Monday, November 30, 2015

Final exams are here!

The end of the semester is almost upon us. For many of you, this means long nights and marathon study sessions fueled by copious amounts of caffeine. Luckily for everyone, the library is here to help with group seminar rooms and extended hours for the BSC community.

We have several rooms available for checkout for those of you keen on studying in groups. Almost all of them have a whiteboard, and a few of them contain A/V equipment for those of you who need to practice presentations or watch a movie for a class. Click here to check out the room availability, and you can follow the link on that page if you would like submit a reservation request.  

Please note, there is a 3-hour time limit on the room checkouts, and if you would like to make a reservation on short notice, please call the Circulation Desk directly (205-226-4740)!

Also, beginning on Wednesday, Dec. 2, the library will have extended hours, as follows:

Wednesday, Dec. 2: 8am-open all night*
Thursday, Dec. 3: open 24 hours*
Friday, Dec. 4: open until 5pm
Saturday, Dec. 5: 9am-midnight
Sunday, Dec. 6: 2pm-open all night*
Monday, Dec. 7: open until 2am
Tuesday, Dec. 8: 8am-open all night*
Wednesday, Dec. 9: open 24 hours*
Thursday, Dec. 10: open until 10pm
Friday, Dec. 11: 8am-5pm
Saturday, Dec. 12: CLOSED
Sunday, Dec. 13: CLOSED
Monday-Friday, Dec. 14-18: 8am-5pm
*The Circulation Desk will be closing at 2am on these nights, and will reopen at 8am the following morning.

The library will be open only to BSC students, faculty, and staff during exams (beginning Wednesday, Dec. 2). Community patrons will be welcome again on Friday, December 11.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Thanksgiving Hours

We hope everyone is ready for a well-deserved break! The library will have shortened hours for Thanksgiving this week, so please keep them in mind:

Monday, Nov. 23: 8am-1am (normal hours)
Tuesday, Nov. 24: 8am-10pm
Wednesday, Nov. 25: 8am-NOON
Thursday, Nov. 26: CLOSED
Friday, Nov. 27: CLOSED
Saturday, Nov. 28: CLOSED
Sunday, Nov. 29: 2pm-1am (back to normal hours)

Get your fill of food and family while you can! We hope everyone has a fun and safe Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Feeling Overwhelmed by Schoolwork?

Then try out BSC's free peer tutoring sessions!

To make an appointment for a one-on-one tutoring session, click here.

Don't have an appointment? Stop by the library during the drop in hours listed below. All subject tutoring except for Music Theory takes place on the ground floor of the library.

AccountingThursday 11am-NoonSeminar F
Friday 11am-NoonSeminar F
BiologyMonday 7-9pmSeminar G
Tuesday 11am-NoonSeminar G
Wednesday 7-9pmSeminar G
Thursday 11am-NoonSeminar E
ChemistrySunday 7-9pmSeminar G
Tuesday 11am-NoonSeminar G
Tuesday 8-10pmSeminar G
Thursday 11am-NoonSeminar G
Thursday 7-9pmSeminar G
ChineseWednesday 7-9pmSeminar F
EconomicsWednesday 7-9pmSeminar E
FinanceTuesday 11am-NoonSeminar E
Music TheoryMonday 7-9pmHill Music Room
PhysicsMonday 7-9pmElectronic Classroom
Tuesday 11am-NoonElectronic Classroom
Thursday 7-9pmElectronic Classroom
PsychologySunday 4-7pmSeminar F
SpanishMonday 6:30-9pmSeminar F

Questions? Contact Stacey Thornberry at or 226-4750. 

Don't forget to visit the Writing Center and the Math Lab! Both have drop in tutoring times. Writing Center appointments can be made by emailing Dr. Lucas Johnson at

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

BACHE (Birmingham Area Consortium for Higher Education) and BPL (Birmingham Public Libraries)

Students, faculty, and staff at BACHE institutions may access the resources of all the member libraries by simply presenting their valid I.D. cards. Please remember that the rules and regulations of the lending library are in effect and must be respected. 
BSC students, faculty, and staff may visit and check out materials from the libraries at the following institutions:
BSC students who live on campus qualify for a Birmingham Public Library card. This card may be used at any of the 19 BPL locations and the additional 21 public libraries that comprise the Jefferson County Library Cooperative.
For more information on how to get a public library card, click here.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Did you know...

that the BSC library has some really great study spaces?

