PAWS for Stress Relief, Thursday December 10th; 11am-1pm

Paws Fall 2016

PAWS for Stress Relief is returning to the library! Petting a dog relaxes the body and mind, so why not take a studying break for some canine love? Stop by the Library on Thursday December 10th from 11am-1pm on the second floor to pet the dogs!

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Follow the Paw Prints to the second floor and ease into your finals with a little love of our canine friends!

Library Survey Fitbit Winner

fitbitMemorial Library would like to extend thanks to all students who participated in our survey.  Megan Swanson was the lucky winner of a Fitbit Flex, which was provided by the Friends of the Library.

We hope that in addition to raising our awareness of students’ research needs, that the survey also raised students’ awareness of the Research Help services available to them.  As we head into the second half of the semester, we would like to encourage students to seek help when needed.  Librarians can help you:  narrow your research topic, develop search strategies, identify and access resources, cite sources, and learn to use citation managers and other research tools.

Students can request one-on-one Research Help appointments with a librarian that specializes in their field of study.  Students can also drop by the Research Help Desk in the main lobby of Memorial Library, contact a librarian by phone (call 607-753-2590 or text 607-341-7883), or email us at  Chat is also available in any library resource with the green “Click to Ask a Librarian” button.

Birds of Prey Event! Oct 7 @ 7pm, Library 2nd floor

falconryMary Cope, General Falconer, accompanied by her Red-tailed Hawks, Kestrel, and Owls, will talk to us about birds of prey and her experience learning falconry.

  •  Date: Wednesday, Oct 7th
  • Time: 7pm  –  8:30pm
  • Place: SUNY Cortland’s Memorial Library, 2nd floor

 Join us!

 This event is free and open to the public

This is the final event related to “Renaissance Science, Magic and Medicine of Harry Potter’s World”, a travelling exhibit on display at the library which was developed and produced by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health. This event was generously supported by SUNY Cortland Memorial Library and the Campus Artist and Lecture Series (CALS).

If you have any questions, please contact Anita Kuiken at ext. 4983 or

“Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine.”

Are you a Harry Potter fan? Have you ever wondered how much of the novels are based on actual Renaissance traditions? Well, come to the library to check out a new display from the National Library of Medicine entitled, “Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine.” You will find out about monsters, herbology, magical creatures, potions, and much more! Come to our opening reception in the Library, 2nd floor,Tuesday, Sept. 15, at 6:30 to have a snack and listen to a panel of SUNY Cortland faculty discuss science during the Renaissance.

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National Library Week

In honor of National Library Week 2015, we will be giving away prizes to the correct responses to trivia questions on our library’s facebook page! Just reply to our upcoming questions and the first right answer wins it!


banned booksThe library is taking part in a celebration of Banned Books week being honored this year by the American Library Association September 21 through September 25. Physical displays in the library highlight some of the most well-known books that were banned and are available in our collection.There is also a display with books by and about Wilhelm Reich, an Austrian-born researcher and prominent anti-Nazi who immigrated to the United States on the eve of World War II to avoid persecution. Less than two decades later, his books and published research journals were banned and burned by order of United States Federal Court. How that could have happened will be discussed in a:

Sandwich Seminar September 23: noon to 1 pm; Old Main Colloquium

“The True Story of a Government-Ordered Book Burning in America”

Dr. James Strick, ‘81 Franklin & Marshall College

Also: have a look at our latest libguide: Banned Books

4/23 @ 7 PM: Memorial Library Presents: “The Invisible War”

Wednesday, April 23: 7:00 PM in Sperry 205

From Oscar®-and Emmy®-nominated filmmaker Kirby Dick(This Film Is Not Yet Rated; Twist of Faith) comes The Invisible War, a groundbreaking investigative documentary about one of America’s most shameful and best kept secrets: the epidemic of rape within the U.S. military. The film paints a startling picture of the extent of the problem—today, a female soldier in combat zones is more likely to be raped by a fellow soldier than killed by enemy fire. The Department of Defense estimates there were a staggering 22,800 violent sex crimes in the military in 2011. 20% of all active-duty female soldiers are sexually assaulted. Female soldiers aged 18 to 21 accounted for more than half of the victims.

Focusing on the powerfully emotional stories of rape victims, The Invisible War is a moving indictment of the systemic cover-up of military sex crimes, chronicling the women’s struggles to rebuild their lives and fight for justice. It also features hard-hitting interviews with high-ranking military officials and members of Congress that reveal the perfect storm of conditions that exist for rape in the military, its long-hidden history, and what can be done to bring about much-needed change.

Sponsored by: Memorial Library;  APAC: Voice for Sexual Health; Health Department;  Cultural and Intellectual Climate Committee; Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Committee.