Summer Projects at the Library

Summer is traditionally when the library puts aside the typical day-to-day functions and works on major projects that would be too disruptive during the academic year. This summer is no exception, with several projects in the works. The final phase of our Sustainable Collections project is under way on the 4th floor. We are withdrawing older, unused, and readily available books from the collection. The affected subjects (with the dates they will be withdrawn) are: Philosophy (May 22); Psychology (May 22); Fine Arts (May 29); Religion (June 19); World History (July 10). Faculty may come to the library and indicate which books should be kept; or they can view the withdrawal lists online, highlight the titles to be kept, and e-mail those lists to Dave O’Brien (

The 3rd floor will undergo a major shift as we move the Education materials (call number L) from the 2nd floor and also change the starting point of the call numbers. The call numbers on the 3rd floor will now begin as soon as patrons exit the main stairwell instead of beginning in the northwest corner of the floor. In addition, bound journals on the 2nd and 3rd floors will no longer be integrated with the collection. Each floor will have a designated area where all of the bound journals for the call numbers on that floor are located. (Bound journals on the 4th floor and lower level will be separated out in the future.)

Finally, new carpeting will be installed on the lower level. Beginning in mid-June student workers will be removing all books from the bottom shelves then lifting up the bases of all shelving ranges. Carpet installers will then remove the existing carpeting and install the new carpet. This project will take most of July. Minor painting will also occur on the lower level.

Exam Week Hours

Beginning Saturday, April 25 through Friday May 1, Van Wylen Library and the Klooster Center will operate under exam week hours. The library is closed May 2-3. Summer hours begin May 4.

Exam Week
Van Wylen Klooster Center
Friday, April 24 8am – 6pm 10am – 2pm
Saturday, April 25 10am – Midnight 10am – 6pm
Sunday, April 26 10am – 2am Noon – 11pm
Monday, April 27 8am – 2am 10am – 11pm
Tuesday April 28 8am – 2am 10am – 11pm
Wednesday April 29 8am – 2am 10am – 11pm
Thursday, April 30 8am – Midnight 10am – 11pm
Friday, May 1 8am – 5pm Closed
Saturday, May 2 Closed Closed
Sunday, May 3 Closed Closed


How do Students Use Library Books? 

As the circulation of print books by students continues to decline and access to e-books become ubiquitous, the library is working to develop monograph collection strategies that consider the impact of new technologies on reading styles, communication preferences and learning outcomes. The Library is seeking to understand how Hope students are using library books and which formats they prefer (print or e-books).

The library will be conducting a brief in-person iPad survey to gather information about how students use library books. This survey is not asking about textbooks, only library books in the library collections.

Students can take the survey Monday March 30 (today) through Sunday April 12. Look for it in several locations around campus including the lobby of Van Wylen, Cook Dining, Phelps, Cool Beans and the Martha Miller Rotunda.

This survey takes less than 3 minutes to complete and students will receive a small gift for their time.

The library is also conducting the HEDS Research Practices Survey for First Year and Senior students.  This survey is conducted through the Frost Center via email.  There are some great prizes for taking this one so if you are a First Year or Senior student, look for the email subject line Hope College Students: Share your experience with academic research. This survey runs through April 15.

Research Practices Survey March 25 through April 25

The college is in the third year of administering a national survey on student research practices and information literacy skills. The Research Practices Survey will be administered to all first-year students and to seniors this spring. Email invitations will go out to students on March 20 and will be open until April 24.

Through this survey we hope to assess the following areas: information literacy skills and pre-college research experiences of first-year students; first-year students’ information literacy skills and research experience after one year of college and after four years of college; how students’ information literacy skills change over four years of college; and how our students compare with those of students at other institutions. Since 2004, the Higher Education Data Sharing Consortium (HEDS) has administered this survey to more than 30,000 undergraduates at over 60 colleges and universities.

The data from the survey will be used to inform us about where and how students experience research at Hope and how well we are preparing them to do college-level research. This data could be important to current conversations about writing in the disciplines, general education and the research experience at Hope.

While students can win an iPad mini or one of six $50.00 Amazon gift cards by participating in the survey, we know that faculty can make a big difference in student behavior. If you are currently teaching first-year and/or senior students, please take a moment to encourage them to complete this survey.

Sustainable Collections Project

For the past several years, the library has been working on a “sustainable collections” project which involves removing older, unused, readily-available books from the library collection.  The final part of the current phase will occur this summer when we look at books on the 4th floor and the Art section on the 2nd floor.  Call numbers beginning with A, B, C, D, and N are now up for review.  Corresponding subjects are Philosophy, Religion, World History, and Art.  Books that meet the criteria for withdrawal have been marked with green flags.  Faculty may replace any of those flags with red flags to indicate that the library should keep any given title.  If you prefer, you may highlight titles to be kept on an Excel spreadsheet and return that sheet to Dave O’Brien (  We will begin removing books from the collection in late May, which gives faculty at least two months to look through their areas of interest and flag the books we should keep.  Red flags are available at the library’s main circulation desk.  If you have any questions please contact Kelly Jacobsma ( ; x7738) or Dave O’Brien ( ; x7791).

Let Us Get That for You

The library now offers a service where we will retrieve the items you want to check out and hold them for you at the Circulation Desk.  When searching HopeCat, simply click the Place a Hold link just above the search bar.  If the item is currently checked out, you will be notified when it is returned.  If the item is available, we will go get it for you.  If you are not already logged in to your library account, the system will prompt you to log in using your 1.Hope username and password.  (Guest users can use their library barcode and PIN.)  By the following afternoon, items you have requested will be at the Main Circulation Desk.*  You will receive an e-mail when the items are ready to be picked up, and you then have 5 days to come get them.   You may request anything that can be checked out, including (but not limited to) books, DVDs, CDs, and music scores.  You may also request items from Western Theological Seminary’s library.  The process is the same, but you pick up those items at the WTS library Circulation Desk.

*We are currently retrieving items only during weekdays.  If you request an item on Friday it will not be available for pick-up until Monday.  As always, wait for the e-mail notification that the item is ready and waiting.

GoPro at the Library

Want to show your friends what it looks like from your point of view as you ski down the slopes?  Or swim at the Dow?  Or perform a dance routine?  The library now has two GoPro Hero cameras available for checkout.  These rugged, waterproof cameras have several shooting modes, including 1080pixel/30 frames-per-second video, 5 shots per second Burst Photo, and a time-lapse setting.  All images are recorded on a 16GB microSD card.  The library will supply the card or you can use your own (up to 32GB).  Once you are done filming, you then upload the files to your computer to compile your video.  If you have not used video editing software you can come to the TechLab and they will show you how to use iMovie.  If you prefer to learn on your own, you can come to the TechLab and view any of the thousands of video training tutorials available through

Along with the cameras, there are several different styles of mounts that can also be checked out.  These include a floating hand grip, chest mount harness, and 3-way grip/arm/tripod.  The cameras and mounts are all available at the Media Desk on the 2nd floor of the library and can be checked out for 3 days at a time.   Watch the video created by TechLab Assistant Michael Barrows featuring various filming modes and camera mounts using the GoPro Hero camera.