Author: Angela Vanden Elzen

Mudd Library Tips for New and Returning Students

The start of a new school year is always an exciting time- and a great time to learn about all that your friends in the Mudd Library can do to help you succeed here at Lawrence University. To help you out, we’ve compiled some links and information to help you get started. As always, if you have any questions- ask us!

Quick Tips

  • The first floor is usually the noisiest and the fourth is the quietest. There are a variety of study spaces on all floors.
  • Your Lawrence ID is your library card.
  • Again- it’s our job to help you- don’t be afraid to ask!
  • Summer hours are Monday-Friday 8 am to 4 pm.
  • When the school year begins, the library is open Monday-Thursday 8 am to 1 am, Friday 8 am to 11 pm, Saturday 10 am to 11 pm, and Sunday 11 am to 1 am.

Helpful Links

  • Search OneSearch to find things like books and academic articles.
  • Your Lawrence I.D. serves as your library card to check stuff out from the library–be sure to bring it with you. Checkout periods are 28 days for books and scores for students, 14 days for CDs, 7 days for videos and DVDs. The library also circulates a variety of equipment.
  • Take a look at the group and individual study spaces in the library.
  • Find your way around with our mobile-friendly virtual tour!
  • You can print, copy, and scan in the library.
  • Learn about the types of materials, and types of equipment you can check out.
  • Follow us on Instagram and Facebook to learn about the library, events, new items, and more!
  • See who we are– chances are you’ll be seeing a lot of us during your time at Lawrence.
  • Looking for a job? See available jobs in Lawrence Link.

Getting stuff from the library

  • Books, DVDs, musical scores, and other materials are sometimes placed on course reserve by professors and are available behind the Circulation Desk. Electronic reserves can be accessed by logging in to your library account.
  • The Makerspace provides all students with access to equipment and tools to enhance the creativity of their academic work. Located on the first floor of the library. See the makerspace guide to learn all about it.
  • A Reference Librarian is available at the reference desk many hours a day during the school year and over breaks. Ask us questions! That’s why we’re here! Reference Librarians are also happy to arrange research appointments with students.
  • Need something from another library? You can place a request electronically by logging in to your interlibrary loan account or by clicking the Find It button when searching our databases.
  • Explore our collections by coming to the library and wandering around or take a look at our collections pages. We have a ton of great stuff to help you with your coursework.

Book & Podcast Recommendations

Looking for something fun to read in the last weeks of summer, a cookbook that will inspire your cooking, or an engaging podcast to help you see the world in a new way? This summer we had a some excellent coffeehouses with members of the LU community, where we shared some of our favorites and compiled some excellent lists of recommendations. We hope they inspire you as well!

Summer in the Mudd Library

It’s time again for summer updates from your friends in the Mudd!

  • Hours: 8 am to 4 pm, Monday through Friday (closed Monday, July 5)
  • Building access is still limited to current LU students, faculty, staff with the use of their LU ID card.
  • All floors of the building will be open!
  • Interlibrary loan will be available all summer! Off campus? You can still request articles and receive them electronically!
  • All other Mudd friends are here as well! Circulation, reference support, archives, acquisitions, and all the rest!

We’ll also be hosting events!

Weekly Fiber Arts & Chat: Outdoor Summer Edition

Join us every Monday, starting June 21 at 10 am in the plaza in front of the library for a crafting and chatting break!

Coffeehouses- our annual summer tradition of coffeehouses will take place outdoors this year!

Front of the the Mudd Library with tables, chairs, and umbrellas.
Mudd Library Plaza

Coffeehouses will all take place at 10 am, in the plaza in front of the library. Refreshments will be provided. More details on each event to follow!

  • June 30- Summer Reads
  • July 14- Cookbook Share
  • August 11- Podcasts

Spring Term Events and News

Building:

As the plants outside the Mudd are slowly opening up, so is the library!

  • The first floor has now been reopened for browsing! This means you can select musical scores, DVDs, CDs, and more from first floor collections and bring them right up to the circulation desk to check out! No holds required for first floor collections!
  • Update: Level A (between floors 1 & 2) is now open! This floor has lot of great study spaces and periodicals.
  • Stay tuned to our social media for news on the 3rd and 4th floor collections. These spaces are still closed for safety.
  • We’ve added more chairs to first floor tables, expanding seating to two individuals per table.
  • The building still requires LU ID card access and is limited to current students, faculty, and staff
  • The newly-renovated second floor, home to the Center for Academic Success and Information Technology Services, is open for access to those departments as well as socially-distanced quiet study!

Events:

We’ll be continuing two of our favorite weekly events through Spring term!

LU Reads: Join us on Wednesday evenings from 7-7:30 Central on Zoom. For spring term, we’ll be doing a read-aloud of the Fox Cities Reads title, George by Alex Gino. Learn more on the LU Reads Guide.

