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Discover More

The Discovery Catalog has recently been upgraded to include an Advanced Search feature – meaning  you now have a lot more options for researching.  From the red bar at the top of the page, click on Advanced Search to perform a more thorough search – searching by title, author, subject, and publication year are just some of the options, and you can even search across multiple fields at once.  Looking for a copy of Freakonomics?  Go into Advanced Search and search by Title.  Looking for anything we might have by Freud on psychoanalysis?  You can search for him in the Author field with psychoanalysis as a keyword.  Head over, explore, and let us know what you think!

Student Library Survey: Win a Flip Camcorder!

How are we doing? What can we do better?

Let us know by filling out the Drexel Library survey and you will have a chance to win a Flip Camcorder! It takes less than 5 minutes to complete, and the information you provide will help us improve our collections and services.

To complete the survey, log on to and click on the survey link under Announcements.

If you have any problems accessing the survey or any questions, contact the Drexel Library through email at

The survey closes on Feb. 12, 2010. Your help is much appreciated!

Charity Navigator

Since last week’s major earthquake that devastated the country of Haiti, U.S. citizens have been eager to help out in any way they can, and the news has been overflowing with names of organizations that would gladly accept donations to go to the relief effort. But, like all charitable giving, it’s important to be informed about where your money is going. You might want to do a little background research first to make sure that most of the dollars you give directly supporting the cause, and not being stopped short by high administrative expenses, or heavy fund raising costs.

If you are planning to give to the cause of rebuilding Haiti, or any other cause that’s close to your heart, check out Charity Navigator – a site that rates charities on a four-star scale based on indicators like organizational efficiency and overall expenses. If you’re looking to get involved in a charity, it can also be a great place to read about the great variety of different types of charities offered in the U.S.

Take a minute to browse, and certainly give if you can – you just might stumble across a cause that you didn’t even know you were passionate about!

Library open 24 hours for finals!

With the semester winding up into a frenzy of final exams, papers and projects, the Library is once again supporting student work with extended hours: we’re open 24 hours a day, now through Saturday, December 19th, when we will shut our doors for the weekend at 4 p.m. (The Library will open with shorter hours next week, after finals are over.) Come and study, write, work, collaborate, and, for all you night owls, settle in until the sun comes up!

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.