On-Site Borrowing: One More Reason to Love BorrowDirect

Do you occasionally find yourself in a community where you’d like to use the research library? Under a new pilot agreement, JHU students, faculty, and staff have on-site borrowing privileges at the following BorrowDirect institutions: Brown University, University of Chicago, Columbia University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Duke University, Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University […]


What a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive

The guest blogger for this post, Neil Weijer, is a Denis Curatorial Fellow at the Sheridan Libraries and a doctoral candidate in the Department of History. Weijer co-curated the Fakes, Lies, & Forgeries exhibition, which opens October 5 at the George Peabody Library and runs through February 1, 2015. As a species, we’ve had quite a […]


The Collections of the Ivies+ Now at Your Fingertips

How would you like to be able to search and request books from the eight libraries of the Ivy League (Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Penn, Princeton, and Yale) as well as the libraries of the University of Chicago and MIT? Johns Hopkins University has recently joined BorrowDirect, an 11-school consortium that offers direct access […]


The Sweren Student Book Collecting Contest is Open!

The Betty and Edgar Sweren Student Book Collecting Contest recognizes the love of books and the delight in shaping a thoughtful and focused book collection. All undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in a degree program at Johns Hopkins are eligible to enter. All entries are welcome except past winning collections. Did we mention prizes? The […]


In Memoriam: Champ Sheridan

We are sad to announce the passing of R. Champlin “Champ” Sheridan, a member of the university’s class of 1952, trustee emeritus, 2007 recipient of an honorary doctorate of humane letters, and generous benefactor to the university and to the libraries that today bear his name. He died on August 7 at VNA Hospice House […]


2013 Student Book Collecting Contest Winners Announced

Congratulations to the winners of the 2013 Betty and Edgar Sweren Student Book Collecting Contest. The annual competition, which is sponsored by the Friends of the Libraries and was endowed in 2007 by longtime Friends Betty and Edgar Sweren, recognizes the love of books and the art of shaping a thoughtful and focused book collection. […]


The Icon That Almost Wasn’t There

Mention Baltimore to an out-of-towner and a few things are likely to come up in conversation: The Wire will almost certainly be mentioned; possibly Hairspray. As will crab cakes, Cal Ripken, and Camden Yards. But odds are that the Inner Harbor, Baltimore’s most recognizable feature, will come before all of those other noteworthy topics. For generations […]


What’s in a name?

The Friends of the Libraries are pleased to host author, artist, and environmental activist James Prosek for the 2013 Paula U. Hamburger Lecture on Thursday, March 28. His talk “The Taxonomist’s Dilemma: Or, What’s in a Name?” will explore the role that names and naming play in how we perceive nature and the natural world. […]


The Violinist’s Thumb

Did the human race almost go extinct? Can genetics explain a crazy cat lady’s love for felines? How does DNA lead to people with no fingerprints, or humans born with tails? And how did the right combination of genes create the exceptionally flexible thumbs and fingers of a truly singular violinist? Join the Friends of […]