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—– OPEN ALL NIGHT! —– Extended Hours at Thompson Library Start December 12, 2016.

 Finals are approaching.   We’re here to help.

Thompson Library  will be  OPEN  for  90  Consecutive Hours during Study Week!


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A reminder from the Library! Help for study stress during the Thompson Library 24 hour study days.
Studying at Thompson LibraryNeed a place to study on campus throughout the day and night?

The Frances Willson Thompson Library will open at 8 am on Monday, December 12th and will remain open  until 2am on Friday, December 16th.

Studying for Final Exams at Thompson Library

That’s right     —-    the library will remain open 24 hours Monday, Tuesday and Wed, not closing again until 2am on Friday, December 16th this year.

Thompson Library Atrium

This winter, in conjunction with and through the assistance of Student Government as well  as the generosity of volunteers within the library staff, Thompson Library will adjust its hours of operation, extending the time we are open.

 

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There will be several mini-events in the library throughout the 24 hour schedule to support students stressed by preparing for finals.

Student Life hands out breakfast sandwiches, bagels, beverages and more!

 

 

Student Government is providing light refreshments early in the evening.

Therapy Dogs visit University of Michigan-Flint campus. (2015)

 

 

 

Therapy Dogs will again be visiting Thompson Library this year to assist students dealing with Finals stress.  Come play with the dogs!  They’ll be here on Thursday (December 15th) from noon to 2 pm.

Detailed coloring books and pencils to help relieve stress.

Coloring books, those charming pages with intricate designs, will be available along with coloring pencils to help take your mind off studying for a few minutes.

 

Students needing to study for exams, or to work on that final paper,  are welcome during our extended hours at Thompson Library throughout the week.

Come and take advantage of these special extended hours to do all that last-minute cramming and put the final touches on your project this week.

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Silent Study Room Now Available

Thompson Library has over 900 chairs at carrels, tables and several study rooms in a quiet atmosphere.

Therapy Dogs visit Thompson Library

 

 

 

Study rooms can be reserved online. From the online list, select your preferred date, time and room, then pick up the key at the Circulation Desk when you arrive.  Reserve online and be guaranteed a group study space!

Reservation form online for Thompson Library study rooms!

 

 

Bring your coffee, your books and (if you want) your laptops – whatever you need to do your research and studying in a quiet, serene location conducive to scholarly contemplation.

Therapy Dogs visit Thompson Library

 

Campus-wide  Wi-Fi and the ITS computer lab machines and printers (on all 3 floors of the Library) are available.

Or check out a laptop using your library card (UMID) for use inside the library.

There are over 70 computers (including a few Macs) in the ITS lab located within the library (divided among all 3 floors).

One of the ITS Lab Papercut Print Queue Printer in Thompson Library

Additionally, ITS supplies the Library with 3 printer/copier machines (one on each floor) plus one color printer (3rd floor) for your convenience.  All printers are connected to the campus-wide print-queue via the Papercut system.

Control screen on the ITS Lab printer in Thompson Library.

Send your document to the printer from any ITS computer lab machine.  The document is saved in your personal print queue; no one else can see or print it.  Then retrieve your document at ANY ITS computer lab printer by sliding your UMID card to pull up YOUR list of items sent to printer.  Select the document you want now, hit print button.  It’s that easy.

You can even send documents to the print queue from your laptop via the campus WiFi system.  (See ITS website for instructions.)

Use the phones (next to printers) in Thompson Library to make free inter-campus calls. Call the ITS HelpDesk for assistance with computers, computer programs or printers. They’ll even help you print from a laptop!

Need technical assistance?   ITS has a telephone on the wall next to the printers with their 5 digit inter-campus number clearly posted.  Give them a call and they can walk you through any computer, software or printer difficulties.

Therapy Dogs visit Thompson Library

 

 

 

 

Need to charge your electronics?   There are many outlet plugs (including under each of the carrels along the edge of the room) for powering devices.

Be sure NOT to leave electronic devices unattended.  Not all elves have good intentions.  (Some are elves of mischief — and theft.)

