Kathryn GeoffrionScannell photograph

Welcome and welcome back! It’s so exciting to see students, faculty, and staff enjoying our new spaces. Whether you’re looking for a table and white board to meet with your project group, a quiet corner to curl up in with your assigned reading, a warm–up by the fire while you catch the scores on NECN, or a quick coffee with a friend, we’ve got you covered. And don’t forget the Silent Study room on the 2nd floor if you’re looking for quiet.

Bridget Rawding, the former library director, has resigned her position and is devoting herself to her graduate studies in English. We can’t wait to add her writing to the library collection. I am honored to serve as Interim Director, and pleased to introduce Frances Stith Nilsson, our new part–time Reference/Resources Librarian. Frances comes to us with a long background in business and entrepreneurship from Babson College, so be sure to seek her out for those management projects.

Our new space is full of new technology too—we can loan you an Xbox controller or an iPad as well as a book or a DVD. Let us know what you need.

~ Kathryn GeoffrionScannell


Crowe Family Commons Now Open

Have you visited McQuade Library’s renovated first floor yet? We invite you to connect, communicate, and collaborate in this vibrant, bustling commons.

Did you know?

We encourage the entire community to attend the dedication of the Crowe Family Commons at 10:00am on Saturday, October 22nd during Merrimack’s Homecoming and Family weekend.

Photo of library ribbon cutting

Photo taken at the ribbon cutting ceremony on September 6, 2011. Visit McQuade Library's photostream on Flickr to view additional photos of the event and the renovation.

Silent Study in the Library

Need a quiet place to study?

With the newly renovated 1st floor supporing academic and social collaboration and learning, students may be wondering where they may study without disruption. The silent study room on the 2nd floor offers such a place. The room offers a variety of seating, including two study carrels, each with six desks and multiple electrical outlets. The quiet study room is an ideal location for students who seek silence. NO talking in person or on cell phones, and NO video conferencing or Skyping is permitted.

New Online Catalog Coming Soon

As a member of NOBLE (North of Boston Library Exchange) McQuade Library will be transitioning to a new online catalog on May 29, 2011. The new catalog will be supported on the open source platform Evergreen.

Evergreen logo

NOBLE's migration to Evergreen is the result of a two–year, $400,000 LSTA grant through the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners to choose and develop an open source library system. NOBLE is one of the three library networks within the Massachusetts Library Network Cooperative to transition to the new Evergreen system. The Merrimack Valley Library Consortium (MVLC) has already successfully made the switch, and the Central/Western Massachusetts Automated Resource Sharing (C/W MARS) is preparing to do so. Check out North Andover's Stevens Memorial Library online catalog to see what Evergreen has to offer.

Services for International Students

McQuade librarians have prepared a special online guide for Merrimack College's international student population in conjunction with Maura Shaffer, Academic Counselor for International and Intercultural Students. The guide provides information and links to library and online resources, including help with speaking and writing in English, resources for living in Massachusetts, research and study strategies, and more.

Students who need assistance are encouraged to contact a McQuade Librarian at the Library Services desk on the first floor, or at the Research Center on the second floor of the library.

Library staff spotlight: Frances Nilsson

Frances Nilsson joins the staff of McQuade Library as a temporary, part–time Reference/Resources Librarian. Frances is available for reference help at the Library Services desk on the first floor from 8:30a.m. – 12:30p.m. on Mondays and Tuesdays.

Did you know that Frances:


All Library Services Available

Weekday Time
Monday – Thursday 7:30a.m. – 12:00a.m. midnight
Friday 7:30a.m. – 5:00p.m.
Saturday 10:00a.m. – 5:00p.m.
Sunday 10:00a.m. – 12:00a.m. midnight

Extended Evening Hours, MackCard ID Required, Limited Services

Weekday Time
Sunday – Thursday 12:00a.m. midnight – 7:30a.m.
Friday 5:00p.m. – 1:00a.m. (Saturday)
Saturday 5:00p.m. – 1:00a.m. (Sunday)

Media Center Regular Hours

Monday – Friday 8:30a.m. – 4:30p.m.
Saturday & Sunday Closed


Call the Campus Weather Emergency number 978-837-5700 in the event of extreme weather.

If the recording states "Merrimack College is closed" all classes are cancelled, and offices throughout the campus are closed, including the library.


Welcome our NEW Circulation Student Assistants!

