Thanksgiving Holiday Hours

The James B. Duke Library will have modified hours of operation during the Thanksgiving holiday.

November 24  Tuesday  8:00am – 5:00pm

November 25  Wednesday  closed

November 26  Thursday  closed

November 27  Friday  closed

November 28  Saturday  closed

November 29  Sunday  5:00pm – 1:00am

Thanksgiving PostcardThanksgiving wishes postcard addressed to Miss Stella Rossignol, postmarked 1909.  This postcard is part of the Judson Postcard Collection, a collection from Mary C. Judson, lady principal of the Greenville Woman’s College from 1878 to 1912.

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Browse postcards from the Furman University Special Collections and Archives. Postcards are from the Ethel Howard Postcard Collection, the Furman University Postcard Collection, the South Carolina Postcard Collection, the Greenville Woman’s College Collection, and the Judson Collection.

ILL Deadlines

Nov 24th – the last day to submit Interlibrary Loan requests for books, audiobooks, DVDs, and music scores

Dec 5th – the last day to submit Interlibrary Loan requests for articles

The deadlines apply only to those items needed before the end of Fall term. Requests submitted after these deadlines will be addressed on a case by case basis.

The book deadline applies only to books ordered through Interlibrary Loan. Books may be ordered via PASCAL Delivers until the end of the term.

If you are in a pinch, PASCAL Delivers, PASCAL Visiting Patron or PASCAL PickUp Anywhere could be helpful. Please see our PASCAL page for more information.

Libby’s Passage to India

Libby’s Passage to India – On Monday, November 16th, our very own Outreach Librarian, Libby Young, began her 3 ½ -week India adventure as part of the India Study Away program.   14 students and faculty, Dr. Veena Khandke and Dr. Karni Bhati departed earlier this term and spent time in Chennai, India and Sri Lanka.  Libby will join the group in Delhi.

Just a few of the stops on the itinerary include:

Libby and the students are expected to return to the states December 9th.  We are certain she will have amazing stories to tell and lots of pictures to share!  We wish safe travels to all our Furman study away groups.


Furman students making chapatis at the Sikh Gurudwara. They feed 15,000 people a week and let volunteers help.


Visiting the Jama Masjid mosque.

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Humayun’s Tomb

Calling All Bibliophiles!

The Furman University Libraries invites you for a gathering on Wednesday, November 18, 2015 at 3:00 PM in the Pitts Room (2nd floor of the library).

Furman’s Bibliophiles have enjoyed  several stimulating presentations and discussions in years past. And now after a hiatus of nearly a year and a half, we are once again extending invitations to all who have expressed interest previously and new recruits as well. We have the opportunity to call on our own Special Collections Librarian and Archivist, Jeff Makala, who has agreed to present to us a range of discoveries and insights he acquired in the research of one of his recent projects. The topics are many in what is titled:

Mathew Carey and the American Bible Marketplace, 1810-1825

In 1810, Mathew Carey was the highest-volume publisher of Bibles in the United States. By 1825, he was out of the Bible business altogether. During this time, a number of significant changes in the American book trades and publishing industry took place, both technological and organizational. This informal presentation will explore Carey’s work in negotiating a changing and newly-competitive national marketplace for Bibles. Among other things, this is a story of: cutthroat competition; a dizzying array of Biblical consumer choices; book trade “frenemies;” capitalist Quakers; incompetent printers; a touch of industrial espionage; and the beginnings of big-business Bible production in the United States. 

In addition there will be several relevant and interesting items on display for perusal from both Furman’s Special Collections and Jeff’s own collection.

There will be light refreshments. That’s Wednesday, November 18, 2015 at 3:00 PM. We hope you can attend and make this the first of a series of future gatherings.


Ask a Diplomat!

Visit the latest display in the James B. Duke Library which highlights the publications and career opportunities of the United States Department of State. The State Department employs adventurous, adaptable, well-rounded, strategic problem-solvers, from diverse educational, geographic, and cultural backgrounds, who want to make a contribution to our global society.

