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Buhl Library Fall 2021 News 

Welcome back! We are so happy to open the library doors to everyone again after the “pandemic year” and the summertime construction closure. Here’s what you’ll want to know about the library for fall.

We're open!

The library building reopened on August 23rd and will be open regular hours for the semester.

New and updated library spaces

Renovations made significant progress over the summer. There is new study space on the lower level in what will be the new reference room and quiet study area. The 2nd floor stacks area is newly renovated, with updated carrel seating, USB ports along the walls, and fresh carpet and ceilings.

1st floor stacks closure and paging service

The 1st floor stacks area is CLOSED to the public for the fall semester. This impacts access to Open Stacks books in call numbers B-H as well as Oversized books. These cannot be browsed or retrieved directly by patrons because this is an active construction area. A new library service will retrieve requested books several times a day and alert patrons by email when items are ready for pickup. You can request books from the 1st floor stacks using a paging form posted several places on the library website. Please plan ahead in your research and teaching and advise your students to do so as well.

New traffic patterns

There are some new ways to get around in the building, including a new entrance into the library from the ground floor lower lobby (opposite the bathrooms), and one of the staircases inside the stacks now accesses all floors of the library. But some other staircases are temporarily closed. Watch for posted signs pointing the way around the building or ask at the desk if you need any help getting to where you need to go.

ILL no longer restricted

All pandemic-related restrictions on interlibrary loan have been lifted, and the service is now available for all courses again. See our Interlibrary Loan/Document Delivery page for full information and the online request forms.

Campus family access/borrowing restored

Library access and borrowing privileges for campus family members have been restored.

Labor Day Hours 5-1


MLA Handbook 9th edition is here! 


MLA Handbook Cover

The newest edition of the MLA Handbook is now available in Buhl Library and in the Writing Center. Click below to learn what's new in this edition.

MLA 9th edition - What's new

Farewell to Megan Babal! 


After 8 years of service, Megan Babal, our Public Service and Outreach Librarian, has made the difficult decision to leave her position at Henry Buhl Library. You may know her from her library outreach efforts creating the library newsletters, planning events in the library, designing book displays, creating social media content, and answering research questions. Her last day was at the end of July 2021. She will be missed but we wish her all the best in her new position as the Adult Services Manager at the Cranberry Public Library in Cranberry Township, PA. 

Faculty Services

The library's Faculty Services page pulls together almost everything you'll need to know about library support for faculty research and teaching, including:

  • Selecting books for library purchase
  • Arranging library instruction for your classes
  • Putting readings on reserve for students through the library
  • Borrowing from other libraries (interlibrary loan and document delivery)
  • Help with copyright.

You can also print out a handy overview of our services and contact information below.

summer staff reads

Left Neglected / Lisa Genova

Buhl - Open Stacks    : PS3607.E55 L44 2011

From neuroscientist and bestselling author Lisa Genova comes a story of resilience in the face of a devastating diagnosis. After a car crash leaves a vibrant mother in her thirties with a traumatic brain disorder called "left neglect," she learns what truly matters most in life. Genova explores what can happen when we are forced to change our perception of everything around us. Left Neglected is an unforgettable story about finding abundance in the most difficult of circumstances, learning to pay attention to the details, and nourishing what truly matters.

1177 B. C. / Eric H. Cline

Buhl - Open Stacks    : GN778.25 .C55 2021

A bold reassessment of what caused the Late Bronze Age collapse across Egypt, Greece, and Mesopotamia, often attributed to marauding groups known as the "Sea Peoples". In this major new account of the causes of this "First Dark Ages," Eric Cline tells the gripping story of how the end was in fact brought about by multiple interconnected failures, ranging from invasion and revolt to earthquakes, drought, and the cutting of international trade routes. A compelling combination of narrative and the latest scholarship, 1177 B.C. sheds new light on the complex ties that gave rise to, and ultimately destroyed, the flourishing civilizations of the Late Bronze Age--and that set the stage for the emergence of classical Greece.

