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Welcome Back and to 2016

January 12, 2016

Happy New Year and welcome to the new semester! Ready to make this year and semester great? Come get resolute with the books and ideas at our New Year’s resolutions display in front of the Circulation Desk, then share some of your own inspiration on the whiteboard there.  If you need information to help you reach your goals, don’t forget Ramsey Librarians are here to help anytime. Have a great semester!


Hours Changing this Week!

December 7, 2015


While you’re stopping by the Reference Desk to pick up a cognitive-performance-boosting peppermint (Source) candy cane this week, check out our changing hours, just so you don’t get stuck outside during possible Asheville wintry weather. Key details:

  • Reading Day (Tuesday, December 8th) we will be open from 7:45 am to 9:00 pm.
  • Wednesday (December 9th) begins intersession hours, during which we will be open from 7:45 am – 6:00 pm and closed all weekends until January 9th. 

For further details, please see to our hours page.

Happy holidays and a relaxing break from your friends at Ramsey Library.




Stay Frosty During Exams!

December 3, 2015

To give you relaxing visions of your holiday break to come, we’ve decked the library’s halls with boughs of happy…decorations! Come take a picture next to the ghost of Jackie O, lay a christmas crane on our sparkly book tree, and get warm thinking of Yuletide to come next to our Yule Log displays at the Reference Desk. But watch out for mistletoe!

Study Break Taken!

November 19, 2015

On the blustery Monday evening of November 23rd, students and staff gathered in the library for hot cider, hummus ‘n chips, cookies, coffee, board games, and black and white movies projected on the wall for some old school simple stress relief before exams. Thanks everyone for coming and good luck wrapping up the semester with a proud bow!


P.S.: We’re here if you find yourself needing some last minute help!


New Orleans Photo Exhibition in Blowers Gallery

November 9, 2015

New Orleans...Honoring her resilience, her heart by Maureen Simon, all rights reserved.

Swing by the library’s Blowers Gallery to see local photographer Maureen Simon’s New Orleans…Honoring her resilience, her heart, exhibition on display from November 9th – December 16. An opening reception will be held in the gallery at 6p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 10.

Simon’s exhibit showcases New Orleans 10 years after Hurricane Katrina. The exhibit includes photographs from the Ninth Ward and the story of Kimberly Rivers-Roberts and her husband, Scott, who were unable to evacuate and remained in New Orleans through Hurricane Katrina. They are the subject of the Oscar-nominated documentary, Trouble the Water, which will play in the gallery throughout the exhibition.

The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public; the photographs will be on view in the Blowers Gallery during regular library hours. For more information, visit or call 828.251.6436.

Credit: Photo and details by Maureen Simon.

Check out our New Graphic Novels Display!

October 27, 2015

Graphic Novels Display

Come check out the new showcase of graphic novels on the first floor! As you enter the library, it is located all the way on the left wall of the building, just past the newspapers. You’ll find contemporary, alternative, and classic examples to peruse.

Need more? Take a look at our full collection of Graphic Novels online here. Need even more? You can also request from the large collections of graphic novels at Appalachian State or Western Carolina Universities! The full list of all 3 universities’ graphic novels can be found here. Simply find one you like and click ‘Request’ to have it on its way. It takes about 2-3 days for the books to flap their way over the mountains to Asheville.

Isaiah Rice Photograph Collection

October 27, 2015

Isaiah Rice Photograph Collection

Special Collections recently added the Isaiah Rice Photograph Collection to our photography collections. Containing over 1,000 images taken by Isaiah Rice, the collection documents Asheville’s African American community from the 1950s through the 1970s. The collection was officially unveiled on October 23 at the second annual African Americans in Western North Carolina Conference at UNC Asheville.

Asheville native Isaiah Rice (1917-80),  a World War II veteran, was active in  community and civic affairs. He was a recreation supervisor at the Burton Street Community Center in his neighborhood, and served on the Asheville-Buncombe Community Relations Council. He was employed as a warehouseman and beverage salesman for 40 years. He often carried one of his many cameras, seizing countless opportunities to capture his family, neighbors, and community members on film. He photographed people at church, his neighbors and friends as they gathered for social events, folks attending parades and football games, as well as many scenes of people working and going about their business in downtown Asheville.  His photos document a thriving African American community in urban Asheville during the mid 20th century.

Read more at UNC Asheville Special Collections & University Archives
Isaiah Rice
Isaiah Rice

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