Exam Week Activities Around Campus

Sunday, April 28

9 am *  Coffee and Donuts  * Van Wylen Library

7 pm * Rope of Hope * Dimnent Chapel

9 pm * Study Snack * Van Wylen Library

9 pm * Aromatherapy Hand Relaxation * Library Room 201 (sign up outside 201 starting Friday!)

All Day * Relaxation Station * Van Wylen Library

Monday, April 29

9 pm * Study Breakfast * Phelps Dining Hall

All Day * Relaxation Station * Van Wylen Library

Tuesday, April 30

noon- 2 pm * Therapy Dogs * Bultman Student Center Great Room & Living Room

9 pm * Study Snack * Van Wylen Library

All Day * Relaxation Station * Van Wylen Library

Wednesday, May 1

All Day * Relaxation Station * Van Wylen Library

Thursday, May 2

All Day * Relaxation Station * Van Wylen Library


Exam Week Hours at the Library

We redistributed our exam week hours a bit to meet demand.  We close at midnight Wednesday and open an hour earlier (9 am) on both Saturday and Sunday! Best of luck with exams and have a great summer!

Friday, April 26 8 am – 6 pm
Saturday, April 27 9 am – midnight
Sunday, April 28 9 am – 2 am
Monday, April 29 8 am – 2 am
Tuesday, April 30 8 am – 2 am
Wednesday, May 1 8 am – midnight
Thursday, May 2 8 am – midnight
Friday, May 3 8 am – 5 pm
Saturday, May 4 closed
Sunday, May 5 closed


Spring Break Hours at the Library

Thursday March 14 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Friday, March 15 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday, March 16 closed
Sunday, March 17 closed
Monday, March 18 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Tuesday, March 19 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Wednesday, March 20 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Thursday, March 21 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Friday, March 22 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday, March 23 closed
Sunday, March 24 noon-midnight

Winter Break Library Hours


We can’t believe Winter Break is already here! Remember, if you need to do some research this weekend we have thousands of electronic journals and books you can peruse from the comfort of your home or dorm!

Friday February 8 8 am – 5 pm
Saturday February 9 closed
Sunday February 10 closed
Monday Februrary 11 8 am – 5 pm
Tuesday February 12 8 am – midnight

Library resources during weather shutdown

While Van Wylen Library will be closed through Thursday morning, you can keep up with your research during the polar vortex. Many of our resources are available online through the library website. Remember, if you are off campus you may be prompted to log in with your 1Hope username and password to access online materials. Research Librarians will continue to monitor and respond to research help requests submitted virtually. If you find yourself in need of assistance locating or accessing any of the library’s online resources, please inquire using this form.

We’ll be back in the building on Thursday at 8 am. Stay safe and warm!

Library closing 3pm Tuesday through 8 am Thursday

Along with the college, the Library is closing today, Tuesday January 29 at 3:00 pm. We will reopen on Thursday morning at 8:00 am. Please stay warm and safe! We look forward to seeing you on Thursday!

Don’t forget: we have thousands of items available online! Searching HopePrimo is a good place to start!

(Re)Introducing MeLCat!

Welcome to spring semester 2019!

After much anticipation and a lot of work by our technical services department, we are back in MeLCat!

If you aren’t familiar with MeLCat, it is a centralized catalog with holdings from over 400 libraries of varying types across Michigan.  Calvin College, University of Michigan, Michigan State, Kalamazoo College, Kent District Library, Herrick District Library and many, many other libraries are included. Participating in MeLCat greatly increases the number of resources the students, faculty and staff of Hope College have available to them!  You can request books on your research topic, novels, CDs and DVDs. Anything that piques your interest! There are literally millions of titles available.

Access MeLCat from our library homepage or by going to elibrary.mel.org.

Because of our system change from Innovative Sierra to Ex Libris, signing in to request your MeLCat items will be a little different. Use your name and the number above the barcode on the back of your ID. Don’t worry, you’ll have it memorized soon!

If you start your search in Primo you can click in to MeLCat right from there. On the results page, look for the MeLCat link on the left side. Your search is duplicated in MeLCat.

If you reach a dead end in Primo the link appears at the bottom of the page:

Once your MeLCat item is received at Hope you will be notified by email and it will be waiting for you on the hold shelf for 10 days. The item will show up in your Primo account at this point only. To renew  your material, log in to your MyMeL account.  There is a link at the top of the MeLCat page and also right from your Primo account.

If you have questions contact us at askalibrarian@hope.edu or ill@hope.edu. We’re thrilled to bring this awesome resource back to Hope and appreciate your patience!


Christmas Break Library Hours

Merry Christmas to all students, staff, faculty and friends from Van Wylen Library! Our post-exam week hours are as follows:

Monday, December 17 8 am – 5 pm
Tuesday, December 18 8 am – 5 pm
Wednesday, December 19 8 am – 5 pm
Thursday, December 20 8 am – 5 pm
Friday, December 21 8 am – 5 pm
Saturday, December 22-Tuesday, January 1 closed
Wednesday, January 2 8 am – 5 pm
Thursday, January 3 8 am – 5 pm
Friday, January 4 8 am – 5 pm
Saturday, January 5 closed
Sunday, January 6 noon – 5 pm
Monday, January 7 8 am – midnight (resume normal hours)