Library Closed Dec. 20th – Jan. 4th for Winter Break.

We will be open 24 hours a day until Friday, December 19th when we  close at 10:00pm. The Library will be closed over the holiday break from Saturday, December 20th to Sunday, January 4th. We will reopen on Monday, January 5th. See the library hours page for holiday and intercession hours of operation.

Although the building will be closed, you can still use the following library services during the break:

  • Return all library materials (including ILL items, books, DVDs, and CDs) via the book drop in the library foyer.
  • Need help? Search our Library FAQs to see if we’ve already answered your question.
  • Need more help? Use Ask Us 24/7  to chat with a librarian at one of our partner institutions. Note: our partner librarians cannot answer localized questions about your personal account, fines, registration holds, reserves requests, etc.; however, they can help you find articles, search the catalog, cite your sources,navigate our website, etc.

During our closure, Text Us will not be available. We encourage you to email with your questions.

Cheese Tasting tonight Dec. 11th 7pm-9pm in 2012 Lounge

The Purchase Cheese Club and the Library bring you a night of gourmet cheese and pairings as part of Finals Countdown. Stop by the 2012 Lounge from 7pm to 9pm (before Pancake Madness) and sample a range of (free!) cheeses from brie to blue.  Learn how pairings like fruit, nuts, marmalade, and honey bring out the flavors of good cheese. Our cheese selection includes five foreign and domestic cheeses with both vegetarian and non-vegetarian options:

  • Brie Fermier, cow’s milk, France
  • Ewe’s Blue, sheep’s milk, New York
  • Isle of Mull, cow’s milk, United Kingdom
  • Rupert, cow’s milk, Vermont
  • Point Reyes Blue, cow’s milk, California

cheese tasting with cheese club thurs. dec. 11th 7-9pm in 2012 lounge

Avoid a Disaster. Save Your Work Often!

Be sure to save documents regularly as you work on your final papers.  It takes two seconds and will save lots of headaches and pain. You’ve worked hard on those papers! Don’t lose them.

Email to Yourself and Save to USB Drive

On the Library’s public computers, be sure to email your documents to yourself and save to a USB or thumb drive.  Saving in two places is always good practice.

Don’t Save to My Documents or Desktop

Do not save to My Documents or the Desktop and expect the file to be there when you next login.  Public computers are frequently wiped of all files.

Home Directory

If you’ve had CTS set up a home directory, then you can save to your home directory. This network space is available from all public computers only if you’ve requested it from CTS.  Here’s CTS’s directions on how to do that:

Emailing Files to Yourself

If you open a file from an email, be sure to save it to a better location before making changes.  If you make changes and just hit save, it saves to a temporary and inaccessible location.  You may save briefly to the Desktop or My Documents, and then attach the file to an email, and send it to yourself.

Need a Study Break? Short on Time? Pick up a Short Story.

Check out the library’s short story display in the kiosk near the Reference Desk. Read a short story while you drink your coffee or eat a snack. Read a short story for a brief escape from studying (or grading). Just read one… or two or three. They are good for the soul.

“A short story is a love affair, a novel is a marriage. A short story is a photograph; a novel is a film.” — Lorrie Moore 

“When you read a short story, you come out a little more aware and a little more in love with the world around you.” – George Saunders

“A good [short story] would take me out of myself and then stuff me back in, outsized, now, and uneasy with the fit.” – David Sedaris

“A short story is the ultimate close-up magic trick – a couple of thousand words to take you around the universe or break your heart.” – Neil Gaiman

“We get so many people saying short fiction is not economical, that it doesn’t sell; but there are so many of us enjoying writing it and reading it. So it’s wonderful to be around people who love short fiction too – it’s like hanging around with my tribe.” – Junot Diaz


Knitting Circle at the Library! Wed. Dec. 10, 12-2pm, Music Room

It’s BYOK–Bring Your Own Knitting– at the Library.
What:  Knitting Circle!
When: Wed. Dec. 10th, 12pm to 2pm
Where: Music Collection, Library 1st Floor
balls of yarn with knitting needles

As part of our Finals Countdown events, the Library invites you to our second Knitting Circle. Take a break and unwind with this fun & popular craft!  If you are already a knitter, feel free to bring a project to work on.  New to knitting?  Learn the basics from Purchase students and staff who knit. Basic supplies (needles, yarn, patterns) will be provided, but you’re encouraged to bring your own work-in-progress too! Light snacks will be provided as well, so stop by the Music Room any time between 12pm and 2pm. All are welcome!

A special thank you to student-knitters Kathleen Schaeffer and Rachel Ashton for helping us out!