Private study rooms:
The following rooms are located on the ground floor of the library and may be reserved for up to a four-hour period. Room availability may be checked here. Reservations can be made by clicking here, calling 205-226-4740, or emailing Eric Kennedy or Ginny Boehme. These rooms are kept locked but are available for use during non-reserved hours. Keys may be checked out at the circulation desk:
  • Seminar A (Austen)
  • Seminar B (Bach)
  • Seminar E (Einstein)
  • Seminar F (Fellini)
  • Seminar G (Garcia Marquez)
  • The Heflin Room
The following rooms are not available for reservation and do not require a key:
  • Seminar C (Curie)
  • Seminar D (Douglass)
Private study carrels:
Individual study carrels are also available on the ground floor and may be used if unreserved and unoccupied.  

Study bar:
Just need an outlet and a comfy swivel chair? The study bar is located on the main floor!

Don't forget:
The library has tables, sofas, and public computers on every floor, as well as open study carrels on the top floor!

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Annual Library Book Sale -- October 15 – October 18, 2015

Annual Library Book Sale -- October 15 – October 18, 2015

While you are enjoying the Homecoming/Family/Alumni Weekend festivities be sure to stop by the Library and pick up a few items from our annual Library Booksale!

There are hundreds of items including old BSC yearbooks, foreign language materials, classic literature, fiction, plays, religion, psychology, history, cooking, etc.
We are also selling records (LPs) -- both classical and popular.

The prices are right, too! 

Note:  Payment by cash or check only.

$1 (hardbacks)
$1 for two paperbacks
CDs $1 each
Videos $1 each
LPs $.50 each or 3 for $1

The Library Booksale Hours
Thurs. - 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Fri. - 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sat. - 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sun. - 2 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

BSC Library's October Database Trials

The BSC Library has several database trials available this month, including:

  • Acland Anatomy (anatomical videos)
  • The Atlanta Constitution, fulltext from 1868-1984 (from Proquest Historical Newspapers)
  • Oxford Islamic Studies Online (scholarly works on the history and culture of Islam)
  • Pronunciator (a language learning tool)
  • Proquest History Vault (NAACP and the Black Freedom Struggle fulltext documents)
  • PsycBOOKS and PsycTESTS (from the American Psychological Association)
  • SAGE Business Researcher and Business Stats
  • SAGE Online videos (in counseling, education, and media, communication & cultural studies)
  • Total Materia (a database of materials and material properties)
To access any of these databases, visit the Library's Database Trials page (under the Research Tools Tab).  If you are off campus, you must log in using your BSC email username and password.   The Library welcomes your feedback on these trials; drop us a line at libref @! 

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Fall Break hours

Fall break is here! If you're planning on visiting the library, please make a note of our shortened hours.

Wednesday, Oct. 7: 8am-10pm
Thursday, Oct. 8: 8am-10pm
Friday, Oct. 9: 8am-5pm
Saturday, Oct. 10: CLOSED
Sunday, Oct. 11: 2pm-1am (resume normal hours)

We hope everyone enjoys their long weekend!

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Did you know...

...that the BSC community can borrow equipment from the library? We've got all kinds of different things! Netbooks & iPads for keeping up with your school work (very popular with those traveling for athletic events), HD video cameras & SD cards, media projectors & screens for dorm events or presentations, we even have a few external DVD drives!

All our equipment is available for students to check out for 3 days at a time (faculty & staff get 7 days). A full list of everything available can be found on the library's website. Our library staff is always happy to answer any questions you may have, so feel free to call (205-226-4740) or email us (!

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

NYTimes Group Pass for the BSC community

The Student Government Association has partnered with the BSC Library to bring you free online access to the New York Times!  The NYTimes Group Pass provides all BSC students, faculty and staff full access to and NYTimes mobile apps for smart phones.

To activate your Pass for free access to

1. You must be physically on campus and connected to the BSC network through a wired computer to activate the pass.  You cannot activate this pass from off campus or through a wireless connection. (After your pass has been activated, you can access from any network or location.)

3. Click on REGISTER and create a account using your BSC email address, or log in to your existing account

That's it! Now you can read the NYTimes anytime, anywhere.

