Showing posts from February, 2011

Shorter Hours Friday, February 25

Not all students use the university study break to go home or go south. Some actually study. And I was pleasantly surprised by the number of students in the library this week. So, for them, here's a heads up that the library will have slightly reduced hours tomorrow. We will open at 9:00am and close at 9:00pm - not a big difference from our usual hours - unless you were planning to come by early to check out a book or to drop by late in the evening for reference help.

BTW, hours for the weekend are unchanged:
Saturday 10:00am - 7:00pm
Sunday noon - 11:00pm

And we're ready for the crowd's return on Monday...

Sorry about the Noise

The main floor renovations are coming along. That's the good news. The bad news (and you don't need to be told this if you've visited the library the past few days) is that RENOS=NOISE.

Yesterday afternoon was particularly difficult - with all kinds of drilling, hammering and general construction-related noises. We apologize profusely. And we hate it as much as you do. But unfortunately there's not a whole lot that can be done about it (at least the 2nd and 3rd floors are quiet).

When confronted with this very un-library environment, some of you (and some of us) have wondered, quite naturally, why this disruption couldn't have waited until a less busy time of year (say, July). The problem is that this work, like much of the other recent campus improvements, is being funded by Government of Canada infrastructure renewal money. Which means that the work is supposed to meet a March 31 completion deadline. And which is why it can't be put off until the library isn…

Saint Mary's History Goes Digital!

The Saint Mary's University Institutional Repository, a project of the Patrick Power Library, is a one-stop-shop to collect and provide web-based access to the resources created by our university community.

It includes more than 1,000 historical photographs on everything from varsity sports teams and Art Gallery exhibits to Drama Society productions and general campus events. It also features Yearbooks (from 1921), faculty publications, theses and other digital collections held in the University Archives.

The project not only makes it easier for the world to find these collections, it also serves as a showcase for the kind of high-level research undertaken at Saint Mary's, both currently and in the past. To explore this exciting new resource, just go to It is a work in progress with more material being added all the time. So if you have any comments or suggestions please send them along.

Wednesday, February 2-Library closed

Due to the the impending snowstorm, the University will be closing today at 11:30.This includes the Patrick Power Library. For updates please check the University's web site or phone:
Students/Public: 491-6263Faculty/Staff: 491-6264