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De-Stress for Success events

Reed Library will be hosting the following events as part of the Counseling Center's De-Stress for Success program:

Chair massages: Free 5 minute chair massages will be available on a first come, first served basis.
Monday 12/11, noon - 1 p.m.

Paws to Relax: Pet and play with certified therapy dogs.
Monday 12/11 and Tuesday 12/12, noon - 1 p.m.

Gotta Study S'more: Take a break from your studies and grab a free s'more kit.
Monday 12/11 and Tuesday 12/12, 1 p.m. - 2 p.m.

Calm Down and Warm Up: Relax with free cocoa and hand-warmers.
Wednesday 12/13 and Thursday 12/14, 11 a.m. - noon

For more information, see the Library's page on Events@Fredonia.

New/trial databases: HeinOnline, Statistical Abstract of the US, SUNY Press eBooks

Reed Library is pleased to offer access to three databases:

First, the Statistical Abstract of the United States includes over 1400 individually indexed tables. Use it as a convenient source for statistical reference, and as a guide to more information sources.

Second, HeinOnline, available on a trial basis through May 27, includes over 160,000 titles of legal history and government documents. In addition to its collection of law journals, HeinOnline contains the entire Congressional Record, Federal Register, and Code of Federal Regulations, complete coverage of the U.S. Reports back to 1754, and more.

Finally, the SUNY Press eBook Collection offers access to the full text of over 600 books published by SUNY Press between 2000 and 2006, courtesy of the SUNYConnect consortium.

All of these databases, and 211 more, are available from the Reed Library homepage. Please contact the Library with any questions or feedback.

Halloween and International Games Week events

Reed Library is celebrating Halloween and International Games Week with three events on Tuesday, October 31:

First, at 12:00 noon in the Tower Lounge, we will host a Harry Potter mini-escape room. Voldemort has left you a strange note with a challenge for you. Follow the clues and solve the puzzles to unlock a box that holds one of his most prized possessions!

Then, at 1:00 p.m. in the Tower Lounge, we will host a Halloween mini-escape room. You have entered the Library on Halloween, only to discover the door eerily banging shut and locking behind you. It is the 13th anniversary of a witch's curse on the college, and you are her latest victims!

Finally, at 2:00 p.m. in the Friends of Reed Library room, we invite you to join your librarians for a game of Trivial Pursuit: Book Lover's Edition. Categories include children's, nonfiction, classics, book bag, authors, and book club.

Space for each event is limited, so register now at the links above. Should an event meet its m…

Freedonia Marxonia 2017

Reed Library and the 1891 Fredonia Opera House will be the venues for Freedonia Marxonia 2017 events, Thursday, Sept. 28 and Friday, Sept. 29.

Freedonia Marxonia was created by a Fredonia student in 1987 as an annual festival to celebrate the connection between Fredonia and "Freedonia," the fictional nation that serves as the setting for the 1933 Marx Brothers movie Duck Soup.

This year's theme is "Broadway and the Marx Brothers." An exhibit focusing on the Marx Brothers' three Broadway musicals (I'll Say She Is, The Cocoanuts, and Animal Crackers) opens Sept. 28 at 3:00 in Reed Library. Guest speaker Noah Diamond will present his multimedia lecture, "The Marx Brothers on Broadway: 1924-1929," that evening at the Opera House. The two-day festival also includes a lunchtime interview with Mr. Diamond, screenings of The Cocoanuts and Duck Soup, and a discussion led by Mr. Diamond about the creation of Duck Soup. The full listing of activities …

Zweig at Fredonia: 50 Years of Transformation

As part of the 2017-2018 Convocation Series at Fredonia, “Transformations”, please join the Archives & Special Collections of Reed Library and the Department of English in recognizing the 50th anniversary of the Stefan Zweig Collection at Reed Library and the 75th anniversary of the death of its creator, the Austrian author Stefan Zweig (1881-1942).

