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More Group Study Space Now Reservable!

spotlightgroupstudypngSince the pilot of a room reservation system last spring was so successful, Cook Library has made even more group study spaces reservable.

The 10 group study spaces at the back of the library’s 2nd floor are now reservable.

Who can reserve the rooms?

  • Only groups of 2 or more can reserve a room
  • You must use a valid Towson University email address to reserve a room

When can I reserve a room?

  • The rooms can be reserved between the following times:
    • Monday-Thursday: 8am-10pm
    • Friday: 8am-8pm
    • Saturday: noon-8pm
    • Sunday: noon-10pm
  • Rooms must be reserved at least 24 hours in advance
  • Reservations can be made up to two weeks in advance
  • Rooms can be reserved for up to 4 hours per day

How can I reserve one of these rooms?

  • Visit, select the time slot in the room you want, and then complete the reservation form
  • You will receive an email confirmation when you book or cancel a group study room
  • You must have a print or electronic copy of your confirmed reservation when occupying the room

What happens if my group is late for our reservation?

  • If your group does not arrive within the first 15 minutes of your reservation, you will forfeit your right to the space and the room will be open on a first come, first served basis until the next reservation.

Anything else I need to know?

  • When not reserved or occupied, group study rooms are open on a first-come, first-served basis
  • Library staff reserve the right to cancel any room reservation. You will receive email notification of the cancellation

September 9, 2016 at 11:43 am Leave a comment

Join Our Student Advisory Board!

IMG_1172Are you interested in helping the library meet the needs of the student population? Want to help our students better take advantage of library services, resources, and facilities?





The Albert S. Cook Library recognizes the importance of student contribution to library policies, services, facilities, resources, and programming. The Cook Library Student Advisory Board (CL-SAB) is a student led group that works to advise as well as actively lead initiatives in these areas.

What does CL-SAB do?

  • advise library administration and committees on library policies, services, facilities, resources, and programming
  • actively promote library resources, services, and programs to greater campus community
  • plan and execute an annual fundraising activity to fund the CL-SAB
  • make decisions on how to spend the CL-SAB fund for library resources or programs
  • plan and execute student centered programming and/or services

What is the time commitment?

Two to three all-member group meetings (a meal or snacks with be provided) per semester, plus additional committee meetings as required. Events as required.

How is the group structured?

The board will have a maximum of 10 student representatives (undergraduate and graduate students) and 3 Albert S. Cook Library Leadership Institute (A-LIST) students. The current subcommittees include:

  • Library user experience – advises and seeks general student feedback on library related experiences as directed by the library committees and administration. Will work to improve the library for students
  • Outreach and marketing – will work to promote library resources, services, and programs to greater campus community
  • Fundraising and event planning – leads annual fundraising events and coordinates any board sponsored student programs

A Librarian will serve as board advisor and will work with the A-LIST students in developing meeting agendas.

How long is the term?

The term is 1 academic year, renewable with permission of the librarian advisor.

How can it help me?

  • this is an opportunity for students to grow their leadership skills and give back to the university community.
  • students will have the ability to influence and create meaningful changes within the library to benefit themselves and their classmates
  • students in this founding cohort will help to shape the trajectory of this group

Email: for more information.

August 26, 2016 at 5:49 pm Leave a comment

Library Renovations Update

DeskConstructionIt has been a busy summer in Cook Library with three areas under renovation. We wanted to give you an update on where these projects stand and what you can expect during the fall semester.

  1. Circulation and Interlibrary Loan: The circulation and interlibrary loan services and staff areas have moved and are now located on the right side of the main floor.
  2. Starbucks: The expansion is ongoing, and they are expected to reopen in October.
  3. 24/7 Space: The construction of this area adjacent to the expanded Starbucks is expected to start in January.


Also please note that as part of these renovations, Cook Library instruction classroom 317 has moved to room 208, and the Leisure Reading Collection has moved to the 2nd floor.

If the construction noise is bothersome, please don’t hesitate to stop at the Research Help Desk for a complementary pair of earplugs.

August 24, 2016 at 10:34 pm Leave a comment

Graduate Students, Check Us Out!

Untitled design-2From online databases accessible 24/7, to study spaces, to academic events, Cook Library has lots of resources that will be helpful to you during your time as a graduate student at Towson University.

Information Resources

  • If you have questions about resources in your particular subject area, don’t hesitate to contact the library liaison for your department.  These librarians are experts in their particular subject areas and are more than happy to help you find what you need.

Study Space

  • You can find out when we’re open by visiting our hours page.
  • Need Quiet? Cook Library has a quiet study room at the back of the 2nd floor, in room 200c. Also if you need to store some of your belongings, we have day lockers at the front of the 2nd floor.


