Category Archives: Resources

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

Use Prospector to Access Millions of Books

Did you know that as an Adams State library cardholder you have access to more than 30 million books, DVDs, and CDs?

By using Prospector, you can request items from more than 40 public and academic libraries absolutely free!


If you can’t find the book you want in our catalog, scroll to the bottom of the page to see results from Prospector. Once you’ve found an available book, click “Request It,” select Adams State, and enter your name and library card number. Once your book has been delivered to the library you’ll get an email letting you know it’s ready to be picked up.


Getting books from Prospector usually takes about a week, so don’t wait until the last minute!


If Prospector doesn’t have what you’re looking for we can also order items through Interlibrary Loan.

If you don’t have a library card, or your library card is expired, contact the Nielsen Library circulation department at 719-587-7781 or


Want Free Full Access to the New York Times Online?


Introducing Day Passes!  Day passes give you 24 hour full access to the New York Times Online, for free!  Simply click on the New York Times, register with the site (or login, if you’ve already registered) and you will have access to as many current articles as you’d like, as well as the full New York Times archives.

Day passes are limited to just 10 on-campus users a day, so make sure you get yours early!  Questions?  Contact Electronic Resources at or call the Reference Desk at 719-587-7879.

Naxos Music Library Now Available

naxos copyNaxos is the world´s largest online classical music library, offering streaming access to more than 89,780 CDs with more than 1,306,500 tracks, standard and rare repertoire. Over 800 new CDs are added to the library every month. The library offers the complete Naxos and Marco Polo catalogs plus the complete catalogs or selected titles from over 378 classical, jazz and world music labels with more labels joining every month. Classic pop and rock music as well as Chinese orchestral music are also represented. Learn more about Naxos Music Library here.

Best Books We Read in 2014

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There’s no shortage of “Best Of” lists going around this time of year. Amazon, NPR, and The New York Times are great ones to start with if you’re looking for a good book.

This year we thought we’d give you an inside peek at what the Nielsen Library staff read and loved this year. If you’re looking for something to read over Winter Break here’s 14 places to start:


All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr

NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST From the highly acclaimed, multiple award-winning Anthony Doerr, the beautiful, stunningly ambitious instant “New York Times” bestseller about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II.

Recommended by: Carol Smith, Library Director




Aftershock: The Next Economy and America’s Future, by Robert B. Reich

A brilliant new reading of the economic crisis–and a plan for dealing with the challenge of its aftermath–by one of our most trenchant and informed experts.

Recommended by: Carol Smith, Library Director





Dark Places, by Gillian Flynn

Libby Day was seven when her mother and two sisters were murdered in “The Satan Sacrifice of Kinnakee, Kansas.” She survived—and famously testified that her fifteen-year-old brother, Ben, was the killer. Twenty-five years later, the Kill Club—a secret society obsessed with notorious crimes—locates Libby and pumps her for details.

Recommended by: Rosanna Backen, Access Services and Distance Learning Librarian



Egg : A Culinary Exploration of the World’s Most Versatile Ingredient, by Michael Ruhlman

Offers over one hundred recipes for dishes featuring eggs, from simple techniques for making poached and scrambled eggs, to recipes for brioche and soufflés, covering a wide variety of sweet and savory creations.

Recommended by: Mary Walsh, Cataloging and Acquisitions Librarian



empire of sinEmpire of Sin: A Story of Sex, Jazz, Murder, and The Battle for Modern New Orleans, by Gary Krist

A vibrant and immersive account of New Orleans’ other civil war, at a time when commercialized vice, jazz culture, and endemic crime defined the battlegrounds of the Crescent City. Empire of Sin re-creates the remarkable story of New Orleans’ thirty-years war against itself, pitting the city’s elite ‘better half’ against its powerful and long-entrenched underworld of vice, perversity, and crime.

 Recommended by Jordan Gortmaker, Circulation Supervisor



The Invention of Wings, by Sue Monk Kidd

Hetty “Handful” Grimke, an urban slave in early nineteenth century Charleston, yearns for life beyond the suffocating walls that enclose her within the wealthy Grimke household. The Grimke’s daughter, Sarah, has known from an early age she is meant to do something large in the world, but she is hemmed in by the limits imposed on women.

