CHECK THIS OUT!—Hamilton books

Are you obsessed with Hamilton yet? I am!


Image from The New Yorker

Hamilton is a play currently on Broadway about founding father Alexander Hamilton, by and starring Lin Manuel Miranda, based on biography Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow, which features catchy rap and hip hop songs about cabinet discussions, America’s sex scandals, elections, and duels. The play has won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, a Grammy for Best Musical Theater Album, and the cast and crew have won more than 20 awards individually for their work in the play. Celebrities have been also raving about Hamilton, including Queen Latifah, Common, Jimmy Fallon, and President Barack Obama.

The play is overall historically accurate, but if you want to learn more about Hamilton and the other founding fathers, check out some of these books from the library! If you haven’t heard Hamilton yet, click here to listen to the full soundtrack on Spotify (you’ll need to log in or make an account to listen, but don’t worry, it’s free to listen to).


Hamilton: the Revolution: Being the complete libretto of the Broadway musical, with a true account of its creation, and concise remarks on hip-hop, the power of stories, and the new America

This book (also called the Hamiltome,) features photographs, lyrics & annotations, and stories about the cast, origins, and production of the play. This book is a great if you (like me,) haven’t gotten to see the play preformed yet.



Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow

The biography that started it all! This work by Ron Chernow details Hamilton’s whole life, from his childhood in the Caribbean to the duel at Weehawken. This work quotes historical documents to give the reader a full picture of who Alexander Hamilton, Eliza Hamilton, and Angelica Church were throughout their lives, and is an engaging account of history. This work is good to read after you’ve heard the play or seen the soundtrack because you can start to figure out what parts of the play are historically accurate and which elements were changed for the play.


Other books at the library on Hamiltonian history:

Interview in Weehawken; the Burr-Hamilton duel, as told in the original documents.

The Federalist Papers (e-book)

The Works of Alexander Hamilton

Books on other founding fathers in Hamilton:

Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power

Ordeal of Ambition; Jefferson, Hamilton, Burr 

Aaron Burr: The Proud Pretender

— Becca Pac


CHECK THIS OUT! — Books on American Politics

The primaries are in full swing and we’re getting closer to the presidential nomination. If you’re looking for more information on the candidates, the election process, or analysis of past elections, the library’s got you covered!

The Presidential Candidates


A Time for Truth: Reigniting the Promise of America– In this book, Ted Cruz talks about his father, constitutional principles, current politics, health care, and the future of America.

Living History– Hillary Clinton wrote this memoir on her childhood, college years, time in the White House as First Lady, and Bill’s impeachment.

HRC: State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton– A political biography, this book focuses on Hillary Clinton’s political work during the Obama administration up until the current election.

Alter Egos: Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and the Twilight Struggle Over American Power– This work looks at how Hillary Clinton and current president Barack Obama have worked together in the last few years, the ways in which their ideals differ, and how their relationship has changed, and features interviews with officials, diplomats, and friends to provide insight.

America the Beautiful: Rediscovering What Made this Nation Great– Dr. Ben Carson writes about America’s past and future, focusing on topics such as religion, capitalism, heath care, and national morality.

Crippled America: How to Make America Great Again– In Trump’s most recent book, he explores how America could be made great again, and covers topics such as education, immigration, health care, and foreign policy.

Time to Get Tough: Making America #1 Again– From 2011, Trump explains his views on oil, China, immigration, and more.

Representative American Speeches, 2014-2015– This book isn’t on one specific person, but has the text of speeches given by candidates Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton, as well as other popular politicians like Rand Paul and Elizabeth Warren.

The Election Process and Past Elections


The Presidential Election Process– This book analyzes our current election system, and includes debates via essays with opposing viewpoints on elements of the election such as media coverage, campaign finances, and political debates.

Collision 2012: Obama vs. Romney and the Future of Elections in America– This book covers the 2012 elections from start to finish, looking at both Barack Obama and Mitt Romney’s campaigns to look at how the election progressed, and the context which effected the race.

Deadlock: The Inside Story of America’s Closest Election– This book looks at the 2000 election between George W. Bush and Al Gore and shines a light on events and controversy during the post-election period.


The library also has other books (and e-books) on these topics! Check the library catalog for more books on the election process, politics, and the candidates.

