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As an academic library, we rely heavily on our Student Assistants to help with many tasks such as processing and shelving library materials, and staffing public service desks at Burling, Kistle, the Listening Room and Special Collections/Archives. Our Library Student Assistants...

Art Exhibition

This exhibition of books from Special Collections highlights the exploration of new territories, the discovery of new plants, animals, and objects (many of which found their way intoWunderkammer), and the scientific knowledge that ultimately arose from close observation of...

External News

Program unites area college libraries Drake University announced recently the Central Iowa Collaborative Collections Initiative (CI-CCI), partnering with Grinnell College, Grand View University, Central College and Simpson College. The initiative, as outlined in the formal...
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Welcome to the Grinnell College Libraries, winner of the 2011 Excellence in Academic Libraries Award from the Association of College and Research Libraries and the American Library Association. The eight faculty librarians and 18 staff of the Grinnell College Libraries—Burling...
We are committed to making the collections and services of the Grinnell College Libraries as accessible as possible. If you have concerns or questions about physical access or services in the Grinnell College Libraries that aren't addressed here, please contact Micki Behounek,...
Students are often challenged by the high costs of textbooks and other learning materials. Selecting books, book chapters, or journal articles that can be purchased in electronic form by the Libraries for campus use can reduce costs for students. And open-access textbooks are...
Grinnell College Libraries' Annual Reports [PDF documents] 2006-2007 Annual Report 2007-2008 Annual Report 2008-2009 Annual Report 2009-2010 Annual Report 2010-2011 Annual Report 2011-2012 Annual Report 2012-2013 Annual Report 2013-2014 Annual Report
Academic Support and student assistants perform a variety of Libraries-related tasks for faculty. We offer two levels of authorization for these activities: 1. Authorized Assistants Authorized assistants may do the following: Check out materials using the faculty barcode number...
General Circulation Policies Library materials that circulate outside the building must be checked out using your Pioneer One-Card (or, for local residents, Drake Community Library card). You must present your card to library staff to check out library materials, including...
General Circulation Policies Library materials that circulate outside the building must be checked out using your Pioneer One Card (or, for local residents, Drake Community Library card). You must present your card to library staff to check out library materials, including...
We welcome visitors to our libraries and will be happy to assist you in using our collections while you are in the buildings. All of our book and periodical stacks are open for browsing. Our electronic subscriptions are generally available for your use while you are in the...
Giving credit for others' ideas not only demonstrates that you have familiarized yourself with the scholarship in the field and earned the right to have a say, it allows other scholars to learn from your work by following the lead of your research. For more ideas, tips and...
The Grinnell College Libraries' collections are housed in Burling Library, the Curriculum Library in Steiner Hall, the Kistle Science Library in the Noyce Science Center, and online. The Libraries' primary purpose is to support the research and study needs of Grinnell College...
The Grinnell College Libraries' collections are housed in Burling Library, the Curriculum Library in Steiner Hall, and the Kistle Science Library in the Noyce Science Center. The Libraries' primary purpose is to support the research and study needs of Grinnell College students...
Burling circulation desk: 641-269-3350 Burling research desk: 641-269-3353 Kistle circulation desk: 641-269-4606 query[at]grinnell[dot]edu Maps, Directions, and Parking Burling Library 1111 Sixth Ave Grinnell, IA 50112 Kistle Science Library Robert N. Noyce ’49 Science Center...
Faculty and students often need to make fair-use determinations about using copyright-protected material in teaching materials and class assignments. These resources may help: Copyright in Research and Teaching: What You Can Do (a handy 1-page chart from the Association of...
Scholarly books and journal articles are usually intended by their authors to be used for teaching and learning. However, the contracts offered by publishers can limit those uses in ways the authors didn't intend. When you sign your next article or book contract, please consider...
About Course Reserves Definition and Purpose of Course Reserves Course reserves are materials (including books, AV materials, journal articles, electronic resources, instructional equipment, and non-book items) chosen by the faculty to support class instruction. The materials...
Why Do I Need a Data Management Plan? Increasingly, the answer to this question is, “Because the agency that funds my research requires one.” Several grant-making agencies, including the National Science Foundation, now require that researchers have a plan for preserving data...
*/ Research is a time-consuming process. It is often not a straight line from where you begin to where you finish. There are ways, though, to focus and save time within the research process; see the following for strategies and tips: Ask Questions! Librarians and research...
Students, staff, and librarians make the Libraries' magic happen. Join our team! Staff Positions Sorry, no staff positions are available at this time. Please check back. Librarian/Faculty Positions Sorry, no librarian/faculty positions are available at this time. Please check...
At the Circulation Desks The following items are available for use at the Burling and Kistle circulation desks: Staplers Pencil sharpener Three-hole punch Tape Lockers Lockers are available in Burling Library on the second floor at the west end of the stacks. A $5.00 deposit is...
Eight small studies on the lower level of Burling Library are available to Grinnell College faculty for assignment on a one-semester, two-semester, or summer basis. Needs for which these studies are an appropriate form of faculty support include substantial research projects...
The staff at the Grinnell College Libraries are here to help you. Please use the links in the sidebar to explore the many services we offer, from teaching your students research literacy and placing materials on course reserve to helping you write data management plans and...
RSS is a system that was designed to notify people when content is added to a blog or other Web site. It is now used by over 18,000 journals to notify readers when new issues are published. This video provides a "plain English" introduction to RSS. To use RSS, you need two...
Burling Library The Burling Peer Mentoring and Collaboration Space (first level, east side) features two semi-private rooms, adjustable height tables, a laptop bar, lots of white boards, and a noise dampening system. The space is scheduled through a laptop near the location. Two...
