To Borrowers: Baltimore Libraries Large and Small

  We take for granted that library books should not be written in, altered, and tracked with barcodes (if we let them out of the library at all). But before the invention of modern security measures, or even of circulating libraries themselves, book owners went to great lengths to protect their libraries from coming to […]


Fairy Tales, Ghost Stories, and Eerie Literature – Part 2

Still huddled under the covers reading scary books? Good! There are more ghoulish and ghostly tales that await you. Oh, and if you haven’t read part 1 of this blog, you might want to begin there. Did Dracula really say, “Blah…blah…blah!”? Perhaps there’s a clue in the latest 2018 Dracula novel. “Dracul,” a prequel to Dracula, has been written […]


Frankenstein: 200 Years In Print

Where does our fascination with Frankenstein come from? And why has it lasted so long? This exhibition presents early and illustrated editions of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley’s famous novel, along with theater and film tie-ins and twentieth-century homages to the monster’s tale—just a few examples of its remarkably full life in print. Frankenstein’s history of prolific […]


Deposit For Deposit Day

Faculty, don’t delay! Make your deposit(s) using the Open Access website! The Open Access website on the Provost’s site provides an FAQ, a background on Open Access, and a short history of the policy. It also provides a link to the Public Access Submission System, PASS, built by the library development team, to allow faculty […]


In A Hurry? Use Hopkins Self-Checkout!

Want to check out a book? Is there a line at the Service Desk? Has the Service Desk closed for the evening? No worries. Use Hopkins Self-Checkout! Use your cell phone! Download the free Hopkins Self-Checkout app. Enter your JHED ID and password, follow the online prompts and you’re on your way. For books that […]


Fairy Tales, Ghost Stories, and Eerie Literature – Part 1

A sketch of a statuette depicting Cthulhu, drawn by his creator, H. P. Lovecraft, 1934. Resembles a human man with an octopus-like head.

Each part of the world has its own collection of stories written to frighten readers. Their degree of fear can range from friendly giants roaming the tranquil countryside to the paranormal haunting a castle. What was once shared around the campfire in the dark shadows of a forest is now viewed on smart devices as […]


Open Access Week Events

Open Access Week 2018 will be full of events around open data, open scholarship, and open access. A complete list is below with links. We’re busy this year to promote the Johns Hopkins Open Access Policy. You can read more about the policy in a previous post and on the Open Access Policy website. We […]


Literary Halloween Costumes: Beyond Frankenstein and Dracula

Still casting about for a Halloween costume? How about paying homage to something you read that sent shivers up your spine? A few suggestions: Shakespeare is always a great source. Banquo’s ghost, the weird sisters, Lady Macbeth after the murder, Hamlet’s father, the drowned Ophelia–all are classics. If you need visual inspiration, search these characters in ARTstor […]


Halloween Fun Means Scary Movies

The weather outside isn’t exactly frightful (that’s for another holiday), but many films in our library collection are! To get in the Halloween spirit this week, why not check out some DVDs? What type of movie scares you the most? Ghost stories? Horror films? Thrillers? We have all sorts! How do you feel about monsters? Witches? Zombies? Vampires? Werewolves? Serial […]