  • Don’t forget: You can always keep up with new resources and events by liking us on Facebook and following us on Instagram and Twitter.

August 24, 2016 at 9:34 am Leave a comment

Sign Up to Be a Book in Our Human Library!

HumanLibrary_logoDo you have a great story to share? Consider being a book in our Human Library events in October!

What is a Human Book?

A Human Book is a person who has volunteered to challenge prejudice through respectful conversation with members of the public, who borrow them. They will have a title that relates to their experience of prejudice and/or discrimination.

What is a Human Library?

The Human Library is a concept created by Ronni Abergel, Dany Abergel, Christoffer Erichsen and Asma Mouna of the Danish youth organisation Stop The Violence in 2000 and it is now operational on five continents. It is a library of human beings, individuals, that each represent a group in the community that are somehow exposed to stigma, prejudice and/or discrimination.

The Human Library™ aims to establish a safe conversational space, where difficult questions are expected, appreciated and hopefully answered by the Human Book on loan.
It was developed to challenge societal prejudices wherever and for whatever reasons they occur, and to help people form a better understanding of those with whom they share their communities.

The Human Library™ encourages patrons to become readers, by taking a person out on loan for a conversation on the topic/issue, that they represent. i.e. the Police Officer would talk about stereotypes and prejudices that police officers meet in their job and answer any question the reader may have about this topic. Conversations are offered to a duration of thirty minutes and is not just a storytelling session, but rather an experience sharing with Q&A encouraged. The outcome of the session and direction of the talk is dependent on what the reader/s asks about. And it is the privilege of both parties to end the conversation at any point they may wish.

The Towson University – Albert S. Cook Library and Center for Student Diversity joins a long and growing list of organizations interested in promoting understanding and compassion between people where prejudice and stereotyping have created misunderstanding and division.

How can you be a Human Book?

The Human Library events will take place:

  • Sunday, October 9th from 12PM-6PM in Cook Library, Room 507
  • Tuesday, October 11th from 10AM-4PM in UU Potomac Lounge

To be a Human Book, to volunteer, or for more information, visit:

August 24, 2016 at 12:01 am Leave a comment

Guest Computer Access Changes

IMG_1930In an effort to improve network security, how guests (non-Towson affiliates) access the computers in our building is changing.

The logins at the top or on the side of the computers no longer work. Instead, we urge guests to visit our Circulation or Research Help Desk and obtain a card with a username and password on it. This guest login is valid for the entire semester so please hold onto it if you are planning multiple library visits. Towson students, faculty, and staff are strongly encouraged to use their NetIDs to log in, as this provides easiest access to campus electronic resources.

Please contact Cook Library at 410-704-2461 or visit the Circulation or Research Help Desk if you have any questions.

August 22, 2016 at 12:05 am Leave a comment

Welcome (Back) Towson Faculty!

Library in Spring 0027(2)We are pleased to welcome returning and new faculty to Cook Library. We hope you had a wonderful summer. There are a number of ways that the library can be of help as you prepare for your classes and work on your own research.

As the fall semester begins, we want you to know that the staff and librarians at Cook are available to help you get your course reserves set up and teach information literacy sessions to your students on topics like avoiding plagiarism and how to find, use, and evaluate information sources.

Learn more about library instruction and course reserves services visit our faculty website.

We can also help you locate the resources you need for your own research.  Just contact the library liaison for your department with your questions. The librarians are always happy to help you find the information you need.

We have a number of resources that can help both you and your students with their research including: Subject Gateways, Course Gateways, the A-Z Database list, the Journal List, and our own Digital Collections in Special Collections and Archives.

If we don’t have what you are looking for, chances are that Interlibrary Loan (ILL) can get it for you.

If you find a library resource and you can’t make it over to Cook to pick it up, we can deliver it to you through our Cook Delivers program.

In addition, the library is proud to showcase all the great research you do. We have a research repository, ScholarWorks@Towson. If you publish a book, we would love to have you give a talk about it at the library and we ask that you donate two copies to the library, one to be circulated and one to be preserved in the Archives.

Cultural Enrichment
The library also offers a number academic events and workshops  throughout the year. If you have ideas for events you would like to see the library offer, please do not hesitate to contact Librarian Joyce Garczynski at and share your ideas.

Keep Up with Cook Library
We publish an e-newsletter, Cook Notes, describing what is new at the library. Look in your email inbox for this publication in October, February, and May.

Don’t forget: You can always keep up with new resources and events by liking us on Facebook and following us on Instagram as well as Twitter.

August 22, 2016 at 12:01 am Leave a comment

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