The Wallace E. Mason Library offers materials and services in support of the College’s undergraduate and graduate curricula. The Library staff provides timely information services and active instruction in research methods and the use of library resources. The Library seeks to maintain an intellectual environment that encourages critical thinking, while providing an atmosphere that is both informal and comfortable.
Mason Library and the Keene Public Library were automated in 1991 through a single online catalog called Keene-Link. Collections housed in Mason Library include approximately 326,000 items and annual publications with subscriptions to more than 900 journals and newspapers – and an extensive selection of videos, DVDs, audio books, and music CDs. Students also have ready access to the 100,000 volumes available at the public library.
Library patrons are expected to return materials by the due date. Individuals assume responsibility for all materials checked out on his or her account, including liability for loss, theft, or damages. Fees, fines, and replacement costs will be billed to the student or department’s account. Patrons are responsible for the due date without notice. Mason Library sends overdue notices as a courtesy only.
Mason Library adheres to the New Hampshire Revised Statutes Annotated 202-A: 24 and the Keene State College Policy on Academic Honesty (referred to here as College Policy) when seeking to address incidents of theft and mutilation of library materials. The procedures and guidelines found in College Policy will be followed when applicable. The Library reserves the right to examine the contents of any backpack, purse, or book bag when the security system alarm has been activated.
General Circulation/Reserves/Interlibrary Loan
Any student currently enrolled at Keene State College may have a library account. Students must present their KSC ID at the Circulation Desk to check out materials. The holdings of Mason Library and the Keene Public Library are listed in an online catalog called Keene-Link, which can be accessed on the Library web site. Simply type in the title, keyword, subject, or author to find out if we have what you need.
Loan period. The general loan period is six weeks. Video, DVDs, audio books and music CDs may be borrowed for seven days. Most items may be renewed once. All materials are due on the last day of the semester.
Recall. The Library may recall items that have been borrowed after two weeks if another patron needs them. Recalled items must be returned by the date specified on the recall notice.
Reserves. Course reserve materials are made available at the Circulation Desk. These high-demand materials have brief circulation periods, specific to each item.
Noncirculating. The following materials do not circulate: reference items, periodicals (magazines, journals, newspapers), certain Cohen Center for Holocaust Studies materials, Children’s Literature Festival books, and Special Collections (Preston Room, Orang Asli Archive).
Interlibrary loan. Items not owned by the Mason Library may be ordered through Interlibrary Loan – a network that includes 41,000 libraries in 82 countries and territories worldwide. Students should allow one to two weeks for the items to arrive.
Curriculum Materials Library
(2nd floor of the Mason Library) The Curriculum Materials Library (CML) at Mason Library supports education faculty and students, particularly methods students and student teachers. CML’s collection emphasizes pre-K to grade 12 geography, language arts, mathematics, reading, science, social studies, special education,and school counseling teaching materials. The emphasis is on practical materials that present teaching methods and activities.
The collection comprises approximately 16,500 items. In addition to books, videos, and textbook sets, the collection includes: professional development ma¬terials for teachers; curriculum models; math and science manipulatives, such as pattern blocks and simple machines; educational games; activity guides; and puppets.
The CML has two special collections – The Great Explorations in Math and Science (GEMS) Collection and The Safe Schools Collection, which contains curricula and teacher training materials about bullying prevention, social skills, and conflict resolution.
The CML is located on the second floor of the Mason Library. For more information, call 603-358-2729.
Cohen Center for Holocaust Studies
(First floor Mason Library) The Cohen Center for Holocaust Studies is a resource, research, and support center for students, educators, scholars, and the general public. A leader in Holocaust education for 25 years, the Cohen Center, with its outstanding library collection, interdisciplinary team of faculty, programming, educational outreach, and web site, has helped Keene State College honor its history of teacher education and fulfill its mission of service to the community.
The center supports an undergraduate minor in Holocaust Studies at Keene State College as well as an extensive educational outreach program for the campus and larger community. The center itself houses more than 4,500 volumes, several periodicals and annuals, thousands of articles, more than 340 videos, and numerous curricular items. These materials are available to members of the college community and may be used in the center by anyone. For more information or an appointment, call 358-2490 or visit the center’s web site.