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Collections

Archival

  • Bard Archives - The website for the Bard College archives with links to digital collections available online.
  • Bard in Black and White - Exhibition from the celebration of 150 years of Bard College illustrating in photographs the transformation of the campus and student body from its earliest days to the present.
  • Digital Commons - holds and distributes scholarly content generated by the Bard College community. Research and scholarly output included here has been selected and deposited by the individual university departments and centers on campus.
  • Bard Makes Noise - All about Bard bands, musicians and more.
  • Arendt Collection - Representing Hannah Arendt's personal library, this site also offers digitized materials including numerous high quality examples of her marginalia.
  • Blücher Archive - Includes lecture transcripts and audio of Heinrich Blücher.
  • Hudson River Valley Heritage - This collection is intended as a broad selection of materials from the College Archive that locates Bard within the social, cultural, and intellectual history of the Hudson Valley.

Audio-Visual

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). Plays and theater-related documentaries are streamed through Theatre In Video. ARTstor provides online visual image collections - visit Bard's Visual Resources Center website for more information.

Browsing

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.

  • The Browsing Collection is located on the first floor of Stevenson, under the windows of Room 102.
  • Materials are arranged "informally" by author's last name.
  • All titles are loaned for four weeks each.

Check our recent additions to the Browsing collection

Suggested additions can be submitted by e-mail here: Collection Development Librarian.

EBooks

Click here to see recently added E-Books!
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  • Size: 3,300+ ebook titles in the Humanities
  • Additions: 300 - 500 Titles Per Year
  • Subject Areas: History, Languages and Literatures, Philosophy, Art History, and Religion
  • Printing: 3 Formats: Page-Image, Text and PDF
  • Usage: Multiple Users + Unlimited course reserve and classroom use
  • Downloadable: No
  • Need Help? Go here or view a YouTube Tutorial
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  • Size: 480 Cambridge Companions, 303 Cambridge Histories
  • Additions: Yearly Additions as published
  • Companions Subject Areas:Literature & Classics, Philosophy, Religion & Culture, Music
  • Histories Subject Areas: General, Regional, Economic Histories; History of the Book; History of Science; Language & Literature; Literary Studies; Music; Philosophy; Political & Social Theory; Religious Studies; Theatre & Performing Arts; Warfare
  • Usage: Multiple Users
  • Downloadable: PDF Format
  • Need Help? Click here
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  • Size: 13,000 titles
  • Additions: Yearly upload offerings
  • Subject Areas: All
  • Usage: Multiple Users
  • Downloadable: Varies by title (determined by publisher) - up to 60 pages
  • Need Help? YouTube Tutorial
    Downloading to iPad & iPhone: YouTube Tutorial
    Downloading to Kindle Fire: YouTube Tutorial
    or go here.
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  • Size: 300+ titles as of Summer 2012
  • Additions: Orders placed continually
  • Subject Areas: All
  • Usage: Single User or Multiple User options
  • Downloadable: Varies by title (determined by publisher)
  • Need Help? Go here or view YouTube Tutorial
    Mobile App Version: Click here
    Downloading for Non-Mac Devices: Adobe Digital Editions
    Downloading for iPhone/iPad/Macs: Bluefire
    Downloading for Nook: YouTube Video
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  • Size: 300 titles
  • Additions: None
  • Subject Areas: All
  • Usage: Multiple Users
  • Downloadable: No
  • Need Help? Go here or view a YouTube Tutorial.

Journals

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.

Levy Library

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 wwalker@levy.org or (845) 758-7729.

Seniors Projects

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.

Bard Online Publications