New 2011 Circulation Student Assistants

From left to right, Sabrina Boggio, Tania Batista, Neha Patel, and Ahmed Maalin.

We are pleased to introduce the following recently hired Circulation Student Assistants who assist in staffing the brand new Library Services help desk on the library first floor.

Tania Batista is a sophomore majoring in International Business. She wanted to work at the library because "it was a great opportunity for me to have a job on campus with such a great team as the one we have. Also, I wanted to get some job experience that could help me in my future career."

Sabrina Boggio is a sophomore Business major with a concentration in Management and a minor in Spanish. Sabrina’s favorite spot to do homework—no surprise—is the library! Sabrina loves photography, baking and travelling. She has wanted to work in the library since her freshman year and was thrilled to be hired for fall 2011. Sabrina is excited about the recent library renovations and says "the only thing left that I am waiting for is someone to play the new Xbox on the first floor!"

Neha Patel is also a sophomore majoring in Biology (Premed concentration) with three minors, Chemistry, Health Sciences, and Jewish Christian Muslim relations. Talk about a busy student! According to Neha, "One of the main reasons I wanted to work at the library is the kind and welcoming staff that I have observed since my freshman year. Being a science major, it feels like the library is my second home and I really enjoy working at the library!"

In addition to welcoming Tania, Sabrina and Neha, we also welcome Ahmed Maalin, a Junior Business major. They join a fantastic team of returning circulation student assistants!

Librarian Trading Cards: Collect them All

This fall the Reference Librarians at McQuade Library unveiled their first ever trading cards. According to Reference & Instruction Librarian Melinda Malik, "We view the librarian trading cards as a fun way to connect with the Merrimack College community, providing not only our contact information, but also a few fun facts about ourselves."

Librarian Trading Cards

Can you guess which librarian is a ping pong champ? Stop by the library's first floor Library Services help desk to collect all three librarian trading cards.

How Much Energy are You Using?

Kill-A-Watt Electronic Usage Monitor

The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that 20% of our electric bills come from items that are plugged in when they are not in use. Plus, is that old refrigerator energy inefficient and costing you money? You can monitor the kilowatt–hour consumption of your appliances and electronic items by simply plugging them into a Kill A Watt Monitor.

The library has purchased Kill A Watt Electricity Usage Monitors that may be checked out by students, faculty and staff for a non–renewable, one–week period. Ask for them at the Library Services desk on the first floor of the library. The library catalog lists the monitors by keyword: kill a watt or electricity usage. Holds may be placed by clicking the Request button.

Save money. Support sustainability. Check out a Kill A Watt Monitor.

Montessori Resources added to the ERC

Montessori games

"Education is a natural process carried out by the child and is not acquired by listening to words but by experiences in the environment." ~ Maria Montessori

Montessori materials have been added to the Education Resources Collection to further support Merrimack's undergraduate and graduate early childhood education programs. These resources, including wooden mini cylinder blocks, color resemblance sorting task, texture cylinders, sequencing boards, classification sorting box, may be used in the library or may circulate upon special request.

New Databases

Proquest's Historical Boston Globe, 1872 to 1979

Historical Boston Globe 1872–1979

This historical newspaper provides genealogists, researchers and scholars with online, easily-searchable first-hand accounts and unparalleled coverage of the politics, society and events of the time.

Naxos Music Library

Naxos Music Library

Naxos Music Library is an entertaining, educational resource, which offers the best selection of studied music on the web. Through a sophisticated online search engine, users select music by composer, artist, period, year of composition, instrument or genre. Playlists are easily created for educational use or for hours of continuous enjoyment. Composer biographies, CD liner notes, and work analyses are just a few of the text resources available to users while streaming music from the NML. Naxos's new releases (around 200 CDs annually) are continually added, ensuring an impressive selection in both quality and musical breadth.

McQuade Library Offers Extended Hours

The library is open to students all night long 5 nights a week! Doors open on Sundays at 10:00AM and don’t close until Saturday morning at 1AM. The library reopens on Saturday at 10AM and closes Sunday morning at 1AM.

After midnight Sunday–Thursday and 5pm Friday–Saturday, students need to swipe their MACK Cards to enter the building.

All floors of the library are open, allowing students to study, use the computers, meet with groups in the seminar rooms, or access library books, DVDs, and other materials. Don't forget: All library materials must be checked out at the 1st floor Library Services desk. Also, staff are always available at the 1st floor Library Services desk to provide assistance or referrals.