Therapy Dogs Reduce End of Semester Stress

For the first time the Clark Library had two therapy dogs visit. During the last week of classes Chelsea Ritner of the University Health Center brought her dog Laika in for a few hours of stress relief. During Exam Week graduate student Kristin Gustaff brought in her therapy dog, Dalai. Both were very popular!

Students take a stress break with Dalai

Students take a stress break with Dalai

Did you know that we loan out more than books?

Have you seen the new table lamps?!

There’s been an exciting new purchase for the Clark Library! Recently we had sleek, new lamps installed on many of the tables around the library, including inside the study rooms. We’ve had several people asking us how these lamps turn on and off because they’re so minimal. The lights have special LED bulbs that are very energy efficient, so you don’t have to worry about turning them off when you leave the table.

If you’re curious about how these cool lamps work, watch the short video clip we’ve put together!

Extended Library Hours

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The new hours are posted at the entrance to the library.

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If you have any issues with swiping into the library after midnight, please contact Public Safety at (503) 943-7161.

Starting this Spring semester, the Clark Library hours have been extended! The library now opens at 7:00 am Monday through Friday. The main and upper floors of the library are available (with a current UP ID card) until 2:00 am on Sunday through Thursday. To gain access to the building between the hours of 12:00 am and 2:00 am, simply swipe your card in the reader to the left of the main double doors. The service desk, reference shelves, and lower level of the library will still close at midnight, so if you need to access the books or check anything out, then make sure you arrive before that time!

Getting ready for the holidays

Decorating the tree

Decorating the tree (click to enlarge)

What does the fox say? Happy holidays!

What does the fox say? Happy holidays! (click to enlarge)

 

The Clark Library’s student workers wasted no time in decorating for the upcoming holiday. We hope the festive atmosphere illuminates everyone’s studies. The Toys for Tots collection box is also out and underneath the monitors on the main floor.

Toys for Tots

Toys for Tots

Help make a child’s holiday brighter this year!  The Clark Library is participating in the U.S. Marines Corps’ Toys for Tots program as a drop off location for the 2013 Holiday season.  Toys will be collected in the library for distribution to families in the Portland area who cannot afford to purchase toys as gifts for their children.

You may bring donations of new, unwrapped toys to the main level of the library beginning on Monday, December 2nd through Tuesday, December 16th.

 

UP Authors Reception – always a fun annual event!

The Fifth Annual UP Authors Reception was a lively event with string and horn quartets providing the backdrop as students, faculty and staff browsed publications and socialized on the Thursday before Fall Break. If you missed the event, you can still see whose publications were featured.

Group Study Rooms

One of the most amazing changes between the old library and the new one is the amount of interactive study spaces available. There are a total of 19 study rooms, nine of which have shiny new LCD screens mounted in them.

You can find one study room with a monitor on the lower floor (room 007), all of the study rooms on the main floor have a monitor, and you can find four on the upper floor (rooms 203, 204, 217, and 218).

Group Study Room

The laptop on the right-hand side is plugged into the middle of the desk and is mirrored on the monitor so the group can see it.

 

Part of the magic of these new interactive study spaces, is that you can hook up your laptop, iPad, or DVD player to the monitors. By simply connecting your device to the appropriate cables provided inside the table and selecting that cable # on the touch screen, you can mirror your screen with the monitor, set-up a dual screen, or watch a movie on a DVD player (available for checkout at the Service desk).

Interactive couch space

Another, more public, interactive space is on the main floor. It has a monitor, with hookups for your device, that you can see from a rather large couch . The back of the couch has chairs with a small desk for even more people to gather around.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These spaces get claimed very quickly, so we suggest reserving them online in advance!

Reserve a study room now!

Check your calendar: Open House this Friday!

Things have changed after 55 years! Come celebrate the reopening of the Clark Library at the official Open House this Friday, September 27, from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Everyone is welcome!

Before: main floor view and balcony

Before: main floor and balcony (click to enlarge)

After: main floor and balcony

After: main floor and balcony (click to enlarge)

Cool stuff to look at in the lobby

Book as Art and Statement  Exhibit

Book as Art and Statement Exhibit

Need a mental break or inspiration? Slow down and visit the special exhibit: The Book as Art and Statement. These unique, handmade books will be on display through September.

Page changing in action

Page changing in action

The Clark Library also has a permanent display of the heritage edition of the Saint John’s Bible, which is in the alcove next to the new books. The page on display is changed twice a week. Each time a new page is chosen, a blog post describing the featured illumination is posted so you can keep up. For example, the current page on display is: Garden of Eden / Adam and Eve.