April 20, 2015
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Extended 24/7 Space!


Room 103

As of April 13, the 24×7 lab will be extended to include rooms 103, LCC1, and the large lab (101) during the hours the library is closed. This provides you with a variety of open tables and computer access as well as group study and individual spaces.

We’re sure many of you are thinking “Great! But where’s the bathroom?” For your comfort and convenience, the Eddy Theatre lobby will be open. The Eddy doors nearest the Library will remain unlocked as well as the wheelchair accessible entrance on the other side of the building.

Please note that during the summer, there will not be an expansion – only the original 24×7 room will be available. The doors to Eddy will remain open, however.

[Note: Updated 5/11/2015 to state that the expansion will not happen during summer]

April 8, 2014
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5 Ways that the Library Will Help You Survive Finals

Believe it or not, Summer is just around the corner. But before you can relax, vacation, and have your parents do your laundry, you still have papers to write, presentations to make, and exams to take. It’s rough, but no need to stress out too much- we’re here to help. Here are some of the ways that the library can make finals a little bit more bearable.

Sleeping Student

Unfortunately, beds are not something that we provide.

Late nights: During finals you might have some pretty late nights, and we’ll stay up late with you. April 21st, 22nd, and 23rd, the library will be open until 2am. If you really want to break the dawn, feel free to use the 24 hour computer lab located in the library entrance.

Study rooms: It can be hard to focus in your room, The Jennie King Mellon Library offers group and individual study rooms you can use to write papers, finalize presentations, and study. During finals group study rooms are very popular, so we suggest that you book them in advance by stopping by the library circulation desk or emailing circdesk@chatham.edu. Individual rooms can be borrowed for 4 hours, but no reservations are allowed- they are first-come, first-served.

Research Help: As always, we are here to help you with your research. We’ll help you find that article on Art-Deco architecture by that guy who’s name starts with H, or the best places to find primary sources to find a primary source. Stop by the reference desk, email jkmref@chatham.edu, call us, send us an instant message through our website, or text us at 724-919-4645 and we’ll be happy to assist.

Citation and Writing: Often the worst part of writing that big paper is worrying about getting your sources cited just right. We have a collection of resources on just about any citation style you need to work with as well as information about when and where to cite, and how to avoid plagiarism. Need someone to look over your bibliography or your whole paper? Make an appointment at the PACE Center on the third floor and have someone review your work.

Blowing off steam: So finals are over and you have some time to kill? Or maybe you’ll go crazy if you have to study for one more minute? Don’t worry- we can help! Did you know that your library is also a library? We have a variety of popular books and movies you can unwind with- Maybe a viewing of Pixar’s Brave will help you be just that.

So while you’re burning that midnight oil, and writing what feels like endless papers don’t forget your library. Whether you’re in the library itself or studying from the comfort of your own home, we’ll be here with ways to make your life a little bit easier.


June 22, 2013
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ILLiad is here

The Jennie King Mellon Library is very pleased to let you all know that we now have an automated system to process interlibrary loans called ILLiad. This program is used by hundreds of university libraries across the country and now Chatham users we be able to share its benefits.
ILLiad provides a more efficient process for receiving the books and journal articles you request. Users will also have more options including choosing which e-mail they want to be notified by when materials come in and can view the status of each request. Please visit library.chatham.edu to immediately open your account.
Lastly, just a reminder that close to half of all inter-library loan requests are for materials that Chatham already has! Please always check the JKM Library’s JournalFinder feature at http://journalfinder.wtcox.com/chatham/ to double check for articles before sending a request and never hesitate to speak with one of the reference librarians first. It’s our job!
Illiad 3

November 27, 2012
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Extended Hours and Expanded 24/7 Space for Finals!

The JKM Library will be open extra hours during finals to give you more time to study.  The Library’s hours for finals are:

  • Friday, December 7: 7:45am – 10:00pm  
  • Saturday, December 8:  8:00am – midnight  
  • Sunday, December 9:  9:00am – midnight
  • Monday, December 10:  7:45am – 2:00am  
  • Tuesday, December 11:  7:45am – 2:00am  
  • Wednesday, December 12: 7:45am – midnight (regular hours resume)

In addition, in order to provide more space to study and use computers when the library is not open, the 24/7 study space will be expanded into the large computer lab from Monday, December 3rd through Friday, December 14th.  Please be aware that the 24/7 rooms are being remodeled and the furniture is in transition, but tables and computers will be available.

Good luck with your finals!

March 12, 2012
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Student Suggestion: Slower-Paced Classes on Computer Tools

Photo by Sarah M. Stewart

Thanks for the suggestion!  Thus far we’ve only offered one of these types of classes, so it was a new experience for us.  We quickly learned that it is not possible to cover more than one tool in a class if we want to be able to provide extensive hands-on experience. We will be offering more classes soon (see below) – some on Zotero, some on Mendeley.  We hope to see you then!

Library Workshop: Zotero

March 27 (Tuesday): 11:30am to 12:20
April 5 (Thursday): 5:15pm to 6:15

Library Workshop: Mendeley

March 28 (Wednesday): 5:15pm to 6:15

Registration is required and capped at 10 people, so sign up now on myChatham Happenings!

Workshop Descriptions


Working on research and have PDFs saved all over the place?  Do you keep misplacing the articles you’ve found?  There’s an easier way to keep track!  Attend this workshop to learn more about Mendeley, a tool that you can use both to keep all your research in one location and to create citations.


Working on research and have PDFs saved all over the place?  Do you keep misplacing the articles you’ve found?  There’s an easier way to keep track!  Attend this workshop to learn more about Zotero, a tool that you can use both to keep all your research in one location and to create citations.

For those of you who cannot make one of these sessions:

Both of these resources offer videos for you to view in order to see how to use them (Mendeley videos, Zotero videos).  The library is also in the process of creating an introductory video which we hope to make available on our page of How To Videos soon. These two tools both have their pros and cons; for example, depending on the library database, one may work better than the other.  A comparison chart of general features is also available.

August 26, 2011
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Extension Cords Now Available for Check Out!

The New Library Extension Cords

Are you sick of trying to plug your laptop or notebook into a wall socket and coming up short? Want to put an end to having to rearrange the furniture to reach an electrical outlet in the JKM Library? Then come to the Circulation Desk with your Chatham ID and check out an extension cord! You can check out an extension cord for 4 hours with one 4 hour renewal (for use in the Library only). No heavy lifting required!

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