Thanksgiving Hours: Library Closed 1pm 11/26 – 6pm 11/30

The Library will be closed for Thanksgiving starting at 1:00pm on Wednesday, November 26th. We will reopen at 6:00pm on Sunday, November 30th.  See the Library Hours page for more information.

Thanksgiving Hours:

Tuesday, November 25 8:00am – 11:00pm
Wednesday, November 26 8:00am – 1:00pm
Thursday, November 27 (Thanksgiving Day) Closed
Friday, November 28 Closed
Saturday, November 29 Closed
Sunday, November 30 6:00pm – 2:00am
Starting December 1st, the Library will be open 24/5 through the rest of the semester. During the 24/5 period, the Library will be open continuously 5 days a week (from Sunday at noon until Friday at midnight), closing at midnight on Fridays and Saturdays.

24/5 Hours* Begin Mon. Dec. 1st:

Monday, December 1 — we will open at 8:00am and stay open until 12:00am (midnight) Friday, December 6. Open 24 hours
Saturday, December 6 10:00am – 12:00am
Sunday, December 7 — we will open at 12:00pm (noon) and stay open until 12:00am (midnight) Friday, December 12. Open 24 hours
Saturday, December 13 10:00am – 12:00am
Sunday, December 14 — we will open at 12:00pm (noon) and stay open until 10:00pm on Friday, December 19. Open 24 hours
*Not all services will be available at all hours during 24/5.

Got Questions? Now’s a great time to Ask Us!

Feeling overwhelmed as you head into the last stretch of the semester?  Just ask your friendly neighborhood librarian! Librarians are here to help answer all your questions about the research process and citation. And with “crunch time” coming up between Thanksgiving and Finals, there’s never been a better time to get help with your research project!

There’s lots of ways to ask us questions:

  • Ask us in person:  Reference Librarians are available Monday-Thursday 10am to 7pm, Friday 10am to 4pm, Saturdays and Sundays during finals, 3pm to 7pm. Just drop on by!
  • Meet with us: Schedule an individual appointment  by emailing your  subject librarian or email and we’ll assign you the right librarian.
  • Text us:  Text your question to 914-873-1711 and a Purchase librarian or circulation supervisor will respond within 10 minutes during regular service hours.
  • Chat with us:  Use our Ask Us 24/7 IM service to chat with a librarian.  Librarians from Purchase College as well as other university libraries nationwide staff Ask Us 24/7. You can even use Ask Us 24/7 when the library is closed over Thanksgiving Break!
  • Try our FAQs:  Browse our Library FAQs for helpful research tips and frequently asked questions about library services.
  • Questions about Senior Projects/Capstones/Masters Theses?  This Student Projects Guide has all the answers to your formatting & submission queries!

During the finals period, not only is the Library open 24 hours a day, 5 days a week, but reference librarians are here on weekends too. Librarians will be available additional hours at the reference desk on Saturday and Sunday, December 6th, 7th, 13th, and 14th  from 3pm to 7pm.

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Ask your friendly neighborhood Librarian

“Unexplored Views,” Study Abroad Photo Exhibition Opening Nov. 20, 6pm

The Pisciotta Study Abroad Program invites you to the grand opening of Unexplored Views, a new photography exhibition at the Library.

Pisciotta Expo 2014

Unexplored Views is a collection of photographs created by the students who traveled with the Study Abroad – Summer Program to Pisciotta, Italy.  Each print and photo book displayed tells the story of the students’ experience while living and studying in a foreign country.  The photographs were made all over Italy– Rome, Florence, Naples, Capri, Pompeii, and of course, Pisciotta.  This exhibition is curated by Art+Design professor Cassandra Hooper who taught these students while abroad.

So come and join us for an evening of photography, networking, and refreshments!

This exhibition will be on display at the Library (second floor) Nov. 20 – Dec. 11, 2014. 

Lit Society Book Club Meets Wed. 11/19 7pm Library Lab 1015B

The Literature Society’s first book club gathering will be November 19th at 7 p.m. in the DMZ, Lab 1015B, in the Library. Students and professors of all majors and disciplines are encouraged to attend. Professor Anthony Domestico of the literature board of study will lead a discussion of the book The Blue Flower by Penelope Fitzgerald.

About the book:  Penelope Fitzgerald’s The Blue Flower​ is a masterpiece of compression and intelligence. Fitzgerald takes as her subject Novalis, a German Romantic poet who lived and wrote in the late eighteenth century, weaving together his life and writing into a heady mixture that examines, among other things, the nature of love, poetry, philosophy, religion, politics, history, and death. ​According to The New York​ Times this novel “convey[s] more reality than any amount of impasto description and research.”

You can check out The Blue Flower at the Library, it’s located in the Popular Collection shelved under “F” for Fitzgerald. Affordable copies of the book can be found online or at a local bookstore. Note that a copy of the book is not necessary to attend the event. All are welcome!

