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May 27
Library Catalog update: June 1, 8pm
On Monday June 1, beginning at 8pm, the library catalog will be down for maintenance.

This will also affect access to the library databases from off-campus or on the wireless network.

We anticipate the downtime will last no more than a couple hours. Please contact the library with any questions or concerns.

May 21
Closed Memorial Day weekend
The library will be closed Saturday, May 23 through Monday, May 25.  Library hours resume on Tuesday May 26, when we'll be open from 7:30am to 8pm.

See our complete schedule on the library hours page.

May 13
Library website maintenance, Monday May 18.

​The library website will be down for maintenance beginning the morning of Monday, May 18.  During this downtime, you will not be able to access any of the following:

  • Library website
  • Research Guides
  • Ask a Librarian website

We are anticipating this downtime will be no longer than a few hours, but could be as long as a day or so.  We are still offering library services during this time.  Please contact the library (608-663-3300) with any questions, or if we can assist you in any way.


April 30
Free coffee and extended hours

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The coffee's on us.

Beginning Monday, May 4, the library will have free coffee.  We'll also have tea and the occasional treat to help keep your energy up.

Extended hours

In addition to providing free coffee & tea, the library will also be open extended hours May 5 through 13.  Check the library hours page for a complete schedule. 

Good luck with your final projects and exams!

April 20
April Relax & Read books

book coverWorld annihilation, alien possession and ancient mystics can entertain you in these books on our Relax & Read shelf.

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
After the pandemic a group of actors try to keep the spirit of the arts alive as well as themselves. The story jumps back & forth in time to intertwine survivors’ stories.

book coverThe Lives Of Tao by Wesley Chu 
The humorous spy adventure of an ancient alien becoming a traveler in an IT Tech’s brain in order to train him as a superhero to fight off evil aliens

The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell
This mind-bending tale follows the lives of several characters that unknowingly play hosts to two warring factions of powerful sorcerers that have differing ideas for the fate of Earth.

April 15
Edible Book Festival photos

Thanks to all who voted, and created entries for our Edible Book Festival.  It was a big success! See photos of all the entries on the library's facebook page.  What will you make for next year's festival?

Congratulations to the creators of Frank-in-Stein and Wild, which tied for the People's Choice award!

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April 14
EBSCO database issues
We've been experiencing sporadic connection issues with EBSCO databases.  This has been happening especially on Wednesday mornings.

The college's I.T. office will be performing network maintenance late Wednesday evening (April 15) into Thursday morning.  Included in this maintenance is an update that will hopefully fix our EBSCO connection issues.

Since that update is part of the regular Wednesday evening mainenance window, we may experience connection issues this Wednesday morning.  Thank you for your patience while we work with I.T. to get this issue resolved.

April 02
Easter weekend hours
Library hours for Easter weekend include:
  • Thursday, April 2, 7:30am - 8pm
  • Friday, April 3, Closed
  • Saturday, April 4, Closed
  • Sunday, April 5, Closed
  • Monday, April 6, 6pm - midnight

Happy Easter!

March 19
Edible book festival

Love to read? Love to eat? Do both at the Oscar Rennebohm Library’s Edible Book Festival!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015
1pm to 3:30pm

Edible books are all or partially edible and can look like a book in form and shape, be inspired by a book or an author, be a pun of a book title, refer to a book character, reproduce a book cover or just have something to do with books in general. An Edible Book Festival is a contest where these edible books are voted on and winners are rewarded! Attendees are fed! Everybody wins. To learn more about Edible Book Festivals all around the world, and get some good ideas, check out the International Edible Book Festival Facebook page.

posterAll Edgewood College faculty, staff, and students are invited to submit an edible book.

Prizes will be awarded for:

  • Most Creative
  • Least Edible
  • Best Pun
  • People’s Choice

How to Register

Please complete the registration form to enter your edible creations in the contest. The deadline for registration is Tuesday, April 14, 2015. Bring your entry to the library at noon on April 15 and stick around for the food. Need not be present to win prizes. 

Judges are the attendees of the event, so even if you don’t enter an edible, come help us eat and vote!

March 18
Program: Liturgy, Politics and Illuminated Manuscripts

posterYou are invited to attend the following program, in partnership with Edgewood College’s Oscar Rennebohm Library, Religious Studies Department, and the Stream Gallery:

Liturgy, Politics and Illuminated Manuscripts

Tuesday, March 24, 3:30-4:30pm
Library Board Room

Presented by John Leonard, Professor & Chair, Religious Studies Department

What was the role of manuscripts in the political agenda in the Holy Roman Empire of the 9th and 10th centuries? How were these books actually used in worship by those who created or received them from their royal patrons?

Politics, Personalities, Music, Art… they are all here—and more.

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