Library Spring Break Hours

The Library will be open the following hours over Spring Break:

Spring Break Hours 2015 (March 28 – April 5):

Friday, March 27 8:00am – 7:00pm
Saturday, March 28 Closed
Sunday, March 29 Closed
Monday, March 30 – Thursday, April 2 8:30am – 4:45pm
Friday, April 3 8:30am – 4:00pm
Saturday, April 4 Closed
Sunday, April 5 6:00pm – 2:00am

Note that not all services may be available at all times.  For full hours, see

For help from a librarian, use our Ask Us 24/7 service:

Woven Words: Poetry & Textile Workshop with Pamela Hart, Mar. 25th, 12:30pm

The Purchase Writers Center presents a workshop combining the art of poetry and textiles:


WHEN: Wednesday, March 25, 2015

TIME: 12:30 PM – 2:30 PM

WHERE: Neuberger Museum of Art

Discover poetry in the visual language of Kuba textiles. Inspired by the vibrant Kuba designs and myths, we’ll explore some approaches to writing offered by ekphrasis, the process of verbalizing the visual.

Workshop Leader Pam Hart is a poet who won an NEA Fellowship in Poetry. She was an inaugural fellow at the Purchase Writers Center. As Writer in Residence at the Katonah Museum of Art, she is an experienced leader of workshops in writing about visual culture.

kuba woven textile

Midterms Questions? Ask Us, Text Us, Chat with Us

Midterm research getting you down?  Just ask your friendly neighborhood librarian! During midterms, librarians are here to help answer all your questions about the research process and citation.

There’s lots of ways to ask us questions:

  • Ask us in person:  Reference Librarians are available Monday-Thursday 10am to 7pm and Friday 10am to 4pm. Just drop by and say hi! (Note: we are available “on call” during spring break. Just let the Circulation staff know you need research help!)
  • 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– even when our Library is closed!

Prefer to teach yourself? Help us, help you!

  • Search our FAQs:  Browse these Library FAQs for helpful research tips and frequently asked questions about library services.
  • Watch Library Tutorials:  Learn about research techniques, using article databases, finding books, and determining whether a source is scholarly from video tutorials on the Library’s YouTube channel:
  • Watch Atomic Learning Tutorials:  Atomic Learning has hundreds of super-short videos on specific software programs (such as SPSS, PowerPoint, Excel, Adobe Creative Suite, Final Cut, etc.) and on citing in APA, MLA, and Chicago styles. Log in to Atomic Learning at and search for videos!


a librarian helping a patron

Ask your friendly neighborhood Librarian

Colson Whitehead Reading Today, March 19, 4:30pm, Recital Hall

Award-winning author Colson Whitehead will visit Purchase on Wed. March 19th for a lecture, reading, and conversation as part of the Durst Distinguished Lecture Series. 

An Evening with Colson Whitehead:
A Lecture, Reading, and Conversation

WHEN: Today, March 19, 2015
TIME: 4:30PM – 6:00PM
WHERE: Recital Hall, The Performing Arts Center

 photo of colson whitehead


Colson Whitehead is the author of several books, including John Henry Days Zone One, The Intuitionist and most recently, The Noble Hustle: Poker, Beef Jerky & Death (2014). Whitehead is a recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, A Guggenheim Fellowship, and a Whiting Writers Award among others. The event is free and open to the public with a book-signing to follow.

Want to check out books by Colson Whitehead? The Library has copies of several Colson Whitehead novels, currently located on the New Books shelf near the Circulation Desk.

This lecture, part of the Durst Distinguished Lecture Series, is supported by an endowment from the Durst Family, long-time benefactors of Purchase College

Faculty / Staff Workshops: Presentation Basics (How to Create PowerPoint Designs from Scratch), Thursday, March 19 @ 12:30pm

Want to learn how to create professional and visually appealing presentations? Want to learn some design tips and tricks? Come to our hands-on PowerPoint session!


Presentation Basics (How to Create PowerPoint Designs from Scratch)

When: Thursday, March 19, 12:30 – 2:00pm

Where: Library Lab 1004D

Presenter: John Sicat

In this workshop, we’ll explore PowerPoint presentations and beyond. While we’ll mainly focus on how to create presentations, there will also be a focus in composing postcards, flyers, and logos for an appealing presentation. You will realize the full value of presentation software and you will know your options in terms of software that’s available out there.

