Monday, July 26, 2021

We're reopening soon!

Library books on shelves

As of Monday, August 2nd, we'll be reopening with limited summer hours. Instead of curbside pick-up, you will be able to pick-up your requested books at the Front Desk without an appointment.* 

Armacost Library faculty and staff will continue to provide a full suite of virtual services throughout the remainder of the summer. Ask a Librarian for help with research questions, articles, eBooks, and more.

We encourage wearing face masks inside the Library to mitigate the potential spread of COVID-19.

Look for continuing updates for the remainder of the summer on our website and in library news.

*You will still need to wait for confirmation via email that the requested book is available for pick-up. 

Thursday, July 22, 2021

Chugging Along to UoR

On June 17th, the University of Redlands train station officially opened. Although parts of the rail are still under construction, the Union Station in Downtown Los Angeles will soon be directly connected to the University of Redlands via The Arrow route, an extension of the San Bernardino line. 

Read about the early trains from "A History of the Great Trains" by Chris Cook from our General Collection, where we have others that cater to similar interests. We also  have the book, "Orient Express, the Life and Times of the World's Most Famous Train" about one of the the most famous trains that dazzled people and was featured in enchanting stories. Or, you can read about how the railways fall short of hopes and needs in "Romance of the Rails: Why the Passenger Trains We Love Are Not the Transportation We Need" by Randal O'Toole from our General Collection. 

You can also check out our digital access to eBooks, such as "Empire's Tracks: Indigenous Nations, Chinese Workers, and the Transcontinental Railroad" by Manu Karuka and "The Men Who Loved Trains the Story Of men Who Battled Greed to Save An Ailing Industry" by Rush Loving. These books help to create a better understanding of the railway industry, how far it has come, and where it can still go. Also "Drift: Illicit Mobility and Uncertain Knowledge" by Jeff Ferrell is an interesting read for those with fears of who will come with the trains. 

Reading books like, "Railroads And The American People" by H. Roger Grant can help curious minds understand how the railway expanded horizons while impacting American life to what has become our norms today. So, enjoy a good book physically or electronically! 

Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Coming soon: A New InSPIRe!

Screen shot of the new InSPIRe home page


As we reported last month, Armacost Library's new digital collections and publishing presence, InSPIRe, is migrating to a new platform in early July.

Soon you'll be able to view scholarship and creative works from faculty and students across the University, including:

  • Undergraduate honors papers and theses
  • Graduate theses, dissertations and MSGIS projects
  • Faculty book chapters, articles and creative work
  • Open educational resources
  • Our House, an annual celebration of University of Redlands scholarly and creative accomplishments

And much more! 

InSPIRe is currently experiencing a short downtime while we finish getting the new site ready for you. Please contact the library if you need assistance accessing a particular work during this time. 

Thanks to Armacost Library's project team, including Paige Mann, Scholarly Communications and STEM Librarian; Michael Kremer, Circulation Supervisor and InSPIRe@Redlands Assistant; and Sanjeet Mann, Arts & Systems Librarian, with support from ITS and external vendors Digital Commons and Ubiquity Press.

Wednesday, June 02, 2021

Continuing to Support Our Community

 The University of Redlands has many events coming up during the Summer and to support them, the Armacost Library wanted to remind you all that we have materials available to our community. 

According to the Events page, on June 14th "31st Annual Edwin B. Hales Bulldog Bench Golf Classic, take two!" is coming up fast! We have articles in Primo about the health benefits of golfing as well as the growth and development of golfing in America. There are, also, connections between environmental sciences with golf all over the world. 

And, of course, on June 15th, "Ageless Intensity: Exercise and Successful Aging with Pete McCall '94" looks like it will be very informative for people of all ages. And to read more about this topic, you can search through our library to find plenty of information to further explore. 

As you can see from the image above, after searching for 'science of exercise' and adding the filters that can give me instant access or shows what is available in the library to be checked out, there were almost 300 results. 

The services of the Armacost Library are still available during the Summer. Have a great summer, Bulldogs! 