 

Laptops available for checkout! Ask at Circulation Desk. Use your library card (UMIC) to check out a laptop. In-library use, only.
  • Laptops are available to checkout for use within the library.

 

  • VHS and DVD players are available in each of the Study Rooms.

 

  • Study Rooms can be reserved online (check the UM-Flint Thompson Library website) for study groups.
Midnight at the oasis — the Reference Desk. Vera Anderson and Vince Prygoski working the post-midnight hours in the Library.

Plus there are Reference Librarians on hand to help you find and use the research materials provided by the library, both in print and online.

 

 

DVDs, VHS tapes, Music CDs — plus books and ebooks!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thompson Library provides access to:

  • Over 250,000 books shelved in our building and an additional 500,000 ebooks online (available to borrow just like the print books, but readable as full text online).
  • A collection of over 4,000 music CDs and videos in DVD format.
  • Over 1,000 databases offering indexes to scholarly journals and data sets, many full text online.

… and so much more!

 

And — as always  — our librarians and staff will be available to assist students with their research needs.

 

 


—    HOURS  OF  OPERATION    —

 

Through the end of December 2016, Thompson Library will be open during the following hours:

 

                Monday (12th)  —  Thursday (15th):   Open 24 hours

      Friday (16th) :                                                   Close at 2am.

                Friday (16th) :                                                   8  am     to  10 pm

                Saturday :                                                           10  am    to  10 pm   

      Sunday:                                                                12 noon to 12 midnight

                Monday (19th)  —  Tuesday (20th):     8 am to    2 am

      Wednesday (21st):                                        8 am to 12 midnight

      Thursday (22nd):                                            8 am  to   6 pm

                Friday (23rd):                                                    8 am to    6 pm

                Saturday (24th)  —    Begin  Winter  Intersession —  CLOSED 

 

HAPPY  NEW  YEAR!

Winter Semester Begins  —  January 3, 2017

Winter Hours in Effect for 2017

(See:   Library Hours for calendar of hours through April 2017)


Need some holiday entertainment???

 

Should you need something enticing, enlightening or stimulating, or just plain FUN to read during this long winter break — remember your library has a large paperback  collection of “good reads,” at the bottom of the stairs on the 1st floor (just beyond the Oversized books), an extensive literature collection (see the call items in call number PS on the 1st floor near the windows) as well as plenty of best sellers and topically or timely fascinating books in our Browsing Collection.

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The semester is almost over.

Let’s go to the Library!

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Banned Books Week, September 25 – October 1, 2016 — Suggested Reading Lists

 


Be Subversive!

Read a Banned Book!


You are an iconoclast.

You think and reason for yourself.

You are a diploma-toting member of the intelligentsia.   (Or will be soon, if you have anything to say about it.   And you do!)

You don’t rely on Google to tell you what to think or what to do.

You understand due diligence.

You do your research.

You are informed.

You are knowledgeable.

You are a candle of wisdom shining in a dark world.

You are subversive.

You …

READ!

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Visit the Thompson Library BANNED BOOK display to see several books in our collection that have been banned.

Books they don’t want you to read.

But you will.

Because it’s your right!

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Read a Banned Book today!

 

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img_3616See the Banned Book Display in the Thompson Library, UM-Flint.

Located on the 3rd floor.  (Ask at Information Desk for directions.)

 


 

Want to read more about Banned Book Week?

Check out the American Libraries Association website.

 



 

 

Shhhhhh …. !!! The Library Added a QUIET Room!

 


Need a QUIET place to study?

The Library Has It!


 

You need to review for your upcoming Econ quiz.  Or maybe you’re working on that English paper that’s due next week.  Study at home, with all those people demanding your time and attention?  Nope.  At the dorm, with everyone involved in their own lives?  Impossible!

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The tables in the Atrium have plenty of light from the 3 story windows, and that lovely pastoral view of the Flint river and U-M Flint, Andrea Yingervast open lawns …

So relaxing.

It’s a great place to study in peace and quiet.

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Our thanks go to this group of students studying diligently at a table in the library for permission to use their image. UM-Flint has the greatest students!

Unfortunately, about a hundred other students had the same idea.

