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Library Closed for Labor Day Weekend

Stars and Stripes

The Brown Library will close on Friday, September 2nd at 5pm and will remain closed throughout the Labor Day weekend. We will reopen on Tuesday, September 6th, at 8am. Our regular Fall semester hours are:

  • Monday—Thursday:  8am-8pm
  • Friday: 8am-5pm
  • Saturday: 9am-1pm
  • Sunday: Closed

Remember, even when the library is closed, you can still access professional assistance, online library resources, and computers for doing class work or research. Check out these alternatives:

Computer Labs on Campus

Off-Campus Access to Research Databases and the Library Catalog

Ask a Librarian Chat Service

Local Public and College Libraries

Every Shake is a Learning Experience

Events ought to expand our experiences, right? So the shimmy and shake we felt in the Roanoke Valley Tuesday should send us searching for more information about earthquakes. A good place to start is in Brown Library.

Plate Tectonics : an Insider’s History of the Modern Theory of the Earth and Earthshaking Science: What we Know (and Don’t Know) About Earthquakes are among the library’s print books about earthquake science.

Come check out the stacks or visit the online catalog for a wealth of online science books. And, if you haven’t become familiar with the U.S. Geological Survey page, visit it here.

Library Hours During Summer Break

During the semester break, July 28 through August 19, Brown Library will be open 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday.  We will not have Saturday hours during the break.

Fall classes begin on August 22, so we will begin opening on Saturdays again on August 27.

Have a great break! Come see us between 8 and 5!

Blackboard Unavailable July 23

We love to have you visit Brown Library, but if you are coming to the library Saturday, July 23, just to use Blackboard, you will not be able to access it during library hours.

The gremlins are updating Blackboard, so it will not be available from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m. that day.

You can still use the library computers, do research and check out books, however.

Independence Day Hours

High Hopes and Monday Blues

Image by Madiator via Flickr

The Brown Library has modified its hours of operation during the Independence Day holiday weekend.

  • July 1st: 8am-5pm
  • July 2nd-July 4th: Closed
  • Tuesday, July 5th: Regular hours resume

Remember, even when the library is closed, you can still access professional assistance, online library resources, and computers for doing class work or research. Check out these alternatives:

Computer Labs on Campus

Off-Campus Access to Research Databases and the Library Catalog

Ask a Librarian Chat Service

Local Public and College Libraries

Handheld GPS Units Now Available

The library now has nine small, hand-held GPS Devices available for check-out by current students, faculty, and staff. Garmin hand-held GPS unit

These Garmin eTrex Venture HC GPS units each come with a fabric case and attached strap, a Quick Start Guide, a more detailed Owner’s Manual, a Tips Sheet, and a USB cable for connecting the GPS device to a computer.

NOTE:  We will soon have information about free software that can be downloaded to a computer from the internet to enable that computer to recognize and connect to the proprietary Garmin software on these GPS devices. Routes located and maps created by the units can then be imported into Google Earth and saved on a computer. As soon as we have it, we will make that information available with each GPS unit at time of check-out.

Check-Out Terms: 

  • The check-out period for Students = 1 week; Faculty & Staff = 2 weeks.
  • Each GPS unit requires 2 AA batteries to operate; the user (student/faculty/staff) must provide the batteries.
  • Each GPS unit must be returned in person at the end of the check-out term.  If there is no waiting list, it may be possible to check the unit out again. Renewals are not available by phone or email.
  • If a unit is lost, destroyed, or returned significantly impaired, the replacement cost is $200.  Replacement costs for individual accessories will be assessed as well. These GPS devices are for use outdoors, while camping, fishing or hiking, or during any kind of field work, and for scouting, tracking and recording routes to off-road destinations. But they are not indestructible.

For more information, contact the Circulation Desk at 857-6941 or 857-6332.

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