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Circulation desk decorated for Christmas
Rainy weather. Christmas lights and trees. Only a few industrious souls haunting the library now that fall semester has come to a close. It’s starting to look a lot like Winter Break.

The SDSU Library will be closed December 21-29 and again on January 1, 2014. Between semesters, we have abbreviated operating hours, so check our Hours page for opening and closing times. And have a wonderful Winter Break!

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Screen shot of the Bram Stoker video

Screen shot of the Bram Stoker video

If you find that you’ve got time on your hands now that finals are over, check out the library’s new acquisition: 512 streaming educational videos by Ambrose Video. Science, literature, history, religion…it’s all there. Videos of BBC Shakespeare plays, the complete history of U.S. Wars, great authors of the British Isles, and the quantum nature of the atom, to name only a few. I watched the videos about Bram Stoker, author of Dracula, and Cabrillo National Monument. I had no idea that the last undisturbed piece of Southern California’s native chaparral plant community exists at Cabrillo National Monument. I bet you didn’t, either.

Some of the series have downloadable PDFs providing more information about the subject, such as the PDF titled “Directions to National Monuments – The Geologic West” accompanying the Cabrillo video.

To access the videos from the library’s home page, click on “Databases A-Z” under Find, then select “Ambrose Digital” or click on the link (Ambrose Video) I’ve provided below (on-campus computers only). Enjoy!

Ambrose Video

Four student musical groups from SDSU’s School of Music and Dance entertained us today during “Art Under the Dome,” including our first jazz ensemble! With the pressure of finals and the end of the semester upon us, this was a welcome and inspiring respite from classes, schoolwork, and the daily grind. As author Berthold Auerbach said, “Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” How true!

Art Under the Dome
Art Under the Dome
Art Under the Dome
Art Under the Dome
Art Under the Dome
Art Under the Dome

therapy dogThe SDSU Library is again offering extended space and hours during the peak study time this semester. Beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday, December 10, the entire library dome area will be open 24 hours, offering additional space and time for students to prepare for finals. The 24/7 Study Area will continue to be open 24 hours during this period as well. For the safety of our students, a RED ID will be required for admittance after the main library closes. The expanded study space will end at 7 a.m. on Tuesday, December 17.

This year, we’re throwing in some extras. Like biofeedback sessions. And stress management workshops. And an alpha chamber, which is an egg-shaped chair with built-in speakers and a TV that plays videos promoting growth and relaxation. We’ll also have someone here to teach meditation. Oh, and last but not least, THERAPY DOGS! There’s nothing like soft fur and sloppy kisses to melt away stress and fatigue. Keep an eye out for signs posted around the library and on our Website listing where and when these events/perks take place.

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