Library News is Changing Channels

TL;DR: Blog subscribers will need to re-subscribe on the new website launching Monday, July 10th.

We are happy to announce the upcoming launch of our new website this coming Monday, July 10th, 2017.

Moving forward our news blog will be integrated with our website at (Note: This link will not work until Monday). Readers will be able to keep up to date on the latest happenings at Meriam Library without ever leaving our website.

There is one drawback to all this excitement: we cannot migrate our subscribers to the new system, so if you want to continue getting updates you will need to subscribe again when the new site launches.

To re-subscribe, follow these simple steps:

  1. On or after Monday, July 10th, 2017 visit
  2. Enter your email address in the “Get Updates” box in the left-hand column, click Subscribe.
  3. Look for your confirmation email, and click the confirmation link.

Summer Hours & Construction Update

Please scroll down for this summer’s operating hours.

The Meriam Library breezeway will be undergoing an extensive renovation this summer to replace the waterproofing and drainage systems.  The breezeway will be fenced off for most of the summer, beginning Monday May 22.  More information here (.pdf).

The library will be fully operational throughout the summer, but there will be a few temporary modifications everyone should be aware of.


The library’s regular book return drop in the breezeway will be inaccessible during this time.  During regular operating hours, all book returns should be taken directly to the Circulation counter in the lobby. After hours and on weekends, a temporary book drop near the temporary entrance/exit door may be used for book returns.

ALL GROUP STUDY ROOMS WILL BE UNAVAILABLE FOR STUDENT USE THIS SUMMER, as they will be used as temporary staff offices for those who’ve had to relocate due to the construction project.

There will also be some minor renovation work in the lobby, including replacement of the entrance/exit doors and storefront windows, reconfiguration of the entrance and exits to improve foot traffic flow, and new security gates.

The biggest impact to library users is likely to be noise, especially during the first few weeks of summer as the breezeway concrete is removed.  Earplugs will be available from library staff.

We apologize for any inconveniences this project may cause.

The Meriam Library Summer 2017 hours will be:

May 22 – June 2: Entire Library Complex open Monday – Friday 7:30am – 4:45pm; closed Saturdays, Sundays, and Monday May 29 (Memorial Day)

June 5 – August 13: Library open Monday – Thursday 7:30am – 5:00pm; closed Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and Tuesday July 4 (Independence Day).

August 14 – 18: Main Library open Monday – Friday 7:30am – 4:45pm, closed Saturday and Sunday.

Fall 2017 Semester hours begin at 7:30am on Monday August 21.

View the Library Hours Calendar for further details.


By Erika Paulus

The Meriam Library is a second home to numerous students at Chico State. It is a place where they spend long days and late nights together. A place where people can gather, collaborate, and often rest in between classes. It is a community space, and the library faculty and staff are working hard to make sure everyone feels welcome.

“We want everyone to know that the library is a welcoming environment to absolutely anyone,” said the Dean Patrick Newell.

As a partner with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, the Meriam Library is taking new approaches to offer a more inclusive space.

Members of the Meriam Library faculty and staff.

Members of the Meriam Library faculty and staff.

“Chico State students are diverse, and we need to provide materials that meet their needs,” Newell said. “The ‘one size fits all’ approach simply does not work anymore.”

Newell mentioned that this year the library worked with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion to make welcome signs that are located on every floor of the library. There are also single-person restrooms that are not gender specific, and there will be lactation and breastfeeding rooms available soon. Not only are there new changes being made to the building, but special programs offered to students as well.

“We have been reaching out to different academic programs to help demarginalize them,” Newell said. “On the fourth floor we have tutoring available out in the open, which makes it available and welcoming to students.”

Starting this year, the library will be hosting an annual event to celebrate the faculty’s hard work they put towards the library. In addition, on the fourth floor there is a new Chico State Authors Wall, educating others about what is produced at the University

“The world is continuing to be more diverse, and we have to be accommodating to our incredibly complex and diverse students”

“We have a lot of people writing books and articles, and we want to recognize them,” Newell said.

In addition to the changes made in the library so far, Newell admits that there are still a lot of projects he would like to accomplish.

“I would like to have a family room in the library for students who have children,” Newell said.

Dean of the Library stands next to a new welcome sign

Dean of the Library stands next to a new welcome sign.

