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Welcome back, and welcome to new students!

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As we welcome you back to a new academic year, we also welcome your questions about library services and resources. Below are some important library links to help start you off on the right track:

  • Research Tips is an online tutorial that guides you through the research process from start to finish. Learn how to find books and journals, locate full-text articles, evaluate web sites, and more!
  • Course Reserves will help you locate the library item(s) that your instructor has placed on reserve for your course.
  • Student FAQs will help you find the answers to many common questions such as “Does the library have a copy of my textbook?” and “Can I print from my laptop?”. For answers to even more questions, try Help A-Z.

Still looking for answers? Ask a librarian! We’re available via email, instant message chat, phone, text and in-person. We look forward to working with you and helping you with all of your library service and research needs.

Best wishes for a productive academic year!

Goodbye, photocopiers! Hello, scanners!

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Change is coming to all University at Buffalo Libraries!

On Monday, August 4, all public photocopiers and James reader/encoders will disappear from all of our Libraries. That same day, scanning will be our new and only way of doing business – it’s free and green! The scanners will provide searchable-PDFs, Text-to-Voice, and other format options. They will also allow scans to be sent directly to the cloud, USB flash drives, or your email.

If you have questions or a copy card with a remaining balance, please stop by a library circulation desk for assistance. Non-UB affiliated patrons, please note that the copier card reader at the printer will be removed –please plan to make alternate arrangements for printing.

Our Fascination with Magic

Posted on: | by Bridget Schumacher |

[The following blog post was written by Kristin E. Cangialosi, a graduate student in the Department of Library & Information Studies.]

David Blaine recently visited UB as part of the annual Distinguished Speaker Series.  For some, Blaine has revitalized the childhood wonder of magic where the seemingly impossible becomes possible.  Others criticize Blaine’s endurance stunts and decry that he is not a “real” magician.   I wonder if they are familiar with Harry Houdini’s work.

Our interest in magic is nothing new.  Sorcerers and conjurers have appeared in literature since the beginning of written word.  Magic was the answer when no other explanation fit the question, and millennia later we are still fascinated by it.  Characters from myths and legends, such as Merlin and the Delphic Oracle, appear time and time again in our storytelling just with different names and in reimagined worlds.

From the 1937 publication of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit, or There and Back Again to the immense popularity of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series at the dawn of the 21st century, fantasy fiction has exploded into a prominent and prolific genre.  It seems as if the more we learn with scientific certainty, the more apt we are to disappear for a while into a world permeating with magic in awe of those enigmatic characters that evoke its power.

Many fictional fantasy stories filled with magical characters can be found at the UB Libraries, such as:

The UB Libraries’ collection also contains numerous titles about the historical, social, or literary aspects of magic for curious researchers, like:

If you are have any questions about finding books related to magic or any other topic, do not hesitate to ask a librarian.  The UB Libraries’ collection is extremely deep, and librarians can help you uncover delightfully unexpected titles from within.

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Study Spaces in the UB Libraries

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With finals quickly approaching, you may be searching for a quiet space to focus on your studies. Or perhaps you are collaborating with a group and need a space where all of you can meet and discuss your project. For an overview of designated group and quiet study spaces as well as locked study carrels in each library, visit the Study Spaces in the UB Libraries page.

A few general study space reminders:

  • Cell phone conversations should be held in public corridors and stairwells.
  • Please assume responsibility to safeguard your belongings from theft.