Today's Hours


The Library Welcomes Catherine Collins!


If you’ve asked a question at the Information desk in the Library this semester, you just might have already gotten an informal introduction to Catherine Collins, the newest member of the reference librarian team.  We’d like to take this opportunity to introduce her properly, and tell you a little bit about her:

Catherine holds a Bachelor of Arts in History and English from the University of Texas at Austin, a Master of Public Administration from the University of North Texas, and a Master of Library and Information Studies from the University at Buffalo in New York.  She has held previous positions as a Business Reference and Instruction Librarian at Texas A&M University and as a Reference Librarian at Bucks County Community College.  Prior to becoming a librarian, Catherine worked for several years as a public policy researcher and analyst for the State of Texas.

A native Texan, Catherine currently resides in the West Mt. Airy neighborhood of Philadelphia with her husband, Kevin Grauke, and their children Eleanor (6) and Peter (4).  In her spare time, she enjoys writing, watching films, following her favorite sports teams, and volunteering at her children’s schools.

Catherine is a valuable and knowledgeable addition to the Library staff and to the larger Saint Joseph’s community.  We welcome you, Catherine, and we’re glad you’re with us!

Looking for a place to study with friends?


This week and during finals, Saint Joseph’s students can reserve one of four small study rooms located on the 2nd floor of the Drexel Library. Rooms can be reserved for two hours at a time.Students requesting a room must be in a group of at least two people.

SJU students can reserve rooms during the following hours:

8:30am – 10:00pm   Monday – Thursday
8:30am –   9:00pm   Friday
10:00am –   6:00pm   Saturday
10:00am – 10:00pm   Sunday

To reserve one of these rooms, you can call x1904, e-mail us at or fill out our reservation request form.

In addition to the Group Study Rooms, the Presentation Practice Room is available for students working on group projects and presentations.

For more information regarding the use of these rooms, please contact Anne Krakow at, 610-660-1906.

Writing and Citing Clinic

Monday, December 7,  4pm-8pm


Have questions about organizing your paper and citing your sources?  Librarians and Writing Center Tutors will be stationed in the Drexel Library Instruction Lab and LaFarge Hall Lounge ready to answer questions about your paper. Drop by if you have a question!

Taking an online course or can’t make it to the session? Go to on 12/7 between 4-8pm and talk to a librarian live!

Instruction Lab, Drexel Library
LaFarge Hall Lounge

Senior Photography Display at the Library


Aislin Lavin
Untitled Series
November 24 – December 18


SJU senior and philosophy major Aislin Lavin will display a selection of her photography at the Francis A. Drexel Library. Inspired by Ludwig Wittgenstein’s Tractatus, Lavin uses photography to “express the relationships between line, shape, and varying degrees of contrast in specifically framed images.” The work is a result of her Traditional Photography Independent Study with Professor Susan Fenton.

A reception will be held Wed., 12/2 at 4:30 with refreshments.

Drexel Library open until 2am!


You spoke and we listened. Based on requests from the University Student Senate, Drexel Library will be open until 2am after Thanksgiving through the end of the semester (Monday, November 30 through December 10, Sunday – Thursday). Thanks to the University Student Senate for making this possible!

In addition, Drexel Library will once again be open 24/7 during finals (December 13- 19). So go ahead – find a quiet spot and settle in for the night.

Please note: During these extended hours (12 – 2am and 12 – 8am) there will be no technical or library assistance. A valid SJU ID is required to use Drexel Library. Security escorts are available by calling x1111.

Why is it so hot in here?

Around this time of year, SJU Facilities turns off the cool air in campus buildings and gets ready to heat buildings for the oncoming winter months. Once the A/C is turned off for the season, the unit is cleaned and cannot be turned back on. Due to the recent warm weather, the number of running computers, and some heating during an early cold spell, Drexel Library and other buildings on campus have become very warm. Although the heat in the library has been shut off, the building is still rather warm.

Drexel Library is working with Facilities to fix this problem. Until it is solved, the Library will add fans around the building to cool things off. The Library understands your need for a comfortable place to work and study and we are working on solving this problem as soon as possible.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

A Daily Dose of History

For all those history buffs out there, take a quick break from the daily grind for a little historical perspective with the History Channel’s This Day in History site.  A quick one-minute video will tell you some interesting factoids, or, if you’re really interested in a particular subject, the left-hand menu will get you to more extensive articles about Sports, Presidents, Disasters, Wars, and lots more.  It’s a great site for reflecting and remembering on events that you lived through and learning more about events that you didn’t.

Thanks to Marian Courtney for recommending the site!

Chocolate, anyone?

Join us outside the Library cafe this Wednesday at 3 p.m. for a lesson on the History and Making of Chocolate, including a rousing talk by Robert Weinberg of City Food Tours in Philadelphia.  Stick around after the talk for a chocolate tasting.  It’s a free event that’s bound to tickle any chocolate lover’s fancy…not to mention their taste buds!

New Presentation Practice Room

To meet the needs of student course work, Drexel Library has renovated Room 218 into a Presentation Practice Room with the assistance of a Competitive Advantage Grant. The room is fitted with a white board, LCD screen and large meeting table and is designed to assist students with their group projects and presentations. Students can connect their laptop to the screen as well as rehearse an upcoming presentation. The room is available only to currently enrolled SJU students.

SJU students can reserve the room during the following hours:

8:30am – 10:00pm Monday – Thursday
10:00am – 6:00pm Saturday
10:00am – 10:00pm Sunday

To reserve the room, fill out our reservation request form. For more information regarding the use of this room, please contact Anne Krakow at, 610-660-1906.


Censorship Exhibit

Celebrating freedom of speech and the right to read as one chooses, the American Library Association holds an annual celebration of all books that have come under the fire of censorship or attempted banning with their Banned Books Week — this year, September 26 through October 3.  In honor of the week, and to promote awareness of censorship issues, the Library is holding an exhibit featuring some of the books that have faced criticism for content and attempted censorship from our own collection, and a timeline marking some important dates in the history of censorship.  Stop by the cafe anytime this week to take a look!