And with the incredible acoustics in the Atrium, the subtle background sounds start gnawing on your nerves.

Then a large group comes in and sits at the table next to you.  And they start whispering.  It’s not that bad.  You can ignore them and immerse yourself in studying.

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You are about ready to explode!

All you need is a room where you can get some peace and quiet and get your work done.  Why can’t that place be the library?!!!

What you need is a quiet study room.

And Thompson Library has it.  

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The Silent Study Room opened early in September, just for you — the img_3618student who needs a quiet, peaceful place to study.

img_3047There are no computers, no TVs, no audio players — just very comfortable furniture, good lighting — and silence.

No reservations needed.

If you need help finding the Silent Study img_3043Room, just ask any library staff (check at the Information Desk near the entrance).

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(Click any image to enlarge.)

 

The Rules for using the Silent Study Room?

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NO groups.

NO noise.

Break those rules and be asked to leave.

This room is exclusively for you, the student who needs quiet.

And wants a good grade on that upcoming quiz.

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Silent Study Room.

Across from the Circulation Desk on the west wall, 3rd floor.

Room 319,  Thompson Library.

Just for you.

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Library Open 88 Hours

 


It’s BACK!

STUDY   DAYS    in  the   LIBRARY


 

—   Thompson Library open Monday am to Thursday pm    —

 

The Frances Willson Thompson Library will open at 8 am on Monday, April 18th and will remain open (24 hours per day) until midnight on Thursday, April 21st this spring (2016).

—>   See below for complete schedule of hours.

Students needing to study for exams or work on that final paper are welcome to come and take advantage of these special extended hours for this week.

 

  • Where to Go?   Study Rooms and group areas will be available in the library for those that need to study together, while quiet areas will be strictly enforced for those that need peace and quiet to get that studying in and work on final papers before exams begin.

 

  • Will it be safe in the Library?   Department of Public Safety officers will be on hand to ensure the library will be a safe environment for those wishing to stay into the wee hours of the morning — or overnight!

 

  • Need computers?     ITS  lab  inside the library offers over 100   computers (including a few Macs) divided among all 3 floors.       Additionally,  ITS has  3 printer/copier machines  (one on each floor)  inside the library, all connected to the campus print queue.

 

  • Recharge devices?  There are many electrical outlets  (including under each of the carrels along the edge of the room) for powering devices.

 

  •  Need a laptop?  Thompson Library even has laptops available to checkout for use within the library.   (Remember; student id cards — the UMID — also acts as your library card using the barcode on the back of your card.)

 

  • Need to play videos or CDs?    VHS and DVD players are available in each of the Study Rooms.

 

  • Need headphones?    Check out headphones using your UMID at the Circulation Desk (3rd floor near entrance to library).

 

  • Need study space?  Study Rooms can be reserved online (check the UM-Flint Thompson Library website) for study groups.

 

  • Need help using Library?  And as always, our librarians and staff will be here during the entire 88 hours  and will be available to  assist patrons with their research needs.

 

  • FOOD?!!  Again this spring, Student Government at The University of Michigan-Flint will be providing snacks from 9pm – 1am Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday nights in the 3rd floor library lobby.

 

  • Will it be safe walking on campus?  University of Michigan-Flint Department of Public Safety will provide escorts on request all around campus, all night, and will be keeping the UPAV lot and Skywalk open all night to further ensure student safety.

 

  • Stressed?    Thompson Library will have adult coloring books available again this spring, AND the therapy dogs will be visiting soon, too.

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Questions?

Contact Thompson Library for more information at:

Reference Desk:   810 / 762-3408

Circulation Desk:   810 / 762-3400

Librarians:   library-reference@umflint.edu

 


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— HOURS for STUDY DAYS —

 

Beginning Monday, April 18th, Thompson Library will be open during the following hours:

 

Monday   —  Wednesday :                          Open at 8 am — Open 24 hours

Thursday (21st) –                                            Close at midnight.

