Van Wylen Library Fri, 08 Feb 2019 14:11:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 61793797 Winter Break Library Hours Fri, 08 Feb 2019 14:11:10 +0000 Continue reading Winter Break Library Hours]]>


We can’t believe Winter Break is already here! Remember, if you need to do some research this weekend we have thousands of electronic journals and books you can peruse from the comfort of your home or dorm!

Friday February 8 8 am – 5 pm
Saturday February 9 closed
Sunday February 10 closed
Monday Februrary 11 8 am – 5 pm
Tuesday February 12 8 am – midnight
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Library open Thursday 11 am Wed, 30 Jan 2019 23:46:17 +0000 Due to the delayed start, the Library will reopen at 11:00 am Thursday morning, January 31. We can’t wait to see you!

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Library resources during weather shutdown Tue, 29 Jan 2019 22:23:08 +0000 Continue reading Library resources during weather shutdown]]> While Van Wylen Library will be closed through Thursday morning, you can keep up with your research during the polar vortex. Many of our resources are available online through the library website. Remember, if you are off campus you may be prompted to log in with your 1Hope username and password to access online materials. Research Librarians will continue to monitor and respond to research help requests submitted virtually. If you find yourself in need of assistance locating or accessing any of the library’s online resources, please inquire using this form.

We’ll be back in the building on Thursday at 8 am. Stay safe and warm!

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Library closing 3pm Tuesday through 8 am Thursday Tue, 29 Jan 2019 19:37:32 +0000

Along with the college, the Library is closing today, Tuesday January 29 at 3:00 pm. We will reopen on Thursday morning at 8:00 am. Please stay warm and safe! We look forward to seeing you on Thursday!

Don’t forget: we have thousands of items available online! Searching HopePrimo is a good place to start!

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(Re)Introducing MeLCat! Mon, 07 Jan 2019 13:00:32 +0000 Continue reading (Re)Introducing MeLCat!]]> Welcome to spring semester 2019!

After much anticipation and a lot of work by our technical services department, we are back in MeLCat!

If you aren’t familiar with MeLCat, it is a centralized catalog with holdings from over 400 libraries of varying types across Michigan.  Calvin College, University of Michigan, Michigan State, Kalamazoo College, Kent District Library, Herrick District Library and many, many other libraries are included. Participating in MeLCat greatly increases the number of resources the students, faculty and staff of Hope College have available to them!  You can request books on your research topic, novels, CDs and DVDs. Anything that piques your interest! There are literally millions of titles available.

Access MeLCat from our library homepage or by going to

Because of our system change from Innovative Sierra to Ex Libris, signing in to request your MeLCat items will be a little different. Use your name and the number above the barcode on the back of your ID. Don’t worry, you’ll have it memorized soon!

If you start your search in Primo you can click in to MeLCat right from there. On the results page, look for the MeLCat link on the left side. Your search is duplicated in MeLCat.

If you reach a dead end in Primo the link appears at the bottom of the page:

Once your MeLCat item is received at Hope you will be notified by email and it will be waiting for you on the hold shelf for 10 days. The item will show up in your Primo account at this point only. To renew  your material, log in to your MyMeL account.  There is a link at the top of the MeLCat page and also right from your Primo account.

If you have questions contact us at or We’re thrilled to bring this awesome resource back to Hope and appreciate your patience!


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Christmas Break Library Hours Thu, 13 Dec 2018 21:48:54 +0000 Continue reading Christmas Break Library Hours]]>

Merry Christmas to all students, staff, faculty and friends from Van Wylen Library! Our post-exam week hours are as follows:

Monday, December 17 8 am – 5 pm
Tuesday, December 18 8 am – 5 pm
Wednesday, December 19 8 am – 5 pm
Thursday, December 20 8 am – 5 pm
Friday, December 21 8 am – 5 pm
Saturday, December 22-Tuesday, January 1 closed
Wednesday, January 2 8 am – 5 pm
Thursday, January 3 8 am – 5 pm
Friday, January 4 8 am – 5 pm
Saturday, January 5 closed
Sunday, January 6 noon – 5 pm
Monday, January 7 8 am – midnight (resume normal hours)
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Exam Week Activities and Extended Library Hours Thu, 06 Dec 2018 17:42:35 +0000 Continue reading Exam Week Activities and Extended Library Hours]]>

Extended exam week hours at the Library

Friday December 7 8am – 6 pm
Saturday December 8 10 am – midnight
Sunday December 9 10 am – 2 am
Monday December 10 8 am – 2 am
Tuesday December 11 8 am – 2 am
Wednesday December 12 8 am – 2 am
Thursday December 13 8 am – midnight
Friday December 14 8 am – 5 pm
Saturday December 15 closed
Sunday December 16 closed
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Community Action House donation drive at the Library Wed, 28 Nov 2018 14:59:33 +0000 Continue reading Community Action House donation drive at the Library]]>  

The library is again collecting items for Community Action House through December 14.

In addition to the most-needed items listed below, we would like to encourage monetary donations which can be made directly on the Community Action House website. While canned goods are great donations, bulk food purchases with donated funds can go further.

When choosing items to donate, please consider purchasing high protein, low-sodium and low-sugar items so Community Action House families have healthy products to pick from.  Personal care items are also in high demand.

Personal Care items needed:

  • toilet paper
  • toothpaste
  • laundry detergent
  • body wash
  • dish soap
  • deodorant
  • mouthwash
  • cleaning supplies (such as all-purpose cleaning spray)
  • paper towel
  • kleenex
  • baby shampoo
  • baby wipes

Food pantry items needed:

  • spaghetti sauce
  • diced tomatoes and tomato sauce (low sodium)
  • variety of canned vegetables (low sodium)
  • salsa
  • canned fruit (in 100% juice)
  • refried beans
  • canned meat – tuna, chicken (low sodium and in water not oil preferred)
  • whole grain cereal with no added sugar
  • tortillas
  • brown rice
  • wheat flower
  • 100% whole grain pasta and crackers
  • small bottles of cooking oil
  • baking powder
  • spices
  • condiments
  • low-sodium broths
  • canned soup (low sodium)

Thank you for partnering with us to help our Holland community members have access to these items!



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Thanksgiving Break Hours Wed, 21 Nov 2018 16:47:19 +0000

Wednesday 11/21 8 am – 5 pm
Thursday 11/22 closed
Friday 11/23 closed
Saturday 11/24 closed
Sunday 11/25 noon – midnight
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Google Scholar & Library Holdings Tue, 18 Sep 2018 18:19:07 +0000 Continue reading Google Scholar & Library Holdings]]> What’s in Your Library ToolKit?
Google Scholar & Van Wylen Library Holdings

We probably don’t need to remind you about Google Scholar, a great supplement to the hundreds of databases that Van Wylen librarians license for the Hope Community.

What you may not know is that we send Google Scholar our journal holdings on a weekly basis so that you can easily jump from Google Scholar back into our licensed content.

These holdings are displayed automatically when you use Google Scholar from on-campus as Google recognizes your IP address.

If we have full text available for a citation, Google Scholar should display a link to our “Full-Text @ Hope College” service:

If we do not already have access to the full text, the Find It! Services Menu will offer a quick way to submit interlibrary loan requests for items to which we do not have access, as well as quick access to an email help form. To find the link, select the “More” () link from below your citation; then choose “Request it @ Hope College”

If you are off-campus, you can still access these library links by updating your Google Scholar settings (select the 3 lines to the left of the Google Scholar search box, then select settings):

From “Settings,” select “Library Links” and search for Hope College:

Happy researching!!

For even greater integration between web resources and Van Wylen resources, please download our library toolbar.

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