Zweig at Fredonia: 50 Years of Transformation will include three separate events in October and November 2017, all of which lend variant meanings to the theme of transformation by focusing on questions of exile, race, national identity/nationalism, and loss of cultural heritage.
Exhibit tracing the evolution of the Zweig archive at Fredonia from its inception in 1967 (25 October – 19 November 2017, exhibit opening 25 October 2017)"Unpublished Racism: Stefan Zweig on Blackness in America", lecture given by Dr. Ashwin Manthripragada (25 October 2017)The Destruction of Memory, film with a post-screening panel discussion featuring…

Encyclopedia of Social Work available online

Reed Library now offers online access to the Encyclopedia of Social Work from Oxford Research Encylopedias. The Encyclopedia is "the first continuously updated online collaboration between the National Association of Social Workers (NASW Press) and Oxford University Press (OUP). Building off the classic reference work, a valuable tool for social workers for over 85 years, the online resource of the same name offers the reliability of print with the accessibility of a digital platform. Over 400 overview articles, on key topics ranging from international issues to ethical standards, offer students, scholars, and practitioners a trusted foundation for a lifetime of work and research, with new articles and revisions to existing articles added regularly."

The Encyclopedia of Social Work is accessible from the Reed Library homepage, under the Databases tab.

2017 Constitution Day events

Reed Library will be hosting two events to mark Constitution Day.

First, the Handwriting the Constitution event will take place on Sunday, September 17 and Monday, September 18 on the first floor of Reed Library.

Then, on Tuesday, October 3, Peter Galie, Professor Emeritus at Canisius College and co-editor of New York's Broken Constitution, will present "Calling a Constitutional Convention in
NewYork: The Process and the Issues" as part of the Democracy 101 lecture series.

Bound periodicals: Q&A

In 2011, Reed Library performed an extensive weeding of the Reference Collection. Items were weeded on the basis of duplication in electronic form, currency, and condition. Based on a careful collection sample this project was estimated to reduce the physical size of the Reference Collection by more than fifty percent. By serendipity, SUNY Polytechnic Institute (formerly SUNYIT) was disposing of a large quantity of low shelving at that time. The reshelving of the reference collection on the low shelving was the second physical change moving Reed Library toward a twenty-first century library while at the same time providing a glimpse of the original interior visioning by architect I.M. Pei.

In 2014, the Bound and Current Periodical Collections were weeded to remove materials available full-text online. This weeding removed shelving from two thousand square feet of floor space, creating sightlines across the library for the first time since its opening in 1968.

In 2017, the Bound Period…

Reed Library entrances closed July 18-19

On Tuesday, July 18 and Wednesday, July 19, the outside entrance to Reed Library near Maytum Hall will be closed due to construction. Two of the entrances to McEwen Hall remain closed.

During this period, two entrances to the Library will be open (shown above as blue stars). Patrons can enter the Library by entering Maytum Hall (black arrow), then taking the stairs or elevator down to the ground floor. On exiting the staircase or elevator, turn right toward the mail room, then turn right by the mail room to pass through a door into a long hallway. Follow this hallway through a set of doors to turn right, and follow that hallway to the Library's entrance on your left.

In addition, the entrance to McEwen Hall (teal arrow) nearest the Library's entrance remains open. The nearest parking for both these entrances is Symphony Circle, by Maytum Hall and Rockefeller Arts Center.

Patrons who require an elevator can use the route through Maytum Hall; the ramp into Maytum Hall is located…

New databases available

Reed Library is pleased to announce that we now provide access to the following databases through the NOVELNY consortium.
Educators Reference Complete — Provides access to academic journals, reports, and many premier reference sources in the field of education. The database includes content in key subject areas including administration, bilingual education, child development and psychology, funding, health education, technology, and testing.Informe Académico (en Español) — Provides access to Spanish- and Portuguese-language scholarly journals and magazines. The database offers a wide range of content both from and about Latin America.Research in Context — Created specifically for middle-schoolers, Research in Context combines reference content with age-appropriate videos, newspapers, magazines, primary sources, and much more. Students will find support to complete assignments in core subjects including literature, science, social studies, and history.Britannica Academic — Articles from…

Castleman Quartet lunchtime performances

Young musicians from the Castleman Quartet Program will present "String Quartets at Reed Library" at 12:15 pm on Monday, June 19 and Wednesday, June 21. These students are studying here on campus during the summer and will also perform in recitals in Rosch Recital Hall during June and July.

