Library remodel update

July 30, 2019

During the July beak, your intrepid librarians shifted the entire collection and sorted a portion of it onto carts to be relocated. Once the summer term started, the compact shelving was removed and transported to another room in the Academic Building (more on that later), creating an open area that will soon become student study space. The remaining shelving was standardized in color—strategic swaps with the compact shelving helped a lot—and new end panels were installed. Painting went quickly, and you can get a sense of the color scheme in the photo gallery below.

Next up, new and better lighting fixtures. Lighting installation is taking a bit longer than originally planned, so we have updated the project calendar in the central hallway to help you visualize the schedule. Please be aware that during the lighting phase of the project, the shelves are wrapped for protection, so we cannot access materials in the stacks.

While the back room is closed, we have a special Remodel Redirect (PDF) flyer to help you find library materials or places to study. If you need a printed copy to take with you, you’ll find them near the crosswords at the circulation desk.




NPLEX exam prep

June 10, 2019

BoardVitals logoWe have BoardVitals to help NUNM students prep for the NPLEX Part 1 and NPLEX Part 2. BoardVitals provides an interactive online question bank with up-to-date explanations from top naturopathic educators and literature with answers, detailed feedback and assessment of your progress. It is accessible at any time, anywhere from any device with a wireless connection making it perfect for students on the go. It is available to students and faculty with access on-campus and off-campus.

Get Started by following these steps:

  1. Register now with your OR email address.
  2. You will receive an email with a confirmation link.
  3. After you confirm your account, you are all set to start using BoardVitals.

Summer library closures

May 24, 2019


Back room

Students, you asked for this, and it’s happening!  This coming summer, we will be remodeling the back room of the library to create more study space.


  • Seldom-used materials in the collection will move to another room in the building. You will be able to request these items for checkout as needed.
  • Result: 40% more study space!
  • The entire back room will get a facelift, including new lighting and paint.


Closures — Please PLAN AHEAD for alternate study space if needed!

  • Friday, June 28: the back room will be closed starting at 2 PM.
  • July 1-5: the entire library will be closed the first week of July.
  • Month of July: back room closed.

Access to Collections — Please PLAN AHEAD and check out needed materials ahead of time!

  • Materials in the back room will be off limits starting the afternoon of June 28, through the month of July.
  • Board exam study materials will be available in the front room.

Questions? Library staff are here to answer them. Email us at

Pride 2019 at the library

May 23, 2019

The library is highlighting a selection of materials from our collection for Pride Month. (One recent addition, She He They Me, is structured like a Choose Your Own Adventure—but for gender identity!) If you know of a book or DVD about LGBTQ+ history, health, or experience that might appeal to the NUNM community, we welcome your suggestions.

Singing bowls return 5/17

May 8, 2019

photo of several singing bowlsCCM’s Ken Glowacki returns on Friday, May 17, at 7 PM for an evening sound bath in a dark and cozy library. You will experience a gentle release of tension and gain re-alignment as you let the soft sounds of singing bowls, gongs, and bells surround you. Come with a yoga mat and pillows or use our chairs. It will be a great way to wrap up the week.

Remodel update

March 5, 2019

This coming summer, we will be remodeling the back room of the library to create more and better study space. In February, we held two workshops with NUNM students and designers from BRIC Architecture to get input and reimagine the space.

On February 8, architects Dan Hess and Thea Wayburn of BRIC Architecture led students in a visioning exercise to establish common goals and an overall direction for the project. There were two activities, both involving group work and discussion.

First, students were brokEasel pad showing group brainstormingen into two groups and asked to answer a series of questions:

1. What do you use this space for?
2. What do you like about the current space?
3. What is important to you for this space to feel like?
4. What does the current space lack?
5. How will we know if this project is a success?

The groups then shared these responses with the entire group.

Students voting on sample imagesThe second activity used visuals to connect preferences to specific images. Each individual was given five green (“like it”) and five red (“don’t like it”) dots with which to vote on a variety of images, including library spaces as well as other types of public areas. After voting, the images were re-arranged on three different boards — those with mostly green dots were grouped together on one board, those with mostly red dots were grouped on another, and images with a mix of red and green dots were grouped on a third board.

The group discussed why they voted the way they did. Common themes included liking natural light, use of wood (but not dark wood!), and furnishings that allowed for individual or group study different from study carrels. Common “don’t likes” were dark wood, lack of color or too much color, and spaces that felt excessively modern.

Group design work with blank floor planOn February 22, Dan and Thea were back to lead students in a design activity building from information gathered in the first meeting. Participants broke into three groups. The task: design a new space with the pieces. Each group had a reference floor plan showing the existing layout, a large floor plan with just walls and doors, and a packet of paper pieces representing tables, soft seating, carrels, and bookshelves. Several unnamed pieces were included so each group could incorporate something unique or different in their design.

After about 15 minutes, each group presented their design to the entire group. Then, each group went back to their tables to work on a second option. This second option was again presented to the entire group.


What’s next: in March, we will take these ideas and start refining them into a design plan to work with. Stay tuned for more updates in the coming months.

A big thank you to our student volunteers who participated in these exercises!

Women practitioners’ history

March 2, 2019

As we move into March, the library is marking Women’s History Month by highlighting books in our collection that address the past, present, and future of women healthcare practitioners. In addition to drawing on our own existing holdings, we’ll have a few new titles on display soon, and we are also pulling in books from other libraries through interlibrary loan. If you know of a book on this theme that might appeal to the NUNM community, get in touch!

Year of the Pig festivities

February 4, 2019

On Tuesday, February 5, the library will celebrate the Year of the Pig with festive decorations and treats in the Chinese Herb Library. Stop by the library after 1 PM to sample oranges, candies, and other delicious snacks!

Library remodel needs you!

February 4, 2019

This coming summer, we will be remodeling the back room of the library to create more and better study space. We want student input! In February, we will hold two Friday morning design workshops with BRIC Architecture with the goal of reimagining this space.

Do you study in the back room? Want to get involved? Sign up in the library (use the sign up form at the service desk or drop a slip in one of the yellow boxes) or email University Librarian Noelle Stello at

Black history, health & culture

February 3, 2019

The library has worked with the Office of Equity and Inclusion to highlight books in our collection that address the history, health, and culture of African Americans. A couple of recent additions to the library that you’ll find in the display are Birthing Justice: Black Women, Pregnancy, and Childbirth and Farming While Black: Soul Fire Farm’s Practical Guide to Liberation on the Land.

We will we have more new books to share during the month-long celebration, and we also encourage you to look at the suggested readings from Ayasha Shamsud-Din’s email:

  • Michelle Alexander, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness (The New Press, 2012)
  • James Baldwin, The Fire Next Time (Penguin Books, 1973)
  • Ta-Nehisi Coates, Between the World and Me (Spiegel & Grau, 2017)
  • bell hooks, Sisters of the Yam: Black Women and Self-Recovery (Routledge, 2015)
  • Patrisse Khan-Cullors and asha bandele, When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir (St. Martin’s Press, 2018)
  • Danielle L. McGuire, At the Dark End of the Street: Black Women, Rape and Resistance – a New History of the Civil Rights Movement from Rosa Parks to the Rise of Black Power (Vintage Books, 2011)
  • Michelle Obama, Becoming (Crown Publishing Group, 2018)
  • Ijeoma Oluo, So You Want to Talk about Race (Seal Press, 2018)