The Poet X / Elizabeth Acevedo

Curr. - Juvenile : Juv. Ac37po 2018

In this novel-in-verse, an Afro-Latina heroine tells her story with blazing words and powerful truth, Xiomara Batista feels unheard and unable to hide in her Harlem neighborhood. Ever since her body grew into curves, she has learned to let her fists and her fierceness do the talking. But Xiomara has plenty she wants to say, and she pours all her frustration and passion onto the pages of a leather notebook, reciting the words to herself like prayers--especially after she catches feelings for a boy in her class.

Someone Knows / Lisa Scottoline

Buhl - Open Stacks - PS3569.C725 S66 2019

This riveting novel explores how a single decision can undo a family, how our past can derail our present, and how not guilty doesn't always mean innocent. Allie Garvey is heading home to the funeral of a childhood friend. Allie is not only grief-stricken, she's full of dread. Because going home means seeing the other two people with whom she shares an unbearable secret. Allie has been haunted for two decades by what they did, and by the fact that she never told a soul. The dark secret has eaten away at her, and she has punished herself. Now, Allie stands on the precipice of losing everything and she's ready for a reckoning.

Falling Felines and Fundamental Physics / Gregory J. Gbur

Buhl - Open Stacks    : QC75 .G387 2019

The question of how falling cats land on their feet has long intrigued humans. In this playful and eye-opening history, physicist and cat parent Gregory Gbur explores how attempts to understand the cat-righting reflex have provided crucial insights into puzzles in mathematics, geophysics, neuroscience, and human space exploration.   The result is an engaging tumble through the history of physics, physiology, photography, and robotics to uncover, through scientific debate, the secret of the acrobatic performance known as cat-turning, the cat flip, and the cat twist. Readers learn the solution but also discover that the finer details still inspire heated arguments.

Robinson Crusoe / Daniel Dafoe

Buhl - Open Stacks    : PR3403 .A1 2004

In Daniel Defoe's 17th century masterpiece of English literature, hero Robinson Crusoe relates his story of shipwreck, perseverance hope and redemption. Full of adventure, suspense and daring heroics, this celebration of Robinson Crusoe, updated for the modern young reader, retains all of the classic elements of Defoe's original tale of courage, insight and the power of endurance.

The secret life of bees

Buhl - DVDs : DVD 2723

Gina Prince-Bythewood's adaptation of Sue Monk Kidd's novel The Secret Life of Bees stars Dakota Fanning as Lily, a 14-year-old growing up in a small Southern town in 1964. She is haunted by memories of shooting her mother when she was a young girl. Lily lives with her emotionally distant father, and her best friend is their African-American housekeeper Rosaleen. After locals beat Rosaleen for attempting to register as a voter, and Lily's dad goes one step too far during an argument with his daughter, Lily and Rosaleen set out to find the place where the only picture Lily has of her mother was taken. That place turns out to be the home of the independent Boatwright sisters, a trio who make a very successful living producing honey. Lily and her friend move in with them, and soon the girl learns about both beekeeping and life.

Cottage by the Sea / Debbie Macomber

Buhl - Open Stacks    : PS3563.A2364 C67 2018

A seaside town helps one young woman reclaim the light after darkness. Annie Marlow has been through the worst. Rocked by tragedy, she heads to the one place that makes her happy: Oceanside in the Pacific Northwest, the destination of many family vacations when Annie was a teenager. Once there, Annie begins to restore her broken spirit, thanks in part to the folks she meets. Then events threaten to undo the idyll Annie has come to enjoy. And when the opportunity of a lifetime lands in her lap, she is torn between the excitement of a new journey toward success and the safe and secure arms of the haven--and the man--she's come to call home.

