New Books in the Science Libraries

The January-February 2023 new books list offers a variety of resources to explore at the Geology-Math-Physics Library.  There you will find new print books, newly acquired rare books, and a sampling of the 12 new books in the Memoirs of the American Mathematical Society series.

To access the January-February 2023 list, click here.

If you have any questions about these books, contact Ted Baldwin, Director of the Science and Engineering Libraries, at




Langsam Library offering Extended Hours March 19 – April 26

Beginning Sunday, March 19, just in time for the semester crunch time, the Walter C. Langsam Library will offer extended hours. Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays, March 19 through April 26, the library will remain open until 3am.

The Desk@Langsam will continue to close at midnight, but library space will be available for studying.

BONUS EXAM HOURS: Wednesday and Thursday, April 19 and 20, Langsam Library will be open until 3am.

The full list of library hours is available online.

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Hungry? Bite into an edible book with UC Libraries

Celebrate books good enough to eat at the International Edible Books Festival April 3rd

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2022’s Best Overall – Rebecca Tabaja’s “Fairy the Farting Unicorn”

Once again, the University of Cincinnati Libraries will celebrate the International Edible Books Festival with an event scheduled for Monday, April 3rd from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. on the 4th floor of the Walter C. Langsam Library.

At the event, nearly 20 participants will present edible creations that represent a book in some form. There are few restrictions in creating an edible book – namely that the creation be edible and have something to do with a book.

Submitted entries include intriguing titles such as “Hello, Lighthouse” and “Blue Water.” Animal-themed books are popular this year with “Bone Dog from Nettle and Bone”, “The Nest”, “Grey Bees”, and “The Very Hungry Caterpillar.” Thrillers such as “Frankenstein” and “1984” will intrigue attendees, while numerous children’s books will make people smile with such titles as “Winnie The Pooh”, “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” and “The Day the Crayons Quit.”

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2022’s Best Student Entry – Milly Diaz Perez’s “To the Boy Who Lived”

As in past years, entries will be judged according to such categories as Most Literary, Most Delicious, Most Adorable and Most Gruesome. In addition, the Top Student Entry and Best Overall Entry will receive UC swag. After the entries are judged they will be consumed and enjoyed by all in attendance.

According to the International Edible Book Festival website, the edible book was initiated by librarian and artist Judith A. Hoffberg during a 1999 Thanksgiving celebration with book artists. It became an international celebration in 2000 when artist Béatrice Coron launched the Books2Eat website. Traditionally, the event is celebrated on April 1st (April Fools’ Day) to mark the birthday of Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin (1755-1826), a French lawyer and politician who became famous for his book, “Physiologie du gout” (The Physiology of Taste).

The Libraries International Edible Books Festival is free and open to the public. Following the event, pictures of the edible books and their awards will be posted on the Libraries Facebook page. Come to celebrate (and eat) “books good enough to eat.”


Interested in creating an edible book for the judging and enjoyment of all? E-mail by March 24 with your name and the name of your entry.

UC Libraries upgrades its Digital Resource Commons repository

The University of Cincinnati Libraries has migrated its Digital Resource Commons (DRC) repository to a modern software platform. The former site ran on outdated software with broken features and security vulnerabilities that could not be resolved. The new site includes an updated interface and the potential for additional upgrades and features.


Some of the new site’s features are not yet available, but our software vendor is continuing to fix issues and add enhancements. We are aware that images must be downloaded to view them, and some thumbnail images are not displaying. We hope to have these issues resolved soon. Additional enhancements and fixes will be made to the DRC when our vendor releases a software update later this spring. 

Questions or comments about the site are welcome as we continue to develop the DRC.

UCBA Library’s Women’s History Month Featured Books

by Lauren Wahman

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The UCBA Library is featuring a selection of books highlighting the 2023 theme for Women’s History Month – “Celebrating Women Who Tell Our Stories.” These featured books focus on women from all forms of media and storytelling. Visit the Women’s History Month virtual featured books to view a small selection or stop by the UCBA Library during open hours to browse the full selection and check out an item with your UC ID.   Continue reading

UCBA Library’s March Spotlight: Memoirs

by Christian Boyles

The UCBA Library is excited to showcase titles in our collection which we hope will be of interest.  We will feature different genres, authors, or themes, so watch for new titles at the start of each month. Spotlight titles can be found at the Library’s Information Desk.

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March’s Spotlight is Memoirs.

  • Poet Warrior by Joy Harlo
  • Daring to Drive by Manal Al-Sharif
  • Ordinary Girls by Jaquira Diaz
  • Where the Past Begins by Amy Tan

Interested in more titles? Ask Us!

Check out library Spring Break reduced hours, March 11-19

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Most University of Cincinnati Libraries locations have reduced hours for Spring Break, March 11-19. Check the library website for a list of hours by location.

Have a safe and relaxing Spring Break, Bearcats!

The Chemical Atlas – A gem from the Oesper Collections

Edward Livingston Youmans’ The Chemical Atlas was recently returned to its home in the Oesper Collections in the History of Chemistry library after receiving conservation treatment from UC Libraries’ Preservation Lab. Youmans’ famous book features eye-catching illustrated and hand-colored plates that frequently motivate myself and others to display the item and engage visitors of the Oesper Collections with stunning visual depictions of the unseen world of chemical processes.

Edward Youmans was a renowned science communicator and popularizer in the 19th century United States. In the 1850’s, a reviewer called his Chemical Atlas “without exception, the best popular work in the English language” (Miles, 1964). When he was a young teen, he was afflicted by a disease of the eyes which grew more severe with time, leaving him nearly blind and suffering from frequent eye inflammation between the ages of 13 and 35. During these years, Youmans was unable to read, and learned as much as he could through the second-hand teaching of his sister, Eliza Youmans. His second-hand learning caused him to imagine and visualize chemistry concepts. As he overcame his misconceptions and worked to make his understanding more definite, he wanted to share his scheme for picturing atoms and their combinations. This led to him creating chemical charts which visually depicted atoms of different elements, binary compounds, and more as well as an accompanying book, Classbook of Chemisty. The Classbook of Chemistry was a huge success. “Brief, clear, and devoid of technicalities, it has an astounding and continuous sale; it was revised and sold more than 144,000 copies in its three editions. This was truly a remarkable record and would be envied even in these days of widespread chemical instruction” (Oesper, 1957). Continue reading

Edward Snyder officially joins UC Libraries as endpoint specialist

edward snyderAs of Monday, Feb. 27, Edward Snyder is now a full-time member of the UC Libraries staff as an endpoint specialist in LibraryIT Services.

Eddie has been with UC Libraries since October of 2020 both as a co-op and student assistant providing IT support throughout the various library locations and units. Since graduating from UC in May of 2022 with a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology, he has worked full-time with the Libraries as a temp employee. In that time, he has proven to be a valuable member of the IT team and we are happy that he has decided to continue his employment with us.

Welcome, officially, Eddie to UC Libraries!