Virtual Reality is Actually Here with Google Cardboard at the Library!

The actual reality we deal with every day can be pretty intense, but it is sadly lacking in the ability to step inside historical scenes, fly like a bug, safely jump off buildings, or run with dinosaurs. Luckily there’s Virtual Reality to help fill these sad voids in real life, and technology has progressed far enough that you no longer need those giant headsets seen in weird 1990s movies like The Lawnmower Man, just a viewer and a smart phone to plug into it.

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Because we support and, yeah, share your need for having dinosaurs in your life, the library now has Google Cardboard VR viewers to lend out.  Just check one of these out from the Borrower Service desk, download one or more of the many VR apps on the market from your provider of choice, slide your phone into the viewer, and you’re off!

Not sure what’s out there for VR apps?  We have you covered there, too, with our handy Virtual Reality Guide, listing a few of the many free and paid apps available as well as information on how to find even more.

The Google Cardboard viewers can be checked out for up to three days at a time, and can be renewed twice.  Contact us if you have any questions, and be sure to let us know how and where you’re using VR, what apps you like best, and what you named your new dinosaur friends.

Study tool: Zotero

Research season has begun! If you’re collecting all your class readings for the semester, starting your Capstone project, or just want to keep your research more organized, you should check out Zotero, a free tool (for the lowest amount of storage—you can pay for more space) described on their website as “a personal research assistant.”

Here are some of the things Zotero can do:

  • Save PDFs of articles you found in a database, or links to web resources with the browser widget
  • Access files you’ve saved by logging into the Zotero website
  • Create different folders for different classes, projects, or aspects of your topic
  • Share articles with other people by adding them to a group
  • Add your own notes to each article, such as how it relates to your thesis, what pages to focus on, or the assignment they’re for
  • Generate citations in APA, MLA, or Chicago format (make sure to double-check them for accuracy just in case!)

Zotero is available for Mac, Windows, and Linux. To get started, go to the Zotero website, make an account, and download the program.

There’s a new way to book study room space at the library

Our library booking system has upgraded and there is a new way to book for your group project space. This entire system is an online booking system and it also is the same system that you can use to book spaces at the Academic Innovation Center.

The Krupp library has 12 individual study rooms that are connected to an AirMedia station (think big computer screen) that are great spaces for group work! Bryant students (non-Bryant students will not be processed) can book these rooms for group work or study work anytime the library is open.

Think about these guidelines before you begin:

  • Library study rooms can only be booked for groups of three or more people and for three hours or less. You can book up to six hours per week.
  • Remember to book well in advance: these rooms are popular and you will lose out if you are booking the rooms on the day of or the night before

Access the study room reservation page by going to the library’s webpage ( Click on the link titled “Study Room Reservations” under library spaces.  This link will take you to our study room calendar.studyroomreservation

You can select the dates and times that you would like to book the space and then click “Submit Time Spots” to enter the names of your group members. You should receive an email with the confirmation of the booking. Your study group has now reserved a room!


But what if you just need a quiet room that isn’t your dorm room? Do you and a study partner want to use a room and can’t find a third person? Don’t worry! Even though you can’t book the room in advance, you can access the online booking system to look at the study room reservations and pop in when the room isn’t booked. Just remember that you need to graciously leave before the next booked group arrives.

Our library loves to find more ways to help our students succeed. If you are full of pep and energy on a Saturday or Sunday morning, the library study rooms open at 8:00am on the weekends during the semester. Your group of three or more can book a room for a morning study session.

If you have any questions or are confused about the process, the librarians would love to help you! Stop by the library, IM, text or call us!

Free Ear Plugs! When it just can’t be TOO quiet…

Do you find it’s still too loud for studying – even in the designated library quiet zones? Stop by Borrower Services and pick up a free pair of individually packaged ear plugs! Great for studying in the library, sleeping in your dorm, meditating outside, or anywhere else you need some quiet time on campus. You will be surprised at how effective they are in blocking out unwanted noise.  Check out this article, Quiet Please, from Slate Magazine.


Don’t forget to follow the directions for usage on the package or take a peek at this page from the University of Wisconsin for proper fit.

CHECK THIS OUT!–Every Little Step

every-little-step-bookOnce you’ve put the Beach Bag and Summer books aside, it’s time to settle in with a cozy throw and pick up a good book for Fall! Krupp Library has a wonderful collection of notable titles in fiction and non-fiction, and one book recommended is the recent best-selling memoir “Every Little Step” from Grammy Award winner Bobby Brown.  From his musical roots singing in a Boston church choir, to his sudden fame with New Edition – and his success as a solo artist – Brown covers all the highs and lows of his celebrity life. He writes candidly about his turbulent marriage to the late singer Whitney Houston, as well as the heartbreak of losing his daughter Bobbi Kristina last year at the age of twenty-two.

In the beginning of the book, Brown writes: “I hope my fans and other readers of this book will be entertained by this trip into the crazy, exciting, fascinating world of Bobby Brown.”  Entertaining, indeed.


Pokémon at the Library

It’s opening weekend, and we’re getting a little Pokémon crazy. We’ve got a variety of Pokémon themed things going on in the library, including an Instagram photo contest. We’ll be setting off lures all weekend (add us on facebook and twitter to hear about when we’re setting them) so stop by and say hello!

What have you caught in the library?


If you catch anything cool in the library, tell us! We’ve got a whiteboard set up next to the leisure reading section (there’s a picture of it at the bottom of this post) for everyone to record what Pokémon they’ve found in the library. Add your coolest library catch when you come in, and check out what other people have caught.

Instagram contest

We’re having a photo contest! To enter, follow us at @bryantlib on Instagram and upload a Pokémon themed picture of the library: it can be a picture of a Pokémon you caught in the building or a picture of you and your friends with some of our props (more on that next).

Here are the details and rules:

  • The contest will run from September 2 – September 12, 2016.
  • In order to count for the contest, entries must feature the Douglas & Judith Krupp Library and you must be following @bryantlib on instagram.
  • All the people in your picture must provide consent before the picture is taken.
  • The picture must have the hashtag #bryantlibpics in the caption.
  • The prize is $15 to Dunkin Donuts!
  • Winners will be announced on September 14th, 2016 and will be selected by a panel of library staff. Entries will be judged based on originality and the creative representation of Pokémon in the library.

Props and Pins

If you need some ideas for pictures don’t worry—we set up a table with Pokéballs, masks, and a stuffed Pikachu to inspire and enhance your photos.  We’ve also made some pins for you to take, including one with everyone’s favorite mascot Tupper, and put on your favorite Pokémon hunting gear.


A student trying on one of our masks


CHECK THIS OUT!–Harry Potter and the Cursed Child



We’ve got it! This book is the latest publication in the Harry Potter universe (until September anyway), but it’s not written by J.K. Rowling. It’s also not strictly a novel. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a play on Broadway, and this book contains the scripts. The play focuses not Harry and Malfloy, but on their children, Albus and Scorpius.

The book has gotten mixed reviews–some love it, some hate it. Why not check it out and join the conversation?