Library Schedule for Final Exams

As usual, there are lots of schedule changes and expanded hours for final exams.  Here’s when we’ll be open:

Friday, May 6: 7:30am to Midnight

Saturday, May 7: 10am to Midnight

Sunday, May 8: 10am to 2am

Monday, May 9 to Thursday, May 12: 7am to 2am

Friday, May 13: 7am to Midnight

Saturday, May 14: 8am to Midnight

Sunday, May 15: 10am to 1am

Monday, May 16: 7am to 10pm

Tuesday, May 17: 7:30 am to 6pm

Best of luck on your exams!

Early Openings for Fall 2016 Class Pre-Registration


Just a reminder that we’re open at 6:45am April 6th-8th and 11th-14th to help answer any questions, offer assistance, or just provide a quiet, peaceful environment for pre-registration for Fall 2016 semester classes.

And remember, if you have long overdue and billed library items, you probably have a block on your Banner account.  If you have a block on your Banner account, you won’t be able to register for classes or housing, receive grades or transcripts, or get your diploma.  If you can’t register for classes or housing, receive grades or transcripts, or get your diploma, you’ll have angry parents.

Basically, it’s like a really negative version of If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, and you’ll want to avoid that.

Easter Weekend Schedule Changes (March 25-27)

Good Friday and Easter are this weekend, and the library’s schedule will be affected, so please take note of the changes listed below:


Happy Easter to those of you who celebrate, and if you don’t, remember that candy is deliciously non-denominational.

Old games collecting dust? Donate them to the library!

Game Donation

Do you have a chess set you never use?  Are you tired of your reign as Monopoly board slum lord?  Finding yourself Uno-ed out?  No longer winning at the game of Life?  No longer feeling Sorry?  Haven’t got a Clue?  Settled Catan to the point of overpopulation?  Lost your Ticket to Ride?  Looking for a less Trivial Pursuit?

(Okay, I’ll stop.)

If the answer to any of these questions is yes, and you have a bunch of complete, gently-used board and/or card games collecting dust in a closet or under the bed, consider donating them to the library!  We’re looking to build a collection of games for people to use as a way to pass the time and relieve a little stress while they’re here in the library (especially as we approach mid-terms and finals).  People have asked us in the past about adding some games to our collections, and you can help us do that.

Contact the Borrower Services desk for more information.

Fair Use Week! Yes, it’s a thing, and yes, it’s important.


Happy Fair Use Week, Bryant!  I’m sure you all have this important occasion marked in your calendars and plan on celebrating the freedom (within reason) that fair use allows, but just in case there are people in the audience who are new to all this, I’ll explain briefly.

Fair Use Week is an annual event (this year spanning the week of Monday, February 22nd through Friday, February 26th) commissioned by the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) to promote the doctrine of fair use in America (or fair dealing if you’re Canadian).  Fair use and fair dealing are defined as “essential limitations and exceptions to copyright, allowing the use of copyrighted materials without permission from the copyright holder under certain circumstances. Fair use and fair dealing are flexible doctrines, allowing copyright to adapt to new technologies. These doctrines facilitate balance in copyright law, promoting further progress and accommodating freedom of speech and expression.” (source).

You run into examples of fair use doctrine nearly every single day of your life and you probably don’t even realize it most of the time.  In fact, most of that previous paragraph was an example of fair use because I was quoting a pre-existing work and incorporating it into a work of my own (you’ll notice that I also credited that source, am using that quote for an educational intent, am making no money off of this work I’m currently creating, and am not taking potential revenue away from the ARL / Fair Use Week folks in creating it… that’s important).

The rights and privileges allowed by copyright law to the owners and creators of a given work are obviously very important – any content creator should be allowed to gain the credit and any revenue rightly due to them – but the doctrine of fair use does allow for exceptions to copyright law in certain rarefied situations in ways that help innovate, create, and educate.

For more information on fair use in helpful and aesthetically pleasing infographic form, check out this description of the fundamentals of fair use doctrine, and this one that shows just how many times in a typical day that fair use doctrine assists and improves a typical college student’s life.  It’s eye-opening stuff.

For more information on Fair Use Week or just the doctrine itself, check out


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