You do not need to have any familiarity of the software. Please contact the presenter ahead of time if you wish to cover a certain facet of the software more so over the other. If you also have a presentation you’re not fully satisfied with that you’d like to be reviewed, you may forward it to the presenter ahead of the workshop.

To register, or see a full list of workshops, visit:

Advance registration is encouraged but walk-ins are always welcome.


With our recent ScienceDirect renewal agreement with SUNY, we’ve acquired access to Scopus.

Scopus is the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature: scientific journals, books and conference proceedings. Delivering a comprehensive overview of the world’s research output in the fields of science, technology, medicine, social sciences, and arts and humanities, Scopus features smart tools to track, analyze and visualize research. Try it out today!


Watch a video on “Getting Started with Scopus

Access Scopus, ScienceDirect, and all of the library’s databases from the Databases List. For assistance with your research, or questions about databases, Ask Us.


eJournals List and Find It @ Purchase Button not available on 3/14

On Saturday, March 14, 2015, the following services will be unavailable due to system updates from the vendor:

  • The eJournals by Title list
  • The Find It @ Purchase button within all of the databases    findit_purchase

The service window is scheduled to begin at 9:00 AM and you will be unable to access these services until the update is complete and full service resumes. We anticipate resuming full service by 9:00 PM.

All of the library’s databases will be available for the duration of the updates. Please contact us with any questions or if you would like assistance in finding electronic resources.


Better-know-a-resource: Digital Public Library of America

In honor of Open Education Resources week, we’re highlighting a free, open-access resource that students and faculty can use for research projects, course assignments, presentations, creative projects and more!  Introducing, the Digital Public Library of America or DPLA!

DPLA provides online access to 8,416,553 items from libraries, museums, and archives around the U.S., including scanned texts & letters, images & photographs, film & TV clips, and maps.

You can view special online exhibitions, such as this photography collection on Activism in U.S. History.  Or, you can explore the holdings of libraries across the nation using this interactive map. The timeline feature lets you see what kinds of artifacts belong to each year in history– including the year you were born!

DPLA is a great resource to use for finding primary source resources, public domain images, and ideas for engaging activities for classroom lectures, presentations (for students too!), homework, or online assignments. And the best part?  It’s free and open-access!

screenshot of dpla

P.S.  In the screenshot above, that’s a photo of the “real” Winnie-the-Pooh, Eyeore, Piglet, Kanga, and Tigger from the New York Public Library’s archives!

How to Make the Most of Moodle Student Project Spaces: Faculty/Staff Workshop, Thurs. March 12th

Student Project Spaces in Moodle are more than just a vehicle for submitting senior projects, capstones, and master’s theses to the Library’s online archive! Learn more about them in this hands-on workshop.


When: Thursday, March 12, 12:00 – 1:00pm

Where: Library DMZ Lab 1015B

Presenters: Darcy Gervasio and Marie Sciangula

Student Project submission doesn’t have to be a one-way street. In fact, these Moodle Spaces were designed to encourage students and faculty readers to take the wheel by using the spaces to communicate and share resources throughout the research and writing process. In this workshop, we’ll cover the basics of the submission process and also go beyond, demonstrating how to make the most of your Student Project Spaces. We’ll save time for Q&A, so bring any questions you have about the submission process.

To register, or see a full list of workshops, visit:

Advance registration is encouraged but walk-ins are always welcome. Note: this workshop was rescheduled due to the snow day on March 5th.

Faculty / Staff Workshop – Excel: Formulas and Functions, Tuesday, March 10 @ 12:30pm

Want to learn more advanced features and functions of Microsoft Excel? Need to use formulas, process data, and create spreadsheets for your job? Come to our hands-on session!


Excel: Formulas and Functions

PresenterKeith Landa

This workshop will walk you through the steps to effectively use formulas and functions to process data and calculate results. Common functions and categories of functions will be reviewed.  We will cover practical examples of interest to the workshop participants. Prerequisite: a basic proficiency with Excel.

Date/Time: Tuesday, March 10, 12:30-2:00

Location: Library 1004D

To register, or see a full list of workshops, visit:

Advance registration is encouraged but walk-ins are always welcome.


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