bookworm that I am, the library is my home away from home.

Hardest thing about research: Narrowing down my list of sources! I always want to squeeze a nugget of information from every article I find into my papers.

Favorite thing about Reed: The small student body has allowed me to jump on an amazing array of opportunities, from working on multiple publications to interning with Reed alumni in different countries. To give a less cheesy answer, living in the Spanish House on campus has been the most rewarding and ridiculously fun experience of my Reed career.

Cool thing you did during break:  My sister gifted me a collection of poems by Ada Limón over the holidays, and I raced through it (mistake! poems should be treated like a four-course meal, not a snack—don’t worry, I’m rereading it now). (Editor’s Note: Some of her poetry is available here. And the library has two of her collections: Lucky Wreck and Bright Dead Things.)