Library collections

On Display: Donations to HPU Libraries

Here at HPU Libraries, we often receive donations from faculty, former students, and members of the community. These donations can provide unique materials and help us develop areas of the collection we may not otherwise be able to. In 2018, HPU Libraries processed nearly 1,500 donated items for addition to Smith Library’s collection; in this […]

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On Display: Explore Dystopian Fiction

OED Online: Dystopia, noun: “An imaginary place or condition in which everything is as bad as possible” (i.e. the opposite to Utopia) Dystopian societies are one of the most popular settings in fiction literature. Stories set in dystopias often deal with themes like totalitarian governments, environmental devastation, corporatism, dehumanization, and the negative consequences of technological […]

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Bond. James Bond.

by Andrew Fair, Evening Reference Librarian The introductory line is unmistakable.  “My name is Bond. James Bond.”  Immediately, we know that we are in the company of the James Bond, British agent 007, the suave and confident fictional character created by British author Ian Fleming.  The Bond character has featured in novels, short stories, TV […]

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Books We Love: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

by Leanne Jernigan, Wanek Center Librarian For many years librarians lamented the lack of racial diversity among protagonists in the young adult (YA) fiction genre. Along with advocacy groups like WeNeedDiverseBooks.org, we “imagine a world in which all children can see themselves in the pages of a book,” even as they mature into adolescence. But […]

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Happy 200th Birthday, Frankenstein

by Trae Middlebrooks, Late Night Library Supervisor This year marks the 200th anniversary of the first publication of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus.  First published in January 1818, Shelley’s creation has been both durable and popular. Originally written for a competition between three friends to see who could write the best horror story, […]

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