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Extended Hours for Finals

Cook Library will extend its hours of availability to accommodate students’ studying needs during the final exam period.  During extend hours, the 2nd & 3rd floors will be open; other floors will be closed at the end of the library’s regular hours.  Course Reserves services will still be available, but all other library services will be closed.

A Photo ID will be required to enter the Library during extended hours.

Extended Hours Schedule

May 11-17 (Sunday-Saturday) 24 HOURS
Begin 10:00 a.m. Sunday (May 11th)
End 2:00 a.m. Saturday Morning (May 17th)
May 17-18 (Saturday-Sunday Morning)
10 a.m. – 2 a.m.
May 18-20 (Sunday-Tuesday) 24 HOURS
Begin 10:00 a.m. Sunday (May 18)
End 10:00 p.m. Tuesday (May 20)

April 28, 2014 at 12:00 am Leave a comment

Celebrate Student Artwork at Cook!

2577644090_ca50f9d149_mCook Library will be hosting a mini-reception for George Civita, an art student whose work will hang in the 4th floor library lobby.

When: Thursday, April 17th from 12-1pm
Where: 4th floor lobby of Cook Library

Light refreshments will be served.

If you have a chance, please stop by the reception and learn more about his work.

April 10, 2014 at 12:00 am Leave a comment

Get Money Smart at Cook Library This Week!!

Cook Library is offering two programs as part of Money Smart Week, a national initiative to promote financial literacy:

The Millennial Generation, the Generation that may NEVER get to Retire

Tuesday, April 8, 2014
11:00am to 12:00pm
Cook Library Room 507

In this session, Dr. Allen Cox, Managing Director, Maryland Coalition for Financial Literacy will talk about the challenges that the “Millennial” generation face in being able to save and invest enough so that someday they will be able to retire. Topics will include: the future of Social Security and Defined Benefit Pensions along with some ideas for how to plan for a secure financial future.

Launch Pad: What’s Involved in Starting a Small Business

Thursday, April 10, 2014
12:00pm to 1:00pm
Cook Library Room 507

Frank Bonsal, Director of TowsonGlobal, Towson University’s entrepreneurship hub and business incubator for early-stage companies, will provide tips for those interested in starting a small business.

These programs are offered as part of Money Smart Week ®, an annual personal finance event sponsored by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, in partnership with the American Library Association and the Financial Planning Association. Money Smart Week is a registered service mark of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.

April 7, 2014 at 12:00 am Leave a comment

Cook’s Annual Book Sale is 4/6 – 4/11

Library 06Albert S. Cook Library Annual Book Sale

Find that hidden gem you never knew you always wanted to read and support the library at the same time!


  • Sunday, April 6th from 12:00pm – 4:00pm
  • Monday, April 7 – Friday, April 11 from 8:00am – 4:00pm

Where: Main Floor of Cook Library

Why: Proceeds go to support expanding Cook Library’s technology

April 3, 2014 at 1:50 pm Leave a comment

Thank You for Your Patience as ILL is Underwater, Literally

We ask for your patience. The Interlibrary Loan Office (and other administrative offices) suffered significant damage during a flooding incident over the weekend. While no items in the collection were damaged, this has affected our ability to provide you with timely and efficient services.  We are still processing requests, just at a slower rate than usual. Thank you for your understanding.

April 1, 2014 at 11:50 am Leave a comment

#whatiluvaboutcook Instagram Contest

What:Picture of Al holding a yellow piece of paper with the whatiluvaboutcook hashtag printed on it.

Al, Cook Library’s biggest fan, clearly loves the library. But what about you?

Show us what you love about TU’s Cook Library using Instagram, and we’ll reward your awesomeness during finals week.


  1. Take a fantastic and creative photo or video showing what you love about Towson University’s Albert S. Cook Library
  2. Upload it to Instagram
  3. Tag your creation with #whatiluvaboutcook
  4. Present your Instagram username at the door of CK512 to get exclusive access to this new classroom with iMacs and coffee and snacks from 9am-11am on the first day of finals (Wed. May 14th)

When to Submit:

March 31-April 11, 2014


National Library Week is April 13-19 and we want to show everyone why they should love Cook Library during that week and beyond!