For more information:
Many thanks to the SGA!

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Tutoring Services from the Academic Resource Center

It's never too early in the semester to benefit from one of BSC's free peer tutoring sessions!

To make an appointment for a one-on-one tutoring session, click here.

Don't have an appointment? Stop by the library during the drop in hours listed below. All subject tutoring except for Music Theory takes place on the ground floor of the library.

Accounting Thursday 11am-Noon Seminar F
Friday 11am-Noon Seminar F
Biology Monday 7-9pm Seminar G
Tuesday 11am-Noon Seminar G
Wednesday 7-9pm Seminar G
Thursday 11am-Noon Seminar E
Chemistry Sunday 7-9pm Seminar G
Tuesday 11am-Noon Seminar G
Tuesday 8-10pm Seminar G
Thursday 11am-Noon Seminar G
Thursday 7-9pm Seminar G
Chinese Wednesday 7-9pm Seminar F
Economics Wednesday 7-9pm Seminar E
Finance Tuesday 11am-Noon Seminar E
Music Theory Monday 7-9pm Hill Music Room
Physics Monday 7-9pm Electronic Classroom
Tuesday 11am-Noon Electronic Classroom
Thursday 7-9pm Electronic Classroom
Psychology Sunday 4-7pm Seminar F
Spanish Monday 6:30-9pm Seminar F

Questions? Contact Stacey Thornberry at or 226-4750. 

Don't forget to visit the Writing Center and the Math Lab! Both have drop in tutoring times. Writing Center appointments can be made by emailing Dr. Lucas Johnson at

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Welcome back!

Fall 2015 Library Hours

Monday - Wednesday: 8:00 a.m. -- 1:00 a.m.

Thursday: 8:00 a.m. -- midnight

Friday: 8:00 a.m. -- 5:00 p.m.

Saturday: 9:00 a.m. -- 5:00 p.m.

Sunday: 2:00 p.m. -- 1:00 a.m.

Don't forget:

  • The Library has laptops, iPads, cameras, projectors, and other equipment that you can borrow.
  • There are study rooms you can reserve.
  • There are new SGA funded DVDs you can check out (up to 3 at a time!).
  • And of course, there are nice people who are happy to help you with your research questions!
Here's a picture of your studious friends with the General taking a break from studying during Spring Term Finals Week. We think they all got As on their finals. Studying in the Library will do that!

Monday, May 18, 2015

Monday, May 4, 2015

Final exam hours

Finals are almost upon us, and with them are extended hours for the library:

Thursday, May 7: 8am-open all night (Circulation Desk closes at 2am)
Friday, May 8: 8am-10pm
Saturday, May 9: 9am-12am
Sunday, May 10: 2pm-open all night (Circulation Desk closes at 2am)
Monday, May 11: open 24 hours (Circulation Desk closes at 2am)
Tuesday, May 12: open 24 hours (Circulation Desk closes at 2am)
Wednesday, May 13: open 24 hours (Circulation Desk closes at 2am)
Thursday, May 14: 8am-10pm
Friday, May 15: 8am-5pm

Saturday & Sunday, May 16 & 17: CLOSED
Monday-Friday, May 18-22: 8am-5pm
Saturday-Monday, May 23-25: CLOSED (Memorial Day weekend)
Tuesday-Friday, May 26-29: 8am-5pm

The library will be open only to BSC students, faculty, and staff during exams (beginning Thursday, May 7). Community patrons will be welcome again on Friday, May 15.

Gigantic thank you to SGA and our Campus Police for making these extended hours possible!

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Pay attention to those due dates!

The spring semester is finally dwindling down, with only a couple of weeks before finals start. This means that a lot of the material that students have borrowed from the library is going to be due back soon.

To be sure that we can send Interlibrary Loan books back to their original libraries before the end of the term, all ILL books will be due back on May 8 (next Friday). There will be no book requests or renewals past that date! You will, however, be able to request periodical articles and chapters from books past that date, so make sure you plan accordingly!

Graduating seniors will have a final due date of May 11 for all BSC library material. You won't be able to receive your diploma until after you have cleared your library account, so make sure you return everything on time and take care of any fines!

If you have any questions about Interlibrary Loan, call (226-4748) or email ( our ILL department.

