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Library News

Constitution Day Trivia

Come join us on Tuesday, September 17th during the lunch break to play Constitution Day trivia!! Three lucky winners will get a prize!!

Apply for the Abstraction Magazine Student Committee!

Want to help us re-launch Abstraction magazine? Apply to be a part of the Student Committee and start working on the magazine this Fall! Apply online at or come into the library during the summer to get print applications.

Back to School Display

From drawing and painting to writing essays and designing a portfolio, the library has all the books you need for success this semester! Come check them out!

Credo Reference Online is Now Available!

You now have access to Credo Reference Online any time you need it! Credo is a great place to start your research and get background information on a topic. Find it in the databases list, or ask the librarian how to access and use it!

New Donation Policy

We have a new donation policy. To read it in-depth, go to

Free eBooks through Biblioboard!!

Did you know? You have access to a ton of FREE eBooks through a service called Biblioboard. No login required. Just go to, choose "RAILS" library, and start reading today!

Artist of the Month

Diane Arbus

Diane Arbus (1923-1971) was an American photographer. She famously worked to normalize marginalized groups and highlight the importance of proper representation of all people.

Books in the library available for checkout:

Fall Library Hours

Monday - Thursday: 7:30 am-7pm

Apply for Abstraction Student Committee

The Abstraction Student Committee is the organization that runs Abstraction Magazine. Committee membership is voluntary and not paid, however, members of the Committee are expected to have a high level of commitment and self-led motivation in order to ensure Abstraction Magazine is sustainable. The Committee is supported by two faculty chairs, the Chair of Humanities & Sciences and the Librarian.

Interested in becoming a part of the Abstraction Student Committee? Fill out an application for the position(s) you are interested in by clicking on the link below! You can apply for multiple positions. Please be sure to read all the information regarding the position responsibilities and needed skills.

Chair Position--Click Here

Organizational Liaison--Click Here

Designer--Click Here

Marketing & Outreach Coordinator--Click Here

Staff Recommendations

Check out the staff recommendations!

ImagineFX Magazine

Society of Illustrators Annual Student Competition

Fine Art Connoisseur

Irving Shapiro Library Blog

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Learn about library services, collections, and other interesting topics by reading our blog.

New posts every week!