Library News & Updates

Voices from Prisons Across the Country, A Zoom Poetry Reading!

April 19, 2020

Voices from Prisons Across the Country Join us to experience the power of poetry and prose submitted to the on-campus nonprofit, Prisoner Express, from incarcerated individuals across the US. Students working with Prisoner Express will read poetry and theme writings, discuss the volunteer opportunities that are available, and share some of the insights and personal growth they have gained while working…

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Library Closed Until Further Notice

March 13, 2020

Dear patrons, The Durland Alternatives Library is closed to the public until further notice and all items will have an extended loan period. Please check our website again or email support@alternativeslibrary.org if you have any questions. Q. When will the library re-open? A. We will re-open on April 13th if possible. Updates can be found…

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Winter Break Hours

November 23, 2019

The library will be hibernating over winter break (we hope you’ll catch up on some much-needed sleep too!). See below for our winter break schedule. Closed: Thursday 12/19/19 – Sunday 1/12/20 | Reopened: Monday 1/13/20 – 1/26/20, 11 to 5 M-F Regular Schedule begins Monday 1/27/20 Have a safe and restful winter break everyone! – The…

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The Alternatives Library Documentary

November 2, 2019

Last year, filmmaker Shira Evergreen created a documentary film on our little library. Enjoy!

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Thanksgiving Hours

October 28, 2019

The library will be closed from Wednesday, November 27th to Sunday, December 1st for Thanksgiving. We hope you all have a safe and restful break 🙂  — The Alternatives Library 

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Fall Break Hours!

September 30, 2019

The library will be closed during the weekend of Fall Break on Saturday, October 12th and Sunday, October 13th. We’ll be open again on the following Monday and Tuesday for limited hours between 11-5PM, and we will resume normal hours of operations starting Wednesday. Wishing a safe and relaxing fall break to everyone on Cornell’s…

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Criminal Justice or the New Jim Crow?

May 1, 2019

The rate of incarceration in the United States is higher than anywhere else in the world, and our legal system has shown a particular structural bias against black males. Author Michelle Alexander explores and documents this phenomenon in her book, The New Jim Crow, and we wanted to know what prisoners across the country thought…

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