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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 are some key things 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:

Monday-Thursday 7:30am-1:00am

Friday 7:30am-7:30pm

Saturday 8:00am-6:00pm

Sunday 2:00pm-1:00am.

New and updated library spaces

Renovations made significant progress over the summer. Be sure to check out the new study spaces 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, fresh carpet and ceilings, and USB ports along the walls.

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 try to plan ahead in your research so that you'll have all the books you need in plenty of time.

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.

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. Be sure you are consulting the correct edition for your assignments. Buhl has several copies that you can consult in the library--just ask at the Circulation Desk to check one out.

Course Reserves 


Course reserves are readings for your class that your instructor has made available through the library. They may be required readings or just supplemental suggestions, but it's certainly likely that you'll need a reserve reading before too long! Here's what you'll need to know.

There are two types of reserves, and you will locate and access them differently. You may have to look both places to find your reserve if your syllabus doesn't specify the type.

Electronic reserves

These are online articles or other digital content that can be accessed at any time from your laptop. You do NOT need to come to the library to get an electronic reserve. You can access them from the library's home page from the Course Reserves link.

Course Reserves Link

Print reserves

These are physical items such as books, article photocopies, and DVDs that must be checked out and used within Buhl Library. You can check out one at a time, typically for 2 hours, and you can photocopy or scan materials to take with you. To find out if your title or citation is on print reserve, you can use the Academic Reserves feature in the library catalog.

   Course Reserves Search

Once you know that your item is on Print Reserve, you can request it at the library check-out desk.

For more information on course reserves, check out our Course Reserves Guide.

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. 

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

    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 introducing the library and providing some must-know library facts. There is also a companion video touring the library's website, with helpful information on searching the collection, finding reserves, and getting help. Whether you are new to campus or an old regular in want of a library refresher, be sure to check these out on the following tabs!

Duration: 2:01 (No sound)

Duration: 2:32

Additional help resources mentioned in the video:

Using Discovery video

Research Basics Guide

New USB ports at seating in 2nd floor stacks and on ground floor

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, access electronic course reserves, 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.

Print in library

The printer in the library lobby can print, copy, and scan to email. Send your print jobs to “GCCBW” and sign into the printer to retrieve your printout.

There are also “GCCBW” printers available in the TLC.

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!

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

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