Recommended by: Mary Walsh, Cataloging and Acquisitions Librarian


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King Leopold’s Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror, and Heroism in Colonial Africa, by Adam Hochschild

In the 1880s, as the European powers were carving up Africa, King Leopold II of Belgium seized for himself the vast and mostly unexplored territory surrounding the Congo River. Carrying out a genocidal plundering of the Congo, he looted its rubber, brutalized its people, and ultimately slashed its population by ten million–all the while shrewdly cultivating his reputation as a great humanitarian.

Recommended by: Carol Smith, Library Director


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In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette, by Hampton Sides

A dramatic account of the ill-fated 19th-century naval expedition to the North Pole cites the contributions of German cartographer August Peterman, New York Herald owner James Gordon Bennett and famed naval officer George Washington De Long in the team’s efforts to survive brutal environmental conditions.

Recommended by Jordan Gortmaker, Circulation Supervisor




The Martian, by Andy Weir

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he’s sure he’ll be the first person to die there.After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive–and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive.

Recommended by: Stacy Taylor, Emerging Technologies Librarian



The Museum of Extraordinary Things, by Alice Hoffman

Mesmerizing and illuminating, Alice Hoffman’s The Museum of Extraordinary Things is the story of an electric and impassioned love between two vastly different souls in New York during the volatile first decades of the twentieth century.

Recommended by: Mary Walsh, Cataloging and Acquisitions Librarian




The Ocean at the End of the Lane, by Neil Gaiman

A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral. Although the house he lived in is long gone, he is drawn to the farm at the end of the road, where, when he was seven, he encountered a most remarkable girl, Lettie Hempstock, and her mother and grandmother.

Recommended by: Rosanna Backen, Access Services and Distance Learning Librarian



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Station Eleven, by Emily St. John Mandel

An audacious, darkly glittering novel set in the eerie days of civilization’s collapse, Station Eleven tells the spellbinding story of a Hollywood star, his would-be savior, and a nomadic group of actors roaming the scattered outposts of the Great Lakes region, risking everything for art and humanity.

Recommended by: Stacy Taylor, Emerging Technologies Librarian




Tomboy: A Graphic Memoir, by Liz Prince

Eschewing female stereotypes throughout her early years and failing to gain acceptance on the boys’ baseball team, Liz learns to embrace her own views on gender as she comes of age, in an anecdotal graphic novel memoir.

Recommended by: Stacy Taylor, Emerging Technologies Librarian



hite fire White Fire, by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child

Special Agent Pendergast arrives at an exclusive Colorado ski resort to rescue his protégée, Corrie Swanson, from serious trouble with the law. His sudden appearance coincides with the first attack of a murderous arsonist who–with brutal precision–begins burning down multimillion-dollar mansions with the families locked inside.

Recommended by Jordan Gortmaker, Circulation Supervisor

Like Free Journal Articles?  Celebrate Open Access Week!

Ever click on the PDF for a journal article you want, only to find it you must pay a fee to access it?  Open Access is a movement supported by libraries, publishers, and individuals who would like to erase those fees, making research available to everyone.


Journals that participate with open access standards provide some or all articles for free (Gold Open Access) and researchers who participate in open access standards provide free prints or preprints of their article in an online repository (Green Open Access).  For an example of Gold Open Access please see the Public Library of Science journals.  For example of Green Open Access search the vast theses and articles deposited in MIT’s institutional repository D-Space.

Technology Lending Now Available at Nielsen Library

Curious about Chromebooks? Ever wonder what it’s like to read on a Kindle? Unsure about the smartwatch phenomenon? The Nielsen Library now has a wide variety of different gadgets and devices for you to check out.


We have tablets, eReaders, a Chromebook, smartwatch, smartpen and more! Most devices check out for 2 weeks, so you can try before you buy or just get more familiar with the latest technologies.

The library also has laptops, headphones, and phone chargers. All technology can be checked out from the circulation desk on the first floor.

For more information, including a complete list of devices and lending policies, see our Technology Collection webpage.