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Claire T. Carney Library End of Semester Announcement

The Claire T. Carney Library will open its doors to the UMassD community for 24/7 hours starting at noon on April 22 (Sunday) until May 9 (Wednesday) when we will close at 10PM.  Library services for Circulation/Reserves and Reference will not have extended hours, so make sure to visit those service points during regular hours.  You will also need a UMass Pass to enter the building after 10PM and until regular opening hours the next day.

We hope you will find a variety of study spaces to choose from including our quiet study areas in the South Reading Room and Grand Reading Room (when no events are scheduled), several group study rooms available by reservation, and many individual and group study areas throughout the building.  Also, check our computer labs (128, 225 and 226) for extra seating during peak hours. 

Please be mindful that we will be close to seating capacity, so if you are at a group table and not expecting team members, please use our Open/Taken table tents to offer seats to others.

We also encourage everyone to be respectful of the space and other students by watching noise levels and picking up after yourselves should you bring any food/drink.

If you have any questions, please contact our staff either at the Circulation/Reserve desk (x8750), the Learning Commons desk (x8884), or the overnight security staff.

We wish you all the best with your exams and a productive end to the semester!  

SciFi Book Club to discuss “Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel”

The Science Fiction Book Club has selected Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel as the last book of the semester. Leaning more to the hard science fiction side of the genre, the novel follows Rose’s accidental discovery and life-long study of a strange relic found partially buried in South Dakota. With a unique delivery method— a mixture of fictional primary sources, interviews, and journal entries—we think this will be an entertaining read, and a great introduction to the genre for new sci fi readers.

While its partial use of diary entries to deliver the story is like The Martian by Andy Weir (our November book!), the similarities don’t end there. Neuvel also self-published the book and managed to sell the movie rights before the book was even released by a publisher. Its script is currently being written by Jurassic Park screenwriter David Koepp.

Unlike The Martian, Sleeping Giants is the first book in a series. It and its sequel, Waking Gods, have both been included in a variety of shortlists and longlists and been nominated for awards. The third book, Only Human, will be released on May 1st.

You can find it (and its sequel) at your local public library or through interlibrary loan.

Come join us on Thursday, April 26th at 2pm in Library 240 to discuss Sleeping Giants!