By Julie Rogers
The summer brought many changes to Willet Library. When you enter, you might notice right away the cosmetic changes all around, such as new art hung on the walls and the old microfilm machines that have been removed. The largest project that the library staff took on this summer, however, is the new Cubby. With freshly painted walls, comfortable furniture, popular fiction, and DVDs this inviting retreat is open for business.
According to Library Director Sybil McNeil, “We just thought it would be a good way for students to relax and create a way to bring them into the library for something more than research and work.” Included in this area is a popular DVDs selection available for check-out called Video-to-Go. This collection includes everything from just released titles like Twilight and The Dark Knight to classics such as Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Top Gun.
Students will have a 3-disc/3-day checkout with a 7-day grace period. Courtesy notices will be e-mailed when videos are overdue. However, online renewals will not be available for these items. Library Director Sybil McNeil spoke highly of the overwhelming response the new program is having. She went on to say, “It’s just been a real success. A lot of the students are checking out three [movies] at a time and coming back for more!”
The Book Swap is the other main feature of the Cubby. It is similar to the “take a penny, leave a penny” concept. Library patrons can bring in any popular fiction book(s) that they have read and browse through to find another book to take and enjoy. These books are not catalogued, so there is no need to stop at the front desk to check them out, just bring them back at leisure. When you are returning a book, drop it in the basket located inside the Cubby for a librarian to reshelf for you.
Sharing your books or donating DVD’s you are not using would be greatly appreciated by the library staff. Should you want to donate, you may drop them off through campus mail with a note, or drop them off to Sybil McNeil or librarian Kristi Peavy.
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