By Arianna Cardinale
The McEntegart Library is the one of the main places on the Brooklyn campus students gather between classes. Yet beyond just laptops, DVD’s and books to check out, the library has a wealth of other resources available.
In addition to a wide range of research databases, there are magazines and educational journals that can be read within the library. If you happen to need a book that is at a local library or at other local campuses including Pratt Institute, LIU or Brooklyn College, the reference librarians can help you acquire it.
There are several library events that students might want to attend during common hour. Various workshops are offered throughout the semester in which students receive instruction from library staff. Upcoming sessions include NoodleTools and Annotated Bibliographies on October 25 and 27, Intro to Excel on November 8 and 15, and Intro to PowerPoint on November 10. If you want to relax and unwind, the library also offers a common hour de-stress session where you can knit and color. More details can be found on flyers posted throughout McEntegart.
Other collections that are available to students include the textbook reserves, local history collection, oversized art books and curriculum library. Located on the third floor, the curriculum library features children’s picture books and young adult fiction. One of McEntegart’s newest additions is a 3D printer that students can use for class assignments and projects. Meanwhile, issues of the Spirit dating back to 1982 are now available on-line (using advanced search in the online catalog, enter the keyword Spirit and limit your search to McEntegart archives). You’ll find many gems, including a mysterious handwritten edition of the paper.
If you should ever need help, the library staff is available to assist you. Just walk up to the reference desk and ask a librarian for help (you can also schedule an appointment). In any event, the next time you are in McEntegart Library, be sure to take advantage of the resources available and remember to say hello to the wonderful library staff.