Friday (22nd):                                                       8 am to 10 pm

          Saturday (23rd):                                     10 am to 10 pm   

          Sunday (24th):                                          12 noon to 12 midnight

 

Monday (25th)  —  Wed (27th):                   8 am to 2 am

Thursday (28th):                                                   8 – midnight

Friday (29th):                                                          8 am to 6 pm

 

        Saturday (30th):                          CLOSED  

        Sunday (1st):                                  CLOSED

 


 

          Spring hours begin Monday, May 2, 2016

          and run through the end of summer semester.

 


 

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—     SPRING HOURS    —-

2016

 

Monday – Thursday:                                            8 am    to  10 pm

Friday:                                                                          8 am    to    6 pm

         Saturday:                                                         12 noon to 6 pm

         Sunday:                                                             12 noon to 8 pm

 


 

 

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CNN Sets Up for Broadcast from Thompson Library

According to our latest update, CNN will begin broadcasting from the campus of the University of Michigan-Flint — from their new stage set up in the Thompson Library Atrium — tomorrow, Friday March 4, 2016.

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The new CNN stage and scaffolding for lights, etc, is being erected in the Thompson Library Atrium.

We have journalists from around the world converging on our campus as well.   They are being provided facilities in other buildings on campus.

This morning, our UM-Flint Chancellor, Dr Susan E. Borrego, sent out the following information about the various activities either in progress at this time or so to occur on and around our campus:

“The University of Michigan-Flint is partnering with CNN to host media, dignitaries, and guests from around the world in the coming days as the home for several activities connected to the Democratic Presidential Debate in Flint on March 6.

One of the biggest pieces of this partnership is that the Recreation Center is in the midst of being transformed into a “Spin Room” where approximately 500 journalists will file their stories and hear from campaign officials.

Also of important note is that the Frances Thompson Willson Library atrium is being converted into a set for CNN live broadcasts, which begin on Friday, March 4, and continue through Sunday, March 6.

This is an exciting opportunity to see democracy in action, highlight our campus, and show off our community.

About 60 of our students also are getting unique hands-on internship experience working with CNN and other groups coordinating this large-scale event.

To enable more of the campus community to participate in this partnership, , please consider attending the UM-Flint Debate Watch Party in the Northbank Center Ballroom.

Doors open at 7 p.m. Sunday, March 6. Join the conversation on social media at #UMFlintDebate.

Please also note that the University is not a distribution point for debate tickets, but we are looking forward to an exciting few days.

Thank you and — GO BLUE!”

We in the library will continue to watch the activities and report on events as they transpire.

 

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Thompson Library being spiffed up prior to broadcast. Hard not to pity this poor window washer, with temps around 13 degrees!
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High tech equipment of all sorts being installed in Thompson Library. The new CNN “anchor desk” is installed. Lighting and sound equipment being placed. It takes a LOT of people to make a network run!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Everyone is scurrying around to get things ready for the on-air personalities to arrive and begin their unique Flint location broadcast!
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Lights! Cameras! Action! Never dreamed we’d be working in a television studio. Exciting!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Are those …. BOOKS?!! Yes, the book stacks are directly behind the cameras! This IS, after all, a working academic library. Books, and more.
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Crates, cartons and boxes. Oh, my!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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HUGE satellite dish just outside the library, on a walkway next to Harrison Street and the Flint River. The White Building (UM-Flint) can be seen in the background, situated on the north side of the river.

 

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And so it begins …

 

 

LIBRARY OPEN 24 HOURS

Finals are approaching.   We’re here to help.

Thompson Library open 24 hours during Study Days week.


 

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The Frances Willson Thompson Library will open at 8 am on Monday, December 7th and will remain open  until midnight on Thursday, December 10th.

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That’s right   —

the library will remain open 24 hours Monday, Tuesday and Wed, not closing again until midnight on Thursday, December 10th.

 

 

 

photo (14)This winter, in conjunction with and through the assistance of Student Government as well as the generosity of volunteers within the library staff, Thompson Library will adjust its hours of operation, extending the time we are open.

 

photo (5)There will be several mini-events in the library throughout the 24 hour schedule to support students stressed by preparing for finals.

 

 

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Student Life hands out breakfast sandwiches, bagels, beverages and more!