For more information email or

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Purchase Writers Center Relaunch is Today 11/17 5pm Red Room

Come celebrate the relaunching of the Purchase Writers Center as a focus for student engagement today, November 17th from 5pm to 7pm in the Red Room in the Student Services Building. The Writers Center is physically located in the lower level of the Purchase College Library and has been home to several groups of Purchase Writing Fellows since its founding 4 years ago.

pictures of writing fellows with text "are you a writer? a lover of writing? curious bout writing?

This year, the Library welcomes 2014-15 Writers Center Fellows Jessica Laser, Rachel McCain, Dan Poppick, and Aditi Sriram will read from and talk about their work. They will be joined by former fellows, all of whom have published work that began during their time at the Writers Center, at an event to kick off this year’s relaunch of the Writers Center.

WHEN: TODAY, November 17, 2014

TIME: 5:00pm – 7:00pm

WHERE: Red Room, Student Services Bldg, Purchase College

The Purchase Writers Center draws together writers from across the college including students and faculty in Creative Writing, Journalism, Literature, and Screenwriting and Playwriting and those who are simply interested in writing and in reading and hearing the writings of others. The Writers Center sponsors many programs involving writers and writing—panels, workshops, ‘write-ins,’ readings, ‘talk-backs,’ open mic sessions—and seeks to create a community of writers at Purchase.

New Database Trials

The following databases are currently available for a limited time as we consider adding them to the collection.

  • Films on Demand – World Cinema Collection
    This unique collection includes the best of the silent era, groundbreaking international directors, American and European masterpieces from the mid-20th century, and award-winning contemporary films featured by Global Lens. The collection shines a light on the history of cinema while also providing a glimpse into the cultures and issues of countries around the world, making it useful beyond film studies departments by bringing value to programs in area studies, political science, history, world languages, and more. [Trial ends December 8, 2014.]
  • Mango Languages
    Learn a new language with this interactive database that provides step by step lesson plans for 64 different languages (including Pirate! Argh, matey.). [Trial ends December 11, 2014.]


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If you have feedback about these trials, or want a trial of another database, contact the Digital Services Librarian. Want more databases? Go to our alphabetical list, or consult a subject guide.

Antonio Frasconi: Stand Up and Be Counted Closing Ceremony

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Celebrate the conclusion of the Antonio Fransconi: Stand Up and Be Counted exhibition at the closing ceremony on Thursday November 13, 4:30-7pm in the Richard & Dolly Maass Gallery, Visual Arts Building.

The event will include readings from literary texts featured in Frasconi’s work and a concert by Miguel Frasconi.


Your Suggestions & Our Answers on Flickr

lego board gamesYou may know that we have a suggestion board in the Library’s lounge where we post answers to your suggestions and questions, but now you can view them online too:  We heard you! As a result of your suggestions, we’ve added specific books and DVDs to our collection, added spoons in the lounge, added meal options to the vending machines, and much more.  Keep those suggestions coming and we’ll keep answering!

Extra, Extra! Library Newsletter is Here!

The Library Newsletter is here!  Purchase College Library has some great new services, resources, and improvements to share with you, many resulting from suggestions by students, faculty, and staff. Read all about it in the Fall 2014 edition of the Library’s online newsletter, “Beyond the Stacks,” found online at


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Want a sneak peak?  In the latest issue of the Library Newsletter, you can read about:

• Atomic Learning: online video tutorials for software and academic skills
• Streaming video services: Kanopy and Alexander Street Press
• Discovery Search: a new way to search most of the library’s holdings, all at once
• Student art currently on display in the library
• Own Your Zone Cards that can help reduce noise in the quiet & silent zones
Improvements we’ve made based on the feedback you gave us on our Spring 2014 customer service survey. Some changes include:

  • new books and shelving for the Popular Reading Collection
  • longer loan periods for Popular Collection DVDs (you can check them out for 7 days instead of 3!)
  • more music– we doubled the size of our CD collection!
  • four new color printers that can print tabloid and new PCs in the DMZ and Lab 1004D (Thanks CTS!)
  • wireless printing from personal laptops to public printers via webprint
  • more study tables closer to outlets in the Silent Study Zone
  • hundreds more films in our collection, in DVD, blu-ray, and streaming formats
  • and even more improvements to the library’s building, collections, services, and technology, all thanks to your suggestions.

Have more ideas for how to make the Purchase College Library even better?  Drop your thoughts in the Suggestion Box in the 2012 Lounge!

Library open Election Day, Nov. 4th! Go Vote!

Although classes are not in session, the Library will be open normal hours (8:00am – 2:00am) on Election Day, Tuesday November 4th.  Please visit the Library’s Hours page for more:

If you registered to vote at your on-campus address, your polling site is the Red Room and it will be open from 8am until 9pm.

If you registered to vote at your off-campus address, you can find your polling site and other important Election Day information online at or from the NY Board of Elections.

For nonpartisan profiles of each candidate, check out the League of Women Voters of Westchester’s 2014 Voter’s Guide, covering the major and third party candidates as well as local ballot initiatives. Not voting in Westchester? See what your “personalized” ballot for your district will look like on

You can also use Rock the Vote’s search or Google’s Voter Information search to look up your polling place, see the list of all referendums and all candidates who will appear on your ballot for local and national offices, and find quick links to the candidates’ social media sites.

Have your voice heard and vote!


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