The first mention of a library at what is now Grinnell College is found in the first catalogue of Iowa College at Davenport, for 1849-1850. It states that "a small library of some 150 volumes" had been secured for the members of the institution. The Rev. Erastus Ripley,...
Before placing a request: Make sure you have not already ordered this item. Duplicate requests slow the entire process down. Check to see if you are using an original source. Anthologies and compilations should have a notice of the original copyright source. If the professor has...
Burling Library 1111 Sixth Ave., Grinnell IA 50112 Burling Library Floor Plans Restrooms Gender-neutral restrooms located on the first, third, and fourth floors near the elevator are all handicap accessible. The women's restroom—located at the extreme west end of Burling...
The Library Student Educational Policy Committee (SEPC) is a student/library liaison group that provides the Libraries with student input on quality of library services, performance and hiring of librarians, and other important issues. The SEPC works with librarians and library...
As an academic library, we rely heavily on our student assistants to help with many tasks such as processing and shelving library materials, and staffing public service desks at Burling, Kistle, the Burling Media Room and Special Collections. Students are hired to work in all...
Access, use, and reproduction of the electronic journals, databases, and other resources made available through the Grinnell College Libraries are governed by contracts or license agreements between the College and publishers or third parties. In many cases, license agreements...
The Burling Media Room has recording capability primarily from analog formats (LP, audio cassette, reel-to-reel audio tape) to digital (CD), with limited facility to record from VHS to DVD. However, most recording is done only for class-related use and in strict adherence to...
Digital technologies can expand access to learning and scholarship in ways not possible with a paper-based publishing system, for the benefit of learners across the world and the scholarly authors as well. In April 2013, the Grinnell College Faculty voted to give Grinnell...
Electronic Reserve Request Form Instructions for completing Electronic Reserve Request Form Print Course Reserve Request Form Streaming Audio Request (Multi-Track, Single Recording) Form Streaming Audio Request (Multi-Title) Form Recordings Reserve Request Form
Research Literacy Session Feedback Form
The Libraries hire friendly, accomplished students to work in Burling Library as research tutors. Our tutors staff Burling’s research desk Sunday thru Thursday, 2-6 p.m. and 7-11 p.m. for a total of 40 hours each week. Tutors help students and faculty members explore potential...
There are many ways for students to learn from the findings of their academic research.  What follows is a sampling of possibilities, and librarians are always happy to work with you to create new assignments. Abstract or Executive Summary of a scholarly article: Students are...
The Grinnell College Libraries are here to help you with your research. Not only can the Libraries purchase or interlibrary loan materials that you need, we can also: Facilitate open access to your research, in accordance with Grinnell College's open access resolution. Help you...
The staff at the Grinnell College Libraries are here to help you. Please explore the links in the sidebar to explore the many services we offer. The links under "Doing Research" will help you find the information you need to write research papers or do other research projects,...
Providing Teaching Materials Spiraling textbook costs, a profusion of formats, ever-more-convoluted interpretations of copyright laws: we know that it's complicated to make available to your students the materials that you want them to read, and to do so affordably and legally....
At Grinnell College Libraries, we believe the term "research literacy" best defines our work of helping students learn the skills and concepts underlying successful academic inquiry.  To this end, we draw from a multifaceted base in our research literacy work: From the Grinnell...
Burling Conference Room The Burling Library Conference Room (lower level) may be used for single classes or scheduled for semester-long courses. The conference room accomodates up to 12 people comfortably. There are facilities for tele-conferencing, a networked computer, an...
The Burling Media Room, located on the lower level of Burling Library, houses a collection of nearly 7000 documentary and feature films in DVD, VHS and Blu-ray formats as well as a collection of over 22,000 audio recordings primarily in compact disc format.   The facilities...
Students learn research skills best when a library session is tied to a course assignment. As you develop assignments, please remember that your consulting librarian is available to help your students learn skills and strategies to improve their academic research. Preparing an...
Burling and Kistle Libraries contain much more than just books (although they have hundreds of thousands of those, too). There are plentiful places to study quietly, including individual study carrels and tables in both libraries. Burling also features armchairs, bean bag chairs...

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Lecture: 7:30 p.m.  Monday, Nov. 18, Rosenfield Center Room 101Roundtable: 10 a.m.  Tuesday, Nov. 19, Burling Library Lounge In conjunction with the lecture series (Re) Considering the Commons, sponsored by the Center for Prairie Studies, Grinnell College Libraries will host an...
For many Grinnellians, coming back to school means coming back to athletic competition. As the fall season ends, the Library's Iowa Room offers a historic look at more than one hundred years’ worth of Grinnell’s finest fall teams. Programs like football and cross country boast...
Films selected for the 2011 Favorite Films Festival will be shown Friday, January 28th, through Sunday, January 30th, in the Harris Center Cinema on the Grinnell College campus.  The times and features are: Friday, January 28th: 4:30 pm -- Planet Earth 7:30 pm -- Planet Earth (...
Voting for the 5th annual Favorite Films Festival begins Sunday, November 7. The campus community is invited to vote for their favorite films in the following categories: Mystery/SuspenseMusicalsDocumentaries The survey can be accessed through PioneerWeb beginning November 7th...
The survey for the 2011 Favorite Films Festival has closed with our highest total participation (263 or 11.2 percent) ever! The final vote totals are below: Mystery/Suspense Films Rear Window – 9 Musical Films The Sound of Music - 15 Documentary Films Planet Earth – 8 Supersize...
Voting for the films to be shown at the sixth annual Grinnell College Favorite Films Festival has begun.  Members of the college community are invited to log into PioneerWeb and vote for their favorite films in three categories: Movie Thrillers Cult Classics Film Adaptations The...
