Cup & Chaucer Changes

Cup & Chaucer, the library’s own coffee spot, has had a makeover during spring break! The area has gotten a face-lift, with rearranged seating areas, comfy pillows, new art and more greenery, all with the hopes of making it a better place to hang out and study. Check out a virtual tour here. In addition …

Collection Highlights: New Browsing Books

Looking for something to do over spring break? Check out some of these newest additions to the browsing collection for a fun way to spend your free time: Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace with Marriage is Elizabeth Gilbert’s follow-up memoir to her first release, Eat, Pray, Love and is a New York Times Hardcover Nonfiction …

Meet the Library: Technical Services and Systems

If you have ever used any resource provided by Van Wylen library, whether print or electronic, you owe your access to that resource to Technical Services and Systems. This department of the library, housed on the first floor, has two functions. The technical services aspect is responsible for ordering, cataloging, and processing new materials in …

Collection Highlights: Oscar Winners

The 82nd annual Academy Awards will take place this Sunday in California. Even though Hope College may be far from the handing out of the golden statuettes, Van Wylen has many Oscar winning movies in its collection to help you get in the spirit of the awards. In the videorecording section on the second floor, …

A.J. Muste Alcove

A.J. Muste, a prominent pacifist and labor activist, is one of Hope College’s most famous graduates. Muste was born in Zierkzee, the Netherlands in 1885 but moved to Grand Rapids with his family in 1891. He enrolled in the Hope Preparatory School in 1898 and entered Hope College in 1902, where he was a captain …

LibGuides

One of the hardest parts of researching can be figuring out where to start. This past August, Van Wylen Library added a new tool to help you find the library sources that are most relevant to your topic: LibGuides. LibGuides are electronic guides that feature easy access to research information. Though the exact material on …

Collection Highlights: New Acquisitions

Interested in the library’s newest materials? Look no farther than the new acquisitions shelves, located on the first floor to the right of the Project Room. The materials on these shelves are arranged by the date they were added to the library’s collection, with the new books on the left, the newer books in the …

Meet the Library: Music Library

The music library is a specialized branch of Van Wylen that, as the name suggests, contains the library’s music collection. Located on the east side of Nykerk Hall, this branch of the library includes performance materials such as scores, CDs and DVDs of a musical nature, and a substantial amount of scholarly and instructional material …

New JSTOR Collections Added

One of the research databases Hope College subscribes to is JSTOR. This nonprofit organization began in 1995 with the intent of preserving scholarly writing in digital and print form. By making this information available on the Internet, libraries would be able to save space, keep information constantly available to everyone with no risk of loss, …

Japanese Ceramics Display

Another recently updated display in Van Wylen Library is the Japanese ceramics display, located on the first floor to the left of the staircase. The bowl and platter that are currently featured were both created by artist Ito Motohiko. Though interested in drawing as a child, Motohiko studied ceramics at Tokyo Art University and has …