“What keeps people from graduating are other responsibilities, and if we partnered with someone on campus to provide daycare at certain times in the library I think it could relieve barriers for people.”

The library will be starting a program in the fall called “Question of the Week,” which will encourage an open dialogue between the students, faculty and staff.

“Textbooks are another barrier that people face, and in the ‘Question of the Week’ we want to ask students what their most expensive textbook is,” Newell said. “We received a grant from [the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, a University program established to enhance student learning], and asked for a Student Learning Fee Grant to purchase the most expensive textbooks and put them on reserve for students to use.”

Newell commented that the Student Learning Fee Grant will help students utilize needed materials without making the choice between buying a textbook or buying groceries.

“We know what we are, but we want to know what students need,” Newell said. “Studies have shown that the library is a huge educational symbol and means something worthwhile to students, especially first-generation students, and we want to make sure we are here for them.”

The library faculty plans to make the space more inclusive by starting a library advisory group to make sure the students have a voice in what happens there. Newell believes that this will help the library better plan for what students need and will introduce them to a new kind of diversity.

“The world is continuing to be more diverse, and we have to be accommodating to our incredibly complex and diverse students,” he said.

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion has encouraged the library to make these changes to create a sociocultural environment that supports people in getting their education. Newell admitted that in order to accommodate to such an environment, the library faculty and staff need to continue to work together and make it known that the library is here to help students succeed.

“Chico State is a very welcoming, warm community and I am constantly impressed by how cohesive the faculty, staff and students are,” Newell said. “I admire how aware and active diversity is on this campus and I attribute that to the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. They are doing a wonderful job.”

Random acts of kindness

The last semester of school year is hard!

It is stressful, and at times overwhelming.  We at Meriam Library are here to support you.  We provide space for research, tutoring, studying, collaboration, and relaxation.

Sometimes it is the little things that can make a difference. So in addition to our De-Stress program, we have hidden cards of encouragement throughout the building. Whether you find a letter or not, we hope you finish strong! sample letters blog

Meriam Library Extended Hours

The Meriam Library is pleased to offer extended operating hours during the last two weeks of the semester, beginning Monday, May 8. All four floors of the library will be open until 1:45am on the weekdays, in addition to longer hours the weekend before exams.

The additional hours are as follows:

MONDAY, MAY 8 – THURSDAY, MAY 11: 7:30am – 1:45am

FRIDAY, MAY 12: 7:30am – 7:45pm

*First Floor Computer Lab & The Grove will close at 9:45pm

SATURDAY, MAY 13: 10:00am – 7:45pm

*First Floor Computer Lab & The Grove will close at 9:45pm

SUNDAY, MAY 14: 10:00am – 1:45am

MONDAY, MAY 15 – THURSDAY, MAY 18: 7:30am – 1:45pm

FRIDAY, MAY 19: 7:30am – 5:45pm (regular hours)

University Police’s Campus Connection service will provide safe rides from the library to designated locations near campus until 1:45am on weekdays. Look for the Campus Connection table in the main lobby.

The entire library will close at 5:45pm on Friday, May 19 and will remain closed for Commencement Weekend.

Complete library hours can be found here:

New Search Interface and Catalog Coming to Meriam Library July 2017!

Big changes are coming to the search interface and catalog at the Meriam Library in July 2017. For the past several years, the CSU has worked to combine the 23 campus libraries’ physical and shared electronic holdings into one catalog and search interface, called OneSearch. This system is in the final stages of completion and will be going live at Chico State in July. The new vendor, ExLibris, is a library leader in innovative searching interfaces and library management systems.

OneSearch will streamline the research process by allowing users to search digital and physical holdings at Chico State as well as physical collections from other CSU libraries.

Informational training sessions will be held in August. If you would like an overview regarding these changes prior to August, please contact Jodi Shepherd. For more detailed information on this exciting transition, visit our online guide.


Meriam Library Candygraphic

Ever wonder how many people visit the library in a year (1,148,865),  or how many computers we have (187) or how many group study rooms (30) or participants in library instruction (4,060) or where we borrow inter library materials (see world map on display).  All this and more currently on display on the second floor in CANDY form.

Us library peeps here to help you succeed at Chico State.IMG_7523 We are celebrating National Library Week, so if you are sweet on the library, come on by and check it out.

Curated by Rachel Arteaga and Pam Kruger