Student Government is providing light refreshments early in the evening.   To shake off a little stress and get bodies moving, Brooke and George from Theater Department will lead yoga stretching exercises in the Media Room (3rd floor) during the evening.

 

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Therapy Dogs visit University of Michigan-Flint campus. (2015)
Therapy Dogs will visit Thompson Library on Tuesday, December 15 to assist students dealing with stress.

 

 

 

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Detailed coloring books and pencils to help relieve stress.

Coloring books, those charming pages with intricate designs, will be available along with coloring pencils to help take your mind off studying for a few minutes.  (Sometimes that’s all that’s needed to re-focus your mind to the task at hand.)

Students needing to study for exams or work on that final paper are welcome to come and take advantage of these special extended hours for this week.

 

Thompson Library has over 900 chairs at carrels, tables and study rooms in a quiet atmosphere.

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Therapy Dogs visit Thompson Library
Study rooms can be reserved online; pick up the key at the front desk when you arrive and be guaranteed a study space!

Bring your coffee, your books and (if you want) your laptops – whatever you need to do your research and studying in a quiet, serene location conducive to scholarly contemplation.

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Therapy Dogs visit Thompson Library

 

 

 

Both campus Wi-Fi and ITS lab computers and printers are available.  Or check out a laptop using your library card (UMID) for use inside the library.

There are over 70 computers (including a few Macs) in the ITS lab located within the library (divided among all 3 floors).  Additionally, ITS supplies 3 printer/copier machines (one on each floor).

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Therapy Dogs visit Thompson Library
There are many outlet plugs (including under each of the carrels along the edge of the room) for powering devices.

Laptops are available to checkout for use within the library.

VHS and DVD players are available in each of the Study Rooms.

Study Rooms can be reserved online (check the UM-Flint Thompson Library website) for study groups.

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Midnight at the oasis — the Reference Desk. Vera Anderson and Vince Prygoski working the post-midnight hours in the Library. December 7, 2015

Plus there are Reference Librarians on hand to help you find and use the research materials provided by the library, both in print and online.

 

 

 

Thompson Library provides access to:

  • Over 250,000 books shelved in our building and an additional 500,000 ebooks online (available to borrow just like the print books, but readable as full text online).
  • A collection of over 4,000 music CDs and videos in DVD format.
  • Over 1,000 databases offering indexes to scholarly journals and data sets, many full text online.

… and so much more!

 

 

 

 

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librarians and staff will be available to assist students with their research needs.

 

 

 

 

 

— HOURS OF OPERATION —

 

 

Through the end of December 2015, Thompson Library will be open during the following hours:

 

                Monday (7th)  —  Wednesday (9th):    Open 24 hours

      Thursday (10th) –                                             Close at midnight.

                Friday (11th):                                                       8 am to 7 pm

                Saturday:                                                             10 am to 9 pm   

      Sunday:                                                                 12 noon to 12 midnight

                Monday (14th)  —  Thursday (17th):     8 am to 2 am

                Friday (18th):                                                       8 am to 9 pm

                Saturday (19th):                                              10 am to 9 pm   

      Sunday (20th):                                                  12 noon to 12 midnight

      Monday (21st):                                                    8 am to midnight

      Tuesday & Wed (22 & 24th):                       8 am to 6 pm.

Along with the rest of the University of Michigan-Flint campus, Thompson Library will be CLOSED for intersession from December 24 through January 1st, and re-open on January 2, 2016.

Browsing Collection Fiction 2And — should you need something to read during this long winter break — remember your library has a large paperback fiction collection of “good reads,” along with our new Browsing Collection of best sellers.

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The semester is almost over.  Let’s go to the Library!

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Study Days — UM-Flint Thompson Library Open 24 Hours

Finals are approaching!  We’re here to help.

The Frances Willson Thompson Library will open at 8 am on Monday, April 13th and will remain open (24 hours per day) until midnight on Thursday, April 16th this spring (2015).

Hours for Friday (April 17), Saturday (April 18) and Sunday (April 19) will be 8 am – 8 pm, 10 am – 8 pm and 10 pm to 12 am (respectively).

