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Read a good book lately?

No, not a textbook, or a journal article, or any one of the many pieces of information you read for classes. We mean a good book, one with a captivating story that carries your mind away to a different world inhabited by memorable characters. The kind of story that stays with you long after you’ve returned to the obligations of homework and assigned reading. After all, librarians will be the first to say that sometimes books should be read purely for the joy of the written word.

That’s why Hannon Library is excited to introduce a new Featured Fiction Section. We’re making it easier for you to find that perfect recreational read.

Featured Fiction

Located within the first floor New Books Alcove, Featured Fiction brings some of the best available fiction books front and center in an easy-to-browse display. No need to roam through the shelves or search for titles in the catalog—just look for the book that catches your eye, right there at your fingertips.

This rotating collection is stocked with award-winning titles in multiple fiction genres, including short stories and books for young readers. Each book is hand-chosen by librarians to offer you a quality reading experience.

Let Us Know

At Hannon Library, we’re always looking for ways to provide our patrons with the best experiences possible. If you like the new Featured Fiction Section, or have suggestions for what we could do differently, let us know! Leave a comment or send us an email.

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Come into the library this term, and you’ll notice something different: signs throughout the building indicating Quiet or Community Areas.

What’s that all about, you ask?

Last year we conducted a library user survey, asking SOU students for feedback about their experiences with Hannon’s materials, services, and resources. One of the responses that stood out the most was the need for different types of work atmospheres. Some students need a quiet place to study with limited disturbances. Meanwhile, other students come to the library seeking a place to discuss projects and work collaboratively in groups.

In order to provide the best possible experience for our different users, Hannon Library is implementing Quiet and Community Areas. Whether you want to enjoy the silence or have to discuss that upcoming class project, you can now find the space you need.

Quiet Areas

Looking for somewhere quiet? Head to the second floor of the building, where all common areas are now designated for quiet individual work. Conversations should be kept to whisper-levels, and all devices should be silent and/or used with headphones. Patrons intending to work quietly in groups are encouraged to use study rooms on the second floor, with doors kept closed to minimize disturbances to surrounding areas.

Community Areas

The first and third floors of the building are Community Areas where patrons are welcome to converse and work independently or in groups, as needed. We ask that phones and devices are still kept on silent and/or used with headphones in Community Areas.

Can’t remember which floor is which? Just look for the signs to point you in the right direction.

Questions about Quiet and Community Area guidelines can be directed to Library Administration at or 541-552-6816.

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Hannon Library will be closed for the holidays from Friday, December 22 to Monday, January 1. We will return on Tuesday, January 2 with our winter break hours.

Regular library hours will resume at the beginning of winter term. View the complete schedule of building hours on our website.

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Congratulations to everyone for getting through the term! Now that finals are over, let’s mellow things out now for some much-needed peace and quiet. Starting December 9, the library will switch to our Winter Break building hours:

Mondays-Fridays — 8 am to 5 pm
Saturdays & Sundays — closed

The library will also be closed Friday, December 22 through Monday, January 1 for the holidays.

As always, you can view the complete schedule of library hours on our website.

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Yup… finals. Are you ready? Papers all written? Studied all that must be studied? Well, if the answer to any of those is no, don’t lose heart. Hannon Library has your back.

Starting December 3, our extended hours extend even more! Maximizing your access to the resources you need to finish off this term strong.

Sunday, December 3 — 11 am to 24 hours*
Monday, December 4 —  open 24 hours*
Tuesday, December 5 —  open 24 hours*
Wednesday, December 6 —  closed at 2 am*
Thursday, December 7 —  8 am to 2 am*
Friday, December 8 —  8 am to 5 pm
Saturday, December 9 —  closed all day

*Building closed to non-students after midnight.

All students (including RCC, HEC, and local high school students) are welcome to partake of extended hours. Just remember to bring your student ID to get in after midnight.

And on those long 24-hour nights, don’t forget to help yourself to some free coffee and snacks, courtesy of the Friends of Hannon Library, served up at midnight in the Rotunda.

Winter break schedule begins December 9. For complete building hours, visit the library’s website: Library Hours