Olin Library Uncovered


Have you ever touched paper made out of sheep poo?

No, really, have you? Sheep Poo Paper ™ has the same uses as traditional paper and is commonly used for printing, writing and crafting. The paper is produced in Wales using only Welsh water. Want to learn more and see it for yourself? Come to the library and discover our Materials Samples Collection! Located near periodicals, these items cannot be borrowed; however, the collection is quite extensive. With over 100 in stock, you can learn about sample composition, manufacturing processes and what each sample is most commonly used for. Additionally, you can search the collection online using the “Materials Database” link on the library website (library.olin.edu) under Library Service and Collections.

Need a power drill, drill bits, a mallet, or a soldering iron?

We have that too! We even have a sewing machine. The library has a Circulating Tools Collection downstairs next to the Materials Samples Collection. The funding for this state of the art project comes from the class gift of 2012. We are currently hard at work purchasing more items to add to the collection. Tools are checked out like any other borrowed library material and are due back in a week. However, due to the high value of these items, each is locked up and a librarian or student worker must retrieve the tools. If you need a tool when the library is not open to the public, (after five during the week or over the weekend for example) simply send an email to LibraryHandTools@olin.edu. One of our fabulous student workers will reach out if they are able to meet you in the library to get you the item in need. You can view what we have so far by visiting the “Tools Database” link on library website (library.olin.edu) under Library Services and Collections.

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