Greenawalt Library

November/December 2019

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Table of Contents


Finals and Break Hours

Winter Weather Process

Study Spaces

Research Paper Help

Archives Display

Books (Take a Book/Leave a Book)

The upcoming few weeks will be busy for all of us. We first have the break for Thanksgiving, followed by two weeks of finals and then three more weeks of break. I hope you all get a chance to make the most of your time off whether that's studying or relaxing with family and friends. The library is here to help you with all of that time.

Make sure to pay attention to our hours over the upcoming month. We're closing early on Wednesday and closed on Thursday and Friday but we'll be open for your finals studying this weekend. If you are planning to be around over the trimester break, please be aware that the library will be open the first week of break but closed for the next week and a half.

Speaking of closures, last year we had a few snow days to contend with. It's too soon to know whether or not we'll have a similar year but just in case, read below to learn more about how the library fits in with potential school closures due to weather.

Finals are a busy time for studying so please pay attention to our study room policies and remember that the library is here to help you with your writing and research needs during this time.

Massage therapy is the focus this trimester for both our physical and digital archives displays. Learn about Stuart Holland who sought to provide relief through massage for those suffering with AIDS.

Finally, if you feel like reading something other than a textbook over break, don't forget about our "take a book, leave a book" shelf. Grab something fun to read over break!

Good luck on your finals!


It's the busy time of the year with finals and a break full of potential travel. The library has extended hours for finals and reduced hours for upcoming holidays and break. Please pay attention to those hours and upcoming closures.

Thanksgiving Week

Monday & Tuesday (11/25-26) Regular Hours
Wednesday (11/27) 7:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Closing early

Thursday & Friday (11/28-29) CLOSED
Saturday & Sunday (11/30-12-1): Regular hours

Finals (12/2-12/13)

Week 1

Monday-Thursday (12/2-12/5) 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Open Early
riday (12/6) 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Open Early
Saturday (12/7) 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Late Hours

Sunday (12/8) 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Regular Hours

Week 2

Monday-Thursday (12/9-12/12) 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Open Early

Friday (12/13) 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Open Early & Closing Early

Break (12/14-1/7/20)

Weekends CLOSED

Week 1

Monday-Friday (12/16-12/20) 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Week 2

Monday-Friday (12/23-12-27) CLOSED

Week 3

Monday-Wednesday (12/30-1/1/20) CLOSED

Thursday-Friday (1/2-1/3) 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Back-To-School Week

Monday (1/6) 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Tuesday (1/7) Return to regular hours

Winter Weather

Is the library open....?

Winter weather is upon us. It's supposed to be another snowy winter. Time will tell whether or not it will affect hours but here's how you find out if they do:

  1. Make sure to register for the university's Rave Alert system. School closures are announced there and on the school's website. Odds are very good that if the school is closing, the library will as well.
  2. Follow the library on Facebook. If we close for the day or close early, you will find the information there.
  3. Occasionally, even if the school closes early or opens late, the library may be open later or open earlier than the reported hours as long as there is key card access. If ours are different, we will post on Facebook and attempt to send an email advertising the different hours. Otherwise, assume our hours follow the school's official hours.

Let us know if you have any questions. Email

Quiet Study & Study Rooms

Study Rooms

In order to make sure everyone gets a chance at the study rooms over finals, we'd like to remind you of the following rules.

  1. Adhere to the "rule of 2 hours per person". If you are alone, the max you can sign a room out for is 2 hours. If you have two people, you can sign up for 4 hours, three can sign up for get the pattern. You can always sign up for more if the study rooms aren't booked at the end of your booked times but we want to make sure everyone gets a chance to use the rooms.
  2. Follow the "rule of 3 or more" for the larger study rooms. Rooms 8 and 9 are bigger study rooms and are meant for larger groups to use for studying. Groups of 3 or more will get priority. If you are an individual in those rooms and a group needs it, you may be asked to move to another study room (assuming there is another one available.)

Just a reminder...

The library has the acoustics of a cathedral. Conversations held at a "normal voice" level get amplified. This is especially true when more and more people enter the space.

As people pour into the library to study for midterms, please be extra mindful of the volume of your voice. Even "normal voice" levels can sound loud.

So far, we think you've been doing a great job during the busier days, so please keep it up.

Quiet Devices

Don't forget, we have noise-quieting headphones and earplugs at the front desk.

Writing Lab

If you'd like some help with that paper, please contact the writing lab.

We offer:

  • Assistance in developing the format of your paper.
  • Reading over your paper to make sure it flows and to catch recurring errors.
  • We do not, however, fully proofread or edit your paper.
  • It is best to make an appointment in advance. Drop-in hours are limited to the evenings. During the day, you may ask if anyone is available to review your writing but immediate assistance may not be possible. Email for further information.

MN AIDS Project

The fall trimester Library & Archives exhibition is on the MN AIDS Massage Project. The MN AIDS Massage Project (AMP) was founded in 1986 by Minneapolis massage therapist Stuart Holland. AMP offered free massages to people living with HIV and AIDS. They trained professional massage therapists to safely massage people with HIV/AIDS, later adding trainings for friends, family members, and caregivers of people with AIDS. AMP was based in Minneapolis but worked around the state, offering massage in patient homes, hospices, hospitals, and AIDS organizations’ clinics. AMP held regular meetings to support and educate those providing massages. Starting with about 20 professional massage therapists and 30 recipients, AMP went on to train more than 150 people total. AMP’s founder, Stuart Holland, was instrumental in organizing 5 national conferences on AIDS massage; all but one of the conferences were held in Minnesota. AMP ceased operating in the mid-1990s. Be sure to check out both the physical display in the Library (in the standing case in front of the printer/copier room) and the video showing on the Historical Hallway screen (across from the Bookstore; Powerpoint attached below) before the exhibition ends in late December!

Take A Book Leave A Book

Most of our general collection is focused on books in health sciences, typically related to the programs we offer. It leaves little for those who would like to escape from studying for a while. That's why the "Take A Book/Leave A Book" section was started.

If you aren't familiar with the "Take A Book/Leave A Book" concept, it's pretty simple. Look at the books we have available and feel free to take one or two home to read. You do not need to check them out officially. You can, but are not required to, replace the book(s) you take with one from your home that you've finished reading and would like to share with others.

You can also bring books you have from home and leave them on the shelf even if you're not taking one of our current offerings. Again, the goal is "fun" books so leave that organic chem textbook at home or donate it directly to the library for our collection or our "giveaway" shelf.

After you've finished the book, you can bring it back.

The "Take A Book" shelf is located next to the library classroom.

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Greenawalt Library

Monday-Thursday: 7:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Friday: 7:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Saturday: 10 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Sunday: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.