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    Ralph M. Besse Library

    The Ralph M. Besse Library seeks to provide intellectual nourishment for students, faculty, staff, and friends of the community.

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    Opened in 1985 and named for a trustee and cherished friend of the College, the Ralph M. Besse Library provides a welcoming space to learn, study, research, and collaborate.

    An enormously successful businessman, Besse was also strong believer in the value of higher education. His fierce commitment to Ursuline College began in the early 1960s, when he helped raise the necessary funds to make Ursuline’s then-new Pepper Pike campus a reality, and it lasted through his many years on the college’s Board of Trustees, all the way up until his death 2002.

    In countless ways, Besse’s essence is stamped into the very fabric of the library, but that is far from the only thing that makes Ursuline’s library unique.

    Study Tables for classes like NR 205: Pathophysiology are in full swing in the library. Keep up the great work Arrows!

See the Library Events link on the library website for study table dates and times. Be sure to change the calendar view to Study Tables and Supplemental Instruction

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    Study Tables for classes like NR 205: Pathophysiology are in full swing in the library. Keep up the great work Arrows! See the Library Events link on the library website for study table dates and times. Be sure to change the calendar view to Study Tables and Supplemental Instruction

    Dr. Petrovic decided to switch things up and take his Chemistry lesson outside his classroom. We enjoyed seeing your class in the library today!

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    Dr. Petrovic decided to switch things up and take his Chemistry lesson outside his classroom. We enjoyed seeing your class in the library today!

    You made it to the end of the first week of classes Arrows!  And it was a chilly one!  How do you feel?

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    You made it to the end of the first week of classes Arrows! And it was a chilly one! How do you feel?

    Besse library will be closed on Friday. ❄️However, library staff will be available virtually 💻 from 8:30am-3pm.
#staysafe

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    Besse library will be closed on Friday. ❄️However, library staff will be available virtually 💻 from 8:30am-3pm. #staysafe

    If you got a new device over the winter holidays; stop into the library and we will help you set up mobile printing to the Ursuline printers, Libkey Nomad to avoid the dreaded paywall for articles, & Grammerly.

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    If you got a new device over the winter holidays; stop into the library and we will help you set up mobile printing to the Ursuline printers, Libkey Nomad to avoid the dreaded paywall for articles, & Grammerly.

    Welcome to Spring Semester 2024 Arrows!

We are glad to see you again. If you are new to campus, stop in for a tour of the library.

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    Welcome to Spring Semester 2024 Arrows! We are glad to see you again. If you are new to campus, stop in for a tour of the library.

    Happy New Year’s Ursuline!

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    Happy New Year’s Ursuline!

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    Have a wonderful, restful break Arrows. We will see you on January 2, 2024!

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    Have a wonderful, restful break Arrows. We will see you on January 2, 2024!

    Extended Library Hours 
Dec 3-7th and Dec 10-13th until 1am.

Coffee, Hot Chocolate, and snacks are available in the library too.

Come get your study on Arrows!

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    Extended Library Hours Dec 3-7th and Dec 10-13th until 1am. Coffee, Hot Chocolate, and snacks are available in the library too. Come get your study on Arrows!

    Happy Thanksgiving Arrows! 

The library will be closed Nov 22-26th. We will reopen on Monday Nov. 27th at 7:30am.

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    Happy Thanksgiving Arrows! The library will be closed Nov 22-26th. We will reopen on Monday Nov. 27th at 7:30am.

    We have study aids for those big test- GRE, NCLEX, and more. Find them on the first floor on the library.

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    We have study aids for those big test- GRE, NCLEX, and more. Find them on the first floor on the library.

    How are you doing on this sunny day?

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    How are you doing on this sunny day?

    Happy Halloween Arrows!

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    Happy Halloween Arrows!

    Happy Friday Arrows!

Have a great weekend!

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    Happy Friday Arrows! Have a great weekend!

    It's that time of the semester again. There is lots to do and study. Gather your friends and classmates and form a study group in the library.
#ursulinestrong 
#studystrong 
#goarrows

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    It's that time of the semester again. There is lots to do and study. Gather your friends and classmates and form a study group in the library. #ursulinestrong #studystrong #goarrows

    I saw this on my walk to Pilla today.  You’ve got this Arrows! #ursulinestrong

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    I saw this on my walk to Pilla today. You’ve got this Arrows! #ursulinestrong

    Arriving in Ithaca, I did what other college students do who are broke. I tried to get a job as a waitress. Luckily for my photographic future, the waitress jobs were all taken. By the time I got to the student library to apply for a tempting forty-cents-an-hour job there, that was snapped up too. I wept some secret tears, and turned to my camera. 

Margaret Bourke-White, celebrated American photographer and photojournalist 

#WomensLItWensday

Portrait of Myself (p. 30) 
TR 140 .B6 A3 1985

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    Arriving in Ithaca, I did what other college students do who are broke. I tried to get a job as a waitress. Luckily for my photographic future, the waitress jobs were all taken. By the time I got to the student library to apply for a tempting forty-cents-an-hour job there, that was snapped up too. I wept some secret tears, and turned to my camera. Margaret Bourke-White, celebrated American photographer and photojournalist #WomensLItWensday Portrait of Myself (p. 30) TR 140 .B6 A3 1985

    Hey Students, 
  Information about Study Tables can be found in the comments.

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    Hey Students, Information about Study Tables can be found in the comments.

    Hey Arrows, information about our Study Tables can be long at the link in the comments. See you in the Library soon.
#studystrong

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    Hey Arrows, information about our Study Tables can be long at the link in the comments. See you in the Library soon. #studystrong

    In this “land of the free” we are burned, tortured, and denied a fair trial, murdered for any imaginary wrong conceived in the brain of the negro-hating white man. There is no redress for us from a government which promised to protect all under its flag. It seems a mystery to me. They say, “One flag, one nation, one country indivisible.” Is this true? Can we say this truthfully, when one race is allowed to burn, hang, and inflict the most horrible torture weekly, monthly, on another? 

#womenslitwednesday 
from Reminiscences of My Life in Camp by Susie King Taylor (1902) 

Collected Black Women's Narratives (pp. 61-62) 
Find this book in our collection at: E 185.96 .C64 1988

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    In this “land of the free” we are burned, tortured, and denied a fair trial, murdered for any imaginary wrong conceived in the brain of the negro-hating white man. There is no redress for us from a government which promised to protect all under its flag. It seems a mystery to me. They say, “One flag, one nation, one country indivisible.” Is this true? Can we say this truthfully, when one race is allowed to burn, hang, and inflict the most horrible torture weekly, monthly, on another? #womenslitwednesday from Reminiscences of My Life in Camp by Susie King Taylor (1902) Collected Black Women's Narratives (pp. 61-62) Find this book in our collection at: E 185.96 .C64 1988

    The Ralph M. Besse Library building will remain closed on Tuesday, August 15th. All services located in the Learning Commons and A/V Services will provide virtual service through email, with librarians also available through the library’s chat service.

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    The Ralph M. Besse Library building will remain closed on Tuesday, August 15th. All services located in the Learning Commons and A/V Services will provide virtual service through email, with librarians also available through the library’s chat service.

    Work began early yesterday on the Besse Bites floor. We are excited to watch the progress of this project.

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    Work began early yesterday on the Besse Bites floor. We are excited to watch the progress of this project.

    Today we had another great day meeting new students at Orientation. We look forward to seeing you in the library in August.

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    Today we had another great day meeting new students at Orientation. We look forward to seeing you in the library in August.

    Exciting news! Besse Bites is getting new flooring!

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    Exciting news! Besse Bites is getting new flooring!

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