The Next Person You Meet in Heaven

Buhl - Open Stacks    : PS3601.L335 N49 2018

This sequel to The Five People You Meet in Heaven tells the story of Eddie's heavenly reunion with Annie--the little girl he saved on earth--in an unforgettable novel of how our lives and losses intersect. Eddie is a grizzled war veteran-turned-amusement park mechanic who died saving the life of a young girl named Annie. This sequel now reveals Annie's story. The accident that killed Eddie left Annie injured, scarred, and unable to remember why, Annie's mother pulls her away from the world she knew, and she is bullied by her peers and haunted by something she cannot recall, Annie struggles to find acceptance as she grows. As the novel opens, Annie is about to get married. But when her wedding day ends in an unimaginable accident, Annie finds herself on her own heavenly journey--and an inevitable reunion with Eddie, one of the five people who will show her how her life mattered in ways she could not have fathomed.


Buhl - Open Stacks    : CB203 .B64 2017

All around the civilizations of ancient Greece and Rome were rural communities who had remarkably different cultures, ones few of us know anything about. Bogucki sketches the development of these groups' cultures from the Stone Age through the collapse of the Roman Empire in the west, highlighting the increasing complexity of their societal structures, their technological accomplishments, and their distinct cultural practices. He shows that we are still learning much about them, as he examines new historical and archeological discoveries as well as the ways our knowledge about these groups has led to a vibrant tourist industry and even influenced politics. The result is a fascinating account of several nearly vanished cultures and the modern methods that have allowed us to rescue them from historical oblivion.

Catch up on what's been happening in the library over the past few months with this gallery of photos.

Construction--the lower level of the library in June

Construction Lower Level

The new Reference Room on the lower level

New Reference Room

The new quiet study area on the library's lower level

Quiet study room

The new quiet study area on the library's lower level

Quiet study room

The new drinking fountain and bottle filler in the ground floor hallway

Lower Level Drinking Fountain and Bottle Filler

Construction -- opening a hole in Reference for the staircase to the library's lower level

Construction Cut for Stairwell

The current wall around the staircase opening

Wall around the staircase

Construction -- the second floor stacks in June

Construction Second Floor Stacks

The updated second floor stacks

Second Floor Stacks

The updated second floor stacks

Second floor stacks

Outlets and USB ports now available at all seating in the second floor stacks

Second Floor Outlets and USB Ports

Accessing Library Resources from Off-Campus 


Did you know you have full access to the library's online resources when you are off-campus? You can browse eBooks, read online journal articles, and search databases seamlessly, without any additional logins or authentication, as long as you are on your GCC-issued laptop using the Global Protect VPN feature.

For help with the VPN, see our Off-Campus VPN Access page.

    Open House Graphic

Buhl Library’s Open House will be virtual again this year in light of the ongoing renovations inside the library. We are offering a short and fun welcome video to be used in freshman orientation introducing the library and providing some must-know library facts. There is also a companion video touring the library's website, with an emphasis on searching the collection, finding reserves, and getting help. Check these out by clicking the tabs, and please encourage your students to view them as well.

Duration: 2:01 (No sound)

Duration: 2:32

Finding New Books

The library might have been closed for the summer, but library staff was still hard at work building the collection! Hundreds of new books and resources have been added over the past few months. To keep on top of new additions, visit the new book display in the library lobby and take advantage of the following features of the library catalog.


New Books Carousel

On the catalog home page you will always see at least one "carousel" of new books. These are the titles most recently added to the catalog. Sometimes they are so new they haven't yet made it to the shelves, but you can see they are coming and place holds on any of interest. You will then be alerted when the book is available.

New Book Carousel


Sorting Results for Newest Items

After you complete a search in the catalog, you can sort the results to view newer items at the top. Using the drop-down box, you can select either "Sort by Newly Added", which focuses on the date items were added to the catalog, or "Sort by Publication Date", which focuses on the year an item was published.


Filter for Newest Items

From the results screen you can also take advantage of the New Titles filter on the left of the screen. Several timeframes are offered, such as "Last Week", "This Month", or "Last Three Months". Only items added during that period will be displayed.

What's New?


Here is a sampling of new resources in Buhl Library. Be sure to also check out the new book display in the library lobby, and see above for more on searching new resources in the Henry, the library catalog.

Hover over a book's title to view a summary.

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