Free Tea at the Library! Today Dec. 9, 3pm to 5pm 2012 Lounge

Join us for Tea Time in the Library’s 2012 Lounge this afternoon from 3pm to 5pm! Come relax or refuel with a selection of decaf and caffeinated teas including: Buddhas Delight, Ginger Peach, Marvelous Mango, Citrus Ginger Mint (decaf), and Berry-licious (decaf).

Two teas will be steeped at a time, one caf and one decaf, for your drinking pleasure, so feel free to stop by throughout the event to try different teas and take a study break during Finals Countdown. You can stick around and play boardgames in the Lounge or grab your tea and get back to studying!

Like this event? We invite you to post pictures or comments on our facebook event.

free tea dec. 9 from 3 to 5pm in 2012 Lounge


It’s Finals Countdown! Take a study break at the Library this week, Dec. 8th – 12th!

The Library’s Finals Countdown activities can help you relax, de-stress, and power through your end-of-the-year exams and papers. This semester, we’ve got new fun activities as well as old favorites. During the last week of classes, you can send a postcard home, play board games with friends, design a button from recycled book jackets, unwind at our knitting circle, or fuel yourself with free tea and a cheese tasting! Looking for something sweet? Stop by The Multi’s Zine and Bake Sale. RSVP to Finals Countdown events on Facebook!

final countdown


Make a Button!
Design & press your own badges using recycled book covers & your own creativity.
Monday, Dec. 8th
Wednesday, Dec. 10th & Friday, Dec. 12th
In front of the
Reference Desk
Tea Time
Enjoy free decaf or caffeinated tea for relaxation or concentration.
Tuesday, Dec. 9th
The 2012 Lounge
BYOK: Bring Your Own Knitting
Get crafty at our knitting circle. Bring your own project or learn to knit! Basic supplies provided.
Wednesday, Dec. 10th
Music Collection
(Library first floor)
The Multi: Zine & Bake Sale
Buy homemade zines and baked goods to support “The Multi,” a student-run, multidisciplinary conference taking place in Spring 2015.
Wednesday, Dec.10th
In front of the
Reference Desk
Cheese Tasting
Snack and explore a selection of delightful cheeses. Co-sponsored by the Purchase Cheese Club!
Thursday, Dec. 11th
The 2012 Lounge
Send a Postcard!
You write the note & address; we will cover the postage and put it in the mail.
All week! The 2012 Lounge
Board Games & Legos
Chill with friends & play Scrabble, Life, Uno, Chutes & Ladders, Boggle, and other games. Plus Legos!
All week! Entrance to DMZ
& 2012 Lounge



Own Your Zone during 24/5!

own your zone

The Library is open 24/5, which means it can get pretty noisy pretty quickly!

That’s why we need your help to keep the Library comfortable for you and your peers during our extended hours.

Use our new “Own Your Zone” cards to self-advocate and reduce noise the library.

SilentZoneCardOwn Your Zone cards serve as a non-confrontational way to ask your peers to respect the study zones. Library staff regularly enforce the noise policies, but we need the help of the entire campus community to keep the Library a calm, respectful environment for all, especially during 24/5.


Library staff will amp up the enforcement of noise policy during Finals Week, but we can’t do it alone!

We need everyone in the Purchase College community to respect each other and help keep the Library a clean, peaceful, and comfortable place to study during Finals Week.

If you can’t find an Own Your Zone card, you can also text a librarian at (914)873-1711. Report the noise problem and tell us your location, and a staff member will come to address the issue as soon as possible.  After Text Us hours, or in the event of a delayed reply, please tell a staff member at the Reference or Circulation desk.

To review the Library’s study zones rules and locations, please visit

Best of luck with finals!

Winter Book Sale! Thurs. 12/4 and Fri. 12/5, 10am-4pm

The Library is holding a


Thursday December 4th and Friday December 5th

10am to 4pm

Winter books chekov

The Library invites you to our Winter Book Sale!  In honor of the season, why not pick up some leisure reading or a holiday gift? A classic novel in paperback?  An art book for $3?  Donations that the Library cannot use in our collections go in the book sale and get passed on to you for between $1 and $3 per item. We’re also selling vinyl LPs and CDs. Stop by the Library on your way to class or to lunch and browse our sale.

The book sale takes place between 10am and 4pm on Thursday and Friday and will be held on the first floor of the Library near the Reference Desk.

Don’t Leave Your Stuff Unattended

Unattended belongings attract thieves. Please do not leave any valuables unattended in the library, for any period of time. This includes: backpacks, laptops, tablets, wallets, purses, USB drives, textbooks, and phones.

It may seem like you’ll only be gone for a minute, but one minute is all that it takes for someone to walk off with your stuff.



This has been a public service announcement from your College Library. You may now return to your studies.




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