Friday, May 14, 2021

Preparing For Our Bulldogs

Before COVID-19 shut down the Armacost Library to receiving the public and Bulldog community members, we were open for 16 hours a day and all three floors were open with study spaces, groupings of tables and armchairs, and two study rooms and two computer spaces. This was the life for our Bulldogs and we looked forward to helping, greeting, directing, and welcoming EVERYONE as much as possible.

Once COVID-19 hit, the doors to the library closed because our campus shut down. But, through hard work and on a skeleton staff, the Armacost Library continued to function, offering Curbside Pick-Up to our community. Anything within our general collection and interlibrary loans, we can schedule a pick-up for you. The CDI's Book Lending Program is still in full swing but they are coordinating the mailing and pick-up of their books. 


Now that COVID-19 is getting under control and people are being vaccinated, the Armacost Library is preparing to open for our Bulldog community. For this Summer 2021, we plan to open a few hours from Sunday until Thursday and add hours when we reach Fall 2021. Safety precautions will be taken so that we can continue being safe and keeping everyone safe! For this summer, more information will be coming out soon but beverages with lids will be permitted. 

With everything going on, if you have any questions or comments for our staff, please do contact us

Monday, May 10, 2021

InSPIRe is Migrating to a New Platform in June

Armacost Library is pleased to announce that we are migrating our digital collections and publishing presence, InSPIRe, to a new platform. 

What will be affected by this migration?

All Our House material, student theses and dissertations, Journal of Computer Science Integration (JCSI) articles, and more will operate on a different platform beginning July 2021. 

How will this impact new submissions?

To prepare for the migration, we will halt all deposits in the month of June. You are welcome to deposit your work through the end of May or wait until July.

Will this result in broken links? 

Existing work will receive a new URL; old URLs will not work. However, works for which the Armacost Library has minted a digital object identifier (DOI) will be little affected. Anyone trying to access a work via a DOI URL (e.g., will be taken to the new URL. 

Will I still receive monthly download reports?

Unfortunately, those accustomed to receiving monthly download reports will have to do without for the time being. However, the attention that a work is receiving will be publicly available. Authors of JCSI articles will see something like this example. Authors and creators of Our House work and student theses and dissertations will see a more modest version of the example provided. 

Also, when this kind of attention data is migrated to the new platform, its chronology will be lost. That is, downloads recorded for January 2021 (100 downloads), February 2021 (200 downloads), and March 2021 (300 downloads) will be lumped together in July as 600 downloads. 

Why did you decide to migrate to a new platform?

There are several reasons for this migration, that also align with our library's values and manifesto

The platform we were using was acquired a few years ago by Elsevier. As observed by many, Elsevier and its parent company RELX time and again prioritize power and profit over than the academic communities it purports to serve. Elsevier's and RELX's market dominance, profit margins which exceed those of Big Tech, aggressive business tactics, and contracts with U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raise considerable concerns. As a result, the Armacost Library has been actively looking to migrate to a new platform for years. 

Our new vendor, Ubiquity Press, has a better reputation with those of us in the library community, offers much more transparency in its business practices, uses open source software, is an open access advocate, and adopts open standards which reduce the lock-in strategies used by many vendors.

What will the new site look like?

Glad you asked! It's still being developed at this point, but the site will go from this

to this

What if I have questions? 

Feel free to reach out to anyone in the library or contact InSPIRe personnel directly by emailing

I hope you're as excited about this as we are! :)

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Armacost Library Undergraduate Research Award 2021


ALURA 2021

University of Redlands students: Submit work you've already completed, or is in progress, for a class or capstone project or honors thesis. You could win $500.00 and demonstrate your research abilities in your resume

Learn more about the submission process:

Remember these dates

Submissions due - Sunday, April 4, 2021

Winners notified - Friday, April 16, 2021

Award ceremony - Monday, April 19, 2021 @ 4pm

Awardees announced @ Honors Convocation - Friday, April 30, 2021