Category Archives: Library News

Coming in April: The Universe in Verse

Celebrate National Poetry Month at the Library’s annual Poetry Fest on Tuesday, April 10, from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. in Stockwell Library’s Wendell B. Will Room. This year’s theme, “The Universe in Verse,” gives audience members cosmic scope to present their own or a favorite writer’s poetry.  Appreciative listeners are also most welcome.  Out-of-this-world refreshments and prize drawings with poetic flair!

NEW DATABASE—Films on Demand

New Database—Films on Demand

We are pleased to announce the Library is providing access to the Films on Demand streaming video collections for Albion College students, faculty, and staff.  From Oscar, Emmy, and Peabody award–winning documentaries to A-list performances spanning the arts, Films on Demand provides every academic department on campus with the most essential video titles for their field of study.

We are providing this service through Films on Demand’s patron-driven purchasing model, which allows up to 2 free uses of their films…a 3rd use triggers the purchase of a one-year lease of that particular film.  Films on Demand defines a use as 30 seconds or more of continuous play of a particular video.  Please note that watching films during class time keeps our costs down, but films can be assigned to students for viewing outside of class time when that is necessary.

Currently, more than 26,000 titles are available.  You can search the Films on Demand holdings here:

Off-campus link:



Thank you,

Albion College Library


Poetry Fest April 18th

April is the season for poetry! Celebrate National Poetry Month by enjoying “A Poem for All Seasons” at the library’s 18th annual Poetry Fest on Tuesday, April 18, from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. in Stockwell Library’s Wendell B. Will Room.  An open mike format offers audience members the chance to present their own or a favorite writer’s poetry.  The event also features prize drawings with a poetic twist, deluxe refreshments, and a surprising grand finale.

FREE Database Trial for Women’s History Month–Women’s Magazine Archive

FREE Database Trial for Women’s History Month–Women’s Magazine Archive

In honor of Women’s History Month, the Library is providing access to a FREE trial of Women’s Magazine Archive through March 31st!

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Women’s Magazine Archive is an archival research resource comprising the full backfiles of leading women’s interest consumer magazines. Titles are scanned from cover to cover in high-resolution color and feature detailed article-level indexing. Coverage ranges from the late-19th century through to 2005 and these key primary sources permit the examination of the events, trends, and attitudes of this period. Among the research fields served by this material are gender studies, social history, economics/marketing, media, fashion, politics, and popular culture.

Access the database using this link:

Titles include:
Archive 1

Better Homes & Gardens
Good Housekeeping
Ladies’ Home Journal
Archive 2
Town and Country
Woman’s Day
Woman’s International Network News

Let us know what you think in the comments below.


FREE Database Trial—Academic Video Online

FREE Database Trial—Academic Video Online


​Now through February 23, the Library is providing access to a FREE trial of Academic Video Online. Alexander Street’s Academic Video Online includes every kind of video material available with curricular relevance: documentaries, interviews, performances, news programs and newsreels, field recordings, commercials, and raw footage. Users will find thousands of award-winning films, including Academy®, Emmy®, and Peabody® winners.


You can access the trial through this link:

If you have comments or questions about this resource, please email

Oct. 25: The Haunted Library—An Evening with ParaHaunt

The Haunted Library—An Evening with ParaHaunt | Tuesday, October 25, 2016 | 7 – 9 p.m.


Is Stockwell Library haunted? ParaHaunt, Michigan’s premier paranormal research team, will share their findings, along with stories from past ghost hunting experiences, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Wendell B. Will Room at Stockwell Memorial Library on Tuesday, October 25. Check out their equipment and share stories. Seating is limited, so if you want a ghost of a chance to join in the fun, come early!


Free Database Trial through 10/31 – The Times Digital Archive, 1785-2010

Free Database Trial through 10/31/2016 – The Times Digital Archive, 1785-2010

Now through October 31, 2016, the Library is providing access to a free trial of The Times Digital Archive, 1785–2010, an online, full-text facsimile of more than 200 years of The Times, one of the most highly regarded resources for 19th – 20th Century history. This historical newspaper archive allows researchers an unparalleled opportunity to search and view the best-known and most cited newspaper in the world online in its original published context.

Click here to access the free trial.

Questions? Please email


Check out Kanopy, our new video streaming service!

Check out Kanopy, our new video streaming service!

​We are pleased to announce that the Library is now providing access to the Kanopy video streaming service for Albion students, faculty and staff.  Kanopy makes available more than 26,000 documentaries and theatrical releases from PBS, the Criterion Collection, New Day Films, Great Courses and hundreds of other producers.

We are currently providing this service on a trial basis as we evaluate Kanopy‘s new patron-driven purchasing model. Under this model, the Library will be charged for a film only if it is viewed 4 or more times in a 12 month period.

You can search the Kanopy holdings here: 

We invite you to give Kanopy a try! Please send comments and questions to


Library Open 24 Hours During Final Exams

Have you been getting too much sleep lately? Well, now is the time to make that pay off!

In keeping with tradition, the Library will once again be open 24 hours during final exams. Beginning Friday, May 1st at 8 am, the Library will be open continuously until 5 pm on Wednesday, May 6th. Both buildings will be open, but please note that a College ID will be required for access from midnight to 7:30 am. Each night at midnight the door will be locked, but students, faculty, and staff will be able to enter the library with their ID cards by using the card reader located outside the main entrance.

We are very grateful to Student Senate and the Friends of the Library who will be providing a variety of free refreshments throughout exams. In addtion, Read Between the Grinds cafe will be open normal hours so you can purchase specialty coffee, tea, pastries, and more.

Library Hours During Finals

  • Friday, May 1: 24 hour access begins at 8 am*
  • Saturday, May 2: open 24 hours*
  • Sunday, May 3: open 24 hours*
  • Monday, May 4: open 24 hours*
  • Tuesday, May 5: open 24 hours*
  • Wednesday, May 6: Library closes at 5 pm

*College ID card required for access after midnight

Sign of Spring: Poetry Fest Returns!

Join the fun at the library’s 16th annual Poetry Fest on Wednesday, April 1st, 3:00-4:30 p.m., in the Stockwell Library Wendell Will Room. Audience members may read from their own or a favorite writer’s poetry. Come and go as your schedule demands while enjoying great poems, refreshments, and prize drawings with a poetic twist!