Library Updates

Check out our collection of new book titles

We have created a section on the main level to put new books that have been added to the collection. You will find them to the right of the service desk near the doorway to the back offices. Please let us know what you think.

Full Access to HathiTrust

Increased access and functionality to the public domain resources in HathiTrust is now available. HathiTrust provides access to millions of digitally formatted print materials. To access: Point your browser to Select the Log in button, and then select Macalester College from the drop down list of partners. Enter your user name and password. You can now download books and create collections. With many thanks to our colleagues in ITS for making this access possible.

Winter Break Hours

  • The Library will be closed from Saturday, December 23 through Monday, January 1, 2018.
  • Winter Break Hours will begin on January 2nd. The building will be open Weekdays from 8:00 am to 4:30 PM ;
  • The building will be closed on Monday, January 15, 2018 in observance of the Martin Luther King holiday.
  • On Wednesday, January 17, the Library will extend evening hours to 9:00 PM
  • Normal hours will resume on Thursday, January 18, 2018

Reduced hours begin Wednesday, December 20

Library hours for Dec 20th - 22nd

  • Wed., Dec. 20th: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Thurs., Dec 21st: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Fri., Dec. 22: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Happy that Max the Cat is Being Enjoyed by So Many

Happy that Max is bringing so much joy to the world.

Library hours during Thanksgiving break

Library hours during the week of Thanksgiving break are as follows:

  • Tues., Nov. 21: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Wed., Nov. 22: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Thurs., Nov. 23: Closed
  • Fri., Nov. 24: Closed
  • Sat., Nov. 25: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Sun., Nov. 26: 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. (regular hours resume)

Stream films on demand

Kanopy is a video streaming service offering films from independent and specialty producers, with a focus on documentary films. Videos and clips can be embedded into Moodle.

MAC the Vote this November 7th

Election Day is Tuesday, November 7.

Celebrate International Games Week

Celebrate International Games Week, October 29-November 4, with your friends at the DeWitt Wallace Library. Look for games such as board games, crossword puzzles and word finds throughout the library each weekday, and join us for a trivia tournament on Thursday afternoon! Food and drinks provided for all trivia players.

Open Access: Textbooks that are free

Open in order textbooks that are freely available. OpenStax, a provider of open textbooks, has made more than 16 titles freely available to read on a Kindle.

Publish your own book

Open in order to...publish your own book. Did you know you could write and publish your own book for free and make it widely available for others to read?

Open Access Week

Open in order to...increase the impact of my scholarly research.

Open Access Monograph Publishing

During Open Access Week, Oct. 23-29, please join us on Tuesday, October 24th for a live webinar with panelists discussing various open monograph publishing initiatives followed by a conversation from 3-4:30 p.m. in the Harmon Room for Faculty and Staff.

Schedule a Research Consultation today

Discover a service that Mac students rave about: In-depth, personal help with a research project from a librarian. Contact a librarian today to schedule a consultation.

Banned Books Week @ the Library

Monday, 11:30 to 1:30pm - Button making in the Library.
Tuesday, 7 to 8pm - Professor Wessam El Meligi shares his experiences with censorship.
Thursday, 10 to 11am - An Hour of Dangerous Music on WMCN.
Friday, 1 to 3pm - Make tiny books on Level 2 in the Idea Lab.

September 17th is Constitution Day

September 17th is recognized in the United States as Constitution Day to commemorate the creation and signing of the Constitution.

Join us for an Open House in the Library

Join us Monday, September 18, from 3:30 to 5 p.m for an open house in the Library. Come check on updates to the Reading Room and Level 2. Plus there will be treats!

Come check out a bike at the library!

Come check out a bike at the library! We’ve got bikes, helmets, and pumps. Everything you need to get around campus or for your weekend excursion.

Library Sessions for Honors Students

Get your school year off to a great start! Come participate in one of two Honors sessions taught by librarians: Thursday, September 14, 4:45-5:45pm OR Tuesday, September 19, 12:00-1:00pm. The session will cover special services and resources for Honors students.

Lever Press Webinar: Peer Review

Recently Lever Press hosted a webinar detailing a new system to identify the type of peer review that is being used in published materials. The proposal is to use icons similar to the structure used by Creative Commons. View the post to watch the webinar.

Summer Construction in the Library

We have multiple major construction and maintenance projects scheduled for the summer of 2017. Please be aware that starting the week of May 22 the 2nd floor is closed. Starting the week of June 5 the 3rd floor is closed. And during July 1 - August 15 (exact dates TBD) the library elevator will be out of service and access to upper levels will be by stairs only.

Library Hours: Summer Schedule

Monday-Thursday: 8am to 4:30pm
Friday: 8am to 12:30pm
Saturday and Sunday: closed

Meet the Library's Class of 2017

Congratulations to our graduating seniors! Our Senior Book Project is an annual display of favorite books selected by our graduating student employees. The physical display is on the library's first floor, and a web display is on our site.

Access Library Resources During the Summer!

Current faculty, staff and students can access Library Research Databases, Macalester WorldCat Discovery, and most other resources from anywhere with internet access.

