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Library Renovation Update 




The Library will be closed from May 12th through mid-August. 

There will be some pre-renovation preparation taking place throughout the building in early May. Please pardon any disruption.  We are committed to keeping the Library open for your use, but there will be noise in parts of the building as work continues throughout the project.

Please watch the Library’s webpage to stay up-to-date with specific information during the summer and throughout the 16 month renovation project. Stay up to date by following us on social media too.

There will be no access to the physical library building during the summer but library staff will still be available virtually to help you.

Our temporary location for the summer will be in the Curriculum Library in HAL beginning May 17th.

Visit us in person to return materials during our open hours Monday - Friday 8:30am - 4pm. We will also be available by phone 724-264-4729 or email

Thank you for your understanding and patience as we update Buhl with new spaces that we think you're going to love!


Read Around the World this Summer 


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Have you ever heard of the Around the World Reading challenge? The idea is to read a book from a certain country or area around the world to experience books that you may have never heard of before or from countries you're not familiar with. For Jules Buono who created the challenge above it can be quite a challenge (hence the name!) to read a book from every country so if you're looking for something less challenging you could try reading a book from each continent. Here's one called Read Around the World.

If you want to try your hand at reading around the world this summer we have many fiction works from different countries to add to your list. Check out these titles below! To search for more, use HENRY and use the search terms: country name AND fiction. For example Japan AND fiction. 

The Light Between Oceans - Australia

 After four harrowing years on the Western Front, Tom Sherbourne returns to Australia and takes a job as the lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock, nearly half a day's journey from the coast. To this isolated island, where the supply boat comes once a season, Tom brings a young, bold, and loving wife, Isabel. Years later, after two miscarriages and one stillbirth, the grieving Isabel hears a baby's cries on the wind...

Homegoing - Ghana

 The story of two half-sisters, separated by forces beyond their control: one sold into slavery, the other married to a British slaver. Written with tremendous sweep and power, Homegoing traces the generations of family who follow, as their destinies lead them through two continents and three hundred years of history, each life indelibly drawn, as the legacy of slavery is fully revealed in light of the present day...

Cutting for Stone - Ethiopia

A sweeping, emotionally riveting first novel--an enthralling family saga of Africa and America, doctors and patients, exile and home. Marion and Shiva Stone are twin brothers born of a secret union between a beautiful Indian nun and a brash British surgeon at a mission hospital in Addis Ababa. Orphaned by their mother's death in childbirth and their father's disappearance, bound together by a preternatural connection and a shared fascination with medicine, the twins come of age as Ethiopia hovers on the brink of revolution...

Raven Black - Scotland

Inspector Jimmy Perez, is a very private and perceptive man whose bailiwick is a remote hamlet in the Shetland Islands.   It is a cold January morning and Shetland lies beneath a deep layer of snow. Trudging home, Fran Hunter’s eye is drawn to a splash of color on the frozen ground, ravens circling above. It is the strangled body of her teenage neighbor, Catherine Ross.   The locals on the quiet island stubbornly focus their gaze on one man...

The Lowland - India

A tale of two brothers bound by tragedy, a fiercely brilliant woman haunted by her past, a country torn by revolution, and a love that lasts long past death.   Born just fifteen months apart, Subhash and Udayan Mitra are inseparable brothers, one often mistaken for the other in the Calcutta neighborhood where they grow up.  But they are also opposites, with gravely different futures ahead...

The Calligrapher's Daughter - Korea

A sweeping debut novel, inspired by the life of the author's mother, about a young woman who dares to fight for a brighter future in occupied Korea In early-twentieth-century Korea, Najin Han, the privileged daughter of a calligrapher, longs to choose her own destiny. Smart and headstrong, she is encouraged by her mother-but her stern father is determined to maintain tradition, especially as the Japanese steadily gain control of his beloved country...

The Shadow of the Wind - Spain

Barcelona, 1945--just after the war, a boy named Daniel awakes on his eleventh birthday to find that he can no longer remember his mother's face. To console his only child, Daniel's widowed father, an antiquarian book dealer, initiates him into the secret of the Cemetery of Forgotten Books, a library tended by Barcelona's guild of rare-book dealers as a repository for books forgotten by the world, waiting for someone who will care about them again. Daniel's father coaxes him to choose a volume from the spiraling labyrinth of shelves. He chooses The Shadow of the Wind by Julian Carax. He sets out to find the rest of Carax's work. To his shock, he discovers that someone has been systematically destroying every copy of every book this author has written....

Where'd You Go, Bernadette - Antarctica

Bernadette Fox is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she's a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she's a disgrace; to design mavens, she's a revolutionary architect; and to 15-year-old Bee, she is her best friend and, simply, Mom. Then Bernadette vanishes.

Prague: a Novel - Hungary

Prague depicts an intentionally lost Lost Generation as it follows five American expats who come to Budapest in the early 1990s to seek their fortune - financial, romantic, and spiritual - in an exotic city newly opened to the West. They harbor the vague suspicion that their counterparts in Prague, where the atmospheric decay of post-Cold War Europe is even more cinematically perfect, have it better. Still, they hope to find adventure, inspiration, a gold rush, or history in the making. What they actually find is a deceptively beautiful place that they often fail to understand.

