Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Power outage on Saturday, July 29th, 2017

The library's website and off-campus database access may be unavailable on Saturday, July 29th due to a campus power outage. PSO needs to shut off power to much of the campus to install new electrical equipment.

Monday, May 01, 2017

The Spring Finals DeStress Fest is On!

Extended hours Thursday, April 27 - Thursday, May 4

The Al Harris Library will be open extended hours Thursday, April 27th through Thursday, May 4th. View our full Finals Week schedule …


We'll have cookies, crackers, and drinks from 8:00pm until closing.

Let's get physical!

Sweat the stress out with our jump ropes and hula hoops.

Take a reality break

The Dept. of Business and Computer Science will share their HTC VIVE virtual reality goggles in the evening on Monday, May 1st.

Woof! Chill with the therapy dog

Relax with a chilled-out therapy dog at the Al Harris Library from 4:00pm-5:30pm on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.

The art of taking a break

Color, draw, paint, and craft -- whatever takes your mind off studying. We provide the materials -- you provide the creativity!

Exercise your brain!

We'll have games, puzzles, and other activities to reset your brain.

Destress at the library!

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Favorite Books and National Library Week

Do you have a favorite book? A book that has motivated you, entertained you, educated you, and changed your perspective? The Al Harris Library invites you to tell us about your favorite book!

In celebration of National Library Week (April 9th-15th), the Al Harris Library is displaying an exhibit of favorite books. We are asking students, staff, and faculty for information about why this book is a favorite.
If you would like to participate, please leave a comment on the Al Harris Library Facebook page or fill out this form: 

Remember to check out the other displays at the Al Harris Library. You may discover your next favorite book! 

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Black History Month

 In celebrating Black History Month we recognize the achievements of Black Americans. We do so because the achievements of Black America are historic and inspiring. We do so because recognizing them strengthens the nation. We do so because Black History Month is a deliberate act of inclusion that deepens the understanding of a shared past.
The specter of racism in the 21st century in America is real, and a threat that can not be ignored. We do not live in a “post-racial” country where your skin goes unnoticed, unrecorded or is unimportant. In celebrating Black History Month we recognize a common dream of equality that lies at the heart of our civility and the promise of the nation.

"One might argue the historian is the conscience of the nation, if honesty and consistency are factors that nurture the conscience."

 - John Hope Franklin

Race and History: Selected Essays, 1938-1988

John Hope Franklin, an Oklahoman by birth, strove his whole life to confront and bring light to the terrors and lies that have kept us from becoming a “more perfect union”.  In his spirit the Al Harris Library’s display on Black History Month is an invitation to recognize, celebrate and reflect on the work that lies before us all. 

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

SWOSU Jazz Festival, Feb. 9 & 10, 2017

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Mark February 10th (Friday) on your calendars for the next 2017 Jazz Festival here at SWOSU. The concert will feature trombonist Bill Watrous and percussionist Stockton Helbing. They will be performing at the Fine Arts Center in the afternoon (1-3 pm) and evening (8-10 pm).  A well-known bop stylist Bill Watrous has been playing jazz for over fifty years and is on music faculty at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music. Stockton Helbing is not only a drummer, but also a composer, arranger, producer, band leader, educator, music director, author, and entrepreneur. He is an Adjunct Professor of Drumset at the University of North Texas. 

In the meantime stop by the library and check out our new display on jazz!