The Fine Print:

By submitting a photo or video and tagging it with #whatiluvaboutcook, you are agreeing to Instagrams’ Terms of Use and agreeing that you obtained permission from everyone pictured in your submission to be photographed and/or recorded. By submitting a photo or video and tagging it with #whatiluvaboutcook you also grant Towson University, Albert S. Cook Library, and their designates permission to copy, modify, and distribute your submission.

March 31, 2014 at 12:00 am Leave a comment

Cook Library Welcomes the Joan Jacobson Dance Collection

Headshot of Joan Jacobson

Photo by Bill Barry

Cook Library is honored to be the home of the Joan Jacobson Dance Collection

The books in this collection span the 20th century and include biographies and memoirs of many of its dance legends: Isadora Duncan, Martha Graham, Ruth St. Denis, Merce Cunningham, Judith Jamison, Alvin Ailey, Margot Fonteyn, Rudolf Nureyev, Vaslav Nijinsky, Agnes de Mille, Tamara Karsavina, Anna Pavlova, Fred Astaire, August Bournonville, George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, and Frederick Ashton.

There are also numerous books of early dance photography and dance anthologies by critics and historians in the United States and Europe, as well as encyclopedias and other dance reference books.   All the books in this collection are in English.

Joan Jacobson has been a Baltimore journalist for more than 40 years. While writing news stories for the Baltimore Evening Sun in the 1970’s, she also became the newspaper’s dance critic. For more than a decade, she wrote about the companies and choreographers of Baltimore’s vibrant dance scene, covering such groups as the Maryland Ballet, Path Dance Company, Phoenix Repertory Dance Company and the Naked Feet Dance Company. She also reviewed performances at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. of internationally known companies like the New York City Ballet, the American Ballet Theatre, and the Paul Taylor Dance Company.

In addition, she interviewed and wrote profiles of such legendary artists and choreographers as Agnes de Mille and Mikhail Baryshnikov and of prima ballerinas Natalia Makarova and Cynthia Gregory.

A devoted dance fan with no formal training as a dancer or historian, she collected 300 dance books, intending to educate herself so her feature articles and reviews would be well informed. In particular, she immersed herself in the dance history of the early 20th century – a critical turning point when the art form was reinvented by the Ballet Russes in Europe and modern dance pioneers in New York.

March 27, 2014 at 5:16 pm Leave a comment

A-LIST Student Research Help Now Available!

RackMultipart20140313-29124-1ef1afdThe struggle is real. Let us help!

Students in the A-LIST program (Albert S. Cook Library Leadership Institute for Students) will be available to help you with your research needs!

They will be in the Writing Center for walk-in help:

Mondays: 11-1
Wednesdays: 2-4

Other times, look for their gold shirts in the library.

They can help you:

  • Navigate the library’s resources
  • Get started with research
  • Find articles and books
  • Cite your sources
  • And much more!

March 24, 2014 at 12:00 am Leave a comment

Cook Open 24/7 for Midterms!

LibraryNight(1)Between Sunday, March 9th and Friday, March 14th, Cook Library will extend its hours of availability to accommodate students’ studying needs during midterms.  During extended hours, the 2nd & 3rd floors will be open; other floors will be closed at the end of the library’s regular hours.  Course Reserves services will still be available, but all other library services will be closed. 

A Photo ID will be required to enter the Library during extended hours.

Extended Hours
Days Hours
March 9 (Sunday)

Open 12:00 PM to 12:00 AM

March 10-March 13 (Monday – Thursday) Open (All day)
March 14 (Friday) Open 12:00 AM to 8:00 PM

February 26, 2014 at 12:00 am Leave a comment

Librarians Offering Research Workshops

This Spring, librarians will be teaching free research workshops. So whether you want to get a refresher on how to cite your sources or learn how to research on the go with your tablet, there is a workshop for you.

Register now at

Modern Language Association Style (MLA) Citations with Lisa Woznicki
Tuesday, March 4th 4-5:30 – Cook Library 317
Citation work is an art that everyone can master, but not everyone is born an MLA “DaVinci.”  The MLA Citation workshop will guide attendees through MLA style paper formatting and the creation of basic in-text and bibliography entries.

