Services for fall semester 2020


The majority of the Library’s resources, peer reviewed journals, books, data and reports, are available online. The Library also offers online chat, email, consultations and instruction via Zoom to provide research assistance and general inquiries. 

Library Ask Us / Contact

Library staff are available during operating hours to answer questions via chat, email, and phone.  


Building Access and Study Spaces

All three floors of the Post Learning Commons will open on August 24, 2020. 

  • Face coverings must be worn at all times.  
  • Access to enter the atrium will be swipe only.
  • The  PLC will not accept visitors at this time.
  • PLC Study rooms: one-person use


Post Learning Commons will offer study tables, lab computers, and carrels with clearly defined seating arrangements to enable physical distancing. PLC Study rooms will be converted to single-occupancy, bookable rooms. 


Stairwells and Elevators

  • Elevators: only one person at a time 
  • Stairwells: In the PLC, stairwell near bathrooms will be used for walking up, the stairwell near the study rooms will be used for walking down. 

The Library side of the building will remain closed to students and faculty. The building will be open to library staff and other SJU staff with offices in the building. 


Computer labs 

Computers will be available on the first and second floors of the Post Learning Commons, but fewer than usual will be available due to physical distancing. 



Printing services will be limited to the library atrium and the 2nd floor PLC.  Print jobs can be sent through mobile print and picked up at the printer in the atrium. 


Borrowing Library Materials

The book and media collections will be accessible to library staff only.  To borrow items from the library, use the library catalog to place a hold on the items.   Once items are processed and packaged for pickup, you will receive email notification.  Returned books and media will be quarantined before being available again. 


Interlibrary Loan

Borrowing and lending of print materials through EZBorrow and HawkShare will ramp up over time, as participating libraries may or may not resume these services in fall semester.  Interlibrary loan of articles through Hawkshare continues to operate as normal, though processing of requests may be delayed due to limitations at participating libraries.


Library Research Help and Consultations with Librarians

SJU librarians are available to take questions via email, phone, or chat, or for private Zoom meetings.  Librarians can assist with topic brainstorming, developing a research strategy, identifying and using credible sources, and more.  Meet with a Librarian



A playlist of videos ranging from a general introduction to the Library to evaluating sources and requesting materials through interlibrary loan.

Research Guides by Subject
Focused on specialized databases and research methods and tools in your field of study, Research Guides are a great place to start.

Citing Sources
Guide to citing your sources in ALA, MLA and other styles.


Course Reserves

There are no print books or DVDs on reserve for Fall 2020, but check our catalog to see if the book you need is available for contactless pickup.  Online articles chosen by your course instructor (known as electronic reserves or e-reserves) are made available in the Canvas site for your course.


Student Employment

Current remote-only positions will be and are listed in Handshake For a complete description of the work study process and requirements see the Office of Financial Aid