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Don’t leave your valuables unattended

Laptock Locks

It only takes a second for someone to walk away with your backpack, textbook or laptop.

Laptop cable locks and locker keys are available for checkout at the Learning Commons Desk.

Check it out — at the Monroe Library!

Welcome back, students!

Do you know about all the great services and equipment that we offer in the Learning Commons?

You can check out laptops (Macs and PCs) and other cool equipment at the Learning Commons desk.  We have headphones, voice recorders, cameras, video recorders, webcams, flip cams, and much more.  We even have Midi Keyboards that you can borrow!

Besides equipment, you can also check out lockers and private study rooms.  And don’t forget about the great research help we offer!  Our librarians can help you locate scholarly articles, books, and even DVDs that are relevant to your research.  (And if you just need something fun to read, we can help you find that, too!)

So come on over to the Learning Commons desk and let us know what you need.  We’re here to help you!

National Book Blitz Month!

Can you believe that January is almost over, and we are just getting around to National Book Blitz Month!?

Wait. What is National Book Blitz Month!?

Great question! Unlike National Book Month, National Library Week, and Banned Books Week, National Book Blitz Month doesn’t have a website. There are no nationally coordinated demonstrations or readouts or cool posters. In fact, there’s very little info out there at all except a bunch of blogs with entries about how January is National Book Blitz Month. So what are we supposed to do?

Let’s break it down.

Book (noun): a set of written sheets of skin or paper or tablets of wood or ivory

Blitz (noun):
1. an intensive aerial military campaign
2. a fast intensive nonmilitary campaign
3. a rush of the passer by a defensive linebacker, back, or end in football

Let’s pick definition no. 2 for blitz and assume that’s what we’re going for. How can you make fast intensive reading of paper, skin, wood, or ivory part of your month?

1. Read more books than you did last January
2. Read a little bit everyday
3. Read a book with “blitz” in the title (like Peter Stansky’s The first day of the blitz : September 7, 1940.
4. Read the longest book you’ve ever read (try Atlas Shrugged or The Count of Monte Cristo, each over 1000 pages!)

However you decide to do it, use the rest of January as an opportunity to spend a little more time reading, and a little less time on the internet.

What’s Your New Year’s Resolution?

Some people stay, some just pass through on their way to class.

Welcome back!

Did you know that one of the top ten most popular New Year’s resolutions is to get organized? Why not let the Learning Commons help you out?

Librarians are available 24/7 to help with your research needs. We can help you find books, scholarly articles, movies, CDs, and whatever else you need to write the perfect paper.

- Come to the library 9am-9pm Monday through Thursday (and 9am-5pm Friday) and talk with a real live librarian.
- Talk to our librarians from 9am-5pm Monday through Friday through the Monroe Library Chat
- Chat live with librarians from Jesuit colleges and universities across the country 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at Ask a Librarian Live
- Call or e-mail the Learning Commons desk at 504-864-7111 or

If you need multimedia equipment for a project, we’ve got that too. The library checks out laptops (Macs, PCs and Eee PCs), headphones, voice recorders, cameras, video recorders, webcams, and flip cams, to name a few.

Looking for a quiet place to study? The 2nd and 3rd floors of the library are designated quiet areas and are perfect for cozying up in a chair and getting to those assignments you usually wait and do at the last minute. Need more privacy ? Just check out a study room from the Learning Commons desk. And if you need a place to store your books while you’re running from class to class, we also check out locker keys.

If your New Year’s resolution is to read more, look no further. The “We Recommend” blog is full of great books, movies, and CDs recommended by library faculty and staff.

Our New Year’s resolution is to make sure you get the help you need at the Monroe Library Learning Commons. Make spending more time at the library your resolution!

We’re Hiring!

Welcome back!  We hope you had interesting and intriguing summers — the library was a quiet place without all of you here!

And now we’re hiring!  If you have a Work Study award, and are interested in working in the library, please contact Emily McWilliams at 864-7051 or  You can also stop by her office in 301A between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.  The library is open 116 hours every week, so we can surely fit you into our schedule!

Hope to see you on our side of the desk!