Students needing to study for exams or work on that final paper are welcome to come and take advantage of these special extended hours for this week.

There are over 70 computers (including a few Macs) in the ITS lab located within the library (divided among all 3 floors).  Additionally, ITS supplies 3 printer/copier machines (one on each floor).

There are many outlet plugs (including under each of the carrels along the edge of the room) for powering devices.

Laptops are available to checkout for use within the library.

VHS and DVD players are available in each of the Study Rooms.

Study Rooms can be reserved online (check the UM-Flint Thompson Library website) for study groups.

And as always, our librarians and staff will be available to assist students with their research needs.

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Thompson Library Atrium Study Tables are Electric!

Laptops, tablets, cell phones — all devices that our patrons are using these days to help them do their research inside the Thompson Library have one thing in common:  They all have batteries that need to be charged.  Often.

Up until now, the best seats in the house — the study tables beside the three story windows in the Library Atrium — lacked easy access to electrical outlets.

Devices that need a charge and tables with no outlets created a problem.  And as we all know, a problem is just an opportunity in disguise.

The wonderful people at UM-Flint Department of Facilities and Operations — the people that Make Blue GO! — took on that challenge.

The ingenious  Brad Smith (Facilities) is the man who came up with a solution and put together the outlet boxes for us.

He examined the problem.  Checked out the logistics.  Then, by applying a little of his innate creativity, devised a cost-effective way to meet our request for additional outlets.

As of this week, there are now boxes available to all patrons on many if the tables in the Library Atrium that not only offer two (2) electrical outlets — per side — but also two (2) USB outlets — per side.

That’s right.  Each of the 8 little black boxes now installed and sitting atop the study tables offers

4 electrical outlets  —  AND  —  4 USP outlets

to help you charge those ubiquitous electronic devices that have become so invaluable (and  inseparable) in our daily lives.

Student response to these boxes has been immediate and positive.  The atrium study tables are now more inviting than ever

Several students have already mentioned to library staff how grateful they are to have access to outlets exactly where they need them.  The new availability of the USB ports was an unanticipated, but most welcome, bonus.

We are extremely grateful to Brad and Facilities for tackling this dilemma and providing a solution that will help all library patrons.

Facilities does all sorts of things that support student learning, but usually go unnoticed and unappreciated (or at least, unacknowledged) for their efforts.

With this solution to an ongoing problem in place AND such positive feedback from students, we want to let Facilities know how appreciative we are of their many efforts to support student-learning and improve the learning-landscape in the Library.

Never again fear to bring your chargers with you to the library.

We have a solution, just for you!

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Quiet Study Space at Thompson Library — Open until 2 am

Need a place to study on campus throughout the day and night?

Thompson Library has over 900 chairs at carrels, tables and study rooms in a quiet atmosphere.

Study rooms can be reserved online; pick up the key when you arrive and be guaranteed a study space!

Bring your coffee, your books and (if you want) your laptops – whatever you need to do your research and studying in a quiet, serene location conducive to scholarly contemplation.

Both campus Wi-Fi and ITS lab computers and printers are available.  Or check out a laptop using your library card (UMID) for use inside the library.

Plus there are Reference Librarians on hand to help you find and use the research materials provided by the library, both in print and online.

Thompson Library provides access to:

  • Over 250,000 books shelved in our building and an additional 500,000 ebooks online (available to borrow just like the print books, but readable as full text online).
  • A collection of over 4,000 music CDs and videos in DVD format.
  • Over 1,000 databases offering indexes to scholarly journals and data sets, many full text online.
  • … and so much more!

Plus — this winter, in conjunction with and through the assistance of Student Government as well as the generosity of volunteers within the library, Thompson Library will adjust its hours of operation, extending the time we are open.

Through the end of April 2015, Thompson Library will be open during the following hours:

                Monday  —  Thursday:    8 am to 2 am (18 hours)

                Friday:                                          8 am to 6 pm  (10 hours)

                Saturday:                                  10 am to 6 pm (8 hours)

                Sunday:                                      12 pm to 10 pm (10 hours)