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  • Our new library catalog and discovery system, Catalyst is now live.  Read more about the top 5 things you need to know about Catalyst.

    Need to request an item from St. Olaf? The button to place a request is not currently showing up in Catalyst.  We are aware of the problem and working on it.  Call the circulation desk -- (507) 222-4260 -- and they can request the item for you.  Read more on our Catalyst implementation blog.

    If you received a "Due Date Change" email, it is because our new system does not allow items to be due when the library is closed. So existing due dates for some items were shifted when we migrated. Read more on our Catalyst implementation blog.

  • Library to install 450 gravity boot work stations.

    In response to the huge success of standing desks, treadmill desks, and bicycle desks, the library has agreed to buy and install 450 gravity boot desks throughout the building. Students that prefer this method of studying simply strap themselves into the ceiling anchored boots and go to work just like you would at a normal desk. Numerous users of gravity boot users note the benefits of hanging upside down for at least 4 hours a day, and promote the health benefits with the slogan "Get up! No get really up. Up higher."

    Stick 'Em Up (tm) self adhesive velcro strips will be provided to any students that need to attach their laptop, sippy cup, writing materials or mobile device to the desk surface. Said one student in response "It's a really great way to do work for my classes without just sitting in a chair for hours. Plus after working all night on my comps in one of these, my core strength is just sick, bra." This pilot project is jointly funded by the Gould Library and the Center for Inverse Health.

  • ProQuest databases will be unavailable due to maintenance that ProQuest is doing on their servers.  The databases will be down from 9:00 pm Saturday, March 12 through 6:00 am Sunday, March 13.

    We have a large number of databases on ProQuest, all of which will be impacted.  We know this is a busy time of the term and apologize for any inconvenience.  You can chat with a librarian if you need help finding other appropriate resources while the databases are down.  Some of the impacted databases are listed below (you can see the full list here):

    • African American Biographical Database
    • American Periodicals
    • British Humanities Index
    • British Periodicals
    • ProQuest Dissertations and Theses
    • Early English Books Online
    • ebrary eBooks
    • EconLit
    • GeoRef
    • ProQuest Newsstand
    • Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts
    • PAIS
    • Periodicals Index Online and Periodicals Archive Online
    • Philosopher's Index
    • ProQuest Research Library
    • ProQuest Historical Newspapers
    • ProQuest History Vault
    • ProQuest Legislative Insight
    • Statistical Insights
    • Sociological Abstracts
    • Statistical Abstract of the United States
    • WorldWide Political Science Abstracts
  • Super Tuesday is coming up soon! Take a look at our guide, especially if you're planning to caucus!

  • Gould Library will be hiring 3 part-time Library Evening Supervisors for the 2015-16 academic year, to begin work on August 31, 2015.

  • A guide to the temporary detour around the entrance to the Libe, week of August 10, 2014.

  • A guide to the temporary detour around the entrance to the Libe, August 2014.

  • Exciting news from Alumni Relations! Carleton is rolling out JSTOR access to alumni. JSTOR is a digital library of more than 1,900 academic journals, 15,000 books, and 2 million primary source objects available to more than 10,000 institutions in more than 160 countries. Through this program, we will now be able to provide Carleton alumni with full access to the same set of archival journals collections available to current students and faculty.

    JSTOR for Alumni

    Log in using your Carleton alumni credentials (username and password). If you do not have or cannot remember your credentials, please start at the Alumni Username/Password Help Page.  If you need further help, please contact the Alumni Relations office at 1-800-729-2586 or alumni-office@carleton.edu. There may be a slight delay between enabling your account and getting access to JSTOR, but it should be available the same day.  

  • Gould Library will be hiring 3 Reference & Instruction interns for the next academic year (2014-15).


    The Reference & Instruction department supports the teaching and learning goals of the college, with an emphasis on providing excellent library reference and research services to students, staff, and faculty.

    Reference & Instruction interns will get a chance to work with the librarians in providing these services, while learning about librarianship and information literacy, and providing a critical student perspective to our programs and services. The internship program will include training in information literacy and reference services through mentoring and shadowing and discussions. Interns will also get a chance to work on individual projects. The interns will also be introduced to other librarians and library professionals in the area.

    • Create, update, and maintain online / multimedia tutorials and Library Research Guides
    • Help with preparing for classes
    • Assist in assessment projects
    • Provide usability testing of library website and other online services
    • Develop shared materials for collaboration with St. Olaf
    • Help evaluate resources
    • Other projects as needed

    This position is paid, and set within a framework of goal-setting and evaluation. The R&I Interns, with other interns selected for this pilot project within the college, will find support in the Career Center.

    The application deadline is fast approaching: Monday, June 2nd. Submit a letter of interest, resume, and two references to the Tunnel (search for Carleton College as the employer) by midnight. For assistance with your application materials, please stop by the Career Center.

  • Bagel Break in the Libe

    March 13, 2014
    Need a break from studying? The Library will be serving bagels at 2:00 on Thursday, March 13th!
  • Stop by to answer the question of the day, and come this Thursday for root beet floats.

  • Toff the Cat



    “Toff Memorial Library” will honor beloved campus cat

    NORTHFIELD, MN, April 1, 2013 – Carleton College announced today that it will change the name of its library, formerly “Laurence McKinley Gould Library” to “Toff Memorial Library,” effective immediately. The new name honors beloved campus cat, Toff (1997-2011).

    The announcement comes on April 1, 2013, as the campus celebrates what would have been Toff’s 16th birthday. According to a librarian at the newly named Toff library, the decision stemmed from a few factors. “Toff embodied the characteristics that we hope to inspire in all Carleton students: curiosity, playfulness, overcoming obstacles (like doors), and of course, a love of the library.”

    The Toff Memorial Library had previously been named the “Laurence McKinley Gould Library” after the well-loved Carleton professor, president, and Antarctic explorer. “While we admired Gould’s story and place in Carleton’s history,” continued the librarian, “we found that students associate Gould with cold weather and harsh conditions, and especially after this year's winter, we just want to forget that cold weather exists. Toff, on the other hand, brings to mind warm, soft, and fuzzy thoughts.”

    The Toff Memorial Library will be celebrating the its new name, as well as Toff’s birthday with cat-themed treats, served today in the Toff Library lobby.

    Learn more about Toff and his legacy at Carleton College in the 2007 documentary.

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