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Library closed for police drill

From 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. today, Love Library was closed for the university’s annual summer emergency drill. Love Library floors 1-5 were the training grounds for SDSU Police and law enforcement agencies throughout San Diego County to practice their response to a violent intruder incident. The exercise also included a test of SDSU’s emergency notification methods, including the SDSU Home page, Urgent page, Emergency Information Line, SDSU Alert (text messaging), and social media sites.

In the photo above, one of our security officers is stationed at the end of Donor Hall to redirect people wanting to access Love Library. The Library Addition was not used in the drill and was open throughout the morning.


You can tune a piano, but you can’t tuna fish (a.k.a., Reo Speedwagon’s 7th album)

Tuning the library's grand pianos
Tuning the library's grand pianos

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!

At least that’s the impression you’d get while walking around the library recently!

Library Administration

Library Administration

Halloween decor

Circulation & Course Reserves

Halloween decor

Government Publications

Halloween decor

Government Publications

Halloween decor

Reference Desk

Halloween decor

Student Computing Center

Halloween decor

Serials Unit

The folks from the Army ROTC stopped by today to demonstrate THE fastest way to get from the 5th floor of Love Library to the 2nd floor. They kindly invited daring staff and faculty members to try it for themselves!


I don’t know about you, but I’ve been wondering what’s going on behind the fluttering green curtain and chain-link fence occupying the center of Centennial Walkway on the west side of Love Library. Curiosity got the best of me today, so—with camera and ladder in hand—I found out!

construction outside Love Library

The very non-exciting answer to my quest is, they’re repairing a steam tunnel.

Better World BooksHave you ever wondered what the library does with books it doesn’t use?

The SDSU Library has partnered with Better World Books, which picks up unwanted donations or books that no longer circulate and sells them at no cost to the library. Each time one of the library’s books is sold, the library receives a commission that can be used to purchase new materials. Any book that cannot be sold or donated to a charity is responsibly recycled.

Better World Books collects discarded and donated books from more than 900 libraries nationwide and resells them through online marketplaces such as and During the five years the company has been in business, it has generated more than $1.4 million in funding for libraries and secondhand stores.

Sadly, some library books are too torn, dirty, or otherwise damaged to be resold or even given away. The SDSU Library sends those books to Material Management on campus for recycling.

Let me introduce you to Terl. He’s around 9 ft. tall and comes from a planet far away. For anyone who has seen “Battlefield Earth,” you’ll remember Terl as the alien portrayed by John Travolta.

Terl will be visiting us for a while, as he is on loan from Edward Marsh, the gentleman who donated our newest science fiction collection. Drop by the 2nd floor Love Library display case (just outside of the SCC) and make his acquaintance!

While you’re here, visit the extraordinary science fiction exhibit on display right now in the Donor Hall (1st floor of Love Library). Be here today at 2 p.m. and meet writer Greg Bear, an SDSU alumnus who happens to be a superstar in the world of science fiction! Greg will give a talk about sci fi and sign copies of his latest book, Halo: Silentium.

Here’s Terl, in all his glory:

My Spidey Sense told me something cool was going to happen at the library today (actually, an email from a coworker clued me in!). I grabbed my camera and headed to the north side of Love Library, where a crowd had gathered to watch…not Spiderman…but a member of SDSU’s ROTC rappell down the side of the building.





edward goreyArtist/writer Edward Gorey would have turned 88 today. Known for his melancholy, sometimes surreal but also amusing illustrations, Gorey produced an amazing volume of work during his lifetime. He is perhaps best known for illustrating editions of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells, and Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats by T.S. Eliot. Viewers of the PBS Mystery! series will remember Gorey’s eerie-yet-whimsical Edwardian-esque opening credits.

Blue Aspic

The SDSU Library has a large collection of Gorey’s work, thanks to SDSU alumnus Andreas Brown, who was a friend and benefactor of Gorey’s. The collection is housed in Special Collections and University Archives on the 4th floor of Manchester Hall/Library Addition. In fact, in spring 2004, the library presented an extensive exhibit of Gorey’s work titled “From Prodigy to Polymath: The Singular Journey of Edward Gorey.” The previous year, Special Collections featured a smaller exhibit titled “Poetic and Poisoned: The World of Edward Gorey.”  I’ve included a few photographs of the exhibits below. Brown also donated Gorey’s personal library to SDSU, and it currently is being cataloged.

If you would like to spend some time with Edward Gorey, view our catalog entries for the Edward Gorey Collection and select some you would like to see. The staff in Special Collections can access the items for you.

Display case from the exhibit "From Prodigy to Polymath: The Singular Journey of Edward Gorey."

Display case from the exhibit “From Prodigy to Polymath: The Singular Journey of Edward Gorey.”


Display case from the exhibit “From Prodigy to Polymath: The Singular Journey of Edward Gorey.”

Display case from the exhibit “Poetic and Poisoned: The World of Edward Gorey.”

Display case from the exhibit “Poetic and Poisoned: The World of Edward Gorey.”

Display case from the exhibit “Poetic and Poisoned: The World of Edward Gorey.”

Display case from the exhibit “Poetic and Poisoned: The World of Edward Gorey.”

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