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  • From the “Wish You Were Here” Department
    August 27, 2014

    As the academic year begins,  but before Labor Day - - truly the last “hurrah” of the season,  a few words about beach libraries and Randall Library. I’m inspired by The Huffington Post’s photo shoot featuring beach libraries across the globe. The author got my attention with her first line, a question – “What's a beach day without a good book?” And, she had me at the next sentence in which she states “Beachfront libraries are an ingenious addition to shorelines around the world.”

    Wilmington may not exactly measure up to these remote destinations, and Randall Library is not exactly a beachfront library, but ...

    Randall Library is ...

    • About transformational spaces – F2F and virtual;
    • About responsive services;
    • About access to collections in all formats – here, there, or elsewhere;
    • About showcasing faculty and student art and the art of the region;
    • About inspiring cultural events;
    • About things changing and being re-arranged;
    • About tradition and tradigital;
    • About staff who care.

    We look forward to seeing you, after your next beach day,  of course.

  • Welcome New and Returning Students!
    August 26, 2014

    Randall Library is buzzing as the new academic year begins, and on behalf of Randall Library staff, it is my pleasure to welcome you to campus!  I hope you had a wonderful summer!

    One of the most important resources on campus for fostering student academic success, Randall Library promotes discovery, imagination, collaboration, literacy of all kinds, and education. 

    Randall Library is...

    There are still books, but the main focus is on access to information, critical and creative thinking, and spaces and services that support your academic success.

    We continue to enjoy the collaboration with our neighbors in the building – the Center for Teaching Excellence, the Honors College, iPrint, Port City Java, the Technology Assistance Center, and the Women’s Resource and Study Center.

    Please consult our Website to help you become familiar with Randall Library and identify key services and personal contacts you may find helpful.  Remember to check out our Website for information on Library-sponsored or hosted events.

    We also invite you to visit the Library for a firsthand look at what the Library has to offer and to make an individual research consultation appointment for a more in-depth discussion with a librarian about the wealth of information available to you.

    Again, welcome. Do not hesitate to let any of us know how we can assist you with your study and research.


    Sarah Barbara Watstein
    University Librarian