WorldCat Discovery Search: New Look and Features

On July 22nd, our library catalog and discovery system powered by WorldCat Discovery will be getting a new “modernized” look along with some new features. The updates to the interface include: redesigned search results, highlighted search terms, item details are more visible, and an access options box. If you have questions about any of these changes or about WorldCat Discovery in general, please email Avram Anderson:

Contactless pickup ends and shelves reopen for browsing on July 15th

On July 15th, contactless pickup ends and the library reopens the stacks to students, faculty, and staff. You can once again browse library shelves and bring your own materials to the desk for check-out or returns. Items can still be put on hold using the “Request” button in our online catalog. Now that full access to all of our physical books has returned, the temporary access to digital copies of copyrighted items within HathiTrust has ended. If you have any questions—please Ask Us.

Library Summer Hours

Starting Sunday, July 11th, the library will be open to Mac students, faculty, and staff: Monday-Thursday: 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Friday: 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Closed on Saturday and Sunday.

The DRC is Here

The Digital Resource Center (DRC) has moved from the Humanities building to the lower level of the Library. Stop by, and say hello!

Counterbalance: Mac's Other History

Counterbalance is a new student-created website from the Archives that seeks to tell "Macalester's Other History" through archival records, student projects, and more. Counterbalance houses citable sources about past and present social issues on campus with the goal of facilitating and empowering discussions of Mac's history by, for, and about those left out of institutional narratives. Come take a look, leave us feedback, or consider sharing your own materials!

Congratulations Library Seniors!

Every year, the graduating seniors who are working in the library are invited to pick a favorite book for inclusion in our collection and share thoughts about what it was like to work in the library. Check out this year's recommendations and join us in saying congratulations and thank you to our wonderful class of 2021!

Date-A-Base Season Two!

This season's final contestant is an editor from British Columbia, PressReader. With full and instant access to 1,000s of newspapers and magazines from around the world, PressReader has a lot to offer. Get local and international publications in many languages instantly on your device. PressReader will even read to you! Is PressReader your perfect match?


#OwnVoices is a Twitter hashtag initiated by Corinne Duyvis, in order to highlight books about diverse/marginalized characters that are written by authors that share the same marginalized identity.This collection features some of the recent e-books and physical books that we have received at the Macalester library that we have tagged with #OwnVoices. Check it out >>

Databasee Highlight: Black Thought and Culture

The Macalester Library gets you access to hundreds of unique databases for you to explore. This week we are highlighting Black Thought and Culture, which includes 250 years of non-fiction writings by major American black leaders. The ideas, letters, speeches, prefatory essays, political leaflets, interviews, periodicals, and trial transcripts of over 1,000 authors present an evolving and complex view of what it is to be black in America.

Database Highlight: Independent Voices

The Macalester Library gets you access to hundreds of unique databases for you to explore. This week we are highlighting Independent Voices, an open access digital collection of alternative press newspapers, magazines and journals. These original periodicals were produced by feminists, dissident GIs, campus radicals, Native Americans, anti-war activists, Black Power advocates, Hispanics, LGBT activists and also includes examples of extreme right-wing press at the time. Dive into history with this unique collection.

Browse the library shelves wherever you are!

Do you miss heading to the library to find just the right book for your needs? Good news — you can browse our shelves virtually! When you find an item in WorldCat Discovery that has a call number/is a physical library item, look for the “Browse the Shelf” button to see similar items in our collection. Watch our Browse WorldCat video for a quick tutorial, or learn more on our Connect to Library Resources page.

Browse new ebooks

Want to stumble across some new reading material from anywhere on earth? Browse through our list of new ebooks and find something unexpected today.

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