The University Libraries extend a warm welcome to new and returning UB students and faculty. We look forward to working with you!
The Libraries facilitate access to information in many formats, including print and digital collections, maps, music scores, CDs, DVDs and more.
The start of a new semester is the perfect time to share our Top Ten List of “must-knows” about the Libraries.
Ten Things Everyone Should Know About the UB Libraries:
10. Our Libraries have extended hours.
9. Each major has a subject librarian who can help you with your information needs.
8. You can get instant answers from knowledgeable professionals on 24/7 chat.
7. The Libraries have an online guide that explains basic research skills.
6. There are many different group and silent study spaces in the Libraries – choose your favorite.
5. You can use your print quota from your laptop.
4. Silverman Library in Capen Hall is open 24/7 during Fall and Spring semesters.
3. Have journal articles and book chapters delivered electronically, and library books made available for pick-up at the UB library of your choice using Delivery+
2. Undergraduate students are required to complete the Library Skills Workbook during their first year at UB.
1. The UB Libraries are the go-to places to find sources for your research paper or project.
A new exhibit, Scientific Illustration: The Art of Looking, is on view through the Fall semester in the Science & Engineering Information Center, located on the 2nd floor of Silverman Library.
The exhibit follows the scientist’s gaze by looking not only at what early scientists looked at, but how they visually recorded what they saw, often creating arresting works of art in the process and providing insights into the way they thought.
As Brian J. Ford in his book, Images of Science: A History of Scientific Illustration notes, the purpose of scientific illustration is to describe and document as well as instruct, but it also serves to record the state of human understanding.
(Image: Galileo’s drawings of the moon, as seen with the aid of the newly-invented telescope).
Thoughts on the future of special collections / rare book librarianship?
I think special collections are inherently interdisciplinary; even a collection with the narrowest collecting policy will appeal to interest outside the scope. To continue to broaden our relevance, we have to explore our capacity to serve unexpected needs and to inspire new inquiry. As a processing archivist, I think I do this by creating rich documentation for collections so that people can find our materials through multiple access points. In addition to traditional exhibitions and outreach, I think good cataloging and sharing of resources will be the best way to bring our collections to new users.
Beginning Monday, August 4, 2014, all public photocopiers in the UB Libraries will be replaced with state-of-the-art scanners for the library public. The new scanners are free, and users can make high quality images that can be easily saved and sent directly to a USB flashdrive, email, or Google Drive.
We are pleased to offer this new scanning service in response to user demand; and moving from photocopying to scanning is environmentally the right thing to do – no paper, no toner, no plastic cards, no waste.
If you have any questions about scanning in the Libraries, or have a print/copy debit card with a remaining balance, please stop by a library circulation desk for assistance. Non-UB affiliated patrons and visitors, please note that the card reader at the printer will be removed — please plan to make alternate arrangements for printing.