This week the Drexel Library is exploring titles explaining the role of allyship and the concept of white privilege. Rachel Fager, Catalog and Metadata Librarian, as well as subject liaison for English and other areas, has provided a list of resources in the library collection concerning allyship and white privilege. A resource from the American Library Association states that “An ally is one who recognizes their unearned systemic privilege from societal injustice and works to change these patterns of injustice.”  Part of allyship is understanding white privilege, or the inherent social advantage conferred on the basis of race. Below are are a list of e-books and streaming video to explore the topics. 


How to Be an Antiracist by Kendi, Ibram X. (2019) 

Limited User Access (1 Copies Available)


Witnessing Whiteness : The Need to Talk About Race and How to Do It by Tochluk, Shelly (2010)

Unlimited User Access


Good White People : The Problem with Middle-Class White Anti-Racist by Sullivan, Shannon (2014)

Unlimited User Access


White Privilege by Blakemore, M. T. (2018)

Unlimited User Access


Race talk and the conspiracy of silence : understanding and facilitating difficult dialogues on race by Sue, Derald Wing (2015) 

Unlimited User Access


Anxious to Talk About It : Helping White Christians Talk Faithfully About Racism by Helsel, Carolyn B. (2018)

Unlimited User Access


Dog whistle politics : how coded racial appeals have reinvented racism and wrecked the middle class by Ian Haney-López (2014)

Unlimited User Access

From ProQuest



How We Get Free : Black Feminism and the Combahee River Collective by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor (2017)

Limited User Access (1 Copies Available)


Rethinking College Student Development Theory Using Critical Frameworks by Abes, Elisa S., Jones, Susan R., and Stewart, Dafina Lazarus (2019)

Unlimited User Access

For Educators

We Want to Do More Than Survive : Abolitionist Teaching and the Pursuit of Educational Freedom by Bettina L. Love (2019)

Limited User Access (1 Copies Available)


Antiracist School Leadership : Toward Equity in Education for America’s Students by Brooks, Jeffrey S. (2013) 

Unlimited User Access


Despite the Best Intentions : How Racial Inequality Thrives in Good Schools by Amanda E. Lewis and John B. Diamond (2015)

Unlimited User Access

Streaming Video

White Like Me: Race, Racism & White Privilege in America (2013)


I Am Not Your Negro: James Baldwin and Race in America (2016)

An Oscar-nominated documentary


This week, the Drexel Library is highlighting library resources concerning systemic racism in the United States. Dan Holden, Serials and Electronic Resources Librarian and subject liaison to the history department, has put together a mix of texts that outline the legal and social actions that helped sustain an environment of racism in the country.

Legislating Racism: The Billion Dollar Congress and the Birth of Jim Crow (2004)

Racism Without Racists: Color-Blind Racism and the Persistence of Racial Inequality in America (2018)

The Color of Our Shame: Race and Justice in Our Time (2013)

Systemic Racism: A Theory of Oppression (2006)

Cold War Civil Rights: Race and the Image of American Democracy (2011)

The Segregated Origins of Social Security: African Americans and The Welfare State (2006)

Bike Lanes Are White Lanes: Bicycle Advocacy and Urban Planning (2016)

Clean and White: A History of Environmental Racism in the United States (2015)

The protests in response to the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor have rightfully raised questions about structural racism in our country.  Over the next few weeks, Drexel Library will spotlight resources in the library collection that discuss these topics.

–Anne Krakow, Library Director


This week, we’re highlighting anti-racism articles and literature for children. Naomi Cohen, Education Resources Librarian, has put together this list.  Some are print books in the library collection, but many others are available on audio and e-book format. 

Have a book to recommend? Use our online request form. 


Picture books:

A Kids Book about Racism / Jelani Memory (video read-aloud)

Let’s Talk about Race / Julius Lester (video read-aloud)

On the Playground: Our First Talk about Prejudice / Jillian Roberts (ebook)

The Other Side / Jacqueline Woodson


For older readers:

The Hate U Give / Angie Thomas (also made into a movie)

All American Boys / Jason Reynolds, Brendan Kiely

March / John Lewis (3-volume graphic novel memoir by civil rights leader and U.S. House Representative from Georgia)



Becoming Upended: Teaching and Learning about Race and Racism with Young Children and Their Families (NAEYC)

How to Talk to Kids about Race and Racism (Parent Toolkit)


Further Resources:

EmbraceRace: Where to Find Diverse Children’s Books

Resources for Talking about Race, Racism and Racialized Violence with Kids (Center for Racial Justice in Education)

The library is closed but you may put items in our outdoor book return.

Items placed in the book return will be quarantined until our staff returns and will remain on your library account until it is safe to check them in.

We will waive any fines accrued during this time.

You may also opt to return items when we reopen. Please check our website for announcements.

If you have questions about your library account please contact us.


Drop books off this summer, or wait until campus opens.  Either way, fines will be waived.
Drop books off this summer, or wait until campus opens. Either way, fines will be waived.

The SJU Library has thousands of ebooks available RIGHT NOW! You likely know that already, but did you know that we have arts & crafts books, ready for a study break or family crafting time?

Origami Activities for Kids : Discover the Magic of Japanese Paper Folding, Learn to Fold Your Own Paper Models
Origami 101 : Master Basic Skills and Techniques Easily Through Step-by-step Instruction
Origami Games for Kids Ebook : Action-Packed Games and Paper Folding Fun! [Just Add Paper]
Tomoko Fuse's Origami Boxes: Beautiful Paper Gift Boxes from Japan's Leading Origami Master
Classic Origami for Beginners Kit Ebook : 45 Easy-to-Fold Paper Models: Full-color Step-by-step Instructional Ebook
Origami Animal Sculpture : Paper Folding Inspired by Nature: Fold and Display Intermediate to Advanced Origami Art: Origami Book with Downloadable Video

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: