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Back To School!!!

Though the weather is hot and it’s not looking particularly autumnal out there, school is still starting!  Welcome back to your home awback to schoolay from home, PC students, and to the class of 2020 (is that right?!?!?!!), WELCOME!!!! We are excited to have you here!

The first week of the semester can be daunting. We are here to help with everything from using your PC Prints account for the first time to downloading a PC Prints driver from your Macbook or Windows laptop. We’re open until 2am Sundays – Thursdays and 24 hours during final exams.  We even have a help desk in the lower level of the library staffed by your fellow students!  Too busy to stop in this week but have a question? Text us at 401.484.7004 or email us at askalibrarian.lists.providence.edu.

Remember, the library is here to help you!  Ask us questions–we LOVE questions!  Most of all, try not to stress, and remember to follow PhilBuzz, the library blog.  We’ve got the inside track for research hacks and more!



Bryant University Lending Changes

Starting in August, the Bryant University library is changing its lending policies within the HELIN consortium. Their holdings will no longer be available in the HELIN Encore catalog.

Bryant is asking for the return of all checked-out items by September 7, 2015.*

The last Bryant item request date:                                   August 12, 2015
The last Bryant item checkout date:                                August 19, 2015
The last Bryant item due date:                                         September 7, 2015

*You can request these items from other lending libraries in the HELIN consortium or through an Interlibrary Loan request (from libraries outside the consortium). Library staff can help you with other options.

Book Returns


Hello everyone!

It’s about that time of year again. Time to return your borrowed books to the library! Try to remember to return them before you head back home for the summer!

Exam week


During exam period watch for our Library Snack Cart May 5, 6 and 7. 

Take a break from your studies and enjoy a tasty treat compliments of the

library staff and PhilBuzz.

Library Delivery Changes

Due to changes in the statewide library delivery system, all library deliveries will be suspended beginning May 1.  This means that patrons will be unable to request any materials from other Helin libraries until library delivery is restored.

PC patrons do still have full access to all of our electronic databases URL: http://providence.libguides.com/Databases_A_Z, as well as our extensive eBook collections accessible via EBL, and the Helin catalog

Access to Helin libraries is not changing, PC patrons are still able to go to other Helin libraries to pick up materials, but they will not be able to request those items be sent to Phillips Memorial Library though delivery.

We are truly sorry for the inconvenience.  If you have any questions about access, please call (401) 865-1993, text (401) 484-7004, email ask-a-librarian@lists.providence.edu or post a question on our online webform providence.edu/library.

2nd Annual Research Prize

Here at the library, we love research.


It’s kind of our thing

But it’s also a thing that is not only important for us, but also the students of PC


So we want to know more about the research undergrads are doing


We at the library, and the good folks at the Center for Engaged Learning want to reward you for your hard work!


All we need from you is:

  1. 1. A research paper (you were probably going to write one anyway–right?)
  2. 2. An annotated bibliography (again, you were probably already doing one–now just add annotations)
  3. 3. A 5-7 page essay describing your research process (everybody loves to talk about how smart they are, here’s your chance!)

That’s it!

Send that all to Andria Tieman: atieman@providence.edu by May 15th to enter, and you could be well on your way to being one of the recipients of the Phillips Memorial Library Undergraduate Craft of Research Prize!  In addition to a cash prize, winning papers will be publisher in PC’s Digital Commons right along with the works of PC’s scholars.

Everything you need to know–including research tips, citation help, how to write an annotated bibliography, etc., is located here: http://providence.libguides.com/research_prize

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You work hard. Let us recognize that with fortune and glory.

Money Smart Week is April 18 – 25, 2015!

Created by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago in 2002, Money Smart Week® is a public awareness campaign designed to help consumers better manage their personal finances. This is achieved through the collaboration and coordinated effort of hundreds of organizations across the country.

PC will be holding events in the Library.  Come join us!

Money Smart Poster

April is National Poetry Month!

The Phillips Memorial Library is proud to support National Poetry Month!

From Poetry.org,

Inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996, National Poetry Month, held every April, is the largest literary celebration in the world with schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers, and poets celebrating poetry’s vital place in our culture.

The library is doing its part by offering a ‘Poetry Magnet Board,’ located near the circulation desk.   This is a fun way for you to bring out the hidden poet in yourself!FullSizeRender.jpg

Feeling inspired? Stop on by!!

Water Awareness

World Water Day was March 22 and the “Peeps” at Philbuzz would like remind everyone that we have convenient and environmentally friendly water bottle filling stations in the library


The Peeps. They’re in the Library.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day Week! For this installment of PhilBuzz, we’re going to discuss those green (and yellow and pink) fictional characters that are so beloved this time of year. No, not leprechauns – we’re talking about Peeps!

If you’ve followed us on Facebook or Twitter, you may know that for the past few years a gaggle of marshmallow Peeps invade the Library in the weeks before Easter. We’re not sure what they’re doing here, and neither do they. But hijinks ensue for the few weeks that they are here.

We thought we might take this opportunity to highlight some little known facts about Peeps:


Peeps are made at Just Born, a company in Bethlehem PA. They go through a thorough quality control process: They must be uniformly shaped and colored, and their eyes must be properly placed. The ones who don’t adhere to this high standard are added to the reject pile! Not to creep you out, but…..


For more Peep factory pictures, check out this online gallery  from the New York Times – you’ll never think the same about a little pile of marshmallow.



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