All are welcome to experience this special sampling of music, held on the first floor of Reed Library near the Reference Desk.

Earth Day beginnings on the 1970s campus of Fredonia as seen in the Leader

As environmental activists the world over prepare to mark the 47th Earth Day this Saturday (first observed on April 22, 1970), Reed Library Archives & Special Collections, located in the Carnahan-Jackson Center, invites you to peruse past issues of the University's campus newspaper, the Leader, to get a glimpse of political activism as it manifested on Fredonia’s campus during that time.

As this cover image from the April 16, 1970 issue shows, the environment was making headlines in very similar ways to the present. Pressing global concerns such as DDT, air pollution, overpopulation and reliance on fossil fuels were featured prominently alongside more locally focused issues like the contamination of Canadaway Creek, showing that while much has changed, many of these problems are still with us.

Bound issues of the Leader are available for use in the Archives reading room (current semester hours: 1:00-4:00 p.m., Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday). Microfilm copies of the Leader ar…

Framed: The Shifting Aesthetic Style and Status of Graffiti Writing

This student-created display is now up on walls and study carrels in Reed Library. It aims to ignore the discourse of graffiti’s aesthetic contribution to contemporary culture by ignoring questions of its legal status in favor of a initiating a public conversation regarding graffiti writing’s unique aesthetic innovations and development. The display will educate students and visitors about the history of graffiti art, its stylistic development, and ongoing debates regarding its aesthetic categorization and display.
Scan the QR code in the frames to learn more about the project, or use the link

Democracy 101 Collection

The Democracy 101 book collection is now available in Reed Library, housed on bookshelves just inside the Library's main entrance. You'll find a selection of fiction and nonfiction from the Library's collection on a number of topics related to democracy and the Democracy 101 lecture series.

The Democracy 101 lecture series, held by the Professional Development Center (PDC), takes place on Tuesdays in the Garden at Reed.

For more information on the Democracy 101 Collection and the lecture series, see the Democracy 101 guide on Reed Library's website, and the Democracy 101 page on the PDC website.

Mental Measurements Yearbook now available

Reed Library is now subscribed to a new database, Mental Measurements Yearbook with Tests in Print. It is accessible through the Library's database list, the Quick Links box for faculty and staff, or this URL:,uid&custid=s8485551&profile=ehost&defaultdb=mmt&groupid=main

Article Linker available on PubMed

Reed Library now offers access to our Article Linker service from the National Library of Medicine's PubMed database.

Access PubMed through the Library's database list, or via this special URL, to activate Article Linker. The Article Linker button will appear at the top of the right-hand sidebar on every article.

In addition, the Library offers access to Medline via Ebsco. This database offers the same citations as PubMed with a different searching interface and additional full-text options.

New carpeting and weeding

Several hundred square feet of carpeting was replaced in the Library around the computer workstations. This new carpeting reduces the trip hazards associated with the worn-out carpeting in those areas.

The project of deaccessioning bound periodicals that are held by Reed Library in other formats or as part of the Empire Shared Collection is continuing. When completed, this project will create space for relocating collections, and expanding services to our students.

Archives & Special Collections open hours

Beginning on January 24, 2017, the Reed Library Archives & Special Collections will have public hours on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m., with the exception of holidays and other scheduled closures (please consult the Reed Library calendar).

We strongly suggest you contact us prior to your visit by submitting a research request form or calling +1 716-673-3183. Advance notice is greatly appreciated and allows us time to assess your research needs and retrieve materials.

Sunday reference hours

Reed Library will have reference hours on Sundays for the spring semester!

Sunday hours begin on the first Sunday of the semester, January 22, and continue through the final Sunday of the semester, May 7, breaks and holidays excepted.

Reference service on Sundays will be available from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

In addition, weekday reference service will be extended. Reference will be available from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Fridays.

You can always see the Library's building hours and reference hours for each day on our hours page.