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Library Renovation Updates  


 Alert! Large Reference Room books
Construction is coming to the Large Reference Room once the semester ends, and this area will be completely closed for the spring. Impact to the two book collections in this room, however, is happening sooner.

  • The Earhart Collection is now unavailable. These books have been boxed up and moved to offsite storage for the remainder of construction. However, select items have been put out on display. These are listed in the catalog and Discovery as “Buhl – Display” and can be found in the new reference reading room on the lower level.
  • The Reference Books in the Large Reference Room will be moved into the new reading rooms on the lower level, probably starting late this semester. These books will remain available for use.

Active construction areas
Work in the first floor stacks continues, currently focusing on electrical upgrades ahead of carpet installation in another week. Please continue to use the 1st floor stacks book paging form to request books from this floor. Work is also progressing on the new staircase, which may be open by the end of the semester. During a pause in construction library staff left their mark on the steel beams.


Another active area of construction is behind closed doors at the back of the new reference room on the lower level. This will be the future home of the library’s new neighbors: the Academic Resource Center and the Registrar’s office.

If you haven’t seen it, check out the mural brightening the library lobby that went up just before Homecoming. Located on the temporary wall by the photocopiers, the graphic incorporates several renderings of the new library spaces to come. But check it out soon, because this wall will hopefully be coming down in December!

New! Swank Digital Campus  


Exciting News! Buhl Library now offers access to 26 streaming movies through Swank Digital Campus. This collection is small but mighty. It includes some extremely popular films and documentaries—in fact, 3 of our 4 most popular DVDs now have a streaming alternative! These films have been acquired primarily to support assignments in several classes, but we all benefit; they are available to everyone in the GCC community for educational use. You can access through your GCC-issued laptop (if you are off-campus be sure to use the global VPN). Movie night back in the dorm just got better and easier!

Click here for more information on access and acceptable use and to visit the Swank platform in order to browse titles.

Stockings for Veterans  

Stockings for Veterans

Buhl Library is excited to participate once again in efforts to support area veterans at the holiday season! 

Working with GCC Mortar Board, the library is collecting stockings filled with personal care items that will be distributed to Pittsburgh’s homeless veterans shelter. Drive organizer Rose and Black Funeral Home will provide the stockings, and it is up to us to fill them. You can help! Plus your campus organization can earn CLP credits for participating. Please click here to request stockings, find out what types of items are requested, and learn more about available CLP credits. Stockings must be returned by December 3rd. Individual items can also be donated.

In 2019 we filled enough stockings to aid 140 veterans—help us reach even more this year!

Library Subject Guides


The library website has a wealth of subject guides that can help you get ahead in your research! These guides are written specifically to go with GCC courses, assignments, and other research situations where library resources are needed. Things you might find in the guides include:

  • Recommended library resources for your topic
  • Help understanding different resource types like peer-reviewed articles, trade publications, etc., and how to find them
  • Suggested search terms or techniques
  • How to use individual databases
  • Citation help
  • How to get additional help with your research.

Whether you are researching for Writing 101, HIST 231, Christian Ministries, or preparing to study abroad, there may be a subject guide that will help you along! Click the links below to see the full list of available subject guides.

Meet Our Newest Student Workers!  

These five students joined our ace team of student workers this fall. Welcome!

Becky Montoro

  • Sophomore in BARS with a minor in Political Science
  • Active in Deeply Rooted Mentor, part of a discipleship group, Outing Club, Equestrian Club
  • Favorite place to study: Buhl's Biblical Reference Room
  • Favorite food: Chicken Mornay, a family specialty with a great family story behind it


Becky Montoro

Alex Heisey

  • Sophomore in Business Management
  • Active in Impact, Human Powered Vehicle Club
  • Favorite place to visit: Bermuda, for its excellent views and the superb turquoise-blue waters
  • Fun fact: Alex is a regular in the zany Buhl Library Instagram videos


Alex Heisey

Joanna Barham

  • Junior in Biology with minors in Exercise Science, Psychology, and Family Studies
  • Active in RA, Tennis team
  • Favorite thing about working in the library: seeing all the movies we have available!
  • Favorite quote: “Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.” -- Dr. Seuss

Joanna Barham

Calvin Horne

  • Junior in Economics
  • Active in IM sports
  • Favorite reads: the Harry Potter books
  • Fun fact: Calvin is an Air Force veteran!




Mathilde Steenepoorte

  • Sophomore in Political Science with a minor in English
  • Active in RA, Prison Ministry, Young Women for America
  • Favorite book: Phantastes by George MacDonald
  • Fun fact: Mathilde is a dual citizen of the US and New Zealand. Her favorite Kiwi is Sir Edmund Hillary, who with his guide were the first people to scale Mt. Everest.


Mathilde Steenpoorte




Buhl Library staff is supporting the community and the profession by serving as:

  • Volunteer delivery drivers bringing meals to students in isolation during the pandemic
  • Reviewers for the annual Elevator Pitch competition
  • Sorority mothers to Phi Sigma Chi and Gamma Chi
  • Member of library software user group steering committee
  • Co-advisor of the All-College Sing
  • Member of the local Food For Kids Backpack program fundraising committee.


Using Henry, the Library's Online Catalog  


You tried a search in Henry the library catalog and got a bunch of results. Now what? Here are some tips to help you make sense of the information on your screen, use it to evaluate the options, and find the titles you want.

The results matching your search are listed on your screen. By default, Henry has sorted the list based on what it thinks is most relevant, but you can change this. Look for the “Sort by” drop box at the head of the results list to change to an order that is more meaningful to you. For example, you might want to make your list A-Z by title (“Sort by Title”), or maybe you want to sort by publication date so that the newest releases are at the top (“Sort by Publication Date”).



Result entry anatomy
Each result in the list is a book, DVD, etc., that might be of interest to you, and there is basic information about each one. You will see information describing the resource, and if it is a physical item in the library, you’ll also see its status and location.


If it is an online resource, you will see description plus a direct link to the resource (the word “Downloadable” is a link).


There might be enough information here in the results list to help you decide which items you want to pursue and where to find them in the library. But if you aren’t sure, just click on the resource title. It’s a link to more information.

This will take you to a much fuller description of the resource, where you can see many more details. These might include:
•    Summaries
•    Tables of contents
•    Details on format
•    Additional authors and contributors
•    Status/location information on individual volumes.
This extra information might be just what you need to figure out which books or resources can help you the most!


Other Database News  


IPA Source

A new resource for vocal students!

IPA Source can help you with pronunciation, diction, and understanding of a large range of foreign language musical texts. Here you will find the text, phonetic transcription, and word-for-word translation of over 15,000 arias, art songs, and liturgical texts in French, Italian, German, Spanish, English and Latin.



Updated interface!

Passport, a database useful for market research and industry profiles, recently updated its interface. It now offers a cleaner homepage with a new design that makes pathways to data and analysis easier to locate and brings dashboards together in a single location. A brief video tour demonstrating the new interface is available here..

New Faculty Publication

New faculty member Jeffrey Bilbro has a fresh publication, Reading the times : a literary and theological inquiry into the news, published in 2021 by IVP Academic. You can find two copies in the library, as well as several other books authored or edited by Professor Bilbro.

 Buhl Library – New Display : BV652.95 B55 2021 c.1

 Buhl Library – Open Stacks : BV652.95 B55 2021 c.2

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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