Latinx Heritage, LGBTQIA+ History, and Filipino Heritage Resource Guides

The libraries recently collaborated with the Office of Multicultural Education to create several resource guides for Latinx Heritage Month, LGBTQIA+ History Month, and Filipino Heritage Month. These guides include links to print and ebooks, relevant databases for further research, and more!

Latinx Heritage Month:

LGBTQIA+ History Month:

Filipino Heritage Month:

Ask An Archivist Day 10/7

The Archives and Special Collections Department will celebrate “Ask an Archivist Day” on Wed., Oct. 7.  We want to answer any questions that you have about the College’s history and special collections!  Submit your questions to with the subject heading “Ask an Archivist” and we will answer them during the event.  Follow along on Instagram @ hc. libs and Twitter at @ hc_libs.

Cancelled: Virtual Spooky Stories – Dinand in the Dark 10/22

Unfortunately, we have cancelled the Virtual Dinand in the Dark event that was scheduled for October 22. Thank you to those who expressed their interest in the event! If you are in the mood for spooky tales, stay tuned to our social media channels starting at the end of this week – we will be featuring videos of Holy Cross spooky campus legends!

The scariest month of the year is upon us! Dinand Library and the English Department invite you to share your original eerie, disturbing, and unsettling tales at an online open mic, Thursday, Oct. 22, 9-10 pm. (If you wish, you may submit a video of the reading or choose someone else to read your work aloud; see instructions on the attached flyer.)

If you have any questions about this event, please email Monica Locker, .

See you very soon!

Stories should be “spooky” or have to do with campus lore; All submissions should be no longer than 5-7 minutes long when read aloud; We welcome material that is scary but not inappropriate or offensive.

Get into the Halloween spirit! The Libraries and the English Department
are hosting a spooky stories-themed Open Mic Night live via Zoom on
October 22 from 9-10 pm. Participants can either read their stories (or
parts of longer dark and dreary works) live or else submit a video ahead
of time. You can also have someone else read your work for you if you would prefer.

Submission guidelines:

Submissions will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. There
will be extra time at the end of the event to read more spooky stories aloud.


To sign up, please email by October 22. ]

Library Orientation Materials Available

A recording of the library’s “LibFest” orientation session is now available via CrossWorks:

On this page, you will find a video of the orientation, along with the presentation slides and accompanying handouts.

Please note that we have a special website that covers information related to our Fall 2020 semester services:

If you have any questions about the libraries, services, or collections, please send an email to

Drop-In Peer Research Help Now Available

drop in peer research help now available. Photo of PRC Kyle.



Stop in to see our Peer Research Consultant, Kyle Irvine ’21 for help with..

– Finding books and e-books;
– Requesting books for delivery;
– Getting started finding sources for a Montserrat paper;
– Help navigating databases;
– Citing books and journal articles;

and other basic research questions!

Kyle will be available via Zoom ( Thursday evenings from 7:00PM to 9:00PM EDT, starting Thursday, September 24, 2020. All Holy Cross students are welcome!

Virtual Library Orientation – This Week and 9/17

Virtual LibFest Fall 2020

This week we begin our virtual “LibFest,” or library festival orientation! Throughout the week, we will post on our social media platforms information and images introducing you to the HC Libraries, our services and collections, and related campus departments.

Follow along via our social media platforms-

  • Facebook:
  • Instagram:
  • Twitter:

  • Be sure to join us for our live Zoom library orientation on Thursday, September 17, at 12 pm, or 12:30 pm. Both orientation sessions will cover the same information. These sessions will be open to all current Holy Cross students.

    These sessions will be recorded and made publicly available after the event.  We hope to see you there!

    Help Transcribe Anti-Slavery Manuscripts

    Virtual Transcribathon Anti-Slavery Manuscripts August 11, 3-5 pm, Zoom

    Join the Holy Cross Libraries to virtually transcribe digital scans of handwritten documents written by 19th century anti-slavery activists. This collection of documents is hosted by the Boston Public Library. Read more about the manuscript collection and the transcription project here:

    This virtual event will be Tuesday, August 11, from 3 – 5 pm EST.

    We will gather together on Zoom We will create the transcriptions in the Zooniverse platform. Sign up for a Zooniverse account and get familiar with the platform here:

    This event is open to all students, faculty, and staff. If you have any questions about this event, please contact Outreach Librarian Laura Wilson

    We hope to see you there!

    MONT prize winners, Parnassus, & Journal of Global Catholicism

    Journal of Global Catholicism Cover Summer 2020.  Catholic Pilgrimage and the politics and pragmatics of place-making in Eastern Europe.

    We are excited to announce several new additions to our collections in CrossWorks:

    The inaugural winners of the Montserrat Annual Writing Prize competition papers topics include Restorative Justice, Utopia and Moose-Men. Read them here:

    Check out the Classical musings and photography of our students in the newest issue of Parnassus:

    Finally, the Journal of Global Catholicism’s latest issue examines pilgrimages and place in Eastern Europe:

    Find and Display Census Data with Social Explorer

    screenshot of the homepage of Social Explorer

    Access to the “Social Explorer” database has been restored.

    Social Explorer is an online data reference tool for the United States. It unlocks 220 years of U.S. Census data and makes them available in an easy to use fashion with data visualization, reporting and downloads.

    You can find Social Explorer in the “Research Databases” list on our homepage, or directly via this link:

    Library Services Closed July 11 – 19

    The Dinand, Science, and Music Libraries will be closed from Saturday, July 11 – Sunday, July 19. In-person materials pick-up for faculty, and virtual services such as PRS and online chat with a HC librarian will be unavailable during this time.

    Access to online materials such as databases and e-books will still be available. Virtual services and faculty materials pick-up will resume on Monday, July 20.

    If you need immediate assistance during that time, please visit our research help chat service at to speak with a librarian from another institution.

    For further information about library services, please visit: