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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.

    Those who wish to help sustain the Library and its work at Ursuline can join Friends of the Ralph M. Besse Library. Learn more here.

    It’s the return of the Finals Snack Table in the library! 🥳 Stop by the Library Commons to grab complementary coffee or hot chocolate to keep you going while you study for finals.  And remember we are open until 1am Monday-Thursday this week!

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    It’s the return of the Finals Snack Table in the library! 🥳 Stop by the Library Commons to grab complementary coffee or hot chocolate to keep you going while you study for finals. And remember we are open until 1am Monday-Thursday this week!

    Late night hours start on Sunday. Check the library hours page for more details.  #UrsulineStrong. #StudyHard #YouGotThis

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    Late night hours start on Sunday. Check the library hours page for more details. #UrsulineStrong. #StudyHard #YouGotThis

    The Besse Bites Cafe is a great place to hang out with friends on a rainy Monday after a break.

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    The Besse Bites Cafe is a great place to hang out with friends on a rainy Monday after a break.

    Happy Thanksgiving! The library will close this evening at 11 pm and reopen on Nov 28th at 7:30 am.

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    Happy Thanksgiving! The library will close this evening at 11 pm and reopen on Nov 28th at 7:30 am.

    We have the best students! We love how much support you show each other. #StudyStrong. #UrsulineLibrary #ourstudentsrock

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    We have the best students! We love how much support you show each other. #StudyStrong. #UrsulineLibrary #ourstudentsrock

    Dr. Willis we enjoy seeing you and your students early this morning. Thank you for choosing the library as an alternative space to hold your class this week.

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    Dr. Willis we enjoy seeing you and your students early this morning. Thank you for choosing the library as an alternative space to hold your class this week.

    Stop by the library and see the finished #Puzzle

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    Stop by the library and see the finished #Puzzle

    Happy Halloween Ursuline!
From your Favorite campus library staff!

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    Happy Halloween Ursuline! From your Favorite campus library staff!

    Another puzzle completed.

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    Another puzzle completed.

    Nursing students, ave you borrowed one of our anatomy kits?  Ask about them at the Main Desk.

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    Nursing students, ave you borrowed one of our anatomy kits? Ask about them at the Main Desk.

    A new set of Peer Coaches undergoing training.  Welcome!

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    A new set of Peer Coaches undergoing training. Welcome!

    How is your semester going? Great? Alright? Ready for a break? I’m going to come at it stronger after break?

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    How is your semester going? Great? Alright? Ready for a break? I’m going to come at it stronger after break?

    Puzzle #2. ✅.
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    Puzzle #2. ✅. 😊

    Our Fashion Students knocked it out of the park with their Banned Book Dresses.  Check them out in person in the Library Commons

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    Our Fashion Students knocked it out of the park with their Banned Book Dresses. Check them out in person in the Library Commons

    You completed the puzzle!  It looks great.  Come by and see it in person. A new puzzle will be out soon.

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    You completed the puzzle! It looks great. Come by and see it in person. A new puzzle will be out soon.

    Celebrate Your Freedom to Read the books of your choice! Banning Books is a form of censorship.

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    Celebrate Your Freedom to Read the books of your choice! Banning Books is a form of censorship.

    Thank you to Chantaisa White for creating our display!

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    Thank you to Chantaisa White for creating our display!

    Thanks for the message! We hope you are having a great day too!

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    Thanks for the message! We hope you are having a great day too!

    Our Word of the Week was Churlish which means “rude in a mean spirited or surly way.” Check the board on Monday for a new Word of the Week.

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    Our Word of the Week was Churlish which means “rude in a mean spirited or surly way.” Check the board on Monday for a new Word of the Week.

    Join us in the library from 10-11 am and Meet your Personal librarian, set up your personal devices for printing to the network printers on campus, download need apps and more.

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    Join us in the library from 10-11 am and Meet your Personal librarian, set up your personal devices for printing to the network printers on campus, download need apps and more.

    Have you seen this week’s Word of the Week? Check it out on the 2nd floor of the Library. Use it in a sentence at the Service Desk and get a treat!  New Word coming Monday.

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    Have you seen this week’s Word of the Week? Check it out on the 2nd floor of the Library. Use it in a sentence at the Service Desk and get a treat! New Word coming Monday.

    Our website is working again! Thank you for your patience.

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    Our website is working again! Thank you for your patience.

    The library website is currently down.  We are aware and will continue working on it.  Updates to follow!

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    The library website is currently down. We are aware and will continue working on it. Updates to follow!

    Some of our featured student designers with their designs.  Their displays will be available all week. Come check it out!!

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    Some of our featured student designers with their designs. Their displays will be available all week. Come check it out!!

    Innovations ‘22 is about to begin in the Besse Library. Just a small preview of the amazing designs of our Fashion Students.

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    Innovations ‘22 is about to begin in the Besse Library. Just a small preview of the amazing designs of our Fashion Students.

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