Advanced Google Searching with Sara Arnold-Garza
Wednesday, March 5th  12:00-1:00pm – Cook Library, Room 317
Do you like the ease of using Google, but need high quality information for your papers or presentations?  This Cook Library workshop will help you learn how to use various Google products to access credible and appropriate resources.  There will be time for lots of questions and practice.

Getting Psyched: Library Research for Psychology Students with Kim Miller
Wednesday, March 5th  5:30-6:30pm – Cook Library, Room 317
Join Cook Library’s psychology librarian for an hour dedicated to helping students navigate tools and resources for research in psychology. Whether you’re stumped by a research paper for your psychology class, working on your thesis, independent study, or honors project, or need tips and tools for staying organized, this session is for you! This workshop will be an open session driven entirely by student interest, so come prepared to share your burning questions or most pressing problems.

Due Diligence: Company & Industry Research with Shana Gass
Tuesday, March 11th 5:00-6:00pm – Cook Library, Room 317
Save time and effort with these key sources for company and industry research.

Library Research in the Health Professions with Carissa Tomlinson
Thursday, March 13th 4:00-5:00pm – Cook Library 317
Writing a research paper and don’t know where to get started?  Need help navigating tools and resources specific to your field in the health professions?  Want tips and tricks on the research process and staying organized?  Spend an hour with a librarian for the health professions and leave feeling confident that you’re on the right path towards success!

APA Citation Style with Carissa Tomlinson
Tuesday, March 25th 3:30-4:30pm – Cook Library, Room 317
Trying hard not to plagiarize, but not sure what you’re doing?  Not sure where to put that pesky comma?  Volumes and issue numbers got you down?  This Cook Library workshop will cover both reference list and in-text APA citations for a variety of different materials.  There will be plenty of time for questions and practice.

 Getting Started on Your Research; Finding Context for Your Topic with Lisa Sweeney and Sarah Espinosa
Wednesday, March 26th 3:30-5:00pm – Cook Library, Room 317
Practice searching online and print resources to discover critical background information on your research topic, then get expert help using and citing those resources in an academic paper.

Library Resources and Research in Education with Claire Holmes
Wednesday, March 26th 7:00-800pm – Cook Library, Room 317
Research paper? Literature review? Annotated bibliography? Children’s literature text set or author study? Lesson plans? Whether you are new to Towson or just need a brush up, this is the workshop for you. Meet the education librarians and learn to navigate the specific library resources that are key to your success as a student and as an educator.

Research in the Real World: How to Find People, Places, and Things using Government Websites with Joyce Garczynski and Carl Olson
Thursday, March 27th 4:00-5:00pm – Cook Library, Room 317
Ever wonder how to do a background check on someone or find out who owns the house next to you? Are you interested in loans, grants or benefits, or worried about your credit, identity theft, or scams? Come to this workshop  to learn all about the free government websites that you can use to help get you the information you need in your everyday life.

Like a Boss: Business Article Research with Shana Gass
Monday, March 31st  3:30-4:30pm – Cook Library, Room 317
Optimize your article searching to find news, scholarly articles, and other information using the Cook Library business databases.

Chicago Manual of Style (CMS) Citations with Lisa Woznicki
Wednesday, April 9th 4:00-5:30 – Cook Library 317
If you can’t tell the difference between a footnote and a football, this CMS Citation workshop will give you valuable guidance in using this citation style.  The session focuses on the ins and outs of creating footnote/endnote and works cited entries as well as the specifics of CMS paper formatting.

Research To-Go: Using Tablets for Research with Laksamee Putnam & Kim Miller
Thursday, April 24th 3:30-5:00pm – Cook Library, Room 512
This workshop, held in Cook Library’s new iPad-equipped classroom, will highlight tips, tricks, and apps useful for research and academic success. In addition to show-and-tell with some of our favorite productivity apps, attendees will learn more about navigating the library’s resources from mobile devices. iPads will be available for use during the session, but students, faculty, and staff attendees are also encouraged to bring their own devices.

February 18, 2014 at 1:00 pm Leave a comment

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