Library Blog is Moving to Tumblr!

Come tumble with us!  As of November 2nd, 2015, the Purchase College Library blog is moving to Tumblr at

From now on, all the Library’s latest events, new services, collections highlights, and news announcements will be made on Tumblr. Come follow at or use the hashtag #sunypurchaselib to find out what’s new at the Library!

purchase college library's tumblr banner: bookshelf with our name


Fall Book Sale @ Library! Thurs. 10/29 and Fri. 10/30

The Library is holding a


Thursday October 29th and Friday October 30th

10am to 4pm

Library First Floor

decorative orange pumpkins made of book pages

decorative orange pumpkins made of book pages

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

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

decorative pumpkin made of white book pages on top of Harry Potter and Deathly Hallows book

decorative white pumpkin and Harry Potter Book

Presentation Basics (How to Create PowerPoint Designs from Scratch)

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)

WhenRescheduled for Thursday, October 29, 12:30 – 2:00

Where: Library Lab 1015B

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.

Scare Up a Good Movie! Check Out the Library’s Horror Films for Halloween.

Looking for spooky Halloween viewing? The Library has new and classic horror films!  This list includes some great films from the bone-chilling to the bizarre, but to find additional scary movies in our collection, use the “Films/Video” search tab on the Library homepage to search for the title of the film you want or search for “Horror Films” as a Subject.

To check out a film, use the call number (e.g. Popular Collection DVD 2524) to find the DVD case, shelved in numerical order on either side of the Reference Desk.  Then take the case up to the Circulation Desk and enjoy!

FEATURED FILMA Girl Walks Home Alone at Night is Vampire Western set in Tehran and created by Iranian-American first-time director Ana Lily Amirpour. This film has something for everyone, blending brooding vampires with dark comedy, a strong female lead, international flavor, and indie film cinematography. Check it out with the call number Popular Collection DVD 4720.

poster for "A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night"

poster for “A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night”

Vampires, Monsters and Zombies

Psychological Thrillers & Mysterious Happenings

Halloween Classics

CTS systems maintenance may affect library website, printing on Sun. 10/11 7pm-11pm

On Sunday Oct. 11th from 7pm to 11pm, CTS will perform maintenance on all campus systems including email, Moodle, and web servers. Internet access will remain available throughout the maintenance window, however access to all campus-based services will be interrupted.

During this time, it is possible that the Library website may not be available. It is also possible that the print servers may be affected and printing may be temporarily disabled or may take longer to come back on line.  Please plan to print your documents accordingly before 7pm or after 11pm.

According to CTS: “High-utilization services (such as Email, Moodle, and Web servers) will be the last to be shut down, and the first to be brought back online. Some Wi-Fi devices may also suffer brief interruptions.”


Luckily, there are additional ways to access library resources, without going to the Library homepage. These resources are not hosted on the campus servers and should remain available during the maintenance window, as long as you have Internet access:

  • Catalog:  Access the Catalog at Links to Worldcat and the Local Catalog are on the righthand column of this page.
  • Databases:  Go directly to the alphabetical Databases List at or use a Research By Subject Guide appropriate to your topic.
    • Pro tip:  If you are using a computer on campus and a database fails to open when you click on it, there’s a work-around! Copy/drag the link into a new browser window and delete the ezprozy prefix from the front of the URL, everything before the second http. Delete this part: “”   (This does not work if you are off campus.)
    • If none of the Library’s databases are working, try Google Scholar at  Remember to save any useful citations so you can use the Library’s Citation Lookup feature later on to get the full text of the article for free.
  • FAQs: For general questions about library services, you can search our FAQs even if the library homepage is down. Just go here:
  • Get Updates: Check the Library’s Facebook and Twitter for updates about outages and restoration of access.

For more help, see this FAQ for work-arounds to accessing library resources:



Novelist Zadie Smith Speaks at Purchase Wed. 10/7 4:30pm in the P.A.C.

Don’t miss this opportunity to attend a lecture, reading, and conversation with acclaimed novelist Zadie Smith! Smith will speak on Wednesday, October 7th from 4:30pm to 6:00pm in the Recital Hall in the Performing Arts Center. The talk is free and open to the public and will be followed by a book-signing.

portrait of author zadie smith in a red head covering

Zadie Smith is one of the most accomplished writers working today.  She has published four critically acclaimed novels, White Teeth (2000), The Autograph Man (2002), On Beauty (2005), and NW (2012). She is also a prolific and distinguished essayist, publishing non-fiction in The New Yorker and The New York Review of Books, among other venues. The recipient of numerous prizes and awards, Smith was named in 2003 and again in 2013 as one of Granta ’s 20 “Best Young British Novelists.” She is currently a professor of Creative Writing at New York University. This event is part of the Durst Distinguished Lecture Series, which is made possible by the Roy and Shirley Durst Distinguished Chair in Literature Endowment.

