Frequently Asked Questions

Access to Electronic Resources | General | Circulation | Reference/Technical


Can subscription e-Resources be accessed from off campus?

Access to SJU Subscription e-Resources
Some subscription e-Resources are restricted to currently-registered SJU students, faculty and staff are designated:
When you click on a link to a subscription e-Resource--
On-Campus via the SJU Network: linking is direct and automatic.
Off-campus:  an SJU Login page is automatically triggered.
Users should then enter their SJU UserName/Password.

Are other e-Resources available to me besides those listed on the Library's e-Resources pages? And are any available to me if I am not currently registered as a student?
Many states offer electronic resources through local public libraries. Pennsylvania has a POWER Library with many databases that can be accessed in a public library, or from users' homes. New Jersey and Delaware have similar services.
Other Access


What are the Library hours?

Where is the Library located?

Where can I find the materials that my professor has placed on Reserve?
Books and articles on Reserve can be found at the Service Desk. Items on Reserve circulate either in-house only or for overnight, one day, or three day loan periods according to the parameters requested by the faculty member. You can see a list of the resources on Reserve for your class by going to The Library Catalog. Click on the "Reserves" area of the Catalog- page masthead. You may then search by course or professor.

How can I access items from the Archives and/or Special Collection?

I am a graduate of Saint Joseph's University. May I use the Library?
Alumni are welcome to use the Library catalog and borrow books from the Library. An alumni library card may be requested at the Service Desk. Use of databases and general Internet access is restricted to current students, faculty, and staff members with valid network accounts and passwords. You may find what you need via your public library.

I am not affiliated with Saint Joseph's University. What access may I  have to Library services?

Vistor Hour

Monday -- Thursday 8:00am - 10:00pm
Friday 8:00am - 5:00pm
Saturday -- Sunday 12:00pm - 6:00pm

Exceptions to these hours may occur during holidays or finals periods.

Visitors not associated with the University are welcome to use the Library catalog to locate and access materials in print. Use of online databases and general use of the Internet is restricted to members of the Saint Joseph's University community--currently registered students, faculty, and staff. Those visitors interested in borrowing books must initiate an interlibrary loan request from their own institution or public library.


May I renew books over the phone?
Yes. To renew books over the phone, please call 610-660-1900 on or prior to the due date. You may also renew books on the Web at The Library Catalog. Click on the "My Library Account " area of the Catalog-page masthead. You will be prompted to enter your SJU Username/Password to view into your record and then renew books.

How long is the loan period?
Students, staff members, alumni, and visiting Jesuits may borrow books for 28 days after which a renewal may be requested for two weeks. Faculty members have a loan period of one semester with renewal for an additional semester. ELS students, special program participants, TCLC students and faculty, and PALCI faculty on-site borrowers may take books out for two weeks with a one week renewal period.

What are the fines?
The overdue fine is 15 cents per day. There is a minimum charge of $55.00 for a lost book.

How do I view my Library record to find out what books I have checked out?
From The Library Catalog, click on the "My Library Account " area of the Catalog-page masthead. You will be prompted to enter your SJU Username/Password to view into your record. You may renew books online.

May I check out journals?
Print copies of journals, both single issues and bound volumes, must be used in the Library.


 Can I print out my paper in the Library?

How do I use my Laptop in the building?

How can I find out what books and/or periodicals are available at the Library?
Information about the Library's holdings may be found by using the Library's Classic Catalog:

or from the Library's home page

What is Find it! @ SJU ?
A service linking many of the Library's electronic resources. More information.

What can I do if the Library does not have the book or article that I need?
To access material that the library does not own please refer to the Interlibrary Loan page to request the material through EZBorrow or ILLiad.

In addition, current students, faculty, and staff may visit member libraries of the Tri-State College Library Cooperative (TCLC) and borrow books. TCLC is a consortium of about 45 libraries in Southeast Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey, and Northern Delaware. A Letter of Introduction, available from our Information Desk, and a valid SJU ID are required.

Faculty members may also visit PALCI libraries and borrow directly from them. A Letter of Introduction, available at our Information Desk and valid SJU ID are required.

How can articles I found online be cited in my paper?


What is a scholarly journal?

Characteristics of a Scholarly Journal

  • The author's name is always indicated and affiliation and credentials are usually included.
  • Sources are always cited in footnotes or bibliographies.
  • Articles are often preceded by brief abstracts of their contents.
  • Articles are in-depth and frequently lengthy.
  • The vocabulary used is indicative of expertise in a particular subject. 
  • The articles are frequently "refereed" or reviewed and edited by other experts in the field.
  • The journals are sometimes published by professional organizations such as the American Psychological Association, the American Chemical Society, the national council of Teachers of English, or the Association of University Programs in Health Administration.