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UAB Toy Drive: trade fines for smiles.

November 6th, 2014 · No Comments

UAB Libraries are once again holding their Toys for Fines holiday
charity drive
to bring smiles to children who may not otherwise
receive gifts this holiday season.

From November 5th to December 4th, patrons with overdue fines (current or prior) can have up to $20 waived if they donate a new, unwrapped
toy for a child (infant through 12 years of age) to the Toys for Tots
drive. These contributions will support UAB’s 21st Annual Holiday Toy
Drive in conjunction with Toys for Tots to benefit local children.

Don’t have any fines?  Donations are always welcome!

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Homecoming 2014

October 2nd, 2014 · No Comments

It’s hard to believe but Homecoming is next week!

If you’re already making plans, don’t forget to stop by on Wednesday, October 8 before the Gurney Derby! From 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. we will have cookies and bottled water. The perfect snack to tide you over til the cookout at the Mini Park!

On Friday, October 10 we will be part of the festivities during the parade line up.  Find us under the trees at the corner of 10th Avenue and 14th Street where we will be handing out ice cold bottles of water.

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Murphy’s Law: A Work-Around

April 18th, 2014 · No Comments

Until our server is back up and running, you can get to a lot of our databases while ON & OFF CAMPUS by doing the following:

1.  Go to Lister Hill Library’s website:

2.  Click on “Databases”

3. Once on the Databases page, select the A-Z list, if it isn’t already selected, and find the database you are looking for.

4.  If you do not find the database you are looking for, find another database that is provided by the same company. Once you are on the database provider’s site (EBSCO, Proquest…) you can select different databases from the list they provide.  Open up the list by clicking on “All Databases” or “Choose Databases.”

5. There are some exceptions to this work-around, including a number of our Electronic Reference materials. If you are looking for these materials, please give us a call at 205 934 6364 and let us help you find what you are looking for.

We know it’s time for finals. We have all been students before. (Some of us were students for longer than others.) We are so sorry for the inconvenience.

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Lives change @ your library

April 4th, 2014 · No Comments

National Library Week
April 13-19, 2014

This year’s National Library Week theme is Lives Change @ your library.  So we ask you to give some change for change!

At the Reference and Circulation Desks you will find a collection jar.  All the collected change will be donated toward the UAB Habitat House.  Once you’ve given, fill out an entry form and be entered into Friday’s drawing!

What else do we have going on?  So glad you asked!

Monday, April 14 – Amnesty Day
Students who return overdue books and present their IDs at the circulation desk will have their fines forgiven. Amnesty will not include lost books or processing charges. Up to $5 per book will be forgiven with a total of $25 possible per person.

Tuesday, April 15 – National Library Workers’ Day

We know our Library Workers are awesome and are pretty sure you do too! Tell your favorite Library Worker, and the world, that you think they are a star!  Go to to nominate them.

Wednesday, April 16 – Pizza on the Piazza!
Nothing brings people together like food.  Joins us beginning at 11:30 a.m. to share in the slices.  There will be two slices per person until we run out!

Thursday, April 17 –  Lives Change @ Your Library Blood Drive
Last year’s blood drive blew the roof off!  Help us make this year even better.  You can make an appointment on our RedCross Blood Drive page.

Friday, April 18 – Free Printout Day
We will have free black-and-white printing from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.  Color printing is not included.

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Sterne Library Exhibit: African American Paintings

February 6th, 2014 · No Comments

Allan Rohan Crite. Sunlight and Shadow. 1936. Smithsonian American Art Museum. ARTstor.


To celebrate the Black History Month, Mervyn H. Sterne Library is  excited to be hosting a new exhibit dedicated to the rich history of African American art and to the legacy of many famous artists.

This exhibit includes  books, posters, short biographies and analyses of artists’ works.  Among the artists whose work is highlighted are:

Allan Rohan Crite – a Boston based artist who is one of the only African Americans to work for the Federal Works Project.

Alma Woodsey Thomas – an expressionist painter and educator who is known to have joined the March on Washington.

Edward Bannister – a 19th century Canadian-American painter who is known for his pastoral subject matter and idealized landscapes.

Jacob Lawrence,  Minnie Evans, Palmer Hayden, and William Henry Johnson are also profiled in the exhibit.

The exhibition is located on the first floor of Sterne Library.  Clicking on the names of the artist will take you a select images of their work available via the ARTstor database.

For more information about Library exhibits, please contact Irina Stanishevskaya at

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