New exhibit: Harry Potter’s World

Harry Potter’s World letterhead with owl

Harry Potter’s World letterhead with owl

It’s here! It’s here! The Hogwarts Express has arrived. Hop on Platform 9 3/4 and take a ride to Harry Potter’s World.

For the next six weeks, the library is hosting a special exhibit, Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine, developed and produced by the Exhibition Program at the National Library of Medicine.

In 1997, British author J.  K.  Rowling introduced the world to Harry Potter and a literary phenomenon was born.  Millions of readers have followed Harry to the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry where he discovers his heritage, encounters new plants and animals, and perfects his magical abilities.  Although a fantasy story, the magic in the Harry Potter books is partially based on Renaissance traditions that played an important role in the development of Western science, including alchemy, astrology, and natural philosophy.  Incorporating the work of several 15th- and 16th-century thinkers, the seven-part series examines important ethical topics such as the desire for knowledge, the effects of prejudice, and the responsibility that comes with power.

This exhibition, using materials from the National Library of Medicine, explores Harry Potter’s world, its roots in Renaissance science, and the ethical questions that affected not only the wizards of Harry Potter, but also the historical thinkers featured in the series.

Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine is on display in the University Archives within the Clayton State Library until April 28th. In conjunction with this exhibit, the library will host a celebration with games, prizes, and refreshments, as well as a series of faculty lectures.

Six banner traveling exhibition of Harry Potter's World: Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine on display at the National Library of Medicine

Six banner traveling exhibition of Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine on display at the National Library of Medicine

March 20th – April 28th – Exhibit available in the University Archives

March 23rdOpening celebration 1pm – 3pm Upper Level Library

Faculty Lectures in Library room L200:

  • Tuesday, March 28 11:00 am –Kathryn Pratt Russell – Convergence of Renaissance and contemporary money in the Harry Potter World.
  • Wednesday, April 5 12:00 pm – Antoinette Miller – Interactive presentation exploring the context and information on various potions their links to various psychological phenomena.
  • Thursday, April 13 12:00 pm – Seth Shaw & Josh Kitchens – Immortality through memory and an exploration of magical and muggle attempts to preserve memory
  • Monday, April 17 1:00 pm – Michelle Furlong – Mendelian genetics of wizards

This exhibition is brought to you by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health.

For more information, visit or contact Erin Nagel, 678-466-4330.

Grand reopening ceremony and ribbon cutting

You are invited to join us as we unveil the newly renovated, complete Clayton State Library. It’s been a long road and we want to thank you for your support and patience through it all.

Please join us Wednesday, January 27 @ 10am, for the Library Renovation Ribbon Cutting. We will have speeches, snacks, and giveaways.

Come explore the “new” library and discover all we have to offer.

Library Renovation Ribbon Cutting invitation

Library Renovation Ribbon Cutting invitation

Read any good books lately?

Finals are finished. Your research paper’s been turned in. The semester is over! It’s time to put down your textbook, log off of GALILEO, and curl up with a good book. Now, you can find that book at your CSU Library.

In April, the Library launched the Popular Reading Collection. The addition of this collection was partially in response to student comments and requests for more leisure reading materials. The Popular Reading Collection is located just inside the Library’s University Center entrance directly opposite the Circulation Desk, and includes bestselling authors, popular biography, general nonfiction, hobbies, self-improvement and much more.

In order to check out books over the summer, students must be registered and paid for the summer semester. If you have any questions or need to determine if your library account is active, please call the Circulation Desk at 678-466-4345.

Here’s a sample of what you can expect to find in the Popular Reading Collection:

Assassin by Ted Bell
Beading Vintage-style Jewelry by Marty Stevens Heebner
Break No Bones by Kathy Reichs
The 5th horseman by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
Little Bee by Chris Cleave
I Got This: How I Changed My Ways and Lost What Weighed Me Down by Jennifer Hudson
The Husband by Dean Koontz
Low Down and Dirty: a novel by Vickie Stringer
Lucille, the life of Lucille Ball by Kathleen Brady
Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult
Obama, the Historic Front Pages created by David Elliot Cohen
The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
Prince of Fire by Daniel Silva
The Royals by Kitty Kelly
Sidney Poitier, Man, Actor, Icon by Aram Goudsouzian

The next time you are on Main Street UC, make a quick stop at the Library to pick up a good book – just for fun.

Women’s History Month

March is National Women’s History Month.  To learn more about how women have shaped history try browsing through some of the materials available in the Clayton State Library.  One title on this subject that you might find interesting is:

100 most influential women of all time
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To find more information on women and their role in history, check out our Women’s Studies LibGuide.

Spring Break hours

We want to wish all of you a safe, relaxing week off. If you are looking for a quiet place to get a jump on the rest of the semester, please note our change in hours for Spring Break week.

  • Saturday,March 3: Closed
  • Sunday, March 4: Closed
  • Monday, March 5: 8am – 5pm
  • Tuesday, March 6: 8am – 5pm
  • Wednesday, March 7: Closed
  • Thursday, March 8: 8am – 5pm
  • Friday, March 9: 8am – 5pm
  • Saturday, March 10: Closed
  • Sunday, March 11: Closed
  • Monday, March 12 – resume normal hours

Trial: JoVe, the first scientific video journal

For March 1-15, we have trial access for JoVe. We invite you to use this resource during the trial period and provide us with feedback by leaving a comment or send Elizabeth Bradshaw, Natural & Health Sciences liaison, an email with your comments. The trial access is limited to on campus use only.

JoVe, Journal of Visualized Experiments, is a peer reviewed journal devoted to the publication of biological, medical, chemical and physical research in a video format. It takes advantage of video technology to capture and transmit the multiple facets and intricacies of life science research.

You will need the current version of Adobe Flash Player to view the videos.

Wilson databases move to EBSCO

EBSCO bought Wilson. What does that mean? Our H.W. Wilson databases (listed below) have moved to the EBSCOhost platform. You can now simultaneously search the multidisciplinary databases, Academic Search Complete and OmniFile Full Text Mega (H.W. Wilson), together.