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Looking for textbooks?

This posting "Five Places to Buy Cheap Textbooks" provides a useful overview of online textbooks sources, and links to Amazon's recent provision of expedited shipping for students

What are your other options?

  • The Library's Reserve collection - Your professor may have placed copies of the textbook you need on reserve at the library. Some of them can be taken out of the library and borrowed for three days.
  • College bookstore - Textbook rentals and etextbook sales are now available.
  • Check out this CUNY textbook guide and our price comparison guide for more info.


  • “He says he loves U 2 X S,”

    19th century txting?

    ...He says he loves U2XS, UR virtuous and Y's, In XLNCUXL All others in his i's...." From "An SA to sweet K T J", circa 1861.

    Examples of 19th century emblematic poetry are part of the display that the British Museum has planned for a fascinating exhibit later on this year, on how quickly the English language has changed historically.

    Check out the library subscription database, the Columbia Granger's World of Poetry for more poetry.



    Watching obscure films online

    Mubi (formerly TheAuteurs.com), backed by the Criterion Collection and Scorsese's World Cinema Foundation, offers streaming of hard-to-find and restored international and independent films, some for free. It also offers social networking features to connect fans of particular directors or films.

    If you're on-campus, did you know that the Library Media Center offers streaming of a great selection of films and documentaries? You can watch Juzo Itami's Tampopo right at your desk.



    Ebooks (as imagined in 1959)

    This futurist comic strip depiction of the "Electronic Home Library” from the Chicago Tribune in 1959 predicted some technological developments that were realized a long time ago:

    “Some unusual inventions for home entertainment and education will be yours in the future, such as the ‘television recorder’ that RCA's David Sarnoff described recently.

    With this device, when a worthwhile program comes over the air while you are away from home, or even while you're watching it, you'll be able to preserve both the picture and sound on tape for replaying at any time. Westinghouse's Gwilym Price expects such tapes to reproduce shows in three dimensions and color on screens as shallow as a picture.

    Another pushbutton development will be projection of microfilm books on the ceiling or wall in large type. To increase their impact on students, an electronic voice may accompany the visual passages.”

    More images from the “Closer than we think” comic strip on Google Images: http://www.google.com/images?&q=Arthur+Radebaugh+closer+than+we+think

    Check out the historical archives of the New York Times via the library’s database, ProQuest Historical Newspapers to find more predictions of the future from the past. (via io9)



    Today’s birthday is…

    Did you know that you can browse the library's subscription database Biography Reference Bank by profession or date of birth? Try putting in today's date and clicking on 'Start' to see whose birthday it is.

    August 5: Wendell Berry (Aug. 5, 1934- ), poet.

    “The Peace of Wild Things”

    When despair for the world grows in me and I wake in the night at the least sound in fear of what my life and my children's lives may be, I go and lie down where the wood drake

    rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds. I come into the peace of wild things who do not tax their lives with forethought of grief. I come into the presence of still water. And I feel above me the day-blind stars

    waiting with their light. For a time I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.

    Berry, Wendell. “Peace of Wild Things”, The. Columbia Granger's World of Poetry Online. 2010. Columbia University Press. 2 Aug. 2010.. Check out the library subscription database, the Columbia Granger’s World of Poetry Online, for over 250,000 poems in full text.



    Today’s birthday is…

    Did you know that you can browse the library's subscription database Biography Reference Bank by profession or date of birth? Try putting in today's date and clicking on 'Start' to see whose birthday it is.

    August 4:

    President Obama surprising Helen Thomas with birthday wishes in 2009:



    Reading Day Hours, Tues. 8/3/10, 7:30 am - 11:45 pm

    The library will be open from 7:30 am to 11:45 pm for Reading Day on Tuesday, August 3, 2010.

    Good luck to everyone on their finals!