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We’ve got textbooks for days

It’s not at all uncommon to see the prices of all your text books and have a reaction like this:


A reaction like this is not uncommon either:


But what if the Nielsen Library had a collection of Adams State course textbooks you could check out?



No seriously, we do! In our reserves, behind the Circulation Desk on the first floor, we have a large number of textbooks you can check out and use here in the library for two hours at a time. Check and see if we have yours here! Or just ask at the desk.

We know…


So now, with that knowledge, you can hopefully relax a little…



Your very own librarian

This post is for Adams State’s new first year and transfer students:

College is different. It just is. New experiences, more freedom.

But don’t forget more responsibility and more work. That’s part of the deal, too.

One major thing new college students notice is the papers. You’re expected to write papers for class, and you’re expected to do research and make arguments. It can be a little bit overwhelming.

But if, while working on your research, you have a moment like this…


…Understand that 1) it happens to all of us sometimes, and 2) you can get in touch with your Personal Librarian. The Personal Librarian Program assigns one of the Nielsen Library’s librarians to each new student at Adams State.

When you do, don’t be surprised if you and your personal librarian have a moment like this:

best friends

…or like this:



Your Personal Librarian will reach out to you directly a few times over the course of the school year, and you can also find out who your personal librarian is here.

New students aren’t the only ones with personalized librarian support…


Upper division undergraduates, graduate students and faculty can also use the link above to find out who their subject librarian is. There’s one for every department! Get in touch and you’ll be celebrating well-executed literature reviews like…






Food for Fines is Back!

Clean out your pantry and clear your library fines at the same time!

Bring non-perishable food items to the Nielsen Library from April 27 – May 15. Each food item waives one $5 library fine, and there is no limit. All food will be donated to the Food Bank Network of the San Luis Valley.

This program does not apply to replacement charges for lost items.

Food for Fines Flyer (1) copy

‘Gram while you cram

Get ready for the Nielsen Library’s first ever Instagram contest: ‘Gram while you cram!

We know you’re hard at work cramming for finals. Snap a study selfie and send it to us for the chance to win the exclusive right to reserve study room 215 during finals week.

Here’s how it works:

  • Follow @nielsenlibrary on Instagram
  • insta squareSnap a selfie – wherever you study, however you study. It doesn’t have to be in the library.
  • Upload it to Instagram and tag it #studyselfie and @nielsenlibrary
  • We’ll draw one random winner from all the selfies uploaded before 11:59 p.m. on May 9.
  • The winner will get the exclusive right to reserve group study room 215 (normally non-reservable) during finals week.
  • We’ll also pay to have a large pizza delivered to the room at a time of your choosing.

Board Games Now Available

Want to have your own game night with your friends? We now have board games available for you to check out!

Games can be checked out for one week and are available at the circulation desk.

The settlers of Catan
Playing cards (2 decks)
Connect 4
Apples to apples
A game of thrones
Cards against humanity (2 copies)
Cards against humanity: first expansion
Cards against humanity: second expansion

Book Madness

You’ve heard of March Madness, but this year the Nielsen Library is doing Book Madness!

We’ve selected 64 books in 4 divisions for you to vote on. Fill out your ballot by the bracket on the first floor of the library and put it in the ballot box. Or fill out our online ballot.

We’ll tabulate the results at the end of each week and the winning books will move on to the next round.

Include your name and email address on your ballot if you wish to be entered in a drawing for a copy of the winning book. Please limit yourself to one vote per round.

Catalog Maintenance January 7

Our catalog will be undergoing scheduled maintenance on January


  • You will be able to check out and return materials normally, but your account will not be updated until the system is back online.
  • You can still search the catalog, but availability information may not be accurate.
  • Holds placed during the downtime will be processed once the system is back online.
  • My Account information may be unavailable during this time.
  • Prospector borrowing and lending will be down.
  • OverDrive will unavailable.