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The library offers a series of Signature Programs that enable discovery and engagement across a rich portfolio of collections, academic collaborations with librarians, faculty, and students, as well as important topics such as Open Access, Censorship, the Book as Art, and more.

Banned Books Week

Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community—librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types—in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.

The logo for Banned Books Week.
Open Access

Open Access (OA), as defined in the Berlin Declaration, means unrestricted, online access to peer-reviewed, scholarly research papers for reading and productive re-use, not impeded by any financial, organizational, legal or technical barriers. Ideally, the only restriction on use is an obligation to attribute the work to the author. Our Open Access program brings faculty and librarians together to explore and engage with existing resources as well as learn how to create and add Open Access resources to the OA community.

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RE:BOOK at The Claremont Colleges Library celebrates the book as an art form. Each year the program explores various options to work with books as materials that are utilized to create paper art, circuitry art, and more.

A picture of projects created by students during the library's RE:Book Program.
Claremont Discourse

The Claremont Discourse faculty lecture series brings together faculty panelists to discuss a series of topics. The series follows a new theme each semester to engage faculty, students, and the community in conversations surrounding focused topics. A few series examples include: Claremont Discourse Goes to the Elections, Social Justice and the Environment, and The Changing Landscape of Media.

two faculty speak during a discourse series lecture.
Library Undergraduate Research Award

The Library Undergraduate Research Award (LURA) recognizes undergraduate students who demonstrate exemplary original research and scholarship, including remarkable skill and creativity in the use of library and information resources as evidenced in the Reflective Essay and the research product. Submissions are accepted in 6 award categories: first-year, sophomore, junior, senior, Seymour music, and group.

The winners of the 2017 Library Undergraduate Research Award stand with the Dean of the Library and their faculty sponsors.
Night Owls

Night Owls is The Claremont Colleges Library finals-week programming, activities, and events. The goal of Night Owls is to provide opportunities for students to take brain breaks, de-stress, relax, and win prizes! Typically, Library staff keep the building open 24 hours during this time and provide frequent snacks, stress breaks, and activities to support Claremont Colleges students as they complete their final projects and study for exams.

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