New Check Out Periods at the Library

We simplified the check out periods of our library’s items this summer.  Highlights from some of our most-used items are below.  Don’t worry, you don’t have to memorize this!  You will receive due dates upon checkout and you can also check your account 24/7 online using your 1Hope username and password!

Hope students Hope faculty Hope staff
Van Wylen Books 4 weeks, 1 renewal 6 months, 1 renewal 4 weeks, 1 renewal
Van Wylen DVD/VHS/CD 1 week, no renewal 2 weeks, 1 renewal 1 week, no renewal
Van Wylen Reference books 1 week, no renewal 2 weeks, 1 renewal 1 week, no renewal
MeLCat books 3 weeks, 1 renewal 3 weeks, 1 renewal 3 weeks, 1 renewal
MeLCat DVD/VHS/CD 1 week, no renewal 1 week, no renewal 1 week, no renewal
Laptops 4 hours, no renewal 24 hours, no renewal 4 hours, no renewal
iPads/cameras 4 days, no renewal 4 days, no renewal 4 days, no renewal
Kindle 4 weeks, 1 renewal 4 weeks, 1 renewal 4 weeks, 1 renewal

books waiting to go back on the shelves

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Want to brush up on your foreign language skills?  The library subscribes to several popular foreign language magazines.  Among them are People en Espańol (Spanish), das Fenster (German), and L’Express (French).  They are available on the library’s current periodical shelves at the north end of the first floor.  We also have many foreign language books, including recently purchased German editions of the Harry Potter and Hunger Games series.  To find other foreign language books and videos you can limit your searches in the library catalog by choosing the Advanced Search.  Please stop by the Research Help desk or meet with a librarian if you want to learn more about searching HopeCat.

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.

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 (obriend@hope.edu).  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 (jacobsma@hope.edu ; x7738) or Dave O’Brien (obriend@hope.edu ; x7791).