Media Services is now part of ITS

To better integrate digital classroom technology and audio/visual services into Macalester College's information technology services, Mark Eggert and Media Services are now part of ITS, reporting to Ted Wilder. Media Services will continue to be located in and operate out of the library to provide classroom and event support.

Calm @ the Library

To be mindful of the students studying in the library during finals, we will take additional steps to keep the building as quiet and calm as possible during this extra stressful time. The first floor of the library is naturally less quiet, but efforts will be taken to keep interruptions there to a minimum as well. We wish you all well as you end your semester's work.

Food For Fines: May 1-8

Have library overdue fines? Pay them off with a donation of nonperishable food May 1-8. One item counts toward an $2 overdue fine payment with a maximum donation credit of $10 (five items). Items must be in original, unopened, undamaged containers, and must not be expired.

Celebrate National Library Week 2017

April 9-15 is National Library Week, a time to highlight the changing role of libraries, librarians and library workers. Join us for events at the DeWitt Wallace Library all week long.

Libraries Transform: Preview of Summer Changes

On Thursday, April 13th from noon - 1pm, a group from the Planning Team will present draft plans for the second level of the library in the Harmon Room. This session is open to all faculty, students, and staff. Food will be provided. We hope you will join us and learn more about this exciting project.

Open Education Week

Open Education Week’s goal is to raise awareness about free and open educational resources (OER). During the week of March 27-31, 2017, events will be held around the world to help spread the word about Open Education.

Library 2nd floor renovation

The library is renovating our second floor. This new space will complement the other areas of the library and will also offer more areas for working, studying and teaching. We want your input to ensure that the project is designed to respond to the needs of all of you. Read more, for ways you can share your ideas.

Macalester Welcomes LibTech 2017 Attendees

The 10th annual Library Technology Conference will be held March 15-16, 2017, on the Macalester College campus. Over 500 library staff and technologists from as many as 150 institutions are expected to attend the conference. For more information visit

Celebrate Open Data Day

Saturday, March 4th, is Open Data day. Celebrate open data by sharing your ideas and learning about ways to contribute to open data projects at

Digital Commons hits 2 million downloads

Digital Commons @ Macalester, the college’s repository for scholarly works by faculty, students, and staff, just passed 2 million downloads.

Planning for the Future of the Library

Join us next week for the second part in our conversations about changes affecting academic libraries.

February 28th, 11:30 -1:00 - Spaces March 28th, 11:30 -1:00 - Collections April 27th, 11:30-1:00 - Digital Publishing and Projects

Schedule a Research Consultation Today!

Discover a service that Mac students rave about: In-depth, personal help with a research project from a librarian. Contact a librarian today to schedule a consultation.

#ColorOurCollections at Macalester

Join us Feb 6-10 to celebrate the Archives and Special Collections at Mac by coloring pages from items in our collections. Want to learn more, check out

Macalester, share your thoughts on the future of our library

Join us for Tuesday, January 31st for a conversation about changes affecting academic libraries. The first session will be in room 309 of the Library. We welcome all community members to come and share thoughts on the future of our library.

Check out a Laptop from the Library!

Need a laptop? The library has 36 MacBooks, 9 Dell laptops, and 15 Chromebooks available for checkout. Laptop computers are available to current Macalester faculty, staff and students.

Access Library Resources While On Winter Break!

Current faculty, staff and students can access Library Research Databases, Macalester WorldCat and most other resources from anywhere with internet access.

Planning for the Future of the Library

Save these dates Macalester! Join us for conversations about changes affecting academic libraries.

Ask a Macalester Librarian for Research Help

Need help with your research papers? Meet with a librarian now for help finding sources, searching research databases, and citation.

Open Access @ Mac

Learn how staff at Macalester's DeWitt Wallace Library are using Open Access to help students and faculty share scholarship around the world.

Mac the Vote this November

Looking for resources for the upcoming election? With important information about where to vote, the Library’s Mac the Vote research guide will help you make sure your vote counts!

Suggest a Book or Resource

Is there a book or resource you wish the library had? Help us build a rich and diverse collection by submitting requests to purchase books and media items.

Voices from Macalester’s Past

From DeWitt Wallace to Walter Mondale, listen to some of the college’s historical reel-to-reel audio recordings.

Banned Books Week @ the Library

Help the Library celebrate Banned Books Week! Monday, 11:30 to 1:30pm - Button making at the Library. Tuesday, 7 to 8:30pm - Banned book reading with the English Dept. Friday, 1 to 2pm - An Hour of Dangerous Music on WMCN.

September 17th is Constitution Day

September 17th is recognized in the United States as Constitution Day to commemorate the creation and signing of the Constitution.

Book list from 2016 Convocation

Did you miss some of the titles or authors during Marlon James' First Thursday - Opening Convocation speech? Get the whole list now!

ITS Help Desk support in two locations starting August 31

The ITS Help Desk Express at the DeWitt Wallace Library’s service desk will be available during all the Library’s open hours.

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