Library diversions for winter break

The University of Chicago Library has rich collections for recreational reading, listening, and viewing.  Below are highlights from our collections to enjoy during your winter break—both in print and online (log in with your CNetID).   

Selection of Class of 2000 Books

A selection of books purchased using the Class of 2000 fund. Photo by Rebecca Starkey.

Read Best Sellers, Science Fiction, Mysteries & More
As its gift to the University, the College Class of 2000 established an endowed fund for the purchase of “fun stuff” for Regenstein Library. The gift was intended to provide students with mysteries, science fiction, fantasy, and other popular fiction, as well as other media that would not ordinarily be purchased by an academic research library. 

Check out DVDs of Popular Films & TV  
The University of Chicago Library also has many films available for check-out.  You can find collections of television programs and feature films at Regenstein Library and the D’Angelo Law Library, while Crerar Library holds many interesting science and technology related documentaries.   Please note that films at the D’Angelo Law Library have a 14-day loan period with no renewals.

Screen Shot from the Paley Center for Media iCollection for Colleges

The Paley Center for Media iCollection for Colleges provides online access to television programs.

Watch TV Programs Online
View streaming video and audio for programs of nearly 150,000 television and radio programs through the Paley Center for Media iCollection for Colleges.  The Paley database has a wide range of programming available, including dramas, sitcoms, variety, sports, news, and children’s programs—everything from NYPD Blue to The Muppet Show.  You will need to register and create a free personal account.

Listen to Streaming Music
The Library subscribes to several streaming music databases, including Naxos Music Library, Music Online, and DRAM (Database of Recorded American Music).

Trace Your Genealogy
Take time during winter break to research your family history.  Use Ancestry Library Edition to search the Census (1940 and earlier), vital records, directories, photos, and more.

Learn to Cook
Dust off your apron and sample some new dishes.  Crerar Library has an excellent cookbook collection focusing on various cuisines around the world—everything from Swedish to Creole.


Adventure (Atari VCS, 1979, Atari Inc.)

Play Video Games
Did you know the Library has a video game collection?  From classic Atari games to Halo, just search for your favorite video games in Lens and request the item from the Mansueto Library. 

Remember, items checked out from the Library may be recalled at any time—including interim.  Please keep this in mind if you are leaving the Chicago area.  To help you and your fellow borrowers avoid this situation, the Library recommends using UBorrow instead of recalling items whenever possible.

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