  With our new discovery tool 3Search, you can now explore 3 sets of resources at the same time: Grinnell's Collections (including the library catalog, Digital Grinnell, and the College's archives and manuscript collections), WorldCat, and More than 20 article databases from...
Grinnell College’s Favorite Film Festival is set for this Friday and Saturday, Jan. 27-28, at the campus’ Harris Cinema. Screening dates and times for the selected films are: Friday, January 27 at 9:00 p.m. The Big Lebowski (Favorite Cult Classic) Saturday, January 28 at 6:00 p....
George Gershwin’s “American folk opera” Porgy and Bess premiered in 1935 and has been the subject of interest—and controversy—throughout most of its existence. Based on the book Porgy, written by Dubose Heyward, the opera has spawned numerous sound and video recordings. Most of...
"A Closer Look at the Iowa Prairie: Photographs by Justin Hayworth" is on view at Grinnell College through Sunday, Oct. 11, in Burling Gallery on the lower level of Burling Library. Prairie dominated the Iowa landscape when the first white settlers arrived in 1833. Now, less...
"A Closer Look at the Iowa Prairie: Photographs by Justin Hayworth" is on view at Grinnell College through Sunday, Oct. 11, in Burling Gallery on the lower level of Burling Library. Prairie dominated the Iowa landscape when the first white settlers arrived in 1833. Now, less...
For her class Making History: 1968, Diane Lenertz ’15 visited the Grinnell College archives. She looked at some of the underground newspapers and other student publications from the late 1960s and early 1970s, and also some of the FBI documents about the College. “I thought it...
For her class Making History: 1968, Diane Lenertz ’15 visited the Grinnell College archives. She looked at some of the underground newspapers and other student publications from the late 1960s and early 1970s, and also some of the FBI documents about the College. “I thought it...
Recently Grinnell College Libraries has learned of a privacy issue with the latest desktop version of Adobe Digital Editions 4.0. ADE is used by ebrary for downloading certain ebooks owned by the Libraries. The latest version of ADE collects user information, including...
In celebration of the 160th anniversary of the establishment of the Amana Colonies in Iowa and the founding of the town of Grinnell, the exhibition “Amana and Grinnell: Creating Community on the Iowa Prairie in 1854” is now on display on the main floor and in Burling Gallery on...
Why is the sexuality of people with intellectual disabilities often deemed “risky” or “inappropriate” by teachers, parents, support staff, medical professionals, judges, and the media? Should sexual citizenship depend on IQ? Confronting such questions head-on, Already Doing It ...
  We have three database trials for April. Let us know what you think! Send your comments toquery[at]grinnell[dot]edu. FILM Filmakers Library Online (http://flon.alexanderstreet.com/help/view/about_filmakers_library_online) provides award-winning documentaries with relevance...
In 2013, the Grinnell College Libraries were selected to participate in the new program "Assessment in Action: Academic Libraries and Student Success," to examine the impact of the library on student success and help academic libraries contribute to assessment activities on...
On my second day at the archives, I pulled open a drawer that was literally overflowing with event posters from the last 50 years of Grinnell's Art and Music departments. Many of these were stunning, either hand drawn or beautifully printed. Some of my favorites are below, and...
Thursday, Oct. 9 4:15 p.m., Burling Library Lounge Please join us in the Burling Library Lounge for a book talk with Astrid Henry, Louise R. Noun Professor in gender, women’s, and sexuality studies. Henry will read from her new book Feminism Unfinished: A Short, Surprising...
Thursday, Oct. 9 4:15 p.m., Burling Library Lounge Please join us in the Burling Library Lounge for a book talk with Astrid Henry, Louise R. Noun Professor in gender, women’s, and sexuality studies. Henry will read from her new book Feminism Unfinished: A Short, Surprising...
Special Collections and Archives invites you to the second annual Break Open the Vault! event from 8 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, April 29, Burling Library Special Collections and Archive. This is a rare opportunity to see a wide range of artifacts, memorabilia and other treasures from...
Special Collections and Archives invites you to the second annual Break Open the Vault! event from 8 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, April 29, Burling Library Special Collections and Archive. This is a rare opportunity to see a wide range of artifacts, memorabilia and other treasures from...
As part of “Public Writing, Public Libraries,” a project of Grin City Collective Artist & Writers Residency, poetry written by Purvi Shah will be installed in vinyl film directly onto Burling Library’s front windows on May 11. The winner of the SONY South Asian Social...
As part of “Public Writing, Public Libraries,” a project of Grin City Collective Artist & Writers Residency, poetry written by Purvi Shah will be installed in vinyl film directly onto Burling Library’s front windows on May 11. The winner of the SONY South Asian Social...
  12:15pm at the Career Development Office, CDO 104 (1127 Park Street) Deana is Assistant Professor and Library Program Manager at National Louis University Library with specific interests in rare books and special collections. Ben is a technology manager at Allstate Insurance,...
The opera world is celebrating the bicentennial of German composer Richard Wagner.  The composer, born on May 22, 1813, wrote some of the best-known operas of the 19th century.  The Grinnell College Libraries hold numerous sound and video recordings of Wagner’s works performed...
Assistant Professor of History Matthew Johnson’s new book China’s iGeneration: Cinema and Moving Image Culture for the Twenty-First Century, co-edited by Luke Vulpiani, Keith B. Wagner, and Kiki Tianqi Yu, has been released as an open access (OA) publication with support from...
Assistant Professor of History Matthew Johnson’s new book China’s iGeneration: Cinema and Moving Image Culture for the Twenty-First Century, co-edited by Luke Vulpiani, Keith B. Wagner, and Kiki Tianqi Yu, has been released as an open access (OA) publication with support from...
  Grinnell College Libraries are offering Drop-in research assistance (large and small projects welcome!) during our Crunch Time Research Tuesdays November 16 and November 30. Librarians and Reference Assistants will be available continuously to work with students from 1:30...