Fiber Arts & Chat: **Updated to change date and time** Each Friday, starting at 4:00 PM Central, join your friends from the Mudd and fiber arts enthusiasts from all around campus, for some knitting/crocheting/etc. and fun conversation! This event also takes place over Zoom.

Table inside the library with a sign that reads, "Please limit to 2 persons per table." The window near the table shows many yellow daffodil flowers blooming and the Wriston art galleries building in the background.
It’s springtime in the Mudd!

Winter Break 2020 and the Mudd

Mudd Library building in the snow with text that reads Happy Holidays from your friend at the Mudd

Hooray! We made it through fall term! While you’re all safely navigating to your place to settle in for break, don’t forget that your friends in the Mudd are here for you!

The library will be open from November 30 through December 18, Monday through Friday 8 am to 4:30 pm. Access to the library building is still limited to students, faculty, and staff and your Lawrence ID is required to enter.

We’ll be available to help virtually as well! Many of the ways we were able to help you over fall term will continue into winter term!

The library will be closed (and staff will be off) from December 19th through January 3rd, as the campus will be closed during that time. Please contact us as soon as possible to help with your course reserves, set up research instruction sessions, and other library services. We’ll open again on Monday, January 4th.

Even if when the library is closed, there’s still lots the library can help you with!

  • Streaming media databases: Find documentaries, instructional videos, movies, news clips, operas, theatre performances, and much more from our varied collection of streaming video resources. Our streaming audio resources include a wide variety of music, theatre audio, and more. Many of these resources include permalinks to individual titles and the ability to make clips to use in courses, and most can be accessed off campus with a proxy login.
  • OneSearch and Article databases: Find full text articles by searching in OneSearch and in many of our databases.
  • ArtStor Image Database: Collect images for your courses and projects in ArtStor.
  • Course reserve forms: We have PDF forms of our course reserve cards available that you can fill out at home and print out (or save as and print out later). Find an article in one of our databases? Use this form to simply enter some information, and we’ll add your reading and fill out the card. We’ll still be doing just electronic reserves for winter term.
  • RefWorks citation manager: Don’t have access to a printer? Collect and organize resources in RefWorks that you can easily locate once we’re open again.

We hope everyone has a safe, restful, and happy winter break! Happy holidays from your friends in the Mudd!

It’s the End of the Term- Let us Help!

Get help from a reference librarian to figure out those tricky academic citations or last-minute research questions! 

Need help with polishing your writing?  You can request a meeting with a tutor from the Center for Academic Success (24 hours in advance, please!).

Introducing: Mudd Flix- Movies to Your Mailbox!

Text reads: "Introducing: Mudd Flix, Search & Request DVDs!"on top of a green box with green film reel images in the background.

Did you know that the Mudd Library has an excellent and varied collection of DVDs? We have loads of popular movies, documentaries, musicals, stage productions, and even TV shows! To make it even better, we now have an easy way to search all of this great stuff! Introducing, Mudd Flix!

Mudd Flix is a special search tab in Library OneSearch that allows you to search just DVDs! Search all kinds of keywords to find your favorites: performer name, director name, genre, language, and many more!

Once you’ve discovered the title you’d like, all you have to do is request it! Here’s a helpful video that shows you how to do it: Requesting Materials in the Library Catalog. Or, if you’d prefer, the directions are written out in the Remote Library Services Guide (scroll down to the Requesting Items from the Collection section).

Request to have the video delivered to your campus mailbox, or to have it held for you so you can pick it up from the library circulation desk!

Need a DVD player for your laptop? We have those available to check out! Just fill out this form: Borrowing Equipment

Remember- if you’re on campus or in the Appleton area- try out our amazing new Mudd Flix search, find what you’d like, and submit a request! We’ll pull the movie, and have it delivered right to your mailbox or hold it for you at the circulation desk.

Fall Term 2020 Library Services

Even though things are different on campus fall term, your friends from the Mudd are still available to provide the services to help you succeed! We’ve put together this guide of instructional videos about library services and resources to help you out. Additionally, here’s a list of your favorite services, and how they’re a little different this term.

Circulation- Checking out library books & other stuff:

  • For students, faculty, and staff on campus: Request items through our library catalog and they’ll be sent to you in campus mail! Here’s an informative video that show you exactly how to do this!
  • For students living off campus out of the Appleton area: Continue to request scans of book chapters and articles through the library catalog- as detailed in this video.
  • For students living off campus in the Appleton area: Select Lawrence University Library as the pickup location when requesting items through the library catalog.

Reference- Research Help and Librarian Instruction

  • Our reference librarians will continue to be available for questions, research appointments, as well as targeted in-class instruction- all over Zoom, chat, phone, or email!
    • For research help, ask us!
    • For faculty looking for a librarian to assist with their courses, contact Gretchen Revie, instruction coordinator.

