Library News

Posted by on Monday, January 14, 2013 - 11:35am

The library has just launched APPsearch, a new tool to search for books, journal and magazine articles, movies and much more -- all in one place!

APPsearch is a powerful, information-rich, highly intuitive, easy-to-use search tool. Starting with one simple search box, you can find all the library has to offer. Great, detailed information is now just a click away. APPsearch is loaded with useful features:

  • Google-like relevance ranking ensures that the best results rise to the top of your search
  • Cool Web 2.0 features-like tag clouds- help you focus your search by format, collection, subject
  • headings and lots of other ways
  • “Did you Mean?” feature eliminates confusion and corrects common spelling mistakes
  • Quick links to other Web-based resources

Take APPsearch for a test drive and give us your feedback!

More info.

Posted by on Wednesday, January 9, 2013 - 11:50am

If you or your department have been receiving delivered library materials, please help us by returning the green bags.  We're about to run out.  Return them to the library or to any of the library's remote book drops.  (Don't put them in campus mail.)

Information about delivery of library materials to ASU faculty.

Posted by John Wiswell on Wednesday, December 19, 2012 - 2:38pm

We have one ebook collection that allows you to check out ebooks and download them to read offline.  The (EBSCO) eBook Collection has about 80,000 ebooks.  These are not bestsellers but have been published by small and academic presses.  You can browse here or you might come across these books in our catalog.

Here's how to get them on your iPad, iPhone, or Android device.  You have to do these first 4 steps just once:

  1. Set up an EBSCOhost account.  If you have used EBSCO databases, you might already have one.
  2. Set up an Adobe ID.
  3. Install the free Bluefire Reader app on you iPad, iPhone, or Android device.
  4. Enter your Adobe ID information into your Bluefire Reader app.

Log into the EBSCO eBook Collection and find an ebook you want.

Click on "Download This eBook (Offline)" or "Download (Offline)" button.

Then click on "Checkout & Download" button.

Finally, click on the "Open in "Bluefire Reader"" button.




Posted by Megan Johnson on Monday, December 10, 2012 - 10:57am

Today is Melville Louis Kossuth (Melvil) Dewey's birthday. He was born December 10, 1851. Dewey is best remembered for inventing the Dewey Decimal System, which is a book organization system.  The Belk Library's Instructional Material's Center, which mirrors a K-12 school libary, uses this system. The library's main stacks use the Library of Congress Classifcation System. He also helped found the American Library Association, and was interested in simplfying spelling.   

Posted by on Thursday, December 6, 2012 - 4:28pm
Graduation caps in air

Congratulations to all the students who are graduating this December, 2012. We thank all of our student library employees for their hard work and dedication. Your work in the library is greatly appreciated!

Michelle Bowers
Alex Alberti
Sarah Blythe
Dace Crawford
Chris Trotta
Nick Stack
Paul Philavong
Jamie Mueller
Meaghan Philbrook
Jonathan Greene
Kayla DeLong

Posted by Megan Johnson on Thursday, December 6, 2012 - 2:13pm
screenshot of help screen

The NC LIVE eBooks Portal ( has a NEW eBooks Help page where you can...

  • Watch video tutorials to learn more about downloading NC LIVE eBooks
  • Read or print step-by-step instructions for downloading eBooks to various devices
  • Find answers to common questions about NC LIVE eBooks

Here are customized instructions for downloading books to specific devices.

After you visit the eBooks Help page, please feel free to contact NC LIVE with suggestions, comments, or questions. They want to know what will be the most helpful to users as they add new tutorials, so please let them know what you would like to see!

Posted by on Wednesday, November 28, 2012 - 1:57pm
Jack Love at the circulation desk

The University Library cordially invites you to a retirement reception in honor of Jack Love. Please join us to say thank you for his many years of service to the faculty, staff, students and others at Appalachian State University.

Date: Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Time: 3-5pm

Location: The Solarium, Plemmons Student Union

[PDF flier]

Posted by Megan Johnson on Monday, November 26, 2012 - 12:29pm

The library is conducting a series of studies on AppSearch, our new discovery service.  These studies usually take about twenty minutes.  As a participant, you will be given a gift certificate for $10 to the University Book Store, and you will also directly be helping to improve the library's tools for other students.  

These studies will take place December 11th, 12th and 13th (finals week).  If you are available between 10 AM and 4 PM on these days, indicate your availability by filling in this simple form with your contact information.  

Posted by Megan Johnson on Monday, November 26, 2012 - 11:25am
Global Commodities

 This resource brings together manuscript, printed and visual primary source materials for the study of global commodities in world history. The commodities featured in this resource have been transported, exchanged and consumed around the world for hundreds of years. They helped transform societies, global trading operations, habits of consumption and social practices.  Check it out!

Posted by on Tuesday, November 20, 2012 - 2:27pm
Belk Library amidst fall foliage

We would like to wish our students, staff, faculty, and the Boone community a very happy Thanksgiving. We hope everyone enjoys their holiday!

Please be aware that our hours are reduced over the holiday weekend:

Tuesday, Nov. 20 -- 7:30am-9pm

Wednesday, Nov. 21 -- 9am-6pm

Thursday, Nov. 22 - Saturday, Nov. 24 -- Closed

Sunday, Nov. 23 -- Open at 12:30pm (remain open 24 hours)

View the complete hours calendar