Library Hours 8/19 – 8/24

We’re extending our hours just a smidge next week to help you get those last minute things done before the semester starts. We’ll be staying open until 6pm all week long as well as opening on Saturday.

Hours for 8/19 – 8/24

  • Monday – Friday 9am – 6pm
  • Saturday 10am – 6pm
Library hours

Semester Hours start on Sunday 8/25

  • Sun 2pm – midnight
  • Mon – Thurs 8:30am – midnight
  • Fri 8:30am – 6pm
  • Sat 10am – 6pm

Main Floor Closure

Update: Work has been completed and the main level has reopened.

We are having new carpet installed on the main level of the library starting Monday, May 13th. The main level will be closed while carpet is being removed due to dust and noise. We will reopen the main level as soon as we are able to do so. While the main level is closed, you can access the library through the Lower Level entrance.

Hidden Gem: Women and the Law

With so many resources at the library, it’s impossible to know about all the awesome and unique collections available. So, we’re highlighting some of our favorite lesser known collections in our Hidden Gems series.  These are collections that are tucked away in larger library resources that you may not know exist. 

This installment of the hidden gems series also comes from the HeinOnline legal database, and would be of interest to researchers of women and gender studies, history, sociology, anthropology, public policy, etc.  To access these works, go to the HeinOnline database, and choose “Women and the Law (Peggy)” under the Browse Database by Name menu.   

Screenshot of HeinOnline database indicating the list of collections under the Browse Database by Name category.

This collection brings together books, biographies and periodicals dedicated to the role of women in society and the law. This unique collection of materials provides a convenient platform for users to research the progression of women’s roles and rights in society over the past 200 years. Also included are more than 70 titles from Emory University Law School’s Feminism and Legal Theory Project which provide a platform to view the effect of law and culture on women. This valuable resource for women and gender studies, history, anthropology, and sociology contains over 2,000 titles with almost a million pages of information on these topics.  Some of the subtopics or subjects include abortion; the feminism and legal theory project; legal rights & suffrage; women & education; women & employment; and women & society among others.  

How-to Tuesday: Mango Languages

Mango wearing a black hat and holding a guitar

We hope that these last few days of the semester are going well. We realize that once your last final is complete, you may be packing a bag and heading off to places near or far. Your adventures may include locales where languages other than you own are spoken. If that’s the case, or if you are just interested in sitting on your couch and learning a new language, we’ve got you covered.  

You may be wondering, “But how, Brookens Library Blog? How can you possibly help me with this?!” to which we reply, “You have access to a tool called Mango Languages.” Mango Languages is an online culture and language-learning resource that’s available to you 24/7 online or through their mobile app. So go now, visit the Mango Language site , create your free account, and start tracking your language-learning progress today.  

Mango wearing a black hat and holding a guitar

Privacy Week 2019: Network Security for Privacy

In basic terms, network security can be defined as preventing and protecting the hardware/ software in your network from unwanted intrusions by outsiders. Without network security, you could experience malfunctions, modifications, misuse, and destruction of your computer. That’s why there is an immense importance in making sure that your network is safe and secure to avoid unwanted intruders from accessing your information.

Using a VPN

One way to protect your network activity is to utilize a VPN, or Virtual Private Network, on the network that you are using. A VPN works by connecting your device to a reliable server somewhere else which allows you to use that server’s internet connection. VPNs are especially important in protecting you from snooping on untrustworthy wifi in public spaces by encrypting your data from those attempting to access your network.

Popular & Reliable VPN Services:

  1. Express VPN – Paid
  2. Nord VPN – Paid.

The Issue with Free VPN Services:

Free VPNs may not be the best tool in keeping your data secure or even keeping your data as safe. Some have very laid back privacy policies that do not guarantee their services are 100% safe. One that we recommend is Proton VPN which has consistent speed in most locations and a built in kill switch that protects your privacy if there is ever an issue.


Tor browsing allows you to browse privately without the thought of you possibly being tracked and surveilled. Tor makes it so that each website you visit is isolated so ads and third parties aren’t able to track your browsing. Within Tor, you are protected from any monitoring which means someone who’s watching what you’re doing will only know you’re using Tor and not the websites you visit. If interested, more information can be found at Tor Project which is a group hoping to inform people about Tor and how to use it.

If you want to view any of our other post from the week, go to Choose Privacy Week 2019.