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What to know about the Kirkwood Library

KCC Library Contributed Column

By Sarah S. Uthoff
On February 8, 2019

Top seven things people often don’t realize about the library:

7. We have a 2nd floor – If you’ve ever come into the library and thought “where are all the books?” most of the books you can check out are on the second floor. It’s also our quiet study floor and the location of our group study rooms. You have to take either the elevator or stairs within the library to find it.

6. We help with citation APA/MLA – Have to do a research paper? Your instructor will normally tell you they want it in APA or MLA. These are both systems to help you give credit to where you find information. They are similar overall, but differ a lot on the details. Stop by the reference desk if you need help.

5. We have popular books – Need something relaxing to read? While most of the library’s collection is purchased with an eye to supporting assignments, we do have a collection of popular books in a corner of the first floor for people looking for a light read.

4. We have DVDs – Looking for DVDs? We’ve got them. It’s a pretty small collection over by the copiers, but it has a lot of good stuff. You can also stream movies on the two library film databases, Kanopy and Films on Demand.

3. We’re on social media – There is more to the online library than just the library website. Find us on Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter to keep up to date with the library and to have fun with words, reading, and information literacy.

2. We have more databases than EBSCO – For a long time the library only offered the EBSCO set of databases. It was so long that all over campus people started to think that EBSCO and database were the same thing. Luckily today the library has A LOT more databases than just the basic EBSCO products. Click on our All Kirkwood Databases list on our website to explore all the different databases we now offer from the New York Times to videos to medical information to countries around the world and beyond!

1. We have a mascot – Just this fall we got a new resident at the Cedar Rapids library, a stuffed baby eagle that you’ll be seeing more of in our online promotions. Right now we’re looking for a name. The top vote getters are Kirk, Benton, and Eggbert. Vote for which name you like best! 

Help the library name its new mascot. Vote at Photo Contributed.


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