If you have the desire to live and work in any country in the world, including those with unstable governments or infrastructures and have the ability to integrate into culturally diverse environments, a career with the U.S. Department of State may be of interest to you. Visit: And take advantage of the opportunity provided by the Malone Career Center on Tuesday, November 17th, to meet one-on-one with Diplomat-in-Residence, Richard Jaworski.

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Questions?  Contact the Malone Career Center or 864.294.2106

State Department Display

The State Department display is located near the Reference Collection on the main floor of the James B. Duke Library.

Ask a Diplomat

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International Education Week

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International Education Week: November 16-20

International Education Week is an annual celebration of the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. This joint initiative is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education.

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Visit the International Education Week display in the James B. Duke Library.

Furman University plays an important role in making education abroad accessible to U.S. students representing the full diversity of our society. International experiences connect students, scholars, and emerging world leaders, enabling them to collaborate and tackle today’s challenges like workforce development, climate change, and global health. By welcoming international students and encouraging U.S. students to participate in education abroad, we create a more secure and stable world.

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Rinker Center for Study Away and International Education

Furman’s Study Away opportunities range from three-week intensive May Experience courses to semester or yearlong programs, both in the U.S. and abroad. Students can choose from programs offering internships, language immersion, interdisciplinary courses, or enrollment at partnering universities abroad. Students should begin planning for Study Away early in their Furman years.

Furman’s faculty-led study away programs represent engaged learning at its finest: students and professors critically exploring their destinations together. These study away programs are designed and led by Furman faculty, ensuring that you continue to receive a quality Furman education while traveling off-campus. Faculty help keep the disciplinary lens focused, answer tough questions, and capture the “teachable moments.”

Visit: to explore programs, view application instructions and deadlines, read the Study Away Handbook, learn about costs and financial aid, and obtain information about passport and visa requirements.

Get the latest information from the Rinker Center for Study Away and International Education by liking them on Facebook: Follow and post on Twitter and Instagram at #FUstudyaway.

The Rinker Center for Study Away and International Education is located on the first floor of Trone Student Center, in Suite 209. Feel free to stop by their office if you have a question or need to get in touch with one of their staff members.

If you don’t know who to talk to, give them a call at 864-294-3274 or send them an email. You can direct general information requests or questions to: or

Have you heard of FUISA? Follow the Furman University International Students Association at


The Furman University International Student Association (FUISA) held their annual Fashion Show on Monday, November 2nd. The show represented over 20 countries. From India to France and Indonesia to Costa Rica. Photo credit: Jeremy Fleming, University Photographer

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Light and Shadow

James B. Duke Library & Furman Art Present

Light and Shadow

Works by current Furman Art Majors

Works on display in the James B. Duke Library from Nov. 16th – Dec. 9th

Opening Reception on November 16th, 5:30-7:00 p.m.

light refreshments will be served

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Veterans Day Observance

This years marks the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Ia Drang, the first major land battle in the Vietnam War. 

One of the most significant battles of the Vietnam War, the 14–16 November 1965 battle in the Ia Drang Valley in South Vietnam’s central highlands between the U.S. Army’s 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile) and the 33rd and 66th Regiments of the North Vietnamese Army (NVA) marked a watershed change in the military strategies of both sides. For the NVA, it was a shift from reliance solely on Viet Cong guerrilla forces to the use of conventional military forces in order to achieve victory. For the United States, it marked the beginning of direct massive involvement in ground combat operations, as well as a test of the heliborne air mobility tactics that were to become the hallmark of the war.

Thwarting an NVA plan to cut South Vietnam in two by attacking eastward across the central highlands to the South China Sea, the 1st Cavalry Division’s 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment, made a heliborne combat assault directly into the enemy assembly area. Supported by massive air and artillery fires, including strikes by B‐52 bombers, the NVA were routed and forced to retreat back into their Cambodian sanctuaries. The victory was marred, however, by the ambush of the 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry, by remnants of the NVA force as it withdrew from the battle area. Casualties totaled 234 killed in action during the landing zone X‐Ray and Albany actions.

