End of semester library hours and information

Thursday, May 12  :  closed at midnight – all senior books due

Friday, May 13  :  8:00am – 5:00pm – all student books due

Saturday, May 14  :  10:00am – 4:00pm

Sunday, May 15  :  CLOSED

Monday, May 16, Commencement Day:

8:30am – 11:00am &

2:00pm –  5:00pm


Seniors:  Return all library books before midnight Thursday, May 12.  Turn in theses to the library by Friday, May 13 (noon).

All Students: Clear all personal belongings from desks, tables, and lockers.  Return all library books and locker keys by Friday, May 13 (4pm).

For more information, contact Mark McDaniel.

Library hours Renn Fayre

The Reed College Library will close at 8p on Fri/Sat, 4/29-4/30.  Thesis parade in the library starts at 4p Friday (seniors only).

Reference service will end at 5 pm on Friday, 4/29 and resume at 1 pm on Sunday, 5/1.

The IMC will be closed Sat/Sun, 4/30-5/1

The PARC will close at 3p Fri, 4/29 and will be closed Sat/Sun, 4/30-5/1

Spring thesis desk lottery

Thesis Desk Lottery

Random numbers for the Senior thesis desk lottery will be drawn from the official 470 list. If you are a senior, but are not yet registered for 470, and want to be included in the drawing, please come to the circulation desk and have your name added to the lottery list by Monday, February 8. Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Studio Art, and Psychology, majors are not eligible for thesis desks in the Library.

The list of numbers will be posted Tuesday, February 9 along with a map of thesis desk locations so that you can have preferences in mind before the actual selection.

The choosing of desks will begin at noon on Wednesday, February 10 in the library lobby. You, or your proxy, must be present when your name is called. Lottery numbers are not transferable.

NOTE: Some desks, as indicated on the map, will be shared. In order to help create the most pleasant sharing arrangement possible, the person with the better number may bring in as a partner another senior on the list who has a less desirable number. Please make those arrangements before the noon time selection and let us know that is your plan when your name is called.

Any questions contact Brian Kelley


About thesis desks

A number of single and shared desks are assigned to seniors for use while working on their theses. The desks are selected by means of a lottery held at the beginning of the fall semester. Spring-fall seniors may choose desks via a spring mini-lottery from among those vacated by seniors who have completed their theses at the end of the fall semester. These desk assignments are for spring semester only.

Desks assigned to seniors are for their sole use for the balance of their school year or as long as they remain registered for 470. A senior may ask you to vacate his or her desk and you will be expected to comply.

ONLY thesis desks are assigned to individuals. The other study tables are permanently unassigned, and therefore are available for use by the entire community. At these desks, personal items and books may be stored on the shelves above the work surface. However, neither the shelf nor the desk becomes “yours” by right of keeping your things there. If there is extra space on the shelf, other people may store items there. You may not claim or reserve these desks, and when you are not actually working there you must leave the work surface, chair, and floor area free of obstructing materials. These regulations are designed to provide the maximum availability of study space to the maximum number of people. Storage of personal items must not have the effect of excluding other students. Non-thesis tables and desks are intended as general study areas.

The staff, assisted by student monitors, will remove all of the following from desks and tables:

All library-owned books that are not checked out and all library-owned journals.
All plants, flowers, etc.
All dishes and silverware.
All packages or containers of food or drink.
All electrical appliances and extension cords. (Surge suppressed cords are ok for computers.)

The student monitor will leave a note indicating what was removed and where it is being kept for claiming purposes. We recommend that you rent lockers to store your valuables and miscellaneous belongings.

Winter Break Hours


Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday Exceptions
Library 8:30a-5p 8:30a-5p 8:30a-5p 8:30a-5p 8:30a-5p CLOSED CLOSED Closed 12/24-1/3, 1/18, Open 10a-5p 1/23-1/24
Reference 10a-5p (on call) 10a-5p (on call) 10a-5p (on call) 10a-5p (on call) 10a-5p (on call) CLOSED CLOSED Closed: 12/24-1/3, 1/18
IMC Noon – 5p Noon – 5p Noon – 5p Noon – 5p Noon – 5p CLOSED CLOSED Closed 12/24-1/3, 1/18
Special Collections 10a-12p,
or by appt.
by appt. 10a-12p,
1p- 4p,
or by appt.
1p- 4p,
or by appt.
by appt. CLOSED CLOSED Closed: 12/24-1/3, 1/18
VRC 9a-5p 9a-5p 9a-5p 9a-5p 9a-5p CLOSED CLOSED Closed 12/24-1/3, 1/18
PARC 1-5p 1-5p 1-5p 1-5p 1-5p CLOSED CLOSED Closed, 12/19-1/3, 1/18, Open 8:30a-5p, 1/19-1/22