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

Group Study Rooms: Reserve a room in the library for studying or group projects. Call 610-660-1904 to schedule a reservation.

Late Night Write Night: Writing Center Tutors will be available Monday, December 9, from 7 p.m. – midnight in their Learning Commons Satellite Location (room 128). Use this online form to make an appointment.

Extended Hours:
Starting Tuesday, December 10 the Library and Learning Commons will be open 24/7.
LIBRARY WILL CLOSE SATURDAY, December 14 at midnight, and REOPEN at 9am SUNDAY.
Library will close at 7:30pm Dec. 17.

5 Minute Massage: Take a break with a 5-minute massage from a certified sports massage therapist. December 11-13, 8:00-10:00pm

2013 A monthly offering from Drexel Library’s staff about the books we’ve read.

11/23/63 The Ocean at the End of the Lane
by Neil Gaiman

The Ocean at the End of the Lane is Neil Gaiman’s first novel for adults in eight years. It’s short, at 182 pages, and difficult to put down. It reads like a short story and left me wanting to spend more time in Gaiman’s mythological and nightmarish world.

Our narrator is an unnamed and friendless 7 year-old boy who prefers reading to people. He plays with his kitten, ignores an annoying younger sister, and immerses himself in adventures that pull him into the pages of his beloved books. This boy is frightened of almost everything, especially adults, with their changing moods and the masks he believes they peel away to reveal their darkest sides. A series of events upend his safe, quiet world and the boy finds himself with his first friend and protector, eleven year-old Lettie Hempstock,a girl who may be as old as time. The boy’s curiosity and disobedience result in the unleashing of a monster bent on controlling and destroying his family.

The Ocean at the End of the Lane is a story about the vulnerability and defenselessness of children. Beautifully written, Gaiman draws you into a world of memory, mystery and magic.

This book can be found in the Popular Reading Collection on the first floor of the Library.

Book ProjectPost Learning Commons
2nd Floor Lounge

The Post Learning Commons and Drexel Library is happy to house an exhibit of the work of Saint Joseph’s students from Professor Ron Klein’s class, Appropriated Art.

The Book Project  –  Making art from everyday objects is regarded as a form of artistic expression.
In Professor Ron Klein’s class Appropriated Art, the class explored the idea of reconfiguring a book into an object of art.

The students took advantage of each book’s characteristics and qualities.  Some were formal, such as hard back or soft, thick or thin, message or no message. Others concerned themselves primarily with the conceptual content of the book. Students combined both formal qualities and conceptual cleverness to produce beautiful and interesting projects.

Memory & Devotion: Relic ExhibitMemory and Devotion: The Relic Collection of Burchard Villiger, S.J.,  
Gerard Manley Hopkins, S.J., Special Collection Rooms (3rd Floor)
John and Maryanne Hennings Post Learning Commons

Burchard Villiger, S.J., fifth president of Saint Joseph’s (1868-93), amassed one of the largest collections of relics and reliquaries in the United States. This, Villiger considered a most suitable endowment for his newly built Church of the Gesù and college buildings on Girard Avenue in North Philadelphia.

Most of the hundreds of relics in Villiger’s collection were acquired in Rome in the 19th century from “a noble family fallen on hard times” and endure to this day at the Church of the Gesù at St. Joseph’s Prep, at Old St. Joseph’s Church, and at Saint Joseph’s University. About 45 of these relics and reliquaries have been gathered from our Jesuit institutions in Philadelphia for this exhibit.

A 16-page printed text is available at the exhibit venue that creates a context for understanding:


  •  the Catholic Church’s teaching on the veneration of relics
  •  the history of the tradition;
  • Fr. Villiger’s motives in collecting relics and bringing them to Philadelphia;
  • sacred and secular relics, power politics and national identity
  • the direct links from relics in church treasuries to modern museums.

The exhibit will be on display through December.

For more information, please contact:
Carmen Croce
Director, Saint Joseph’s University Press
5600 City Avenue
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19131

Manna Pies     It’s MANNA PIE time again!  

Once again the SJU Alliance is selling delicious MANNA PIES (just in time for Thanksgiving!)
Each pie raises enough money to deliver six nourishing meals to people suffering from serious illnesses in Philadelphia.
Our goal this year is to raise $2,000 for MANNA, that’s 80 pies!

We need your help, please go to the HAWKS for MANNA site to make your purchase.
Pies can be picked up on Tuesday, November 20th in Drexel Library, between 11 AM and 6 PM.
Just check Saint Joseph’s University as your pick up site.

Here’s the site, it’s quick and easy:

Due to electrical repairs that must be made, the Drexel Library will close at 10:00pm Monday evening (October 22).

The Post Learning Commons will remain open until 2:00am for extended hours.
The Library Catalog will be inaccessible and other online resources may experience some interruptions.

The Library and Post Learning Commons are scheduled to re-open Tuesday morning at 8:30am.

Air Force ROTC at SJU

Please join us along with SJU President C. Kevin Gillespie and SJU student/artist Holly Colaguori, ’12, on Monday October 22nd, 2012 when we unveil a painting celebrating the 60th anniversary of Air Force ROTC here at Saint Joseph’s University.

The painting will be unveiled and placed in the first floor of Drexel Library.

Monday, October 22  9:00am

Francis A. Drexel Library, 1st floor

Due to electrical repairs that must be made, the Francis A. Drexel Library will close at 10:00pm this evening (Monday, October 8).

The Post Learning Commons will remain open until 12 midnight this evening.

The Library Catalog will be inaccessible and other online resources may experience some interruptions. 

The Library and Post Learning Commons are scheduled to re-open Tuesday morning at 8:30am.



Faculty Scholarship

Celebration of Faculty Scholarship

October 10, 2012 3:00pm
Wachterhauser Seminar Room, 2nd Floor Post Learning Commons

Ron Dufresne James Caccamo

As a part of Inauguration Week, the Post Learning Commons and Drexel Library will celebrate the recent scholarship of Saint Joseph’s faculty. There will be two brief presentations from two faculty members, James Caccamo (Religious Studies, Theology) and Ron Dufresne (Management).

Marjorie Rathbone, Associate Director for Resources Management, and Kristine Mudrick, Serials/Electronic Resources Librarian, will present a brief introduction to the new faculty scholarship database.



A Question of Habit: A Tool for Educators

A Question of Habit

September 27

Wachterhauser Seminar Room,
2nd Floor Post Learning Commons

A second viewing of the film “A Question of Habit” will be offered at the Post Learning Commons for faculty, staff and administration.

Writer-Producer-Director Dr. Bren Ortega Murphy will be on hand to discuss how this film can be used effectively to teach U.S. cultural studies, gender and the intersection of religion and culture.

A Question of Habit explores popular culture’s fascination with all things “nun” and dives into the real stories behind the women religious in the United States from the battle field medics of the Civil War to the creators of the first HMO in the Country to the political activists fighting against capital ?> punishment.?

The film is narrated by Academy Award winner Susan Sarandon.