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New Electronic Offerings

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

The Library is pleased to introduce the latest addition to our Cloud Library audio collection: the "Great Courses" series from The Learning Company. Long popular with our members as compact discs (and before that, cassettes), the Great Courses series features leading academics giving college-level lectures. The advantage that The Learning Company has over similar products is their attention to quality. Not only are the professors renowned, they have been scouted and vetted, so only the most engaging and charismatic are ever hired to lecture.

Here are the courses you’ll find in our collection.  But keep an eye on the shelf, as we’ll be adding more titles periodically. 

  • Ancient Greek Civilization by Jeremy McInerney
  • The Enlightenment: Invention of the Modern Self by Leo Damrosch
  • Great Masters: Mozart – His Life and Music by Robert Greenberg
  • The History of the Bible: The Making of the New Testament Canon by Bart D. Ehrman
  • The Inexplicable Universe by Neil deGrasse Tyson
  • Literary Modernism: The Struggle for Modern History by Jeffrey Perl
  • Mr. Lincoln: The Life of Abraham Lincoln by Allen C. Guelzo
  • Shakespeare: The Word and the Action by Peter Saccio
  • The Soul and the City: Art, Literature and Urban Living by Arnold Weinstein
  • The Theory of Evolution by Edward J. Larson

The Library has also expanded our collection of magazines available to members via RB-Digital Magazines by adding Film Comment and Smithsonian to our previous offerings.  In case you aren’t familiar, RB-Digital Magazines offers full-color digital magazines to download and read on your desktop computer and mobile devices. The Society Library’s collection includes popular and esteemed titles with no holds, no checkout periods, and no limits to the number of magazines you can download. Instructions for getting started can be found here. Current and back issues of the following magazines are available for you to download today.

  • Condé Nast Traveler
  • The Economist
  • Film Comment
  • Harpers
  • National Geographic
  • New York
  • The New York Review of Books
  • The New Yorker
  • Paris Review
  • Poets & Writers
  • Smithsonian
  • Utne Reader
  • Vanity Fair
  • Vogue

If you have any questions about RB-Digital, the Cloud Library, or any of our electronic resources, stop by the Reference Desk or send an email to For more information about our electronic offerings, see the Electronic Resources page on the Library's website. 


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