6 Reasons to Love the New Furniture on the Third Floor

Posted by: Tom Petrini


Quiet floor studiers, rejoice! Thanks to a generous donation from Northeastern parents, the third floor now has 20 new tables, 80 new chairs, and additional outlets. The new furniture features subtle design improvements that make a world of difference for the student experience.

Here’s why we think you will love the new study space:

1. There’s more usable study space

With visits to Snell Library increasing each year, their gift funded the reconfiguration of thousands of square feet — answering the demand for more study space! The new tables and chairs are perfect for quiet study on the third floor.

2. The clean, modern look

The new chairs and frosted partitions give this new study space a clean, modern, aesthetic. And of course, these features aren’t just nice to look at; they are functional, too!

3. These are some comfortable chairs

Yup, that’s a cushion, and it is super comfortable. The chairs are lightweight while offering plenty of plush support.

4. The partitions prevent large groups from forming on the quiet floor

Groups don’t always mean to be noisy… But it happens. The new partitions remind students that the third floor is for individual and quiet “parallel” study, not group gatherings and conversations.

5. The partitions encourage table sharing

Some students like to spread out, (you know who you are) and hey, we understand. It’s nice to see all of your study material at once. However, we also know how it feels when you can’t find space in Club Snell, especially during midterms and finals. The new partitions will prevent single studiers from occupying an entire table during busy periods, leaving more room for their peers!

6. You get more privacy

Though it is small, the partition does create privacy. The person across from you can’t see what you’re working on, and you won’t be distracted by your table-mate’s rainbow of post-its or choice of study snack.

Come try out the new furniture on the third floor! We’d love to hear what you think. Comment here or tweet us @ClubSnell. Enjoy the new study space, and we’ll see you soon!



Posted in: Library News and Events, Serendipity


Professor of History Gerry Herman Retires After 50 Years at Northeastern

Posted by: Andrew Begley


Just try to name a University committee that Gerry Herman hasn’t been involved with over the past half-century. Handbooks and contracts? He reviewed them. Strategic Plans? He helped plan them. Technology and distance learning initiatives? He championed them.

Herman first called Northeastern home as a graduate student in 1965. Since then, he has been on the cutting edge of  incorporating media into the  study and teaching of history. He taught courses on topics ranging from Western and World History to the History of Flight and Space Travel. Herman has given new meaning to the term “University Service,” serving as University Copyright Officer (1988-2012), Special Assistant to the Provost (1979-1987), and Special Assistant to University Counsel (1987-2012) in addition to chairing a host of committees and task forces. Herman has also been integral to the success of Holocaust Remembrance Week, serving on the Holocaust Awareness Committee from 1983-2013. Professor Herman retired from the University on July 1, 2015, but his impact will surely be felt for many years to come.

Herman’s professional papers and records (the Gerald H. Herman Papers) are preserved in the Archives and Special Collections Department in Snell Library.


Herman teaching an honors seminar in 1984.

Professor Herman in 1975.

Herman and President Richard Freeland at the inaugural NUTV broadcast, April 1997.

Posted in: Archives and Special Collections, History, Serendipity


Summer Reading Suggestions

Posted by: Emily Nehme


Now’s the time to start tackling your summer reading list! Whether you’re staying in town or going on an elaborate trip, you’re bound to have some down time. Why not spend that time taking advantage of Snell Library’s thousands of available books, e-books, journals, and more!

Snell Library staff have suggested some of their favorites to get you started:


The Darkest Minds
By Alexandra Bracken

Recommended by Ernesto Valencia

“When Ruby woke up on her tenth birthday, something about her had changed. Something alarming enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that gets her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government “rehabilitation camp.” She might have survived the mysterious disease that’s killed most of America’s children, but she and the others have emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they cannot control.”




By Jim Ottaviani and Leyland Myrick

Recommended by Sarah Sweeney

“This is a lovely and fascinating graphic novel that illustrates bits and pieces of various works by Richard Feynman, the famous physicist.”








By R.J. Palacio

Recommended by Jen Ferguson

“This New York Times bestseller, available in Snell Library’s Favat Children’s Collection, tells the story of Auggie, an ordinary boy with an extraordinary face. Told skillfully from Auggie’s point of view as well as the perspectives of others in his life, this fast read will transport you back to the glories and agonies of childhood.”






Bagombo Snuff Box
By Kurt Vonnegut

Recommended by Mark Sivak

“If people are looking for a good book for a plane ride, I recommend Bagombo Snuff Box, which is a collection of short fiction by Kurt Vonnegut.”








The Heart is a Lonely Hunter
By Carson McCullers

Recommended by Molly Dupere

“Set in Georgia in the 1930s,  The Heart is a Lonely Hunter follows four residents of a small town, each a loner and all struggling with feeling misunderstood within the confines of their lives. Independently, the four seek the company of another local, a def-mute who is himself an enigma in the town, but upon whom each character projects what they want him to be – a sounding board for what’s going on in their heads, often to heart-breaking effect. The plot is both simple and complex, and a must-read for any fan of Southern Gothic literature.”



Not what you’re looking for? Browse our collections online using Scholar OneSearch to find your new favorite read!



Posted in: Serendipity


#SnellStudyTip Winners

Posted by: Emily Nehme


Congratulations to our #SnellStudyTip challenge winners: Hannah (@hannahlorick), Nyera (@nyny_93), Eric (@iEricYun), Emily (@EmzWeis), and Adam (@adam_mccook) 

Check out the tips that won these students a $10.00 gift card to the Northeastern Barnes & Noble!

Setting goals is the way to go!


Natural light is the best light

Just make sure the 5 minute break is only 5 minutes...

Go flash card wild on the 1st and 2nd floors (just be respectful)

We love how passionate you are about silence on the 4th floor


Congratulations winners! We’ll direct message you on Twitter and let you know when and where to pick up your gift cards.


They may not be winners, but these #SnellStudyTips deserve an honorable mention:



And although these aren’t exactly study tips, they made some good points:


Thank you to everyone who participated in this challenge. Follow these #SnellStudyTips and ace those finals!


Posted in: Serendipity


Finally, It’s Finals!

Posted by: Emily Nehme


After this long apocalyptic winter that buried Boston under an endless amount of snow

Since, you know, Boston relocated to north of the wall


I think we’re all kind of glad that it’s finally finals.

Well, some of us are


Sure, you have to get through a couple of research papers, lab reports, final projects, and exams…


But in just two short weeks it’ll be summer!

No more coats = No more responsibilities


And to help you get there, Snell Library has quite a few de-stressors planned for you so look forward to study breaks with goodies and giveaways and a special finals-themed twitter challenge!



Speaking of the challenge… it’s not really a challenge. It’s actually really simple:

Starting on Tuesday (4/21), you can share your best study tip with @ClubSnell and use #SnellStudyTips on Twitter for a chance to win a $10.00 gift card to the Northeastern Bookstore! Five randomly selected study tips will be chosen and announced next Tuesday (4/28) afternoon and we’ll reach out to those lucky winners on more information about how to receive their gift card.

If you haven’t already, start following @ClubSnell on Twitter to keep an eye out for impromptu study breaks and to submit your #SnellStudyTip.


Happy Finals!


Posted in: Serendipity