If you have any questions about your library account, call (226-4740) or email ( the Circulation Desk.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

BSC Choirs perform with Alabama Symphony on 4/27

Special Concert

Birmingham-Southern College Concert Choir
BSC Southern Chorale
Canterbury United Methodist Church Choir

Alabama Symphony Orchestra

Bloch's Sacred Service
Monday, April 27, 2015 | 7:30 p.m.
Jemison Concert Hall, Alys Stephens Center
  • Lester Seigel, conductor
  • Daniel Seigel, Baritone
  • Jessica Roskin, Narrator
Bloch's Sacred Service takes the listener on a spiritual journey for people of all religions and faiths.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

A Successful Open House!

Shiv Desai, right, with Acting Library Director Steve Laughin, left.
We would like to thank everyone who came out to participate in the library's open house earlier this semester! We're really excited to be able to offer these new study spaces, and we hope that you all will enjoy using them.

We'd also like to recognize our grand prize raffle winner, Shiv Desai! Shiv won an autographed photo of himself with General Krulak, a copy of which will be held in the BSC Archives. Congratulations, Shiv!

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Spring Break hours

The College's Spring Break is coming up soon, and as always, the library will have shortened hours for the duration:

Saturday, March 14: CLOSED
Sunday, March 15: CLOSED
Monday-Friday, March 16-20: 8am-5pm
Saturday, March 21: CLOSED
Sunday, March 22: resume normal schedule

We hope everyone has a safe and relaxing break!

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

BSC's One-A-Chord Gospel Choir to Sing in Selma

This weekend is the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of "Bloody Sunday" and the Selma-to-Montgomery march for voting rights.

BSC's own One-A-Chord Gospel Choir will be part of a huge choir that is scheduled to sing this weekend at the celebration in Selma.  They will perform a variety of traditional Gospel pieces as well songs and hymns made famous during the Civil Rights era.  The program also includes contemporary music chosen especially for this 50th anniversary.

A complete schedule of the events in Selma for March 6-8 is here:

Find out more about this period in U.S. Civil Rights history from the U.S. National Parks Service:

Martin Luther King and his wife Coretta Scott King lead a black voting rights march from Selma, Alabama to the state capital in Montgomery a few weeks after "Bloody Sunday" in March, 1965.
Photograph: William Lovelace/Getty

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Submit your papers for the BSC Award for Excellence in Library Research!

Students: Remember that research paper that cost you so many sleepless nights? Now is your chance to cash in. Literally!

Your BSC Library is teaming up with the Southern Academic Review to offer a prize: The BSC Award for Excellence in Library Research. The Award honors the finest paper, written by a current first- or second-year BSC student, which shows a breadth, depth, and understanding of research.

The winner will receive a $300 honorarium to be presented on Honors Day and have his or her paper published in Southern Academic Review, the student-edited journal devoted to highlighting the best of BSC student work.

Last year’s award went to Jake O’Leary for his paper, “KP1019: Chemical Interactions with Nitrogenous Bases and Their Biological Significance.”

Note:  While the Excellence in Library Research Award is limited to first- and second-year students, anyone can submit a paper for publication to the Southern Academic Review (SAR).
SAR Submission Guidelines:
  • Essays should be 8-16 pages including bibliography (double spaced, 12 point Times New Roman font, paginated).
  • All methods of citation (APA, Chicago, MLA, etc.) will be accepted.
  • All submissions should be sent as a word document with the subject line- "SAR Submission—Name."
  • The cover email should contain an essay abstract (100-150 words).
  • Students may submit more than one essay.
  • The deadline is February 14
Send submissions and/or questions to McKenzie Davies (, Sean McCarthy (, or Lauren Chisholm (

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

January Hours

Happy New Year! We hope everyone had a wonderful break!

Since there are fewer students on campus during the January term, the library has slightly shorter hours than usual:

Monday-Thursday: 8am-10pm
Friday: 8am-5pm
Saturday: 1pm-5pm
Sunday: 2pm-10pm

Please also keep in mind the following changes:
January 19th (Monday): CLOSED--MLK, Jr. Day
January 31st (Saturday): CLOSED -- Winter Break
February 1st (Sunday): CLOSED -- Winter Break
February 2nd (Monday): 8am-5pm -- Winter Break

We will resume normal semester hours on Tuesday, February 3rd.