Summers, Harry G. “Ia Drang Valley, Battle of the (1965).” The Oxford Companion to American Military History. : Oxford University Press, 2000. Oxford Reference. 2004.

Please join us for a talk and discussion with two Vietnam combat veterans and authors on Thursday, November 12 at 7:00 p.m. at the Furman University Trone Student Center, Watkins Room.

J. L. Bud Alley, Furman class of 1964 and Jim Lawrence, a 1963 graduate of the Citadel, will discuss their books and experiences during the Battle of Ia Drang, one of the most violent clashes in America’s involvement in the Vietnam War.

This event is co-sponsored by the Friends of the Furman University Libraries and the Furman History Department.

Agony of Vietnam


CLP: Agony of Vietnam

Please join us for a talk and discussion with two Vietnam combat veterans and authors on Thursday, November 12 at 7:00 p.m. at the Furman University Trone Student Center, Watkins Room.

J. L. Bud Alley, Furman class of 1964 and Jim Lawrence, a 1963 graduate of the Citadel, will discuss their books and experiences during the Battle of Ia Drang, one of the most violent clashes in America’s involvement in the Vietnam War.

This event is co-sponsored by the Friends of the Furman University Libraries and the Furman History Department.

Agony of Vietnam

Newly Activated Database Trials

The Furman University Libraries have just activated trials for JSTOR’s Struggles for Freedom: Southern Africa and World Heritage Sites: Africa. These two trials are available on our Trials LibGuide through Tuesday, November 17, 2015.

Struggles for Freedom: Southern Africa (JSTOR)  The collection consists of more than 190,000 pages of documents and images, including periodicals, nationalist publications, records of colonial government commissions, local newspaper reports, personal papers, correspondence, UN documents, out-of-print and other particularly relevant books, oral histories and speeches relating to the liberation of Southern Africa and the dismantling of the Apartheid regime.

World Heritage Sites: Africa (JSTOR)  World Heritage Sites: Africa is made up of 20 sub-collections and more than 57,000 objects presented through photographs, 3D models, GIS data, site plans, aerial and satellite photography, images of rock art, excavation reports, manuscripts, traveler’s accounts, historical and antiquarian maps, books, articles, and other scholarly research. Topics include: African studies, anthropology, archaeology, architecture, art history, Diaspora studies, folklore and literature, geography and history, as well as those focused on geomatics, advanced visual and spatial technologies, historic preservation and urban planning.

The Furman University Libraries have just activated trials for Adam Matthew’s African American Communities and Popular Medicine in America, 1800-1900. These two trials are available on our Trials LibGuide through Monday, November 30, 2015.

African American Communities (Adam Matthew)  Focusing predominantly on Atlanta, Chicago, St Louis, Brooklyn, and towns and cities in North Carolina this collection presents multiple aspects of the African American community through personal diaries and scrapbooks, pamphlets, newspapers and periodicals, correspondence, official records and in-depth oral histories, revealing the prevalent challenges of racism, discrimination and integration, and a unique African American culture and identity. Also featured is a rich selection of visual material, including photographs, postcards, maps and ephemera. *Please note that PDF download options are not available during trials. 

Popular Medicine in America, 1800-1900 (Adam Matthew)  Popular Medicine in America presents materials from the Library Company of Philadelphia’s extensive collection. The resource documents the history of ‘popular’ medicine in America during the nineteenth century, featuring a wide variety of material that was aimed at the general public rather than medical professionals, and which enabled the ordinary person to treat himself and his family at home using an array of inventive methods and fashionable techniques. The material includes: advertisements (in the form of posters, broadsides, trade cards, and leaflets), popular educational texts aimed at a non-professional audience, writings on preventive medicine and guides to a healthy regimen, and sex guides. *Please note that PDF download options are not available during trials.

We would like your feedback about our trials.  Our feedback form is simple, and will take you less than 3 minutes to complete.