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Brandeis University Professor Laurence Simon, left, presents the letter from the Dalai Lama to University Archivist Maggie McNeely and University Librarian Matthew Sheehy.

June 14, 2019

The Brandeis University Archives & Special Collections acquired a letter from the Dalai Lama in praise of the founding of CASTE: A Global Journal on Social Exclusion.
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June 3, 2019

The Brandeis Library will transition to a mediated access model for Kanopy on June 3, 2019.
Brandeis Library staff and Waltham Group student leaders in front of the Library

May 20, 2019

The gift was one of the incentives for students and faculty to participate in the Library Survey in fall 2018.
Esther Brandon with Renee Korgood

May 16, 2019

The award recognizes Esther Brandon’s "significant commitment to the welfare of LGBTQIA+ and gender non-conforming people."
Pile of Spanish-language books

April 2, 2019

Social Sciences Librarian Maric Kramer brought back books from the Fería Internacional del Libro (FIL) in Guadalajara—a Spanish-language book fair hosting more than 2,000 publishers from 47 countries.
Treadmill desks at window

March 25, 2019

The treadmill desks were purchased as part of a CEEF proposal, which provides funding for student-led initiatives that enhance the Brandeis community.
Illustration of woman holding a plane and missile

February 5, 2019

The Image Portal presents archival materials related to the history of social reform and social welfare in the United States. The site was awarded the Center for Research Libraries' 2018 Primary Source Award for Access.
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February 5, 2019

All Qualtrics users now have the option to access the Qualtrics API feature. Qualtrics API (Application Program Interface) allows you to push and pull data from Qualtrics programmatically.

Painting of river and window, cover image for The Inner Peace Outer Peace Reader

January 25, 2019

Brandeis University lecturers in Peace, Conflict and Coexistence Studies Peter Gould and John Ungerleider have published an open textbook for PAX 120B: Inner Peace and Outer Peace.
A pile of records, cassette tapes, and a film reel

December 17, 2018

Abbie Hoffman, class of 1959, once said in a rarely-heard interview that he hoped to give his papers to Brandeis University. A recent gift honors Abbie's wish.
Black and white photo of Lenny Bruce holding newspapers

December 17, 2018

The untitled 12-and-a-half minute 16mm film, a collaboration between Lenny Bruce and the musician “Count” Lewis DePasquale, a friend of the comedian, is a darkly comic, silent account of a down-on-his-luck street newspaper salesman, played by Bruce, with a jazz score, likely by DePasquale.
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The Brandeis Undergraduate Library Council advises Brandeis Library staff on library services, resources, communications, and facilities. The council aims to build a library community by connecting librarians with students, to ensure that the library is both relevant and useful to Brandeis undergraduate students.
Woman standing in front of a colorful painting
Orli Swergold ‘18, a  New Rochelle, N.Y., native who double-majored in art history and studio art, said the piece is a snapshot of how she has grown as an artist and as a person in her time at Brandeis.
Open Access Week 2018
The Brandeis Library supports open access through several important initiatives. A guide to our open access resources and information on the Brandeis Open Access Fund are available on our site.
Row of non-English language books
The collection currently features about 50 titles in Chinese and Hindi. The collection also will be adding titles in Spanish and Korean soon.
Farber Library and trees
Student Union President Hannah Brown '19 said it is important to have a link between the Brandeis Library and the Student Union to make sure that undergraduate and prospective student voices are heard.
Books on a shelf

In an effort to reduce financial hardship on students and improve the user experience, the Brandeis Library has announced new borrowing policies that include eliminated and reduced fines on certain collections and equipment.

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The program allows students to pay off their fines with donations of non-perishable food or hygiene items to the Brandeis Food Pantry.

Students and staff display projects at the Maker Faire

The Brandeis exhibit featured projects made in the MakerLab, Automation Lab and Digital Humanities Lab.

Students view materials in Archives & Special Collections

As a member of this program, Brandeis graduate students, faculty, staff and sponsored undergraduates who demonstrate a research need can visit and borrow materials from the seven institutions participating in the pilot.

Room with yoga mats, prayer rugs, and zafu meditation cushions

The Meditation Room is intended for meditation, prayer, mindfulness, and finding a moment of peace. The space features yoga mats, prayer rugs, and zafu meditation cushions.

Room with tables, chairs and a computer terminal

The room features soft seating, work spaces, a computer terminal and a fantastic view—and it is accessible only to faculty.

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We've made searching, signing in, and chatting with a librarian easier with the latest OneSearch update.

Shelf of picture books in the Library.

The Library is building a new picture book collection located on Goldfarb Level 1. The collection was created in support of the education program and includes a number of award-winning titles.

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Brandeis University faculty, students and staff can now access the New York Times Digital Edition through our academic site license provided by the Brandeis Library.

Blueprints and architectural drawings on a table.

The Brandeis University campus comprises roughly 100 individual buildings. Blueprints and architectural drawings of these buildings must be retained for as long as each building exists. A single building can have dozens or more associated drawings, as the drawings typically describe specific sections or systems within a building.

Inspired by the Book: A Library Art Competition. Part of the Leonard Bernstein Festival of the Creative Arts.

Attention all students! Are you artistic? Do you like books? Submit your art to “Inspired by the Book: A Library Art Competition” (part of the Bernstein Festival of the Creative Arts).

Books that were preserved on a red table

A little-known fact is that a great deal of work goes into maintaining the rich collection of books we have here in the Brandeis Library. Our Preservation Department repairs hundreds of books every year.

Pages of photography from Bruce Davidson's East 100th Street.

Bruce Davidson’s East 100th Street disappeared from the Brandeis Library in 1973. It would not return for several decades. Then one day in 2015, the book arrived back at the Library with a note from the former student who had held onto it for 42 years.