Graphic Novel Display on the Second Floor


comic display signWe’ve bought a lot of graphic novels (and scholarly titles on topics related to comics and graphic novels) to add to our collection in the past few years, so in order to call attention to our acquisitions the latest book display at the rear of the 2nd floor “quiet area” is devoted to comics of all kinds. Memoir, history, music, science, food, horror, science fiction, fantasy, humor, super heroes… if there is a topic or genre that appeals to you, you’re likely to find something that will appeal to you either on these shelves or elsewhere in the collection (we own way too many now to put them all on display now).

If you’re a fan of the comics format, check it out.  If you’re new to or are just curious about comics, also check it out! And if you have any questions or are looking for some suggestions, feel free to ask.  We always like connecting people with new things to read, and I pride myself on being able to find comics that will appeal to just about anyone.

And to answer a question we often get about these book displays: yes, OF COURSE you can check these out!  We set these things up to draw your attention to the books we set up, and we hope that results in people giving them a shot.  Personally, I love seeing big empty spaces in previously full displays… that means it’s working.

And if you check out and request a lot of graphic novels, we might get to buy more. Everyone wins.


We’re blinding you with SCIENCE!



Have you been watching Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey on Fox or National Geographic?  If not, get on that.  But if you are, and the desire is burning inside of you to make sure you are as scientifically literate as possible, we’re here to help!  There’s a wide variety of science-related books on display on the shelves facing the rear stairs up to the quiet area on the second floor.  There are personal works by and/or about renowned scientists (Albert Einstein, Marie Curie, Carl Sagan, Neil deGrasse Tyson, and Richard Feynman to name a few), informational texts on many fields of scientific inquiry (physics, chemistry, ecology, biology, astronomy, etc.), books on a variety of important and interesting issues (evolution, biogenetic ethics, global warming, quantum mechanics, science denial, famous feuds within scientific communities) and more.  Check it out!  And I mean that literally… books you see on display are available to be checked out, so don’t be shy and certainly don’t worry about upsetting the aesthetics of the thing.  We highlight these things so you’ll notice them.  Seeing empty spots on the display shelves actually makes us happy.

Add a little science to your reading diet… just because you might learn something doesn’t mean it won’t be fun.

The Library’s Spring Newsletter is Here


Lots of big things happening at your very own Douglas and Judith Krupp Library, and you can read all about it in the spring edition of our newsletter.

newsletterNew department names!  A new librarian!  New databases!  New books!  New locations for supplies!  How can you possibly hope to keep track of all these changes without a scorecard?  Read up on all of this newness, as well as looks back at the recent Geek the Library campaign and some Bryant history, a profile on one of our student workers, and more.

Click here to read the newsletter online and stay in the know!


What do you geek, Bryant?


geek defAs you can see above, “geek” is a verb.  If you geek something – comic books, football, painting, gardening, home brewing, physics, running, cooking, Russian literature, or pretty much any other thing you can name – then you love it, talk about it at length to anyone who will listen, and know more about it than some people would consider reasonable.  Fact: everyone geeks something.  And chances are, the library can help you with that in some way.

This semester, the Douglas & Judith Krupp Library is taking part in Geek the Library, a national campaign co-sponsored by OCLC and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation that is designed to help raise awareness and generate support (vocal, financial, and maybe even at the ballot box) for libraries throughout the country.  Using “geek” as a verb is a way to get people to think about the things they’re passionate about, and then connect that back to libraries, because no matter what it is that you geek, your library (be it your local public library or your school’s library) can connect you with resources, material, and even people to help support those passions, and possibly help you discover new ones.

You’ll be seeing a lot of information about this from us in the weeks ahead, whether it’s here on the blog, on social media (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc.), around campus, and at the library itself.  And there will be plenty of ways for you to participate in this as well, so keep your eyes and ears open.

Start getting your geek on, Bryant.  And ask yourselves this question: What Do You Geek?



The iPad Mini is here!


ipadminiThe library now has 3 iPad Minis to loan out!

Same deal as the iPad 2… you can check it out for 7 days, with an option to renew for an additional 7 days, and these are available to Bryant students, staff, and faculty only.  If you come by and we don’t have any available, you can ask to be put on our waiting list.

It’s the iPad, but smaller.

But, you know, bigger than your phone.

Either way, enjoy it, and let us know what you think!


We want your old DVDs! (Provided they still work, of course.)



Have a bunch of DVDs you don’t want anymore?  Maybe you can help us out!

The library is looking to expand its leisure DVD offerings (you know, stuff you’d watch for fun as opposed to for class), and we’re hoping for donations of gently used, good condition DVDs (as in “still playable” and “not scratched like a cat sharpened its claws on it”) from you, our adoring public.  We get to increase our offerings to the Bryant community, the community gets a wider selection of fun DVDs to watch cheap as free, you get the dual benefits of knowing you helped us out and clearing stuff out of your room… everyone wins!

If you have any questions, call us at 401-232-6125 or email us at, or you can just stop by the desk and drop ’em off.  We’ll have a quick form for you to fill out (mostly so we know who stuff is coming from and so we can find out what you want us to do with ’em if it turns out we can’t use them), but it’s a pretty painless process.

Thanks for helping us to continue to help you!


New Toys!


So you’re all probably aware by now that we have second generation iPads and Amazon Kindle e-readers that we lend out here at the library, but were you aware of the other cool toys we have available for you to check out now?

  • Student Laptops – We’ve had laptops for you to check out for student use in the library for several years now, but this year there’s a big change to our process: now they can actually leave the building.  Working on a project and your laptop is on fritz, or maybe you don’t have one at all?  You can now check out one of ours for up to a week, with a renewal period of an additional week (please note that these are for matriculating Bryant undergrad and graduate students only).

  • Rosetta Stone Laptops – We now have 7 laptops that come loaded with Rosetta Stone language software to help you learn French, Spanish, Chinese (Mandarin), Japanese, Gaelic, Russian, and Italian (1 language per laptop).  Bryant students, faculty, and staff members can check these out for up to 4 weeks, with a renewal period of an additional 2 weeks.

  • Kindle Fires – Besides the regular Amazon Kindle e-readers, we now also have Kindle Fire tablets available to lend to Bryant students, faculty, and staff.  These Android-powered tablets can hook up to your Amazon account, allowing you to purchase ebooks and magazines (and download any previous purchases), as well as download a variety of apps (Comixology looks great on this, if I may offer a suggestion).  These can be checked out for a week and renewed for an additional week.

  • Lenovo ThinkPad Slates – These tablets are also Android-powered, but come with a detachable USB keyboard/case and stylus, making them sort of the midpoint between a laptop and an iPad.  Bryant students, faculty, and staff can check these out for a week (and renew for another week), download apps through Google Play (Comixology also looks great here… just sayin’), and really take it for a spin.

The iPads and Kindles aren’t going anywhere, and are still available for your use, but we heartily encourage you to explore and play with these other awesome options we now offer.  And as always, if you have any questions, stop by, call (232-6125), or email (circdesk AT bryant DOT edu) us!