Is there anything to read here?

Well of course there’s something to read — we have thousands and thousands of books.

But what you mean when you ask us this question is, “Is there anything fun to read here? You know, reading for pleasure and not for class?”

We don’t have a special section devoted to novels like you might find at your local public library, so it’s harder to find something if you don’t have a particular author or title in mind. But because we want you to love reading, we’ve put together this list of ways for you to get “fun” books:

Browse the shelves on floor 4M. You never know what title might jump off the shelf at you. A few options include ‘Tis, the second installment of Frank McCourt’s memoirs; the “speculative fiction” of Margaret Atwood, including Lady Oracle, Life After Man, Cat’s Eye and The Handmaid’s Tale; and a variety of the Oprah books, such as The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver; Breath, Eyes, Memory by Edwidge Danticat; A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest Gaines; and the very first Oprah selection, The Deep End of the Ocean by Jacquelyn Mitchard.

We also have a free Book Exchange on the Lower Level. The motto is, “Take a book, leave a book, read for fun!” All patrons are encouraged to choose something from the cart, or leave something behind that others might enjoy.

Still not finding anything “fun” to read? You have access to hundreds of thousands of books through Fenway Libraries Online and the Fenway Library Consortium. Visit these libraries in person (the Simmons College library in particular has a sizeable “Diversions Collection”) or place an Interlibrary Loan request.

The Massachusetts Virtual Catalog allows you to search the catalogs of – and request items from — more than 300 libraries across the state. That’s a lot of books!

Finally, we encourage you to visit the Boston Public Library Boston Public Library in Copley Square. A library card provides access not only to print books, but electronic and downloadable audio books as well. Plus, the McKim Building (the older part of the library) has many beautiful artistic and architectural details to see.

The best part? All of this – that’s right, everything mentioned above – is free.

New to Wheelock?

Here are some things to know when using the library:

  • Restrooms (indelicately labeled ‘Toilet’) are located on LL, 1M, 2M, 3M, 4, and 4M.
  • The library has 9 levels but only 4 numbers because of our many mezzanines – it confuses all of us. Fortunately, the stairwells are labeled so you can find what you need.
  • The Reference Librarian wants you to ask her/him questions
  • If we don’t have it, we can get it! Let us know what books, articles, and resources you need.
  • We don’t charge fines but appreciate timely return of materials. Other libraries in our consortium do charge fines, so be aware of lending policies when using InterLibrary Loan.
  • We have laptops for you to borrow (library use only) – ask at the circulation desk.

Visit our website for more information or stop by, say hello, and pick up a copy of our Library Guide on floors 1, 1M and 2. It has a listing of what’s on each floor, as well as information on our services and collections, all in convenient booklet form!

The Marjorie Bakken Collection: Children’s Response to September 11th

With the fifth anniversary of the September 11th attacks drawing near, there are frightening images and stories being presented in the newspapers and on television – images and stories that may make children feel afraid or unsure.

The books in the Marjorie Bakken Collection offer paths to understanding and comfort for children and those who care for them. This collection was inspired by Marjorie Bakken’s lifelong commitment to children and families and was created at her behest in response to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. It also serves as a fitting tribute to Wheelock’s twelfth President.

Titles range from favorites like Alexander and the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day to Parenting after September 11, 2001. There are books specific to September 11th as well as a number of books that are appropriate for helping children deal with other troubling issues that may arise. Several of the books are geared to teenagers as well.

A complete list of books in the Marjorie Bakken Collection is available as a PDF.

The Library also has a subject guide on Coping with Violence that lists websites with more information on how to help children deal with disasters, tragedy and violence.

New databases: JStor and ARTstor

jstorJStor is the newest addition to our collection of full-text databases. JStor provides full backfiles for core scholarly journals. Start searching JStor now or view a tutorial.


ARTstor is an extensive databases of art, archeology and architecture images for use in research and the classroom. Take a tour of ARTstor or start searching*.

To log in to ARTstor, JStor, or any of Wheelock’s databases, click any of the links above or access the resources using our database page and enter your campus login at the prompt.

* Before using ARTstor, check to see if you meet the system requirements.

Reminder to first year students

Please check your email for the Incoming Student Library survey.