Please join us for a book celebration for David Cook-Martín, associate professor of sociology, at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 3 in Burling Library Lounge. The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. Cook-Martín will read from his new book Culling the...
Please join us for a book celebration for David Cook-Martín, associate professor of sociology, at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 3 in Burling Library Lounge. The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. Cook-Martín will read from his new book Culling the...
This database covers the early voyages of European discovery through present day American imperialism. Empire Online combines facsimile representations of rare documents and books with scholarly articles written to elaborate and contextualize the documents. You can connect to...
The Grinnell College Libraries upgraded our Interlibrary Loan software, making it easier for you to initiate and track Interlibrary Loan requests from your residence hall, home or office through the web. Beginning August 7, 2013, you will have the ability to track the status of...
  The Libraries'  trial of the Films on Demand video streaming service has been extended until December 21, 2011. Patrons may access the full range of films available through the service and are encouraged to share their views of the service as we evaluate it for possible...
The Libraries are now accepting Food for Fines, now through December 10. Students can bring in up to 10 canned or boxed food items for the MICA food pantry and reduce their library fines ($1 per item). Items will be collected at the Burling and Kistle circulation desks.
  The Food for Fines program is starting this Monday, November 15, and running through November 30. Students can bring in up to 10 canned or boxed food items for the MICA food pantry and reduce their library fines ($1 per item). Items will be collected at the Burling and Kistle...
Grinnell College, Drake University, Central College, Simpson College, and Grand View University have formed the Central Iowa Collaborative Collections Initiative (CI-CCI) to ensure the availability of scholarly materials held by the cooperating institutions through analysis of...
Grinnell College, Drake University, Central College, Simpson College, and Grand View University have formed the Central Iowa Collaborative Collections Initiative (CI-CCI) to ensure the availability of scholarly materials held by the cooperating institutions through analysis of...
This short YouTube video features simple searches for finding the best results in Grinnell's library catalog.  The video was created by Herbie Lynn and Biva Rajbhandari, two of our reference assistants. 
Please excuse our cyber-dust as the Grinnell College Libraries work to complete the re-design of our website. The new website was launched on August 14, and we expect that there may be a few glitches that we need to iron out. If you encounter any please let us know at query[at]...
Please excuse our cyber-dust as the Grinnell College Libraries work to complete the re-design of our website. The new website was launched on August 14, and we expect that there may be a few glitches that we need to iron out. If you encounter any please let us know at query[at]...
Learn more about Henry S. Conard at Burling Library's exhibition, “Henry S. Conard, Grinnell’s Ecologist.” Conard was a highly respected botanist and beloved teacher during his 38 years at Grinnell. The exhibit displays examples of Conard’s scientific work, photographs of him,...
Learn more about Henry S. Conard at Burling Library's exhibition, “Henry S. Conard, Grinnell’s Ecologist.” Conard was a highly respected botanist and beloved teacher during his 38 years at Grinnell. The exhibit displays examples of Conard’s scientific work, photographs of him,...
Life-changing experiences await Grinnellians who study abroad or off-campus—made possible through a wealth of fellowships, internships, and programs.   So what is it like to study abroad? How does what you learn — in diverse cultures thousands of miles away — affect you and...
We recently received an interesting question regarding the relationship between Griswold College, in Davenport, IA, and Grinnell College, and whether Grinnell had ever been called Griswold. We had never heard of such a direct relationship between the two institutions, which made...
During spring and summer 2014, the Burling Library exhibition "Harry Duncan ’38 and the Cummington Press" is on display on the main floor and in Burling Gallery on the lower level. Harry Duncan ’38 printed handmade, limited edition books with a Gutenberg-style press under the...
During spring and summer 2014, the Burling Library exhibition "Harry Duncan ’38 and the Cummington Press" is on display on the main floor and in Burling Gallery on the lower level. Harry Duncan ’38 printed handmade, limited edition books with a Gutenberg-style press under the...
Karla Erickson will discuss her popular new book How We Die Now: Intimacy and the Work of Dying with a panel of students, faculty, and community members at 4:15 p.m. Thursday, April 17, in the Burling Library Lounge. This event is open to the public, and light refreshments will...
Karla Erickson will discuss her popular new book How We Die Now: Intimacy and the Work of Dying with a panel of students, faculty, and community members at 4:15 p.m. Thursday, April 17, in the Burling Library Lounge. This event is open to the public, and light refreshments will...
In 2013, a team made up of Drake Community Library and Grinnell College Library staff was selected to take part in ILEAD USA (Innovative Librarians Explore, Apply and Discover). This prestigious year-long program is designed to help library staff understand and respond to user...
The campus community has selected the three films for the 6th annual Favorite Films Festival. The films are: Movie Thriller: Silence of the Lambs Cult Classics: The Big Lebowski Film Adaptations: To Kill a Mockingbird The Film Festival is scheduled for Jan. 27-29. More...
Scrapbook-making was a popular tradition in the late 19th to mid-20th century. It’s a great way to see how past Grinnellians  commemorated their time here — revealing not so much the official or stereotypical image of the times, but the silly, sincere side that reminds us that...
Scrapbook-making was a popular tradition in the late 19th to mid-20th century. It’s a great way to see how past Grinnellians  commemorated their time here — revealing not so much the official or stereotypical image of the times, but the silly, sincere side that reminds us that...
This exhibition of books from Special Collections highlights the exploration of new territories, the discovery of new plants, animals, and objects (many of which found their way into Wunderkammer), and the scientific knowledge that ultimately arose from close observation of...
