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.

While the SJU Library has been supporting teaching and learning with a breadth of online databases, ebooks, and tools for many years, the current closure of the physical library has prompted vendors and publishers to provide special, limited-term access to content, such as textbooks (Pearson), public health research (Springer and JSTOR), Bloomberg Market Concepts, and more.

Details about this access as well as research support and library services can be found in our guide: Remote Support and Access for SJU Library Users. We are ready to assist you via chat and email.

We hope you and your families stay well and we look forward to seeing you when campus reopens.

The library invited the students of Dr. Richard Gioioso’s POL331: Latin American Politics class to curate a scholarly book display in connection with the concepts studied in this class. Some books chosen for this display were already part of the library’s permanent collection, while others were purchased at the recommendation of students based on their research. We believe such displays generate more student interest in developing the collection and highlight the wide range of courses offered at SJU.

And they’re all available to you to check out right now!

For more information about POL331: Latin American Politics, please contact Richard Gioioso at

To learn more about this project, please visit: Display Research Guide

“Won’t it be wonderful when black history and Native American history and Jewish history and all of U.S. history is taught from one book. Just U.S. history.” —Maya Angelou

Read Black History, this month’s book display includes:
Books written by Americans and about Americans who created art, music, and stories.  Books that feature talented athletes, politicians, religious leaders, and leaders of movements.  Women’s voices, men’s voices; voices of children expressing their views, their dreams, and their poetry.  American voices. Black American voices. Black history is our history.

Explore a just a fraction of what the library has to offer, including former President Barack Obama’s recommended books to read during Black History Month.  This display can be found on the first floor of the Drexel Library.

You can also follow us on Twitter @sju_library as we highlight additional books and eBooks in the library collection as part of Black History Month.

Theatre has played a role in Saint Joseph’s University history since its earliest days in the 1850s.  Students presented recitations and/or dialogues during the commencements.  One of these was “Loyola’s Vigil” given in 1853 by a commercial student, Andrew Jackson.  The following year students presented the period drama “Regulus” about a Roman general taken prisoner in the wars with Carthage.  Unfortunately, the College Catalogues, the source of this information, are only available in the Archives from 1852-1862 before resuming in the 1890s

A reference was made in the 1897-1898 catalogue to the founding of the Saint Joseph’s College Dramatic Association with a listing of its officers and moderator, the Rev. Joseph H. Hann, S.J.  The association members performed Shakespeare’s King John at the Park Theatre in Philadelphia on June 1, 1898.  Not much is known about the play other than its cast of characters, which includes the names of the student actors.

At the start of the 1900s, the Dramatic Association produced a series of Shakespearian plays including Macbeth (1912), Twelfth Night (1913) and King Henry IV (1914).  Gilbert and Sullivan’s satirical operetta The Mikado made it to the stage in 1915.  However, the group’s most successful work was The Passion Play, about the life of Christ, performed in the spring of both 1916 and 1917 at the Metropolitan Opera House in Philadelphia.  The play attracted numerous dignitaries and was seen by a reported 30,000 people.

The Cap & Bells Club formed in 1927 became the successor organization to the Dramatic Association.  Its first annual production was of The Bells at the Penn A.C. Ballroom on the night of February 11, 1928.  After its initial success, the players went on to perform in annual productions and enter a series of one-act play contests.

All the World’s a Stage: Theatre at Saint Joseph’s College in the Early 1900’s, a new Archives and Special Collections display is on view in the Gerard Manley Hopkins Special Collections located on the of the 3rd floor of the Post Learning Commons.  It will be available through the end of the spring semester.  Materials used in the exhibit are reproductions of original play programs and period photographs from the College Annual, the Crimson and Grey, the Greatonian Yearbook .


Throughout the spring semester we will be hosting a variety of events, displays and workshops. The charts to the left list each one along with their respective dates and times. There is a symbol to designate each category: an eye for displays, a coffee cup for events and a pile of books for workshops.

The workshops are largely for students — pass the word!

Stop by throughout the semester and browse one or more of the displays.

For the events, mark your calendar and plan to join us.
Light refreshments.




Throughout the first floor of Drexel Library are ten displays highlighting female artists.  This exhibition is a collaboration between Dr. Martha Easton’s Art 107 course, Kathleen Vaccaro’s Art 133 course, SJU art librarian Jenifer Baldwin, and SJU Gallery Director, Jeanne Bracy.  In order to raise awareness of the work of women artists, and provide more inclusive representation of these artists in the library’s book collection, SJU students created the book displays, accompanying essays, and portraits.

ART 107: Women, Gender, and Art
Dr. Martha Easton and Jenifer Baldwin, SJU’s librarian for art, collaborated on developing the assignment in which students selected the books and researched and wrote essays providing context for the artists’ lives and work.

ART 133: Drawing 1
To celebrate and understand the work of a variety of women artists on a deeper level, students in Kathleen Vaccaro’s Drawing I course researched the lives and work of the artists and created a portrait inspired by that artist and her artwork.

Nan Goldin
The Artist and the LGBTQIA Community
Photo Credit
Book Selections and Essay
Carly Rybinski, Lilly McCann, Josie Clark

Frida Kahlo
Self-Exposed in Exposés
Andrew Rhoades
Book Selections and Essay
Lauren Cavanaugh, Gregory Anderson, Kaitlyn Patterson


Georgia O’Keeffe
Creating Art for Herself
Timothy Wolff, Donald Maloney
Book Selections and Essay
Erin Duffy, Veronica Wilson, Hannah Delfaco-Losa

Faith Ringgold
Fighting Discrimination with Quilts
Photo Credit
Queen’s University
Book Selections and Essay
Maria Bio, Emily Crawford, Aaron Shafer

Käthe Kollwitz
An Artist for Social Justice
Alex Gomes, Yaonan Zeng
Book Selections and Essay
Emily Bendock, Sophia Dell’Arciprete, Natalie Nguyen

Barbara Kruger
Her Impact on Contemporary American Art
Haley Fusar
Book Selections and Essay
Maddie DeMarco, Michelle McCann, and Mia Porter

Yayoi Kusama
“The Princess of Polka Dots”
Olivia Amwake, Janine Dempster
Book Selections and Essay
Lauren Catalano, Gianna Darreff, Will Egbert


Cindy Sherman
Female Self-Portraiture and the Power of the Self

Zicong Deng, T.J. Dewitt
Book Selections and Essay
Lauren Hawkins, Jayne Baran, Peyton Drift

Jenny Saville, Lucian Freud, Alice Neel
The Unconventional Female Nude
Erin Mongeluzi, Austin Strazzulla
Book Selections and Essay
Jancarla Herrera, Juliana Magriples, Anna Keppel

Elisabeth Vigee-Lebrun, Adelaide Labille-Guiard
Beating the Odds: Art Career, the Academy, and Family
Erin Sweeney
Book Selections and Essay
Emma McCormick, Sarah Waro, and Gabriella Youshock


While some of the book cover images have been included above, pictured below is a sampling of the student art in “Focus on Women & Art”.

A reception for the exhibit will be held in the library on Tuesday, February 4th during Free Period. The students, faculty and art librarian will be on hand to discuss this interesting collaboration and answer questions you may have about the process and outcomes.

“Focus on Women & Art” will be up throughout the spring semester.