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10 Things You May Not Know about the Library (in no particular order)

1. The Dewey Library specializes in the following subject areas:

  • Law and Public Policy/Administration
  • Social Welfare
  • Criminal Justice
  • Library and Information Studies

In addition, Dewey houses many other cross-disciplinary resources available both online and in print.

2. Coincidentally, if you need help researching in any of the above areas, contact one of Dewey Library’s bibliographers. Check out the Dewey Library subject specialists page and make an appointment today to learn more about researching in any of these particular areas.

3. Technology Consultants are available at Dewey for those times you’re having problems with certain programs, such as Microsoft Word, Adobe, etc. ITS consultants are available at the library seven days a week.

4. The Dewey Library is equipped with more than just computers, photocopiers and printers. There is a scanner, color printer and microfilm reader/printer all located on the main floor. This technology may also be available at the other two university libraries.

5. Are you a faculty member? There is a faculty resources page just for you! Educate yourself on everything from placing books on reserve to information on promotion and tenure.

6. You might think the Dewey Library’s name has something to do with the Dewey Decimal System. While that would be fitting, the library is actually named after New York state governor Thomas Edmund Dewey, who served from 1943-1955. Governor Dewey recommended that New York create its own State University, so on September 8, 1988, the Dewey Graduate Library adopted his name in dedication. To learn more, see Governor Dewey’s biography on the Dewey homepage.

7. Also of historical mention are the stained glass windows that so beautifully decorate the Dewey walls on the main floor. The windows themselves are gifts of various graduating classes from 1910-1929. However, history on some of the windows remains a mystery. Photos of the Dewey windows are uploaded to Flickr and each image includes the story and meaning behind each window.

8. In addition to borrowing books at Dewey, you may also check out other various items such as earphones and a laptop. If ever you forget yours at home, let the circulation staff at Dewey come to your rescue.

9. Dewey and the other university libraries have a wealth of software available on terminals in the Information Commons. These programs may be costly to purchase for your own personal computer, so let Dewey offer them to you, just for being a student! And while you’re at it, check to see which computers are being occupied at any given time.

10. You can tell us what you think about the Dewey Library! If ever you have a suggestion or a comment about our services, you may submit a suggestion online or leave a comment on this blog.

Blog post created by Jill Parsons