Did you know that Grinnell College used to have horse stables?  I didn't, either, until I found the Kelly Stables plaque (pictured right) in the Vault.  Sometimes, in the course of processing material for special collections or the archives, we come across items like this that...
"Letters Home" exhibition, Oct. 1, 2014 to Feb. 28, 2015, Burling Library  As part of the Center for the Humanities theme “A Century of War: 1914 and Beyond,” the Burling Library exhibition "Letters Home " is on display on the main floor and in Burling Gallery on the lower level...
"Letters Home" exhibition, Oct. 1, 2014 to Feb. 28, 2015, Burling Library  As part of the Center for the Humanities theme “A Century of War: 1914 and Beyond,” the Burling Library exhibition "Letters Home " is on display on the main floor and in Burling Gallery on the lower level...
Enjoy homemade cookies and milk at the Libraries study breaks, 9 p.m. Monday, Dec. 16, and Tuesday, Dec. 17. In the Burling Library Lounge, Ritalin Test Squad will perform on Monday and the Neverland Players will perform on Tuesday. Cookies will be delivered to Kistle Library,...
Enjoy homemade cookies and milk at the Libraries study breaks, 9 p.m. Monday, Dec. 16, and Tuesday, Dec. 17. In the Burling Library Lounge, Ritalin Test Squad will perform on Monday and the Neverland Players will perform on Tuesday. Cookies will be delivered to Kistle Library,...
Please join us for a quick break from studying with homemade cookies and milk and student performers. Study breaks are 9–10 p.m. Monday, May 12 and Tuesday, May 13 in the Burling Library Lounge. Cookies will also be delivered to Kistle Library. Students will perform during the...
Please join us for a quick break from studying with homemade cookies and milk and student performers. Study breaks are 9–10 p.m. Monday, May 12 and Tuesday, May 13 in the Burling Library Lounge. Cookies will also be delivered to Kistle Library. Students will perform during the...
Please join us for a quick break from studying with homemade cookies and milk and student performers. Study breaks are at 9 p.m. Monday, Dec. 15 and Tuesday, Dec. 16 in the Burling Library Lounge. Con Brio will sing on Monday and the Ritalin Test Squad will perform on Tuesday....
Please join us for a quick break from studying with homemade cookies and milk and student performers. Study breaks are at 9 p.m. Monday, Dec. 15 and Tuesday, Dec. 16 in the Burling Library Lounge. Con Brio will sing on Monday and the Ritalin Test Squad will perform on Tuesday....
Please join us for a quick break from studying with poetry reading and student performers along with homemade cookies and milk. Study breaks are at 9 p.m. Monday, May 11 and Tuesday, May 12 in the Burling Library Lounge.  The first night, May 11,  will be a poetry reading with...
Please join us for a quick break from studying with poetry reading and student performers along with homemade cookies and milk. Study breaks are at 9 p.m. Monday, May 11 and Tuesday, May 12 in the Burling Library Lounge.  The first night, May 11,  will be a poetry reading with...
  During Spring Break, videos designated as “Library Use Only” were moved from the Burling Media Room office and integrated into the regular video collection. The move allows all patrons to have more ready access for browsing during library hours and makes it easier for faculty...
Lunch: Noon – 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10, Burling Library Lounge Students who are interested in health and health professions are invited to a lunch discussion Friday, Oct. 10, with the Grinnell Prize winners of 2014. Along with the Grinnell Prize winners, healthcare professionals...
Lunch: Noon – 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10, Burling Library Lounge Students who are interested in health and health professions are invited to a lunch discussion Friday, Oct. 10, with the Grinnell Prize winners of 2014. Along with the Grinnell Prize winners, healthcare professionals...
College campuses are constantly changing, but students only see a brief window of this change. A building might be the centerpiece of an institution, but a few years after it has been razed, it resides largely in the minds of alumni and in the College’s archives. Eric Mistry ’14...
In conjunction with the College’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration, the Grinnell College Libraries compiled an on-line bibliography (https://libweb.grinnell.edu/sp/subjects/guide.php?subject=MLK) featuring selected works of guest speakers Patricia Williams, James L. Dohr...
In conjunction with the College’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration, the Grinnell College Libraries compiled an on-line bibliography (https://libweb.grinnell.edu/sp/subjects/guide.php?subject=MLK) featuring selected works of guest speakers Patricia Williams, James L. Dohr...
Emma Lange ’16 has joined the libraries as a summer intern. Her internship focuses on improving the usability of some of our online resources such as 3Search and Digital Grinnell. Lange is creating, performing, and analyzing usability tests to see if our users’ experiences match...
Emma Lange ’16 has joined the libraries as a summer intern. Her internship focuses on improving the usability of some of our online resources such as 3Search and Digital Grinnell. Lange is creating, performing, and analyzing usability tests to see if our users’ experiences match...
  Sam Dunnington ’14 has been working in the Libraries' Special Collections and Archives since summer 2012. While his job involves tasks such as helping patrons with reference questions and processing collections, Dunnington particularly enjoys the outreach side of his work:...
  Sam Dunnington ’14 has been working in the Libraries' Special Collections and Archives since summer 2012. While his job involves tasks such as helping patrons with reference questions and processing collections, Dunnington particularly enjoys the outreach side of his work:...
Published in 1932, Mutiny on the Bounty was written by James Norman Hall ’10 and Charles Nordhoff. The book is the first in a trilogy; the subsequent novels are Men Against the Sea and Pitcairn’s Island. The papers of James Norman Hall were generously donated to Special...
Published in 1932, Mutiny on the Bounty was written by James Norman Hall ’10 and Charles Nordhoff. The book is the first in a trilogy; the subsequent novels are Men Against the Sea and Pitcairn’s Island. The papers of James Norman Hall were generously donated to Special...