Finals De-Stress Activities in the Library 


Autumn Leaves, Winter Breeze | Dry leaf, Vegetable harvest, Clear blue sky

On study day stop in the library for free snacks, tea and de-stress activities like puzzles, coloring pages and coloring books. 

If you're looking for a quick and relaxing study break with some neat online resources, check these out!

Test Your Library Knowledge 


For something fun to end the semester, we're calling on all library lovers to test your knowledge of some of the world's most famous and well known libraries. Can you guess the six libraries below correctly from a picture of the inside or exterior of their buildings? Once you have your answer click on the yellow question mark to see if you're right. If you need a hint, click on the grey book icon in the bottom left corner. 

Can you guess Library #1?

Need a hint? Hover over the book icon. 

Can you guess Library #2?

Need a hint? Hover over the book icon. 

Can you guess Library #3?

Need a hint? Hover over the book icon. 

Can you Guess Library #4?

Need a hint? Hover over the book icon. 

Can you guess Library #5?

Need a hint? Hover over the book icon. 

Can you guess Library #6?

Need a hint? Hover over the book icon. 

What's New?


PLEASE NOTE: We have a new smaller new book display located in our library lobby. Some of our newest titles will be featured here every month. You can still browse the rest of our newest titles and featured collections from the library online on the landing page for our online catalog, HENRY.  

Click on the book titles for book descriptions.

May is Mental Health Month


May is Mental Health Awareness Month - Harrisonburg-Rockingham CSB

Millions of Americans live with a mental illness and taking care of our mental health is important. This year the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is sharing the message of you are not alone. We have resources in our collection for you to learn more about the topic of mental health as well as a collection of first hand accounts of others living with a mental illness to share their stories and experiences. You can browse them below, NAMI is also sharing personal stories to let other know that they are not alone. You can read those here

Don't forget about our campus resources like the Counseling Center and Peer Support at GCC

Video Tutorials on Stream

Did you know the library has a Microsoft Stream channel filled with helpful tutorials on some of our most popular and asked about topics? From the research process to searching specific databases, this is a great resource to know about!

Senior Student Worker Spotlight


We have 3 senior student staff members who are graduating this semester. Meet Cole, Katheryn and Ellie! We would like to recognize and thank them for their hard work and dedication to serving the students, faculty and staff of GCC over the years. It has been a pleasure working with each of you and we wish you all the best as you move on to your careers nearby, across the state and across the country.  

Cole Greer

What is your major? History and Business Management

Do you have any post-graduation plans? After graduation, I plan to start a supply chain management position in the Lancaster, PA region.

What is one of your favorite books and why? One of my favorite books is All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque. What made me really enjoy his book was the way Remarque describes the horrors of warfare in a simple and efficient way. I also enjoy this as it portrays World War I from the German perspective which is not common

How has the library helped you during your time here at GCC? Working at the library has helped me get to know a wide variety of new people. I have developed very close friendships with some of my fellow co-workers that I am very thankful for. The inter-library loan service the library provides has also been of great help in finding sources for the various papers I have had to write for my classes


Katheryn Frazier

What is your major? Communication

Do you have any post-graduation plans? I am tentatively planning on working with a marketing agency as an associate account manager.

What is one of your favorite books and why? One of my favorite books is "The Book Thief" by Markus Zusak. Zusak creates such genuine and interesting characters. You get to see how Liesel and Rudy not only grow up, but deal with the very real impact of Nazi power from a child's perspective. You get insight into Max’s life as a targeted Jew hiding in a basement. Even the narrator, death, who seems heartless surprises the readers by conveying kindness. The vivid way each character and situation is written expresses humanity in all its happiness, sadness, and gray days alike

How has the library helped you during your time here at GCC? I cannot say enough about how much I have enjoyed working at the library these last few years. For me, the best part of working at the library is the people. The community has compelled me to return every time. I’ve been able to meet so many people from fellow student workers to the library staff to patrons. Everyone is so considerate. Learning about all the library resources and being exposed to so many books at the library is also a big plus. I love learning about new things outside the classroom whenever I get the chance. I definitely intend on visiting again after I graduate.

Ellie Reed

What is your major? Accounting and International Business

Do you have any post-graduation plans?  I have a job with an accounting firm in Denver, CO which starts in the fall after graduation. Until then, I will likely be regretting my chosen career path while crying over the CPA exam. I will also be doing my best to delay getting a dog so that I won't be moving alone :)

What is one of your favorite books and why? Favorites are too difficult for me, and favorite book much too difficult, so I'm going to go with my favorite short story and say "Harrison Bergeron." It is the most memorable work I read in middle or high school and I still go back to read it every few years. The message is powerful and it is well written in my opinion.

How has the library helped you during your time here at GCC? The library has helped me in numerous ways during my time here at GCC. There are so many librarians and student workers who are simply gems, and so being able to see a friendly face or laugh over my life with a coworker brings joy to my day. I've also met some really cool people that I wouldn't have met otherwise and been pushed to be more outgoing, so I'm thankful for that. Also, I'm on the verge of being able to file for residency in the library (AKA I do the vast majority of my work here) and having a quiet place that's open pretty late is really nice.

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