Monday, February 23, 2015

Tax Forms at McIntyre Library

Tax season is upon us! McIntyre Library offers Federal, Wisconsin, and Minnesota tax forms.

Visit McIntyre Library to pick up the following tax forms, or simply download and print them:

Beginning in 2015, the IRS has reduced the number and type of tax forms distributed to libraries. The IRS is no longer providing print copies of instructional booklets. For IRS forms other than 1040, 1040A, and 1040EZ, and for any IRS instructional booklet, visit IRS Forms & Publications to download and print the document you need.

To pick up tax forms, you can also visit the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library or your local IRS office.

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program provides free assistance to taxpayers who earn less than $53,000 annually at several locations in the Eau Claire area.

For questions about McIntyre Library's tax forms, contact Robin Miller, Government Publications Librarian.

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Reservations No Longer Needed for Equipment Checkout & Study Rooms

Checking out a laptop
The way that students check out equipment and study rooms from McIntyre Library has changed. Starting at the beginning of the spring 2015 semester, we are no longer able to create reservations on all equipment (laptops, iPads, phone chargers, etc.) and study rooms. All equipment and rooms are now checked out on a first come, first serve basis.

This change comes in preparation for the library moving to a new checkout software that does not allow reservations. Other aspects of equipment checkout are the same. If you have any questions, please contact the circulation department (715-8336-3858,

Thursday, January 15, 2015

McIntyre Library Hosting Eau Claire Backgammon Tournament (Feb. 21 & Feb. 28)

McIntyre Library at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will host the 1st annual Eau Claire backgammon tournament on February 21 and 28 from 1-5 pm. The tournament, which is FREE and open to UW-Eau Claire students and all residents of the Chippewa Valley is for beginners and experienced players alike. One tournament participant will be randomly selected to win a backgammon set just for participating.

Learn how to play
If you are new to backgammon but still want to participate the library will be hosting informational sessions on how to play at:
  • McIntyre Library (105 Garfield Ave. Eau Claire, WI 54702) on Saturday, February 14 in McIntyre Library from 1-3 pm.
  • L.E. Philips Memorial Public Library (400 Eau Claire St. Eau Claire, WI 54701) on Sunday, February 15 from 1-3 pm and
Registration is not required to learn how to play. 

How the tournament works
The tournament will have a maximum of 32 players (two sixteen team brackets) and run on two consecutive Saturdays.  Players will be required to complete a best-of-three match in the first two rounds to continue playing with rounds three and four being best-of-five matches.  An email will be sent to each player by February 19 telling him/her when their match is scheduled. Rounds 1 and 2 will be completed on February 21 and Rounds 3 and 4 will be completed on February 28.  First round matches will be determined based upon participant's skill level.

Registration is required to enter the tournament.

McIntyre Library will host all rounds of the tournament (Feb. 21 & 28) and is located on the UW-Eau Claire campus at 105 Garfield Ave. Eau Claire, WI 54702.  Parking at UW-Eau Claire is free on the weekends.  Please consult this map (PDF) for location information.  Suggested locations to park are the Phillips Lot or Hibbard Lot.

Registration is FREE and is required to participate in the tournament.  To register send an email indicating your interest in participating to Hans Kishel, UW-Eau Claire librarian:

Please register by February 17.

Additional Information
The grand prize will be a backgammon set, to be randomly selected from all tournament contestants. Light refreshments will be served during the 3rd and 4th rounds on February 28.  Winners of each bracket will receive a t-shirt.

Questions should be directed to Hans Kishel (, 715-836-2959).

Support for this program includes UW-Eau Claire's McIntyre Library, the Council on Internationalization and Global Engagement, and University Recreation and Sport Facilities.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Annual giving project to support Rice Pantry raises $1295.65!

The McIntyre Library Staff Association giving project to support the Hmong Mutual Assistance Association (HMAA) rice pantry raised $1295.65. This is a whopping 46% increase over last year and our second highest total ever! Every penny goes toward buying rice, and this contribution will buy more than 9000 pounds of rice,  making a difference in the lives of our Eau Claire area neighbors.

Thanks to all who participated, by donating, fielding questions, and spreading the word. We were fortunate this year to have the assistance of UW-Eau Claire Foundation in establishing the online donation option and managing the contributions, and Andrew Vue, representing some of the Hmong student groups, who helped get the word out.

Friday, January 02, 2015

Winterim 2015 Library Hours

McIntyre Library's Winterim (1/5 - 1/26) hours are as follows:

Sunday: 1 pm - 10:30 pm
Monday: 7:30 am - 10 pm
Tuesday: 7:30 am - 10 pm
Wednesday: 7:30 am - 10 pm
Thursday: 7:30 am - 10 pm
Friday: 7:30 am - 9 pm
Saturday: 9 am - 5 pm

*McIntyre Library will close at 4:30 pm on Friday, January 23

*McIntyre Library will be closed on January 19, 24, and 25.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Perseverance pays off during finals week!

Yes, we know you're thinking about studying hard and doing well on final exams. But hard work and perseverance also pay off when it comes to 8000 piece puzzles. Thanks to everyone who contributed even one piece to this challenging puzzle of the Sistine Chapel, the project is now complete. The final puzzle piece was laid today, finals Friday. Whatever your accomplishment this week, it's time to go home and relax. Job well done.

Winter Break Hours (12/21/14 - 1/5/14)

McIntyre Library will be open a reduced number of hours during Winter Break (12/21/14 - 1/5/15).  They are as follows:

Sunday (12/21): CLOSED
Monday (12/22): 7:30 am - 4:30 pm
Tuesday (12/23): 7:30 am - 4:30 pm
Wednesday (12/24): CLOSED
Thursday (12/25): CLOSED
Friday (12/26): 7:30 am - 4:30 pm
Saturday (12/27): CLOSED

Sunday (12/28): CLOSED
Monday (12/29): 7:30 am - 4:30 pm
Tuesday (12/30): 7:30 am - 4:30 pm
Wednesday (12/31): CLOSED
Thursday (1/1/15): CLOSED
Friday (1/2/15): 7:30 am - 4:30 pm
Saturday (1/3/15): CLOSED

Sunday (1/4/15): CLOSED
Monday (1/5/15): 7:30 am - 10 pm

Winterim Hours Begin on Monday, January 5, 2015.

Monday, December 08, 2014

Finals week therapy dog visits (Dec 14-18)

Need some stress relieved from your finals week studying? McIntyre Library has just the solution for you.  We will be hosting therapy dogs during finals week the following days and times.

Sunday, December 14
  • 10 - 11 am: Meet Yoda, Flash & Spud the border collies
  • 6 - 7:30 pm: Meet Solomon & Moses the black labs 

Monday, December 15
  • 1:30 - 3 pm: Meet Libby the chocolate lab

Tuesday, December 16
  • 3 - 4 pm: Meet Raci & Magic the border collies
  • 6:30 - 8 pm: Meet Charlie the cocker spaniel and Genevieve & Ziva the blue heelers 

Wednesday, December 17
  • 10 am - 11 am: Meet Beau the flat coated retriever
  • 5 - 7 pm: Meet Twinkie & Tonka the Newfoundlands
  • 7 - 8 pm: Meet Luna the Newfoundland

Thursday, December 18
  • 1 - 2 pm Meet Connor the dog