Most mornings, I work at Carnegie Hall, copying, smiling, and helping my work supervisors and professors with clerical work. I really appreciate the job because it has helped me to get to know a really cool individual I like to call Mr. Copy Machine. My job has also helped me...
Covering a wide-ranging digital resource, American Indian Histories and Cultures presents a unique insight into interactions between American Indians and Europeans from their earliest contact, continuing through the turbulence of the American Civil War, the on-going...
As part of America's Historical Newspapers, Hispanic American Newspapers, 1808-1980 provides a collection of full text newspapers from 14 states that reflect Hispanic American history, culture, and daily life between 1808-1980. America's Historical Newspapers contains electronic...
As part of America's Historical Newspapers, Hispanic American Newspapers, 1808-1980 provides a collection of full text newspapers from 14 states that reflect Hispanic American history, culture, and daily life between 1808-1980. America's Historical Newspapers contains electronic...
  The Libraries are happy to announce the launch of our new mobile catalog interface athttp://libweb.grinnell.edu/m/. Search the library catalog, keep a list of saved items, IM a librarian, or check library hours all on your mobile device. You can also access a few of your...
As fall classes begin, the Libraries are pleased to unveil the new Peer Mentoring and Collaboration Space on Burling’s first floor. What is here? Lots of white boards; Tables on wheels – move them around as you need; A stand-up desk (fixed height); Public and semi-private work...
As fall classes begin, the Libraries are pleased to unveil the new Peer Mentoring and Collaboration Space on Burling’s first floor. What is here? Lots of white boards; Tables on wheels – move them around as you need; A stand-up desk (fixed height); Public and semi-private work...
See what we’re up to! Grinnell College Libraries are pleased to unveil a visualization feature as an enhancement to our discovery tool 3Search. What can I do with this feature? You can see how books and other items from Grinnell’s collections matching your search are distributed...
See what we’re up to! Grinnell College Libraries are pleased to unveil a visualization feature as an enhancement to our discovery tool 3Search. What can I do with this feature? You can see how books and other items from Grinnell’s collections matching your search are distributed...
After months of hard work, the Grinnell College Libraries is pleased to announce that a new version of Digital Grinnell is now online and available for use! Digital Grinnell is the institutional repository of Grinnell College, and serves as a home for digital versions of...
After months of hard work, the Grinnell College Libraries is pleased to announce that a new version of Digital Grinnell is now online and available for use! Digital Grinnell is the institutional repository of Grinnell College, and serves as a home for digital versions of...
Beginning April 2014, Grinnell College students, faculty, and staff have online access to the New York Times via a subscription paid by the Grinnell College Libraries. The site license was brokered by the Center for Research Libraries. Full access requires registration. For more...
Beginning April 2014, Grinnell College students, faculty, and staff have online access to the New York Times via a subscription paid by the Grinnell College Libraries. The site license was brokered by the Center for Research Libraries. Full access requires registration. For more...
Grinnell students, faculty, and staff can now access The New York Times and The Chronicle of Higher Education on and off campus via a subscription paid by the Grinnell College Libraries! To register for access to these useful, popular resources, see our guides: New York Times...
In conjunction with the Humanities Center's "A Century of War" events, the Grinnell College Libraries compiled an online bibliography that provides direct access to the speakers' selected works.  Featured speakers are:  Joanna Bourke, Professor of History, Birkbeck, University...
In conjunction with the February 3-5 Symposium "Chicago: Urban Issues and Social Justice in the Windy City," sponsored by the Rosenfield Program in Public Affairs, International Relations, and Human Rights, the Grinnell College Libraries compiled an online bibliography that...
On Monday, 15 April 2013, the Grinnell College Faculty voted in favor of a resolution presented by the Open Access Task Force, committing themselves to expanding access to their forthcoming scholarly articles. According to the resolution, faculty give Grinnell College permission...
On Monday, 15 April 2013, the Grinnell College Faculty voted in favor of a resolution presented by the Open Access Task Force, committing themselves to expanding access to their forthcoming scholarly articles. According to the resolution, faculty give Grinnell College permission...
This summer, as a result of patron feedback and ever-growing audiences at library events, Burling Library will be undergoing a partial renovation. Most of the work will be done in the Burling Lounge area, where events are usually held. Two rows of periodical shelving are being...
This summer, as a result of patron feedback and ever-growing audiences at library events, Burling Library will be undergoing a partial renovation. Most of the work will be done in the Burling Lounge area, where events are usually held. Two rows of periodical shelving are being...
The Center for Prairie Studies and the Grinnell College Libraries have collaborated in the installation of two dramatic photographs of prairie plants that have been hung on the first floor of Burling Library, on the east and west brick walls (south side). Created by the Land...
JournalFinder and Search for Full Text may be unavailable between 7:00pm and 9:00pm on Friday, September 16 while the system is being upgraded.
There is no shortage of leaders among Grinnell’s alumni. Plenty have risen to what most would consider lofty leadership positions in business, finance, and politics. Grinnellians also are leaders in the arts, academia, technology, and social reforms. Despite this, a 2008 on-...
There is no shortage of leaders among Grinnell’s alumni. Plenty have risen to what most would consider lofty leadership positions in business, finance, and politics. Grinnellians also are leaders in the arts, academia, technology, and social reforms. Despite this, a 2008 on-...
Eight small studies on the basement level of Burling Library are available to Grinnell College faculty for assignment on a one-semester, two-semester, or summer basis. Needs for which these studies are an appropriate form of faculty support include substantial research projects...
Eight small studies on the basement level of Burling Library are available to Grinnell College faculty for assignment on a one-semester, two-semester, or summer basis. Needs for which these studies are an appropriate form of faculty support include substantial research projects...
