School is back!

Welcome back, dudes! We are happy to see you here. We will still be closed the weekend before school starts, but will begin our fall hours on Monday, August 31st. Our extended hours will begin a couple weeks after school starts.

Sat & Sun, August 29th & 30th: closed

Starting Monday, August 31st:
Mon-Thur: 7:30 am – 8:00 pm
Fri: 8:00 am – 8:00 pm
Sat: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sun: 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Come on in and say hi!

Summer Hours

We’re now in our Summer Semester and our hours are as follows:

Monday – Friday
9:00 am – 5:30 pm*

*Mondays have extended hours until 7:00 pm June 15th – August 3rd.

Saturday and Sunday

Closed Friday, July 3rd.

Valerie Hays from the cast of "Over she goes" being leapfrogged, 1937 / by Sam Hood

Library closes early Friday, May 22

The PNCA Library will be closing at 5 pm on Friday, May 22.

See you at the End-of-the-Year party!

Reference help for thesis woes…

Don’t forget about the library’s reference desk hours as you’re finishing up your thesis!

Today, Thursday, May 14
10:30 am – 11:30 am
12:15 pm – 1:45 pm
2:45 pm – 3:30 pm

Friday, May 15-Friday, May 22 by appointment (

The end is nigh! (Sort of)

Brooklyn Museum: Takata Riding Grounds, No. 115 from One Hundred Famous Views of Edo

As the semester burgeons toward its denouement, think of us as your deus ex machina and come see us at the Reference Desk on the mezzanine in the Library. We’re here:
Monday – Thursday
10:30 am – 11:30 am
12:15 pm – 1:45 pm
2:45 pm – 3:30 pm

Friday and other times, by appointment

The Rijksmuseum Digital Holdings Are Wonderful!

The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam is leading museums in the charge to provide high resolution photographs of their collections. This is a fun place to explore. One could really get lost in the Hague School, Dutch masters, Caravaggism or Cobra.

A clown, raccoon buddy, a Studebaker, and baseball players…?

click to enlarge

The State Library and Archives of Florida’s Flickr Commons page, Florida Memory, is kind of killing it today with weirdness.

I love it.

Medusa for days

I’m doing some research on Medusa and came across a John Singer Sargent piece in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. And holy wow, the MFA has a TON of Medusa stuff! YES. Sometimes finding the repository of a piece is a great way to serendipitously uncover a bunch of other things…

John Singer Sargent, Perseus on Pegasus Slaying Medusa, 1922-1925

Scaraboidal gem with gorgon as winged centaur seizing a lion, Greek, 6th century B.C.E.

Vase with cover, German, 1774–1814

Oil flask (lekythos) in the form of a bust of Medusa, Greek, East Greek, 6th century B.C.E.

The Compleat Explorer

I love this illustration by Griffith Taylor from ’11. 1911, that is!


Here in the Pacific Northwest, we are entering the first of our mushroom seasons. Actually, you can find mushrooms year-round here, but if you like to eat them, now’s the time to learn about foraging for the edibles! I got into mycology while reading Mycophilia: Revelations from the Weird World of Mushrooms, by Eugenia Bone. If you enjoy Michael Pollan’s well-researched and accessible writing style and learning about all aspects of mushrooms, you’ll like Mycophilia.

QK 605 .B65 2011

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Summer Hours

Ending August 30th
Mon – Fri: 9:00 am – 5:30 pm
Sat & Sun: Closed

Beginning of Fall Hours

Starting Monday, August 31st:
Mon-Thur: 7:30 am – 8:00 pm
Fri: 8:00 am – 8:00 pm
Sat: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sun: 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm