New Informational and Directional Signs Now Help Point the Way in Hackney Library

New Lib Signage

One of several new informational/directional signs now hangs from the ceiling in Hackney Library.

“Where can I find a book on reserve for my class?”

“Where do I go for help with researching a paper?”

“Where can I check out a laptop?”

These questions—and many more—are posed frequently by patrons to Hackney Library faculty and staff, who are very happy to provide the answers.  But with the recent installation of new informational and directional signage throughout the first floor, those questions may become necessary less and less often.

We think the new signage will aid Hackney Library users to find more quickly what they’re looking for; but rest assured, we’ll still be available to answer with pleasure those questions (and any others) that should arise.

And if you have any additional suggestions for signage that would help you navigate the library more easily, we’re all ears!  Let us know what you think….


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Hackney Library Gets New First-Floor Study Chairs!

chairsFor those with sensitive backs (and backsides), Hackney Library’s latest summer furnishing revamp will offer some welcome relief:  We have just purchased and installed 60 new chairs around study tables on the first floor.

The new chairs are on wheels and feature adjustable-height padded seats and mesh backs for studying comfort.  They replace some of the older wooden chairs on the first floor, as well as some upholstered chairs, which have been moved upstairs to replace worn wooden chairs at second floor study carrels and Curriculum Lab desks.

In addition to offering increased comfort, the new chairs’ ease of mobility will make it easier to reconfigure study areas to suit students’ collaborative needs at any particular moment.

So improve your posture and comfort while enhancing your study experience at the same time–come give the new chairs a whirl!

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New Student Art Exhibit on Display in Hackney Library through Summer 2014

Amber Baker photo exhibit May 2014 smallHackney Library has a new installation on display through Summer 2014 of photography by Barton College student Amber Baker.

Amber is the 2014 recipient of the Milton H. Rogerson Photography Award, which is given annually to a student who is either pursuing course work in photography or is involved on campus as a student photographer.

This award is funded by an endowment established by the family and friends of Mr. Rogerson, who served as Director of Public Information at the College from 1961 to 1990.  The award carries a cash stipend to be used toward the recipient’s educational expenses or toward the purchase of photographic-related materials.  Amber is a 2016 BFA candidate, emphasizing in photography with a professional focus.

Come by the library when you get a chance to view this award-winning photographer’s work!

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Hackney Library Now Operating on Summer Hours

Clock smallExams are over and graduation is done, but Hackney Library is still open for business (although with modified hours)!

From now through August 15, Hackney Library will be open the following hours:

  • Monday-Friday:  8 am – 5 pm
  • Saturday-Sunday:  CLOSED
  • Friday, July 4:  CLOSED

Drop in and see us–we look forward to seeing you!


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Hackney Library Receives SGA-Sponsored Mobile-Device Charging Station!

Charging Station email largeIs your mobile device running low on battery strength?  No problem—there is help on the horizon!

Thanks to the generosity of the Barton Student Government Association (SGA), Hackney Library is one of several  campus locations sporting a new mobile-device charging station.

The library’s charging station, located beside the reference desk on the first floor, is mounted on a pole and branded with the Barton logo; it has 2 cables each for charging iPhones, iPads, Android phones, and other USB devices, enabling the simultaneous charging of up to eight devices at a time.

So Hackney Library is now the perfect place to recharge not just your academic energy but also that of your mobile devices as well!  Come try out the new station today!

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‘Study ‘Round the Clock’ Returns to Hackney Library May 4: Study Exam Night(s) Away!

pocketwatchNeed a place to study after-hours this exam period?  Hackney Library’s incredibly popular “Study ‘Round the Clock” will provide just that opportunity, returning during final exams beginning Sunday, May 4, 2014.  Because of how exams fall this semester, Study ‘Round the Clock will begin the Sunday before exams begin on Monday.

The library will be open the following hours during Reading Days/Exams:

  • Friday, May 2:  8 am – 8 pm (regular hours)
  • Saturday, May 3: 10 am – 7 pm (regular hours)
  • Beginning Sunday, May 4 through Thursday, May 8, Study ‘Round the Clock begins: Opens 2 pm Sunday and remains open continuously until closing at 6 pm Thursday 
  • Friday, May 9:  Open 8 am – 5 pm

“Study ‘Round the Clock” provides an additional 37 hours that the library will be open during exam period compared to the regular semester. In addition, during exams, free coffee, tea, and hot chocolate will be available while supplies last to Barton students, faculty, and staff.

During these 24/7 periods, library services will be available from 8 am until midnight only. From midnight until 8 am the following morning, no library services will be available, but a police officer will be on hand providing security during that time.

(Access will be limited to Barton students only during the midnight to 8 am time slots.  Barton ID will be required for admission from midnight until 8 am).

So plan to visit Hackney Library during exams (remember to bring your ID for admission after midnight!) to get some extra study time in, and get your favorite hot beverage for free!  Good luck on your exams!

“Study ‘Round the Clock” is sponsored by Hackney Library, the Friends of Hackney Library, the Barton College Office of Student Affairs, and the Barton Student Government Association.


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Answer a Brief Online Questionnaire to Have Your Library Experiences ‘Pay it Forward’ and Perhaps See Your Ideas in Print!

online survey icon smallerWould you like to give a hand up to those students who follow you here at Barton College? 

Would you like to see your thoughts in print? 

If your answer to these questions is “yes,” then you can accomplish at least one and perhaps both of these goals in one fell swoop by participating in a very short online questionnaireBy doing so, you will help to reassure next year’s incoming freshmen and other new Barton students who may be anxious about using a college library for the first time, or who are unsure about how Hackney Library can help them.  And in the process, you may have the opportunity to broadcast your name (well, your initials anyway!) along with your thoughts in print (details below).

We believe that hearing about the experiences of seasoned Barton students (this means you!) can help newbies become aware of our services and more comfortable with the idea of using Hackney Library during their time here at Barton.

By completing the questionnaire (either by clicking on this link or clicking on the blue “Questionnaire” button posted on the bottom right of the library’s home page), you agree to allow us the option to choose a selection of your quotes (accompanied by your first and last initial and graduating class year) in publicity materials for the 2014 Library Open House on September 9 this coming fall.

Your answers must be 140 characters or less (think quotable “tweets”; remember, we’re looking to choose the most pithy, concise, and helpful quotes, so give us your best replies!)

To be considered for inclusion in next fall’s Library Open House publicity, questionnaire responses must be completed by 6 pm on Thursday, May 8, 2014 (the last day of exams).

Thank you for helping to encourage future Barton students to make use of Hackney Library’s services!


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