The Post Learning Commons will close earlier on Tuesday and Wednesday the week of Thanksgiving. The Post Academic Center will reopen on Friday, November 29 at 10:00am.

Tues 11/26 8:00am-10:00pm

Wed 11/27 8:00am- 5:00pm

Thur 11/28 CLOSED

Fri 11/29 10:00am-6:00pm

Sat 11/30 10:00am-6:00pm

Sun 12/1 10:00am-2:00am

Mon 12/2 8:00am-2:00am

Our book display to support the symposium “Lincoln and Kennedy, from 1863 to 1963 to 2013: From Civil War to Civil Rights to the Meaning of America” is located on the first floor of the Post Learning Commons.

An all-SJU faculty panel discussion will celebrate the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address and the 50th anniversary of John Fitzgerald Kennedy’s landmark Civil Rights Address. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held on Thursday, Nov. 21, at 4:00 p.m., in the John Cardinal Foley Center on the James J. Maguire ’58 Campus.

“This panel centers on two vital and enduring speeches from two ennobled presidents,” says Saint Joseph’s President C. Kevin Gillespie, S.J. ’72. “Given that we will celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address on Nov. 19, and observe the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President Kennedy on Nov. 22, in the same week, this event is a great teachable moment for our students.”

The interdisciplinary panel draws on faculty expertise from the Departments of History, Political Science, English, and Theology and Religious Studies.

Check out the end of the semester events at Drexel Library and Post Learning Commons

Group Study Rooms:

Reserve a room using our online form on the Library homepage

Extended Hours:

Starting Sunday, April 29, the Library and first floor of the Learning Commons will be open 24/7.

Writing Center Satellite:

Writing Fellows are available until April 27. Monday – Thursday, 4-6pm

5 Minute Massage:

Take a break with a 5-minute massage from a certified sports massage therapist. April 30 – May 2, 8:00-10:00pm

Gerard Manley Hopkins, S.J.On Thursday, March 29, 2012 the SJU Community met to honor the Leadership and Generosity of the Jesuit Community at Saint Joseph’s University and to view the new Gerard Manley Hopkins, S.J. Special Collections exhibit located on the third floor of the John and Maryanne Hennings Post Learning Commons.

Named after Hopkins, the esteemed nineteenth century Jesuit Victorian poet, the special collections feature, among other items, a diverse and growing collection of Jesuitica and Jesuitana, which includes more than 400 volumes, some quite rare, published between the 16th and 20th centuries.

In the Home Stretch!

The glass of the atrium is in place, the outdoor plaza complete, the trellis for the green wall is attached, the indoor spaces are finishing up and the opening exhibit in the Special Collections Area is being assembled. We are anticipating opening after Spring Break, with a dedication of the Post Learning Commons set for Thursday, March 22nd at 4:00 PM.

Mark your calendars and plan to join us!

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Post Learning Commons
Photographs by Melissa Kelly

Vote on Chairs

Stop in at the Drexel Library this week (April 11-15) to vote on your favorite chairs for the new John and Maryanne Post Learning Commons!

Chair samples are available to try on the first floor of the library. You can tell us which is your favorite by registering your vote on the nearby yellow poster. So stop in, have a seat (and some free candy!), and let us know which chairs you’d like to see in the new Learning Commons.

Under Construction
Throughout the semester you will hear a lot of noise coming from the Post Learning Commons construction site.  Construction managers have done their best to keep the noise to a minimum, when possible. We understand that many of you come to the Library for quiet study, which is why construction managers have scheduled the loudest work to occur during our least busy times.

Excavation Schedule:

Starting Monday, January 24, 2011

(M-F) from 6am to 10am – hammering
(T and R) from 6am to 1pm – hammering
(M-F) rest of time – low hum noise

Spring Break – full time hammering
4/22 & 4/25 – full time hammering
Weekends – hammering only if contractors fall behind
Exam Week – They will go silent

We thank you for your patience during this process.

Photograph by C. O. Dixon

January 6, 2011

The landscape around Drexel Library has changed quite a bit lately. While our immediate surroundings previously included a beautiful garden and bucolic walkways, these same spaces are now occupied by contractors and their machines, busily chipping through granite, leaving a giant hole with offshoots here and there! What could we be thinking!

No worries, though, for what looks like a big, rocky hole in the ground now is the future home of the Post Learning Commons – a technology-rich building dedicated to aiding student learning well into the 21st Century. And so, while all things must pass and we don’t have our former garden and walkways, the Learning Commons will have many “green” elements, such as partial green roof (how cool is that?), living ivy walls, and interesting landscape around the new amphitheater.

In the meantime, there will be rhythmic pounding, thumping and drilling (at least for the next week or so, including Saturdays – 10 hours each day). The lights may go out, the water may stop running, and the building might get cold, but in the end, it will be great! So, until the fanfare of the Grand Opening, we recommend stocking up on Excedrin!

The groundbreaking for the John R. Post ’60 Academic Center and the John & Maryanne Hennings Post Learning Commons took place on Wednesday, November 10 on a beautiful fall afternoon. Library Director Evelyn Minick served as master of ceremonies, introducing University Student Senate President Kelly McGlynn, faculty member Randall Miller, President Lannon and finally, Maryanne and John Post. In attendance were classmates from Mr. Post’s SJU class of 1960 as well as several members of the Board of Trustees.

View a slide show of the event

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