The Research Pro server will be offline from 9:00pm to Midnight on Saturday 2/4/2012 for maintenance. Once the system is brought back online, there should be no outstanding problems, and full functionality should be restored.
The Grinnell College Libraries are excited to announce the release of the new digital archive of the Scarlet & Black student newspaper. This online archive provides free access to the College's archive of the Scarlet & Black newspaper from the first issue in 1894 through...
The Grinnell College Libraries are excited to announce the release of the new digital archive of the Scarlet & Black student newspaper. This online archive provides free access to the College's archive of the Scarlet & Black newspaper from the first issue in 1894 through...
This scroll and quill were items used by the American College Quill Club at Grinnell College.  The American College Quill Club was a student organization established at colleges across the country in order to promote writing and literature. Although not a Literary Society like...
This scroll and quill were items used by the American College Quill Club at Grinnell College.  The American College Quill Club was a student organization established at colleges across the country in order to promote writing and literature. Although not a Literary Society like...
Author Joe Orser will present a free public talk on “Siam’s Twins and Early Asian America” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 28, 2015, in Burling Library Lounge. Orser will explore Chang and Eng Bunker, conjoined twins who toured as a curiosity throughout the world from the 1820s to the...
Grinnell College has been known by many names, but was it ever called "The People's College"?  This was a question we received recently in the College Archives.  Here is what we found.  Grinnell University was chartered in 1855 by 30 member Electors in the recently established...
A Journal of the Plague Year by Daniel Defoe was published in 1722 in London.  A fictionalized, first-person account of the year 1665, it chronicles life in London during the Great Plague. Defoe was a novelist, pamphleteer, and journalist, and is best known for his novels...
Think back to the first time you experienced the Internet and realized that vast quantities of information were now at your fingertips. This same sensation was felt by our ancestors who first experienced photography. The invention of stereoscopes allowed for an entirely new...
Think back to the first time you experienced the Internet and realized that vast quantities of information were now at your fingertips. This same sensation was felt by our ancestors who first experienced photography. The invention of stereoscopes allowed for an entirely new...
David Copperfield by Charles Dickens was first published in 1849 in London by Bradbury and Evans. Illustrations are by H.K. Browne. This particular copy from our collection is a first edition, first issue. As with many of Dickens’ works, David Copperfield was originally...
The Libraries wish to thank the faculty for their hard work and time during the Serials Review that took place last academic year. Over a period of several months, faculty collectively reviewed every Library journal and database subscription and recommended a large number of...
Summer in Grinnell may seem quiet. But four Mentored Advanced Project (MAP) students who are working with Sarah Purcell ’92, professor of history, find it the best time to focus on in-depth research. The students are working on independent projects related to deaths in the U.S....
Summer in Grinnell may seem quiet. But four Mentored Advanced Project (MAP) students who are working with Sarah Purcell ’92, professor of history, find it the best time to focus on in-depth research. The students are working on independent projects related to deaths in the U.S....
Iowa Private College Week, the first week of August, kept the Grinnell College Libraries especially full of activity and the energy of prospective students and their families checking out what the College has to offer. Many groups have toured Burling and Kistle libraries this...
Iowa Private College Week, the first week of August, kept the Grinnell College Libraries especially full of activity and the energy of prospective students and their families checking out what the College has to offer. Many groups have toured Burling and Kistle libraries this...
On Wednesday, Nov. 12, Laura “Lola” Baltzell ’83 and Christiane Carney Johnson ’83 will discuss the collaborative process they used to create the War and Peace Project exhibited through Dec. 7 in Burling Gallery. Their gallery talk is free and open to the public, and will start...
  by Sam Dunnington, '14 Anywhere I can eat mozzarella sticks until my head starts to hurt is a place I'm happy to be, but sometimes the Spencer Grille leaves me wanting for finer cuisine. I wasn't sure if there was ever a better alternative until I stumbled across the pictured...
  Release party: 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30, Rosenfield Center Room 101 The Grinnell Beowulf is a translation and teaching edition of the Old English poem. Six students — Eva Dawson ’14, Emily Johnson ’14, Jeanette Miller ’14, Logan Shearer ’14, Aniela Wendt ’14, and Kate Whitman...
  Release party: 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30, Rosenfield Center Room 101 The Grinnell Beowulf is a translation and teaching edition of the Old English poem. Six students — Eva Dawson ’14, Emily Johnson ’14, Jeanette Miller ’14, Logan Shearer ’14, Aniela Wendt ’14, and Kate Whitman...
  Grinnell College is hosting a reading group for The Grinnell Beowulf translation. Students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends of the college are invited to participate by reading this epic poem and joining in a series of discussions with Assistant Professor of English Tim...
  Grinnell College is hosting a reading group for The Grinnell Beowulf translation. Students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends of the college are invited to participate by reading this epic poem and joining in a series of discussions with Assistant Professor of English Tim...
  Peter Beck ’02, a senior analyst for the Government Accountability Office, will discuss “The State of Federal Performance” in a roundtable discussion at noon Thursday, Feb. 27, in the Burling Library Lounge.  Beck will also give a talk on "Careers in Government” in Rosenfield...
  Peter Beck ’02, a senior analyst for the Government Accountability Office, will discuss “The State of Federal Performance” in a roundtable discussion at noon Thursday, Feb. 27, in the Burling Library Lounge.  Beck will also give a talk on "Careers in Government” in Rosenfield...
Grinnell College Libraries are excited to share our student-narrated video tours of Burling Library. Enjoy these short virtual tours on Burling's computing area, circulation and research desks, lounge, and hidden gems. Please send us feedback to suggest new topics and let us...
Grinnell College Libraries are excited to share our student-narrated video tours of Burling Library. Enjoy these short virtual tours on Burling's computing area, circulation and research desks, lounge, and hidden gems. Please send us feedback to suggest new topics and let us...
