Quiet Places during Finals

May 3, 2016

The end of the semester is here and we know students will be looking for places to study and finish up final projects & papers. The VC/UHV Library has several options for quiet study at finals time.QuietStudy.300px

  • Room 106 – Our student-only computer lab on the first floor. We’ve designated this room as a quiet study room during finals.
  • 3rd Floor – The 3rd floor of the library is designated quiet all the time. The study carrels on the south side of the floor are especially quiet.
  • Study Rooms – Groups have a priority for these rooms, but when not in demand for a group, individuals are welcome. Book a room (2 hours at a time) online at: http://libcal.uhv.edu/booking/studyrooms using your VC or UHV student email address. Please note the study rooms are not sound proof.
  • Lower Level – The hallway in the lower level has carrels, tables and lounge chairs. It is usually very quiet.

Woman in Gold

April 25, 2016

Media Item of the Month:

Woman in Gold

The film tells the true story of an elderly Jewish woman, Maria Altmann (Helen Mirren), who is attempting911eeNX03ZL._SL1500_ to reclaim her heritage and seek justice for what happened to her family during the Nazi occupation.

The film opens in the late 1990s, when Austria was under pressure to examine its Nazi past, with Maria realizing she might have the opportunity to get back a painting commissioned by her uncle of her aunt and stolen from the family by the fascist regime. The painting, “Adele Bloch-Bauer I” or “Woman in Gold”, by world-famous Gustav Klimt is an elaborate and elegant portrait considered “the Mona Lisa of Austria”, and one the country will not be quick to relinquish.

Maria enlists the help of a friend’s son, Randy Schoenberg (Ryan Reynolds), a young attorney, whose family also has Judeo-Austrian ancestry. Together the duo over the course of several years take on the Austrian government in a legal battle that takes them as high as the U.S. Supreme Court.

Mirren is superb and Reynolds surprisingly impressive as the plucky couple. Their chemistry is magic to watch as the tale unfolds.

The film includes not only courtroom battles, but also flashbacks to Maria’s youth and her flight from Austria. There is never a dull moment, and if you’re a fan of Klimt or interested in World War II history, you’ll find it especially entertaining.

Review written by Rebecca H.

Maintenance on 2nd floor

April 12, 2016

On Wednesday, April 6 the air conditioning on the 2nd floor will be out of service in the mMaintenance-259x192orning to allow for repairs to the air handlers. We are hoping for a short repair time (approximately 2 hours) but it could take a little longer.

The building will remain open so you can still use the computers and get research help but there will be some noise. 

Chess at the library!

March 31, 2016

Now you can play chess at the library!  Library staff used our 3-D printer to print chess pieces and we painted a table for the board.  Come by and see.  The chess board and pieces are in the Media Center on the second floor.

Meanwhile, here are some fun chess books:

  • Award-winning chess problems by Burt Hochberg.  Sterling Pub. Co., 2005. 
    Call number GV1451.H615 2005
  • Chess world championships: all the games, all the diagrams, 1834-2004 by James H. Gelo.  McFarland, 2006. 
    Call number GV1455.G45 2006
  • Complete book of beginning chess by Raymond D. Keene.  Cardoza Pub., 2003. 
    Call number GV1446.K422 2003
  • Behind deep blue: building the computer that defeated the world chess champion by Feng-hsiung Hsu.  Princeton, 2002. 
    Call number QA76.8.D435H78 2002


Game On

March 21, 2016

Join us on Thursday, April 7 for our spring game night. We’ll have board games, video games, karaoke, pizza, drinks, and more!

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Tales & Fish Tails

March 10, 2016

Tales & Fish Tails Surrounding the Waters of the Coleto

What happened to the young girl kidnapped in Coleto Creek in the early 1800s? What is the connection between bandits Bonnie and Clyde and Mr. Scherlen, who built the second oldest dance hall in Texas? What stories do Henry Wolff’s Journal and Sidney R. Weisiger’s Vignettes tell about life along the Coleto?

Explore the mysteries of bygone days churning through the waters of the Coleto in the Victoria Regional History Center’s new display, “Tales & Fish Tails Surrounding the Waters of the Coleto,” located on the second floor of the VC/UHV Library.


March 8 – Int’l Women’s Day

March 8, 2016

International Women’s Day (March 8) is celebrated by women’s organizations andinternational-womens-day groups around the world. The day is about celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women in the past, present and future. According to the United Nations
(1997), “International Women’s Day is the story of ordinary women as makers of history; it is rooted in the centuries-old struggle of women to participate in society on an equal footing with men.”

International Women’s Day has been observed since the early 1900s. The first National Women’s Day was observed in the United States on 28 February 1909 in accordance with a declaration by the Socialist Party of America. Copenhagen was the site of the second International Conference of Working Women in 1910. During that conference, Clara Zetkin proposed the idea that every country should celebrate a Women’s resizeDay on the same day so women could press for their demands. The proposal was unanimously approved and the result was International Women’s Day that was celebrated for the first time in 1911 in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland.

Since its creation, International Women’s Day has grown into a worldwide phenomenon. Around the world, women campaign for pay equality, a larger presence in business or politics, better education and healthcare, and to stop violence against women. It is a day to inspire women and celebrate their achievements – large and small. The United Nations commemorates March 8 as International Women’s Day and in many countries, International Women’s Day is a national holiday.


International Women’s Day. (2013). About International Women’s Day (March 8). Retrieved from http://www.internationalwomensday.com/About.

United Nations. (1997). International Women’s Day. Retrieved from http://www.un.org/en/events/womensday/index.shtml.


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