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.


Introduce yourself to our collections at the Library Open House, Sept 30th, 4-10pm

(Re) Introduce yourself to the Library’s collections at our first-ever Library Open House on Wednesday, September 30th.

Stop by any time between 4pm and 10pm and join us for fun interactive activities, free food, and arts & crafts. For full details see

picture of the library entrance with text "Hello there! Allow me to introduce myself" in a speech bubble

This is your chance to explore hidden treasures from the Library, including: CDs, Artist Books, Graphic Novels, Popular Reading, Films and more. You can even sign up for a public library card with the Westchester Library System (WLS) to gain access to even more amazing resources; just bring your More Card plus any state-issued ID card!

Save the date! We’ll see you there!

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

New databases and electronic resources!

We like to keep our content fresh, whether on the shelf or online! Check out the following new databases and e-resources from the Library and TLTC. Enhance your online or hybrid classes! Enhance your research!

  • The TLTC has added Blackboard Collaborate to Moodle. This web-conferencing software allows instructors to conduct hybrid or online classes over video conferencing and has many other potential uses.
  • The Library has subscribed to additional databases and e-resources for the 2015-2016 academic year,  including:

These and more can be found on the Databases by Title page on the Library website. Also see a list of databases on trial!

Social Science Data for Analysis and Teaching Available via ICPSR!

Are you interested in determining the average age at which men versus women begin smoking? What if you need to know whether age at marriage differs between your region of the country and other regions, or about differences in political attitudes based on age, gender, education, race, or ethnicity? These and countless other questions can be answered by studies in the ICPSR data holdings. ICPSR data cover topics from sociology, political science, economics, demography, education, child care, health care, crime, minority populations, aging, terrorism, substance abuse, mental health, public policy, and international relations.

ICPSR is the world’s largest collection of digital social science data. These data can be used for secondary research, instructional activities, and to write articles, papers or theses.

All Purchase College staff, students, and faculty have access to the extensive ICPSR data holdings. ICPSR is linked from the Library’s Databases page.


New Database Trials

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

Drama Online

Drama Online

Drama Online
Drama Online introduces new writers alongside the most iconic names in playwriting history, providing contextual and critical background through scholarly works and practical guides. The constantly growing collection meets the full range of teaching needs for theatre studies, literature courses and drama schools. From the epic to the monologue; ensemble to one-person plays; comedy to tragedy; the historical to the contemporary; and from the highly political to the profoundly personal, there is plenty to discover. Unique Play Tools with Character Grids, Words and Speech graphs and Part Books offer a new way to engage with plays for close study or for performance. [Trial ends November 2.] 

Electronic Arts Intermix

Electronic Arts Intermix

Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI)
The EAI collection spans the mid-1960s to the present, and is recognized as one of the most comprehensive video art collections in the world. The works in the collection range from seminal videos by pioneering figures — such as Nam June Paik, Bruce Nauman, Martha Rosler and Joan Jonas — to new digital works by emerging artists, including Seth Price, Paper Rad, Cory Arcangel and Takeshi Murata. [Trial ends October 1.]

Material ConneXion

Material ConneXion

Material ConneXion
Material ConneXion maintains the world’s largest subscription-based materials library with more than 7,500 innovative materials and processes across all disciplines of design — an indispensable asset to a wide audience of users. The database offers comprehensive information on each of the materials in the Materials Library. Offers unlimited access to images, detailed material descriptions, usage characteristics, and manufacturer and distributor contact information, all written and compiled by material specialists. Learn more about the Material ConneXion Database [Trial ends October 2.]

The New York Review of Books

The New York Review of Books

The New York Review of Books

A semi-monthly magazine with articles on literature, culture, economics, science and current affairs. It is inspired by the idea that the discussion of important books is an indispensable literary activity. [Trial ends September 20.]


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

Looking For Textbooks? Library Reserves Can Help!

Still waiting for your textbook to arrive from Amazon?  Is the bookstore sold out of the book you need?  Don’t despair!  Your textbook may be on Course Reserve at the Library!

Professors can choose to place textbooks on Reserve at the Library so that the whole class can share them.  Students can check out a Reserve book for up to 3 hours at a time.  That’s plenty of time to read your chapter for tomorrow’s class or make a scan of your reading assignment!  We also have DVDs on Reserve, which you can check out for 4 hours at a time and watched in the Library!

To see if your book is on Reserve, you can look up the book by title or author in the Library Catalog


You can see a list of items on Reserve for each of your classes in Moodle.  Here’s how:

1.  Log into Moodle and choose your class from the Categorized Course List.

2.  Look for the “Library Reserves” block in the right column. It looks something like this:


3.  Click on the title of the book or DVD you’d like to check out, and write down the entire CALL NUMBER.  Call numbers look like this:


4.  Bring the call number to the Circulation Desk and ask to check out the item!


KEEP IN MIND: The Library does not own copies of every textbook for every class. For more about Reserves, see our FAQ on Library Reserves.

Are you a faculty member who wants to place an item on Reserve?  Check out our guide on how to place Reserves Requests via Moodle.

If you have questions about Reserves or need help finding a book (any book!), come talk with a librarian at the Reference Desk.  You can also email, text, or chat with a librarian.

Labor Day Weekend Hours

The Library will be open during the following hours on Labor Day weekend:

Friday, September 4th:  8:00am – 6:00pm 

Saturday, September 5th:  12:00pm – 6:00pm

Sunday, September 6th:  12:00pm – 2:00am

Monday, September 7th (Labor Day): 6:00pm – 2:00am (open in the evening only)

Please see the hours page on the Library website for more information. Note: Text Us is not available when the Library is Closed. For help from a librarian, use the Ask Us 24/7 Chat service or email us at and we’ll get back to you!

Happy Labor Day!

Labor Day Hours Pic


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