Interlibrary Loan

  • All students, faculty, and staff can continue to request scans of articles and book chapters through interlibrary loan.
  • Those on campus are welcome to begin requesting physical items again- but keep in mind that wait times for the items will be extended as we follow quarantining protocols for the items.
    • Faculty and staff who would like their ILL items delivered via campus mail for contactless delivery can opt into this option by completing this form.
    • See the Interlibrary Loan page for more details on what types of items may be requested.

Makerspace

  • The Makerspace will be available over fall term, but only two individuals will be permitted in the space at a time. Reserve time in the makerspace by using the reservation form and calendar.
  • Since use will be limited, academic use of the space and equipment will be getting much higher priority. Makerspace training will be on demand by emailing the makerspace, and mostly restricted to academic use only. This is due to the limited number of individuals in the space and since makerspace staff will be in the building much less this term.
  • If you’d like us to make something for you (either for academic or non-academic use), please complete the project request form. We’re happy to help!
  • Faculty who are interested in having their students work on a makerspace-related assignment are welcome to email us with any questions or ideas.

Archives

  • Our Archivist, Lina Rosenberg Foley, will scan items as requested to facilitate remote research as well as any documents needed for classes.
  • In-person research can be scheduled on a limited basis.
  • Email archives@lawrence.edu for assistance!

Access to the Building

We know many of you have been missing the Mudd Library building (we know- we have too)! To ensure the safety of everyone, we’ve had to make some temporary changes.

  • Building hours will be limited for now. Hours will be posted on the library calendar.
  • Eating will not be permitted in the library.
  • The library stacks will temporarily be closed. This means instead of students, faculty, and staff being able to go to the shelves to get their own stuff- it will have to be requested through the library catalog. Here’s a video that explains how to request items.
  • Fewer individuals will be permitted in the building than usual. To help all of us limit the number of people in the library, and to help everyone socially distance, a number of chairs have been relocated and level A, 3rd, and 4th floors have been limited to staff only.
  • The building is card access only and access is limited to current members of the Lawrence University community only. Don’t forget your LU ID card to enter!

We know these changes will present a challenge to all of us- and we thank you ahead of time for working with us to keep all of us safe! We can’t wait until we can resume our regular hours and access to services! We’re doing all we can to ensure our students are still able to get all of the materials you’ll need to succeed while still keeping you safe! Please reach out to us with any questions! We’ll do all we can to accommodate!

Welcome Week 2020 and the Mudd

We are so excited to welcome new students to Lawrence University! Even though things look a lot different than in previous years, we’re just as eager to meet our new Lawrentians!

The Mudd Library building isn’t open over welcome week, but your (soon-to-be) friends from the Mudd are available to help you learn about the library, university, and have some fun while you settle in!

Welcome Week Schedule:

Thursday, September 10, 4-5 pm: Game Time with the Mudd Library!
Join us for a Zoomified version of the super fun game Bring Your Own Book. All you need to do is bring a book and join us! This “game of borrowed phrases” asks you to “grab a book, and then quickly skim to satisfy the chosen prompt… with the most entertaining phrase” (from game box description).
Join the Zoom gathering here!

Friday, September 11, 3-4 pm: Book Chat and Fiber Arts with the Mudd Library
Join us to chat about a favorite book you’ve read recently, a favorite show you’ve binged (or responsibly watched), a movie you’ve loved, a game you’ve played- or share a fiber arts project you’re working on! Feel free to share, or just come to listen and learn about some fun new things!
Join the Zoom gathering here!

Available All Week!
Library Reference Chat 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday

Ask us anything! We can help you get a head start on how to access course reserves, request to have a book sent to you in campus mail, search the library catalog, browse databases, find streaming music, figure out whom to contact for what, and so much more!
Ask here!

BFFs: Students, Success, and the Seeley G. Mudd Library
This welcome video narrated by our library director Peter Gilbert is especially for parents of new Lawrentians. Learn about the many ways in which your friends in the Mudd Library provide the services and resources to help your students succeed!
You can view the video now!

Virtual Campus Resources Fair: The Mudd Library
Learn about the many ways the Mudd Library can help, and all the fun ways your new library is different from other libraries you’ve used in the past with this introduction video, narrated by reference librarian Gretchen Revie.
You can view the video now!

We also have a whole lot of introductory videos to help you get acquainted with the Mudd Library and the many helpful services we offer! To accommodate COVID-19 restrictions and safety precautions, we’ve made many of these services available remotely! Take a look at the Learning About the Library guide for this informative collection!

We’re excited to get to know all of our new students- and want you to get to know us! Helping you is why we’re here!