Check Out Textbooks in the Library

August 23rd, 2016

Did you know that you can check out many of the textbooks used on campus from the Library?  You can look the books up here by course number, course name, or you can try a keyword search.  Then take your student ID to the Library Circulation Desk and tell the person at the desk what book you need.  Most textbooks check out for 2 hours at a time (some longer), and some, but not all, can be taken out of the Library.  Just be sure to get the book back on time so other students can use it too.

If you need help looking up your textbooks, or if you have any other questions, please be sure to Ask a Librarian.

Mapping the Extent of Louisiana’s Floods

August 23rd, 2016

The New York Times has some good images of the Louisina Floods.

Follow this link:  Mapping the Extent of Louisiana’s Floods


Welcome to the Fall Semester!

August 22nd, 2016

We are excited to be back for the fall term! Don’t forget you can call us, email us, and chat with us!  We are open 7 days a week!


8/20-21: ProQuest Databases Offline for Scheduled Maintenance

August 18th, 2016

adalovelace_sys_text2Our ProQuest databases will be offline for scheduled maintenance by the database vendor on Saturday, August 20, 9pm to Sunday August 21, 6am.

This affects the following databases:

  • Criminal Justice Periodical Index
  • Chicago Tribune (current & historical)
  • History Study Center
  • New York Times (current & historical)
  • National Newspapers
  • SIRS
  • Wall Street Journal
  • Washington Post
  • Christian Science Monitor

2016 STEM Series: Chemistry, Engineering, Biology

August 15th, 2016

We are excited to announce the 2016 STEM lectures here in the library. These lectures are hosted in partnership with the Math Department and Science & Business Subdivision.

“X-ray crystallography: Shining a light on protein structure.”
Sept 15th, 11am, Building L, Library Lounge
Description: Proteins carry out many important cellular functions such as cellular signaling, molecular transport, and catalysing metabolic reactions. The structure of a protein can often give useful insights into how it carries out its function. X-ray crystallography is a technique used by biologists to determine the atomic structure of proteins. I will describe the technique and show some examples of how a protein’s structure reveals insights into its function. David B. Neau, Ph.D. is Staff Scientist, Northeastern Collaborative Access Team, Dept. of Chemistry, Cornell University

“How do you measure stuff you can’t see?”
Nov 1st, 11am (or 12:30), Building L, Library Lounge
Description: Adam Keil is chemist who detects very small amounts of stuff that might potentially have a very big impact on the world around us. From atmospheric gases in the Arctic to explosives in airports, Adam has worked with universities, governments, and corporations to develop methods and machines for the detection of trace amounts ‘high consequence’ materials. It takes some math, some science, some engineering, and sometimes some luck to find particles at one-millionth of one-millionth of a paperclip. Join Adam as he explains his work and how he got there–both to you and to himself! Adam Keil, Ph.D. is an atmospheric chemist whose doctorate is from Purdue University. He works as a consultant. This event is part of the STEM series.

Oh, the Places You’ll Go with Civil Engineering!
Nov 15th, 12:30pm, Building L, Library Lounge
Description: Civil Engineering is a diverse profession that offers you variety in multiple sub-disciplines involving critical thinking, problem solving, team work and adventure. This lecture will discuss the science, mathematics, exploration of different components and benefits of becoming a Civil Engineer. Kimberly Hastings is Resident Engineer with an emphasizes in Structural Engineering. Currently managing and overseeing construction of a large rail project for the largest inland port in the United States. This event is part of the STEM series.

Let the Art Events Begin

August 4th, 2016


While tomorrow night’s opening ceremony of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games will certainly be artistic, today’s Olympics lack another kind of artistry that was in place for four decades. From 1912 to 1952, the Olympics included artistic events along side the sporting ones. Over the years, a total of 151 medals were awarded for architecture, music, painting, sculpture and literature for works that took their inspiration from sport.



In 1912, the first gold medal for sculpture was awarded to American Walter Winans for his bronze piece, American Trotter. This was Winans’ third Olympic medal however, having already won two for the sport of sharpshooting.


In 1948, a silver medal was won by John Copley for his engraving Polo Players. This made him the oldest ever medal recipient. He no longer holds that title, since the art competitions have been removed from the Olympic record. The 151 medals awarded for arts also no longer count in current countries’ medal counts.

The Olympic art events saw varying levels of popularity over the years. Their removal from the games came about for a different reason though. The Olympics were always meant to be a showcase of the best amateurs from around the world. It was decided that art could no longer be included because the artists were in fact professionals, earning their livings from their works.

To read more about the history of Olympic art events, have a look at this Smithsonian piece. The library also has many books, ebooks, and videos about the Olympics in general.


Pictured at the top is Jean Jacoby’s Corner and Rugby. Rugby took home home a gold medal in 1928. At the bottom is the 1924 silver medal winner The Liffey Swim by Jack Butler Yeats.

2016 Gaming Day, September 28th, 1pm-4pm

July 28th, 2016

We are excited about our 2016 Gaming Day that will be part of our Graphic Novel Symposium. Here is a quick preview.

2016 Gaming Day, September 28th, 1pm-4pm

We are open!

July 26th, 2016

After yesterday’s power outage, the library is back open today, Tuesday, July 26th. Come and see us! Call us! Text us! Online Chat with us! We are here to help.

(visit our Ask a Librarian page for more info)

Library Closed July 25th

July 25th, 2016

Due to a power outage, the Library will be closed today, Monday, July 25th. We will reopen tomorrow at 7:30am.


Graphic Novel Symposium Design wins Award of Excellence

July 20th, 2016

ConGNSymposiumPostesrsgratulations to MVCC’s Marketing and Creative Services  Department! Their design work for our Graphic Novel Symposium  won an Award of Excellence in the 2016 University and College Designers Association (UCDA) Award Competition. The UCDA annually recognizes the best of the exceptional design work done to promote educational institutions. Nearly 1,100 print entries were evaluated and only 174 awards were granted. This nice recognition for the work of our designers. They make us look great!

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