Today's Hours

Campus Coffee Hour with the Post Learning Commons and Drexel Library and the SJU Women’s Center

Honoring Women’s History Month, the Library will partner with
the SJU Women’s Center for the next Campus Coffee Hour.
Come and mingle with representatives from the center and find out more about its role on campus.

Friday, March 2nd
9:30 am – 10:30 am
Post Learning Commons 2nd Floor Lounge

Mark your calendar and plan to join us.
Enjoy coffee and snacks while you network with colleagues.

Preserving the Personal: Tips and Strategies for Preserving Your Digital Life

In anticipation of Endangered Data Week, February 26-March 2, Deb Lenert, Manager of Library Digital Services will host an informal discussion of digital preservation challenges and share solutions from the library community that you can apply to your personal files.

February 20, 2018 during Free Period
Wachterhauser Seminar Room
Post Learning Commons 2nd Floor

Mark your calendar and plan to join us for this engaging presentation and discussion. Bring your lunch. Cookies and drinks will be provided.

RSVP to Marian Courtney: “”.

Hope to see you there!




Home: Displaced People and the Dream of Home

In support of Mission Week (February 26th through March 2nd) at Saint Joseph’s University, a special display of books on refugees and immigrants will run through the month of February. “HOME: Displaced People & the Dream of Home” can be found on the first floor of the Post Learning Commons.

The books provide an opportunity for some supplemental reading on a topic that is forefront in the news today. Stop by and browse the books in “HOME: Displaced People and the Dream of Home“. If you would like to delve deeper into any of them, please know that all of the books in the display are available for check out.

Busted: A Tale of Corruption and Betrayal in the City of Brotherly Love – It’s What We’re Reading

“What We’re Reading” is a feature offering reviews from the Drexel Library staff about the books we’ve read. If you find a book which interests you and it is not in our collection, please feel free to acquire the book through our Interlibrary Loan service.

The Outsiders

Busted: A Tale of Corruption and Betrayal in the City of Brotherly Love
by Wendy Ruderman and Barbara Laker

Busted is an insightful look at the world of investigative reporting written with a flair that belies a perception of how you might think a book on police corruption or any kind of investigative reporting might be like: boring. It is far from it. Wendy Ruderman and Barbara Laker have written a page-turning book where the players are treated with a humanistic approach peppered with objective reporting and subjective humor and compassion for both perpetrators and victims.

It’s easy to see why they won a Pulitzer Prize.

Busted: A Tale of Corruption and Betrayal in the City of Brotherly Love can be found in the popular reading section on the first floor in the Post Learning Commons.

Two New Exhibits of Student Artwork in the Post Learning Commons

Recently, two very different but equally fascinating, samples of student artwork have been hung on the 2nd floor of the Post Learning Commons.

In the lounge area are samples of work from Adjunct Professor Kathleen Vaccaro’s course Drawing I, Fall 2017. It is titled, “Chagall Transcriptions and Student Artwork Selections”.  Professor Vaccaro describes the works by saying, “The colorful pastel drawings are the students’ own interpretations of artworks by Chagall. The charcoal and graphite drawings closer to the windows are a mix of drawings that the students chose themselves.” More information, as well as a complete list of the student artists, can be found alongside the artwork.




-Christina Butler


The other photographic display are selections from the Alternative Photographic Processes Fall 2017 class instructed by Professor Dustin Ream. The students employed “two different historical photographic processes…Cyanotype and Van Dyke Brown”. These required multiple steps including creating and applying chemistry. A complete description of the steps can be found alongside the exhibit.

Visually stimulating in their own unique ways, we hope you set aside a little bit of time in your busy schedule, to visit.






And For More Winter Break Reading Suggestions —

Below are NYT Notable Books in the SJU collection. Looking for a good read over Winter Break? Browse the Popular Reading collection (first floor Post Learning Commons). Suggest a title for the Popular Reading collection with this form.

American War by Omar El Akkad

Anything is Possible by Elizabeth Strout

The Dark Flood Rises by Margaret Draible

Fresh Complaint: stories by Jeffrey Eugenides

A Horse Walks into a Bar by David Grossman

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Sunders

Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan

My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent

Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward

The Evangelicals: The Struggle to Shape America by Frances FitzGerald

The Blood of Emmett Till by Timothy B. Tyson

The Glass Universe: How the Ladies of the Harvard Observatory Took the Measure of the Stars by Dava Sobel

Grant by Ron Chernow

The Gulf: The Making of an American Sea by Jack E. Davis

Jainesville: An American Story by Amy Goldstein

Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann

Looking for the Stranger: Albert Camus and the Life of a Literary Classic by Alice Kaplan

The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds by Michael Lewis

We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy by Ta-Nehisi Coates

What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton

Season’s Readings 2017

The 2017 edition of the SJU Library’s Season’s Readings is now available.

This year’s list is full of interesting books as exciting as previous years, with something for everyone.

Peruse the list and get that special someone a great holiday gift, find something for yourself, or simply give the list itself as a gift.

See Season’s Readings 2017 for this year’s list as well as links to all the previous years. Enjoy!


Finals Week in the PLC and Drexel Library

During finals week, you may want to take a little break while studying to rest and rejuvenate. Here’s what we at the Library can offer you — if something appeals to you, by all means, treat yourself!

Tuesday, December  12th
24 Hours
Free earbuds and earplugs*

Wednesday, December 13th
24 Hours
Legos and coloring in the Cafe
Healthy snacks
Free earbuds and earplugs
9:00-11:00 PM
Massages in the Atrium

Thursday, December 14th
24 Hours
Legos and coloring in the Cafe
Healthy snacks
Free earbuds and earplugs
9:00-11:00 PM
Massages in the Atrium

Friday, December 15th
24 Hours
Legos and coloring in the Cafe
Healthy snacks
Free earbuds and earplugs

Saturday, December 16th
Open until 12 midnight, reopens Sunday at 9:00 AM

Free earbuds and earplugs

Sunday, December 17th
Opens at 9:00 AM, continuing 24 hours until Tues., December 19th when we close at 9:00 PM

Free earbuds and earplugs

* Earbuds and earplugs are available on request unless supply runs out

The Christmas Creche on Display in the Atrium of the Post Learning Commons

Walking through the Atrium of the PLC, you may have noticed a Christmas Creche has been set up surrounded by three lovely 6 ft. evergreen trees. This piece is from the University Collection, created in the 20th century and fashioned after the 18th century Neapolitan style. The particular figures of Mary and Joseph, the materials used to create them, as well as the coloring of their garments, is unique to this style.

Next time you are walking through the Atrium, take a few minutes to contemplate this exhibit, not only for its spiritual significance, but also for the fine craftsmanship that was employed. You will also find there a pamphlet with more information, put together by Carmen Croce, SJU Scholarly Press.