Monday - Friday - 8:30 - 4:30
Weekends - Closed
Exam Hours Begin Sunday, April 18. Wait! What?
That's right. This spring the Thrift Library is offering of extended exam hours.
This may come to a surprise to you, but the Thrift Library now has the LONGEST hours of any private college or university library in SC!
Normally we would be third or fourth behind Furman, Wofford and Charleston Southern, but not this year. This year many libraries reduced their hours due to COVID. Many have been closing at 10:00 PM. But not us. The Thrift Library has continued to be open 90.5 hours per week, the same as past years, and now has the longest schedule of the 22 private academic libraries in SC. Click on the Comparison of Library Hours of SC Peer Institutions Doc at the bottom of this box for a comparison.
Both the library's regular hours and its exam hours are reviewed on a regular basis to determine the need for expansion. (We know how many users are the building every half hour we are open going back many years.) Due to COVID, the numbers coming in this year are down 20% or more in all areas of measurement – gate count, occupancy count, study room usage, reserves usage, and book circulation. Consequently this would not be a good year to study our hours with regard to expanding them. Any study during COVID would probably suggest we need to shorten hours.
Although we did not extend exam hours this past fall – most students had gone home – we maintained normal hours for a mostly empty building. This spring we will expand hours during exams to 1:00, and we will begin the expansion Sunday, April 18, the week before exams.
One other thing. We don't try to compete with Clemson or USC on hours. After all they have ten times as many staff as we do. But, just out of curiosity, we checked. Guess who has longer hours during 2020-21?
The 2020-21 Student Library Survey had the highest number of participants, prize winners, Comments and Requests ever, Fascinating reading!
It also had the second highest overall score in the past thirty years.
Which question do you think scored highest?
No. it wasn't Library Hours are adequate for my needs. But, guess what private academic college/university in SC has the longest weekly hours with 90.5?
This year the Thrift Library is participating in an Evidence Based trial of IGI-Global Database. This is where we place a deposit with the vendor in order to gain access to the entire database. At the end of the trial, the deposit is applied to the titles that are used the most. Content is discoverable through either the database or OneSearch.
De Gruyter is a free where you can place eBooks purchased from De Gruyter and university publishers at a discounted price.
The De Gruyter eBook platform is more likely to provide DRM-Free eBooks with unlimited users than some of its competitors
Libraries are good for circulation.
I wanted to visit the world’s biggest library but it was overbooked.
Dewey belong together?
Believe in your shelf.
Last year, for the first time since 1989, the library did not survey its users. We want to make up for that this year with the largest number of participants ever and we are not going to let COVID hold us back. Enter your name into a drawing for ten times the usual number of door prizes - $25 Target card, and 40 vouchers for Chronicles Café (Smoothies, Specialty Coffees, Cookies, and Brownies.) We will also give away a variety of bling - travel mugs, usb drives and chargers, tote bags, and a collapsible laundry bag.
Got a question?
Chat, text, or email a librarian seven days a week.
Find answers to repeat questions in our FAQs.
In 79 AD Pliny the Younger witnessed the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius.
Marco Polo went to China
Fifteen year old Anne Frank and her family hid from the Nazi's during the holocaust.
Thoreau had an interesting year at Walden Pond.
How do we know?
They wrote it down.
You too are living through interesting times. You too are a part of history. Have you been writing it down? Have you been documenting it? If so the Thrift Library of Anderson University wants your story. Write it down. Video it. Photograph it. Paint it. Record it. And give us a copy. We will put it in our archives.
Imagine that the Thrift Library’s physical collections – Books, DVDs, Music CDs, Scores - were as big as the Earth.
Standard checkout for library materials is three weeks followed by unlimited renewals through the end of the semester.
But how do you renew?
Follow the easy instructions below to renew individual titles or all at once.
Want something to read over Christmas?
Or watch on DVD?
Or listen to on CD?
We will extend the checkout period till classes begin in January.
Got Questions? Ask-a-Librarian.
|Tuesday, November 24, 2020||10 am - 4 pm|
|Wednesday, November 25, 2020||Closed|
|Thursday, November 26, 2020||Closed|
|Friday, November 27, 2020||Closed|
|Saturday, November 28, 2020||Closed|
|Sunday, November 29, 2020||3:00 - 8:00|
|Monday, November 30, 2020||10:00 - 8:00|
|Tuesday, December 1, 2020||10:00 - 8:00|
|Wednesday, December 2, 2020||10:00 - 8:00|
|Thursday, December 3, 2020||10:00 - 8:00|
|Friday, December 4, 2020||10:00 - 4:00|
|Dec. 5 - Jan. 18||Closed|
|Start normal schedule Jan 19|
Not only does the library want you to retain all the books you currently have out that you need, it wants you to check out more.
If you get a renewal notice, you can either renew online or simply ignore it. No fine will be levied.
Here is how you can renew online.
Don't want to carry books home and back. Don't forget ebooks. We have over a half million.
Internet Troll Icon by Wikipedia.
Due to social distancing (the six foot rule) all study room seating was reduced to two per room this summer. This was done in part because study rooms are equipped with a single table and there was no way to place more than two people six feet apart on the same table.
Then we got clever. What if we had more tables? So we put out an appeal and the Physical Plant found three more tables.
Now Study Rooms 101, 103, and 106 have two tables and four chairs, and everyone still gets to sit six feet apart.
How can you stay safe in a study room?
The Thrift Library was recently gifted a collection of memorabila by former missionary, Rev. John Dill of the Southern Baptist Convention, currently working here in Anderson with the Saluda Baptist Association as Director of Missions.
Rev. Dill donated items from his years in the Philippines and travels in Zambia.
Come by and see them.
PASCAL Delivers has been integrated into OneSearch. If you find a bibliographic record for a physical book held by another college library in SC, click "sign in" and enter your AU email address and password. Those credentials will allow you to request the physical book to be sent to AU within 5 to 7 days.
Impacts on Services due to COVID-19:
The library has acquired 139 eTextbooks for the Fall Semester, the largest number ever. Want to save our student's $173,000? Post the provided links in Canvas and let your students know they have free textbooks at their disposal.
Taking advantage of the New OneSearch and its integration of multiple library functions, the library has simplified its Home Page.
No coffee (unless someone invents a way to drink it through their mask.)
Three day quarantine - All library materials will be quarantined for three days upon return. Student workers shelve them using gloves.
Open Stacks - Users will be able to browse the stacks and select materials.
Touchless Checkout - The library's two check out stations at the Front Desk will have sneeze shields installed with bar code readers placed facing the front. Patrons hold their AU IDs under the reader, then scan the barcodes on their books. Reciepts are emailed.
Digital Course Reserves - Faculty are asked to switch from physical reserves to digital reserves. To successfully accomplish this, please contact your library liaison ASAP so that we can identify, purchase, and provide links for use in Canvas.
Ask-A-Librarian - This service tripled in 2019-20.. We will continue to promote its use 7 days a week as the preferred method of assistance.
Online Library Instruction - Although we can visit your class, we would prefer to do it online via zoom, LibGuides, canned videos, etc.
Mail Out - Students and faculty located more than 30 minutes from campus may request mail out of library materials. The library pays for outgoing mail. The user pays to return materials. Contact the library via phone or email.
Scan and Deliver - Another option is to request chapter scanning of books. Note: Copyright laws forbid scanning entire books, but one chapter per book is ok.