Giant Size Book

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Scary Good Rare Books: Tricky Treatise Event in Special Collections


An Occasional Series in Special Collections

Tricky Treatise: Malleus Maleficarum
(The Hammer of Witches) and European Witch Hunting

Tuesday, October 28, 2014
2:00 – 3:30 pm
Huppe Reading Room
Special Collections
Bartle Library

Presentation and discussion led by
Beth Kilmarx, Curator of Rare Books and
Richard Mackenney, Professor of History


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Augmented Reality (AR) Magic Book

Welcome to The AR Magic Book Project developed at Binghamton University Libraries.

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Homecoming 2014: University Libraries Special Collections Tour at Bartle Library, Friday October 17

Treat yourself to medieval manuscripts…early editions of major authors…fascinating modern manuscripts… and gems from the University’s Archives. Hold in your hands the smallest book in our library and turn the pages of its oldest! Learn how accessible these amazing resources are and how they can elevate and inspire your Binghamton University experience. Join us Friday, October 17 from 2-3 pm or 3-4 pm as we explore what’s so “special” about Special Collections! You can find us on the 2nd floor of Bartle Library or look for the signs!

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Exhibit in Special Collections: Heart of the Campus A View into Residence Hall Life at Binghamton University

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This exhibit explores the history of the residential communities and their unique traditions, events and activities. The exhibit is located in the Special Collections, Preservation and University Archives Department of Bartle Library and will be on display through the Fall semester. For additional information about the exhibit please contact the University Archivist at 777-6459 or

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“Some of These People” features Soviet posters on loan from the Binghamton University Libraries Special Collections

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“Some of These People”: Marking the Other in Soviet Russia features Soviet posters on loan from the Binghamton University Libraries Special Collections and is curated by Michael Kosowski ’16, who majors in art history and Russian.

The exhibit opening will be on Thursday, October 16, 5:00-6:30pm in the Nancy J. Powell Gallery of the University Art Museum.

Admission to the museum is free. For directions and museum hours, go online.

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Malleus Maleficarum (The Hammer of the Witches) is the Special Collections October Book of the Month

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The Mallevs maleficarvm was produced to allow the clergy and the laity to understand and identify witches and their works. The text  is split into three sections. The first section argues why witchcraft is real and how dangerous witchcraft can be to the community. The second section relates how witches operate and relates real cases of witches and witchcraft. The last section tells the reader how best to discover a witch and the legal measure that must be taken to prove that the person is in fact a witch. In all, the Mallevs maleficarvm acted as a handbook for the understanding and discovery of witches in Europe during this period.

malleus cover

The book has a limp vellum binding with yapp edges.  Holes and the remains of leather ties are evident on both covers.  A green morocco spine leather piece has the title stamped in gilt and is decorated with  gilt fillets.  The text has running titles; decorated initials, signatures, guide words, and tail-pieces.  There is a printer’s device on the verso of the last page.

Mallevs maleficarvm.  By Henricus Institoris (Heinrich Krämer) and Jakob Sprenger.  Published by Nicolaum Bassaeum.  Francofvrti ad Moenvm: 1580.

Mallevs maleficarvm is housed in the Rare Book Collection, located in the Special Collections, University Archives and Preservation department of the Glenn G. Bartle Library.  Special Collections is open to the public 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday – Friday.

Call number:  BF 1569. A2 I4 1580. The Rare Book Collection.

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October is New York State Archives Month!

Edwin A. Link and his Link Trainer

Edwin A. Link and his Link Trainer

October is New York State Archives month—and American Archives Month.  It is a time to celebrate and promote the rich and diverse documentary heritage of the state by increasing public awareness of archival materials and repositories and by acknowledging the importance of our records keepers.

During the month, archives, historical societies, libraries, local governments, and museums in New York State celebrate with exhibits, presentations, banquets, and award ceremonies.

Would you like to know more about Special Collections and Archives at Binghamton University? If so, come and visit us on the second floor of the Bartle Library (off of the North Reading Room). Our hours are M-F 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

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Text a Call Number

Tired of writing down book titles and call numbers on scraps of paper?  Did you know you can now text this information directly to your mobile device from the Library Catalog?  Just click on the mobile phone icon next to a call number and enter your phone number.  The title and location of the book will be sent to your mobile device.  Please note that carrier charges may apply.

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Library Staff Welcome New Students

As part of Binghamton University New Student Programs’ Welcome Weekend events, library staff organized a fun, informative self-guided tour for incoming students at Bartle Library.  Watch the video below.

Welcome Weekend Video

Students visited six service “stations” throughout Bartle Library to learn about our services and resources. The stations were:

  • Reader Services:  learned about our generous borrowing privileges and how to renew books online.
  • Research Help and Information Commons: discovered about the many ways to get research help – in-person, by phone or virtually – and about the computing services within the library.
  • Library Stacks & Group Study Rooms: watched a demonstration on how to locate a book in the stacks and how to reserve a group study room online.
  • Special Collections: learned about our unique, historical documents and rare books, including Civil War letters, late medieval manuscripts, University history, and the oldest book in Broome County, New York.
  • Library Instruction Trivia Game: taught students about library resources and services by combining pop-culture and library trivia.
  • Course Reserves: viewed a demonstration on how to look up materials assigned by faculty and instructors for their courses.

While all of the stations received positive feedback from students, the most popular were Special Collections and Research Help.  A student commented,  I’m really happy I went on this tour because I learned so much about the library.”

Along the tour, students were given free giveaways such as pens, notebooks, earphones, water bottles, USB drives, and more.  To add to the enjoyable atmosphere, Baxter the Bearcat interacted with students and library staff throughout the event.

The library offered a raffle to win one of three prizes for students who completed the self-guided tour.  The grand prize was a book bag full of cool stuff such as a t-shirt, umbrella, mug, headphones, and more.

The Libraries’ Welcome Weekend event was very successful.  As one participant stated, “Fun, informative and a great time overall!”

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