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Memorial Day

Gelman, Eckles, and the Virginia Science & Technology Campus Libraries will be closed Sunday, May 24, and Monday, May 25 in observance of Memorial Day.

Gelman will close at 11pm on Saturday, May 23 and reopen at 8am on Tuesday, May 26.

Eckles and the Virginia Science & Technology Campus Libraries will close at 5pm on Friday, May 22 and reopen at 9am on Tuesday, May 26.

The George Washington University Libraries are pleased to introduce the Professor Ahmad Mahdavi Damghani Collection on Islamic Studies to the Global Resources Center as part of the Middle East and North Africa Research Center (MENA).
 
The Professor Ahmad Mahdavi Damghani Collection on Islamic Studies is one of the largest Arabic/Persian collections of Shi‘I and Sunni foundational sources on Islamic law, jurisprudence, theology and exegesis in the United States. This is the first step in collection building for the newly established Master’s degree program in Islamic Studies at the Religion department.
 
Faculty advocated strongly for the addition due to the University's growing focus on the Islamic world and the role religion and culture play in shaping long-term dynamics in the region. The collection will directly support the new MA program in Islamic Studies, as well as related interdisciplinary research rooted in the study of policy, culture, and society. All 4000 books are on our shelves, though they are not currently available to check out. 

Keep Studying & Get That MDMay 18 – June 26

We are happy to welcome students from the GW School of Medicine who will be studying for their US Medical Licensing Exam in Gelman while their usual study space is under renovation.  From May 18 to June 26, Gelman Library, room 401 is reserved for GW School of Medicine students. GW medical students should request the code for entrance to room 401 from their program.

Summer HoursOn Monday, May 18, the GW Libraries will begin operating on a Summer schedule. 24-hour access to Gelman Library will not resume until the Fall 2015 semester, but all of our online resources are available 24 hours a day to our current students, faculty and staff.  Please note: The summer schedule for Gelman Library is split into two parts and hours will change on Saturday, June 27.

Gelman Library Summer I Hours
(May 18 – June 26)*

Monday- Friday          8am - 11pm
Saturday & Sunday    10am – 11pm
*Closed May 24 & 25 for Memorial Day.

Gelman Library Summer II Hours
(June 27 – August 30)*

Monday- Friday          8am - 8pm
Saturday & Sunday    Noon – 6pm
*Closed July 3 & 4 for Independence Day and August 23 for Intersession weekend.

Eckles Library Summer Hours
(May 13 – August 28)*

Monday- Friday          9am - 5pm
Saturday & Sunday    Closed
*Closed May 25 and July 3 for Memorial Day and Independence Day.

Gelman Relaxation Station

Finals can be a stressful time, but taking a break to relax can help improve focus and productivity. Take a time-out for YOU at the Gelman Relaxation Station on Monday, May 4.

7-9pm
Grab a healthy snack and enjoy some stress-busting activities.
Gelman Room 219

8pm, 8:15pm, 8:30pm & 8:45pm
Free, 15–minute sessions of guided meditations to help you relax & give your brain a break.

End of Semester Hours

When final exams end the library takes a little break to prepare for the summer semester. If you'll be using the library during the interterm, please note that there is no 24-hour access. 24-hour access will resume with the Fall 2015 semester. 

Tuesday, May 12: Close at midnight

Wednesday, May 13 - Friday, May 15: 7:30am to 7pm*
*Service desks will close at 5:45 pm.

Saturday, May 16 & Sunday, May 17: Noon - 6pm*
*Check Out desk open noon to 5:45 pm. All other service desks closed.

Digital DC

Monday, April 27
Noon-1pm
Gelman Library, Room 702 

Join Professor Christopher Klemek and the students in History 2020 as they uncover the layers of history around campus in DigitalDC, an interactive website telling the story of Foggy Bottom through documents, images, and oral histories.

The project is the culmination of the students' semester-long research project, making use of the resources at Gelman's Special Collections Research Center as well as numerous other archives around the city. 

Read more about the 2014 event and unveiling of the website in the GW Today article "DigitalDC Brings Washington Alive at the Click of a Mouse."

Dr. Yehuda Nir and Dr. Bonnie Maslin Exhibit Hall
Gelman Library, 7th floor

The Remembering the Holocaust: A Story of Loss, Love and Survival exhibit was created by GW's class on “Holocaust Memory." This exhibit is based on the experiences of two extraordinary young Polish Jews, Norman and Amalie Petranker Salsitz, most of whose relatives were murdered in the Holocaust but who, by their courage and wits, survived, got married, came to America, raised a family and wrote a gripping memoir, Against All Odds. The many photographs and documents they saved, and their utter devotion to memory, enabled them to amass and document a collection that is utterly unique and that forms the basis of this exhibition.  It tells their story as well as the story of a world that was and is no more.

Read more about the exhibit and the opening, addressed by Esther Dezube, the daughter of the Salsitzes; Steven Lerman, the Provost of George Washington University; the students who created the exhibition; and the course’s instructor, Walter Reich, GW’s Yitzhak Rabin Memorial Professor, who is a former Director of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum: GW Student Exhibit: A Story of Holocaust Survival ‘Against All Odds’: “Remembering the Holocaust” captures the stunning life of Norman and Amalie Salsitz

This exhibit is made possible by a Faculty & Staff Innovation Grant from the Shenkman Career Services Fund.  

Thursday, April 23
10-11:30am
Gelman Library Room 708 (Global Resources Center)

Please join us at Gelman library for International Student Coffee Hour co-hosted by the Global Resources Center and the International Services Office.
 
Take a tour of the Global Resources center, chat with a specialist about your research and global interests and enjoy a snack with your ISO friends!

RSVP: tinyurl.com/2015iCoffeehr

Will's Birthday Bash

Tuesday, April 21
2-4pm
Gelman Library Reading Porch
Rain location: Gelman 219

Party Bard-y with GW Libraries and GW English as we celebrate the 451st birthday of William Shakespeare. Join us on the Gelman Reading Porch for cakes and tea while enjoying student poetry performances. You can also make your own quill pen and, of course, take a birthday selfie with Will.  

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