“World Mental Health Day is an international day for global mental health education, awareness, and advocacy against social stigma.  Observed by World Federation for Mental Health and the World Health Organization.”
Just in time for this special occasion, our librarian for SHSE and Psychology, Naomi Cohen, has compiled a new research guide for Mental Health.

The Drexel Library at Saint Joseph’s University will no longer charge fines for most types of items! Of course, we still want to get our things back so that other people can use them, too, so there will be replacement fees for items that are never returned. But no more worrying about small fines accruing when you’re a few days late bringing a book back. To learn more, check out our borrowing policies on the website.

The Drexel Library and Post Learning Commons buildings re-open for contactless book pickup and individual study space on August 24. Librarians are available for online research help appointments, and staff are available to take your questions about services. To access our vast online databases, journals, and e-books, or to request contactless pickup of books and DVDs, see our website.


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Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Saturday, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Sunday, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m

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

Looking for some video resources to help your students while away from campus? Need a video resource for your research paper? We can help!

Take a look for documentaries, films, news clips, interviews, and other content available in our three primary streaming video resources:

AVON: Academic Video Online
Films on Demand

These sites provide video transcripts, closed captioning, shareable links for use in Canvas, and citation tools.

For help using these resources (and for information on adding video links to Canvas), please consult our help guide, reach out through Reference Chat (from the library homepage), or contact us.

These online teacher resources can be used by parents, grandparents and anyone else who is looking for quality online material to engage the children in their lives. This fantastic collection, categorized by subject area, was compiled by SJU Librarian Naomi Cohen, liaison to the School of Health Studies and Education.