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Open House at the Art Library

Art Library Open House Sunday May 29, 2011, 1-4

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Posted by on May 28, 2011 in library info


Things are looking different here

If you’ve been an observant visitor to the Art Library this semester, you’ll have noticed some major changes. Possibly the most exciting is our new carpet! It may not have been Venturi and Scott Brown’s original plan to have dark red and blue carpeting in the Art Library, but it certainly works well with the doors and gives the Art Library some design and color that seems to evoke Mudd.

Most importantly, there have been some major changes in the organizational scheme of the Art Library. Barb Prior, the art Librarian, has pared down the Reference section to make sure that only the best books get to be front and center (surrounding the computer area). This has created some space for the brand new “Modern Architects Collection.” At the request of Prof. Harwood, we have pulled the books that deal with Frank Lloyd Wright, Le Corbusier, Mies Van der Rohe, Venturi, and Gilbert, and put them in this handy new section. So, next time you’re doing research and see that the location of the book you need is “Art Modernist Architects Coll,” please be aware that this means the book is on the shelves in the computer area, closest to the clock. These books are library use only, except in special cases.

Still in the works is a relocation of the Art Image Collection, and we’ll keep you posted as it happens.

Questions or comments on our moves and new looks? Let us know!

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Posted by on February 22, 2009 in library info


Art Reference help is back!

Now that the new semester has begun, the art reference assistants have started working again. Matt and Martha can help you use the art library to its fullest extent. Need images for silk screen? Information on sustainable architecture? Come to the Information Table in the reference section any time between 7 and 10 pm, Sunday through Thursday. We’re here to aid people doing any sort of art or art-historical related research, using resources that are both physically in the library as well as online.

And, as always, you can come during the day to get research help from the Art Librarian herself, Barb Prior. She’s here Monday through Friday from 8:30 am until 4:30 pm, with some small exceptions.

If you don’t want to leave your room, you can also get help form us virtually. Our email is; on AIM and Yahoo! Messenger, our screen name is ObieArtLibrary. You can G-chat with us, too, at OCArtLib. The Art Library help page has a meebo window that you can ask us your questions through, also.

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Posted by on September 14, 2008 in library info


Order Your Art Library T-Shirt NOW!

The Art Library now has special t-shirts available for presale at the circulation desk. They are only $11 each (cash only) and you get a three-color silkscreen on a natural cream colored American Apparel unisex cotton tee. The decal is the Venturi Castle (seen below), designed by our own Julia Feldman. You must pay in advance. Shirts will be available before the end of the semester, so order soon!

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Posted by on April 24, 2008 in library info



Library Acquires Complete Peanuts and Calvin and Hobbes

Now on display in the Art Library is the complete Peanuts cartoons and the complete Calvin and Hobbes. Charles Schultz’s complete Peanuts comes in 7 volumes and chronicles all daily and Sunday comic strips from 1950 through 1966. The set includes an introduction by Matt Groening and may be checked out of the library. Bill Watterson’s complete Calvin and Hobbes comes in 3 high quality color volumes. This particularly fine set is library use only.

Calvin and Hobbes

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Posted by on April 22, 2008 in library info


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Party time at the library!

Well, it’s that time of year again- Clarence Ward’s birthday, and as usual, the Art Library will be celebrating in style.

Thursday, April 3, will be the annual Clarence Ward birthday party and exhibition. It will be 4:30-5:30 pm Thursday, April 3. This year’s exhibition is is entitled “Envelope Art: Poster and Artist Stamps,” and will showcase some of the Art Library’s holdings of poster and artist stamps. This exhibition was put together by our own Barbara Prior (Art Librarian) as well as graduating senior Emily Edison(Library Assistant).

So, come to the Library tomorrow for the celebration, and come to the blog tomorrow to learn more about Clarence and his importance to the arts at Oberlin.

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Posted by on April 2, 2008 in library info


Can’t find that book for class? It might be in reserve… How course reserve works at the Art Library


At the Art Library, books that are set aside by professors for certain classes may be on “Closed” or “Open” reserve. Open reserve is open for your browsing pleasure next to the circulation desk, and is organized by professor and class. Many of the texts on Open Reserve make up the “recommended reading” lists of courses, and are not specific reading assignments. The Closed Reserve section is behind the circ desk and you need to request for someone who works at the desk to get the book for you (if no one’s there, ring the bell!). Books on Closed Reserve are often for specific reading assignments (ex: a class textbook may be put on Closed Reserve).

Regardless of if a book is on Closed or Open Reserve, you may only check out 2 at a time, for 3 hours at a time. If you check it out past 9 pm, it will be due by 10 am the next day.

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Posted by on March 16, 2008 in library info


New Color Printer!

We now have a new beautiful color printer at the Art Library! You can use it from any Mac computer at our main workstation, and it only costs $1.00 to print a color 8.5 x 11 page. It uses both print quota money and obie dollars.


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Posted by on March 11, 2008 in library info