Consult the online catalog for a complete listing of compact discs (CDs), DVDs and videos by searching the subject headings "compact discs" "DVDs" and "videos". None of the audiovisual materials in these collections may be checked out of the building.
Compact discs, DVDs, videos, and cassettes are stored in the closed reserve stacks on the third floor of Stevenson. CDs may be checked out at the reserve desk for use in the library; headphones are also available at the desk. The video/DVD collection contains dance materials, a growing collection of contemporary poetry readings and interviews with poets, all of the BBC Shakespeare productions as well as documentaries and a few narrative works.
DVD and video viewing equipment should be requested at the Reserve Desk. A group listening room and the Nesuhi Ertegun Music Room are located on the third floor of Stevenson. To use these facilities, check out the keys and/or headphones at the reserve desk.
The library subscribes to two streaming music collections, Naxos Music Library and DRAM (Database of Recorded American Music). ARTstor provides online visual image collections - visit Bard's Visual Resources Center website for more information.
In response to many requests from students, the library has designed a collection for recreational and popular reading. The collection grows based on suggestions from students, faculty, and college and library staff. A variety of subjects from science fiction and mystery to cooking and home repair are covered. Titles will be purchased throughout the year in response to requests from the community.
Suggested additions can be submitted by e-mail here: Collection Development Librarian.
Digital Commons provides a platform for publishing and distributing scholarly content generated by the Bard College community. The research and scholarly output included in our Digital Commons collections comes from a variety of departments and centers across campus. The Hyman P. Minsky Digital Archive represents an ongoing project by the Levy Economics Institute to digitize the papers and correspondence of Hyman P. Minsky. BardCorps is a project by the Bard Archives offering oral histories from alumni telling the story and history of Bard College (and St. Stephen’s). Digital Commons also houses our online collection of Senior Projects from the last four years (available primarily on-campus – although select titles have been made open access). We seek to use Digital Commons for partnering with scholars on campus to help in producing, disseminating and furthering our scholarly output.
With over 1500 titles in paper and another 20,000+ available online, our collection runs the gamut from news and commentary in German to cellular biology to film criticism.
Current periodicals and newspapers are housed on the display shelves on the second floor of Stevenson. Back issues (bound journals) are located in Hoffman. Microfilm is kept on the first floor of Kellogg. And our online journals are available from wherever you are - check our Journal List to find online journals by title.
The Levy Institute Library houses a collection of nearly 13,000 books on economics, finance, and banking, with a heavy concentration in macroeconomics. These titles are cataloged in Felix, the online catalog of Bard's libraries. Members of the Bard community may borrow most books from the Levy collection. Levy books can be requested using the online form. Delivery time is two to three business days. Books requested from the Levy's library may be picked up at the Reserves Desk on the third floor of Stevenson. The borrowing period is four weeks. For further information about the Levy Library contact Bill Walker at firstname.lastname@example.org or (845) 758-7729.
Viewed by the College as the capstone of the student's education in the liberal arts and sciences, the Senior Project is an original, individual, specialized project growing out of the student's cumulative academic experiences.
All Senior Projects in the library's collection are listed in the online catalog by author, title, keyword, and subject. The same method is used to find a Senior Project that is used to find a book in the catalog.
To locate projects written on a specific subject, click on “Library of Congress Subject” search and type in “Senior Project”. Since all our Senior Projects are tagged with that subject heading, you’ll get a list, in title order, of our 5000+ senior projects. Next, click on the “Limit this Search”, and, in the drop down box, choose “Words in the Subject”. Type in the subject area you’re interested in. This will yield a list of the senior projects in our collection in that subject area. Ask a reference librarian for help if you don’t find what you need, if the location given is “Project Archive” or if it’s not on the shelf.
The online catalog will give the location as "Bard Projects" and the call number (Call No.) as one of the following: Senior Projects, Microfilm, Project Archive, Environ Thesis (for master's theses in environmental studies), Microfiche, and MFA Thesis (for masters theses in fine arts). If the location given is Project Archive or Microfilm, consult a librarian about how to retrieve the Senior Project. Otherwise, Senior Projects are shelved alphabetically by author in the "mobile shelving" on the first floor of Hoffman.
In the past, not all Senior Projects were submitted to the library, but, instead, retained by the academic programs for which they were produced. If a Senior Project cannot be found in the library, the library staff will help contact the appropriate program.
Books in the library's catalog that have a location of "The James Collection" are housed in the College's Center for Spiritual Life in the basement of Village Dorm A. The Center does not have regular open hours. Patrons who wish to see a book from that collection should contact Bruce Chilton, email@example.com, to arrange a time to meet there. Books in the James Collection are read in that space.