Would you like to help us identify the people and events in the College's photograph collection in Digital Grinnell? Digital Grinnell is getting a transcribing and captioning enhancement. You can now add text to the pictures and enhance the understanding of Grinnell’s rich...
Would you like to help us identify the people and events in the College's photograph collection in Digital Grinnell? Digital Grinnell is getting a transcribing and captioning enhancement. You can now add text to the pictures and enhance the understanding of Grinnell’s rich...
  Biography In Context (http://ic.galegroup.com/ic/bic1/?userGroupName=grin67026) includes 600,000 biographies and brings users face to face with historical figures and today’s most studied newsmakers via videos, audios and images. Please let us know your thoughts on Biography...
A Familiar Face Returns to the Libraries Karla Landers joined us as a library assistant in Acquisitions and Serials department in December 2013. Karla has ten years of library experience, working previously in Burling Library (Serials, Acquisitions, Government Documents, and...
A Familiar Face Returns to the Libraries Karla Landers joined us as a library assistant in Acquisitions and Serials department in December 2013. Karla has ten years of library experience, working previously in Burling Library (Serials, Acquisitions, Government Documents, and...
New Spaces and Tools: Consultation Spaces: Two semi-private spaces are now available on Burling's first floor (west side, next to Current Journals) for group meetings. Each accommodates up to 5 people around a table, with power and data. Faculty, staff, and students will be able...
New Faces! Marilyn O’Brien arrives at the Grinnell College Libraries with a B.A. in Elementary Education, and a Masters in Public Administration from Drake University. Marilyn also has considerable training in library science through courses in the field taken at the University...
New Faces Jieun Kang: A newly graduated librarian from Kent State University in Ohio. Jieun also holds an MA in History from The Ohio State University, with a concentration in Modern US history; and a BA in History Education from Seoul National University (South Korea).  Jieun...
New Faces Micki Behounek:  Access Services Manager. Micki has a B.A. in Business Education from Buena Vista University and an M.A. from the University of Iowa in Library and Information Science. Micki has fifteen years of library experience as a High School/Middle School Teacher...
  New Faces Biva Rajbhandari '12, Reference Assistant Nathan Clubb '10, Evening Circulation Supervisor, Burling Library New Tools, Databases and Other Collections Send us a Text Message! Text (712) 560-9033 for brief answers to your simple questions. Reference help is also...
  New Faces in the Libraries We welcome two new Library Research Tutors this spring: Meg Rudy '14 (undeclared) and Liz Holmes '13 (Psychology). Liz, Meg and our returning tutors – Kim Steele, Biva Rajbhandari, Victoria Vertilo and Mateo Jarquin – will provide research tips and...
New Faces We welcome two new research tutors this spring: Irene Bruce '15 and Anthony Wenndt '15. Stop by Burling's research desk to meet Irene and Anthony (and our other four tutors) and for help with your research during their afternoon and evening shifts. Databases Europa...
New Faces, New Roles Chris Jones has been appointed Grinnell’s special collections librarian and archivist of the College. Since 2010, Chris has served as library assistant in special collections here at Grinnell. Previously, Chris worked in the Rare Book & Manuscript...
New Faces, New Roles Chris Jones has been appointed Grinnell’s special collections librarian and archivist of the College. Since 2010, Chris has served as library assistant in special collections here at Grinnell. Previously, Chris worked in the Rare Book & Manuscript...
New Faces We welcome Allison Haack, who joined us in November as the Library Assistant in Special Collections and Archives. Allison earned her B.A. in History from Simpson College and her Master of Library Science with a specialization in archives and records management from...
New Faces We welcome Allison Haack, who joined us in November as the Library Assistant in Special Collections and Archives. Allison earned her B.A. in History from Simpson College and her Master of Library Science with a specialization in archives and records management from...
"Winter at Grinnell" exhibition, Dec. 1, 2014 to Feb. 28, 2014, Burling Library, Special Collections and Archives The exhibit Winter at Grinnell is now on display in the Special Collection and Archives reading room. The display highlights winter activities that have occurred on...
"Winter at Grinnell" exhibition, Dec. 1, 2014 to Feb. 28, 2014, Burling Library, Special Collections and Archives The exhibit Winter at Grinnell is now on display in the Special Collection and Archives reading room. The display highlights winter activities that have occurred on...
  In celebration of Women's History Month, the Grinnell College Libraries are featuring a range of research tools throughout March. The first of this series is Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1600-2000. This collection currently includes: 110 document projects...
  In celebration of Women's History Month, the Grinnell College Libraries are featuring a range of research tools throughout March. The first of this series is Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1600-2000. This collection currently includes: 110 document projects...
  Panel: 4:15 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19, Bucksbaum Center Faulconer GalleryPanel: 4:15 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, Bucksbaum Center Faulconer Gallery A “Wunderkammer,” or room of wonders, was at once a study, a laboratory, and a social space wherein people collected oddities and were...
Lawrence Beall Smith, an artist known for his lithographs of children, created the poster titled “Don`t Let That Shadow Touch Them.” It was printed in 1942 for the Government Printing Office for the U.S. Treasury NARA Still Picture Branch. This poster is part of the S. Eugene...
Lawrence Beall Smith, an artist known for his lithographs of children, created the poster titled “Don`t Let That Shadow Touch Them.” It was printed in 1942 for the Government Printing Office for the U.S. Treasury NARA Still Picture Branch. This poster is part of the S. Eugene...

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Embargoed until Oct. 3, 2014 A new digital archive of the Scarlet & Black student newspaper at Grinnell College will be accessible to the public for the first time on Friday, Oct. 3, the Grinnell College Libraries announced today. This online archive provides free access to...

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