Smith’s work explores themes of multiculturalism, identity, class, the nature of art, and the ethics of modern science through richly-drawn, nuanced characters set in contemporary England and the United States.  She’s also witty: look no further than her frequent New Yorker essays, including this interview and meditation on sketch comedy duo Key & Peele.

You can check out these novels and essays by Zadie Smith from the Purchase College Library, including:

All aboard! Library Open House TODAY Wed. 9/30, 4pm to 10pm

Ready for an adventure? The first annual Library Open House is TODAY Wednesday, September 30th, 2015, 4pm to 10pm, on the Main Floor of the Purchase College Library.

poster reading Library Open House 2015 with passport image with airplane and library logo

Take a trip around the Library and explore our hidden treasures and services, including our CD collection, Artist Books, Graphic Novels, Popular Reading, our Film & DVD collection, Moodle, Interlibrary Loan, and more!

Sign up for a public library card with the Westchester Library System (WLS) to gain access to even more amazing resources including, Freegal, Overdrive, and audiobooks! Just bring your More Card plus a state-issued ID. (Note: permanent residents of Westchester County must apply for a library card at their hometown WLS branch.)

Stop by any time between 4pm and 10pm and join us for fun interactive activities, free food, a “shelfie” selfie station, and button-making.

This event is in partnership with the Westchester Library System and the First-Year Seminar Program, but everyone on campus is welcome to attend!  **First-Year Seminar Students: please check in at the table near the Reference Desk for attendance and to receive your Library Passport.  All other students– skip this step and dive right into the fun!

You can review the Menu of Stations at RSVP at our Facebook Event and follow the festivities on TwitterInstagram, and Tumblr. Share your photos of the event with the Library by posting to our Facebook wall and tagging us on Twitter and Instagram (@sunypurchaselib or #sunypurchaselib).

Bon voyage!

airplane and passport stamp logo reading "Library Open House September 9 2015 Purchase College New York State University of New York"

Reading & Talk by Lydia Davis

Thursday, September 24th @ 4:30 PM
in the Reading Room, 2nd Floor of the Library

Acclaimed writer Lydia Davis is the author of one novel and seven story collections. Her collection Varieties of Disturbance was a finalist for the 2007 National Book Award. She is the recipient of a 2003 MacArthur Genius Fellowship, was named a Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French government for her fiction and translations in 1999, and won both an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award of Merit medal and the Man Booker International Prize in 2013.

Known for her idiosyncratic and extremely short stories, her books include The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis (2009), a compilation of stories written over 30 years, and most recently, Can’t and Won’t (2014).

Hudson, New York, USA, 13.10.2014 på bildet Forfatter Lydia Davis, på togperrongen i Hudson, Upstate NY, foto: Johannes Worsøe Berg

[Hudson, New York, USA, 13.10.2014. Photo by: Johannes Worsøe Berg]


This event is sponsored by the Purchase College Library, The Creative Writing Program, Office of Community Engagement, and Office of Student Affairs.

See an exhibit of her works (novel, stories, translations) in the display kiosk on the Library’s main floor, near the Reference Desk.

Acting & Writing Workshop Series at Harrison Public Library

Harrison Public Library is hosting a six-part acting and writing workshop series lead by playwright/poet/stage-director James B. Nicola. The “Performance in Practice” series will take place on six Sundays between September 27th and November 1st, 1:30-3:30pm. It is open to everyone, but advanced sign-up is required.

For Purchase College students (as well as faculty and staff!), this might be a great opportunity to share your acting and writing talents with a new, wider audience beyond campus. Participants will be encouraged to develop their own original pieces-stories, poems, short plays, monologues-suitable for sharing with a live audience. Choose your own level of involvement, as writer, performer, or both. Writers may adapt material from others or come up with something entirely new. Performers may perform their own material, or someone else’s. Participants who are willing will then get up on their feet to rehearse the polished pieces toward a live performance where we will invite family, friends, and library patrons.

Space is limited and sign-up is required. Sign up on online or call the Harrison Public Library at (914) 835-0324.


Purchase Student Leads Watercolor Workshop at Harrison Public Library

Milai Liang, an artist/illustrator and Purchase student, is leading a workshop series on Chinese Watercolor Painting at Harrison Public Library.  These hands-on workshops meet Tuesdays at 11:00am from September 22nd – October 27th.  All are welcome and all supplies are provided.

To sign up, call Harrison Public Library at (914) 835-0324 0r use this online form:

chinese brush painting in black & white

“Lively Scene in Chinese Brush Painting” from

Workshop description:

Learn how to introduce Chinese painting techniques while using watercolor brushes, paints, and paper. The brushstrokes and style of Chinese painting combined with methods of watercolor painting allow for spontaneity and help capture the essence of your subject.s Use your brush in new ways–and discover watercolor techniques to have fun while you’re painting. The blend of Eastern and Western art theories, materials, and techniques combine to encourage graceful simplicity.