Fold Cut Stitch: Artists’ Books Collection

Poster for the Fold-Cut-Stitch collection presented at the Stevenson library.Come check out the new library exhibit:  “Fold Cut Stitch: Selections from the Stevenson Library Artists’ Books Collection”

So what IS an artist’s book? Artists’ books are works of art that utilize the form of the book. They are often published in small editions, though they are sometimes produced as one-of-a-kind objects.

Don’t miss having a look at these examples in the Stevenson Library on the first floor lobby and second floor Sussman Reading Room.  Many binding styles are on display, from accordion books, to concertina bindings, and even panorama panel books. Scan the QR code for a great glossary of binding and book arts terms!

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Sproj Clinics Begin September 15!

Sproj clinics begin this Wednesday, September 15 from 12-1 pm. Seniors are invited to drop in to this weekly clinic to ask librarians about research, citations, and formatting–or simply to chat about your work. We can help troubleshoot your research strategies, track down needed sources, show you how to use interlibrary loan, and problem-solve tricky citations. Happens on the first floor of Stevenson Library.

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Shut Up & Sproj!

Shut Up & Sproj provides a quiet, communal space for you to do Senior Project work. We meet Mondays from 3:30 to 5:00 pm in Stevenson Library 402 and Fridays from 3:30 to 5:00 pm on Zoom. Why should you consider joining us? By making the commitment to show up for your Senior Project at the same time each week, you can turn 1.5 hours of focused work into a stable routine that yields real results. Additionally, research indicates that even the smallest sense of belonging to a community increases your performance.

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Welcome to the Fall Semester!

This image is welcoming back students to the Fall 2021 semester at Bard college.

The library is happy to be open and returning to normal services this semester! Regular semester hours begin Monday, August 30. This fall, the building is open only to current Bard students, faculty and staff. Please plan to show your ID at the front desk when you come in. We appreciate your cooperation!  When you come in, you may notice a few changes:

  • The Research Help Desk has moved to the center of the first floor, just opposite the rear side of the front desk. A librarian will be on duty at the Research Help  Desk Monday-Thursday 9:30-7:30, Fridays 9:30-3:30, and Sundays 12pm-5pm.  Stop by the desk anytime you have questions about using the library or doing research. We’re glad to help! 
  • Current periodicals have moved to the Hoffman Reading Room (aka “the silent room”) on the second floor. 
  • You’ll see several new faces around the library! This summer, Shirra Rockwood was promoted to Acquisitions Librarian, Kayla Whitehead joined us as Electronic Resources Librarian, and Melanie Mambo joined us as Resource Sharing Librarian. Welcome Shirra, Kayla and Melanie! 
  • We have also added new electronic resources to our collection: 

We know it’s been a while since many of you have been in the library. If you have any questions or would like one of us to show you around, stop by the Research Help Desk or reach out to us through our Ask a Librarian page anytime.

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The New York Times Digital Edition

Good news! The library now subscribes to the New York Times Digital Edition. For access you’ll need to register at the New York Times site. Please use your Bard email address.

Do you already have a paid account and want to cancel your subscription? You will need to contact NYT Customer Care before trying to sign up for the complimentary Bard subscription. / 800-591-9233 / Chat 

Our subscription covers mostly current articles and unfortunately, NYT Cooking and the Crosswords are not included.

Are you looking for an older article? Your best bet would be to use The Historical New York Times , it covers 1850 to 3 years ago.

Once you have your account set-up, you can just go to, no need to visit the library’s page after initial set-up.

Please let us know if you have any questions!

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New Resources at the Library: Social Explorer and More!

The library has been busy this summer!

We have new databases to support you in your research!

African Newspapers– Historical Newspapers from Africa. Explore African History and Culture during the 19th and 20th Centuries.

HistoryMakers– The largest African American video oral history collection. This primary source collection has over 3,000 interviews of African American educators, religious leaders, political activists, artists, and many more.

Social Explorer-Provides easy access to demographic information about the United States. We provide thousands of interactive data maps going back to 1790.

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Hathi Trust Digital Library

Bard is now a member of HathiTrust, a not-for-profit collaborative of over 200 academic libraries.

HathiTrust preserves and provides access to a collection of 17 million digitized items that includes over 8 million digitized books, and over 400,000 serial titles (book series, journals, magazines, etc.). It “offers reading access to the fullest extent allowable by U.S. copyright law, computational access to the entire corpus for scholarly research, and other emerging services based on the combined collection.”

Access to this rich resource is through the library’s Databases list [link]. All users on campus and off must login with their Bard credentials to gain access.

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Request scans of Stevenson materials!

Did you know that you can request scans of Stevenson Library materials? If you need a single chapter of a book, an article from one of our print periodicals, or a section of a reference book, simply place a request through ILLiad.

Fill out either the book chapter or article request ILLiad form and you’ll receive an email notification from ILLiad when your document is ready. Requests will be filled within 1-3 business days. This service is intended to increase access to our collection while the library building is closed.

Due to copyright restrictions we are not able to scan entire books for our patrons. If you need more than a few chapters of a book please consider checking it out through our contactless pickup system.

Questions about this service can be directed to Shea Wert at

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FOSL – Friends Of the Stevenson Library

Logo for the FOSL program: Friends of Stevenson Library

Friends of Stevenson Library (FOSL). To learn more about about this program, head to the FOSL website.
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How to Access the New York Times Online through the Library Website

Yes, Bard Library does provide online access to the New York Times for current Bard students, staff and faculty! You can access the NY Times by going to our Databases page and navigating to the letter N and selecting either New York Times From 1851 to 3 Years Ago (Proquest Historical Newspapers) or New York Times From 6/1/1980 – Present (NexisUni). Here’s a short video tutorial on accessing and using these resources:

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