POWER Library and Other Electronic Access
We hope that our SJU students/faculty/staff are taking full advantage of our Library's subscription databases that are tailored to the needs of our curriculum. But for additional electronic resources and for those outside the SJU community, some electronic resources are available from the State of Pennsylvania.
Anyone who is a Pennsylvania resident and who has a public library card, may access the POWER Library sponsored by the State Library of Pennsylvania.  Similar electronic access is available to New Jersey and Delaware residents.
  • If you have a library card from your hometown public library, follow the access instructions specific to your hometown county.
  • If you do not have a library card from your hometown public library, you may apply for one at the public library that serves your location.  Since the actual process of accessing the POWER Library is done on the county level, you must be certain that you apply to the library that serves your residence. For example, students living on the Philadelphia side of campus, would apply at the Wynnefield branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia on Overbrook Avenue, while students living on the Lower Merion side of campus would apply at the Bala Cynwyd Library on Old Lancaster Road. Similarly, students living in off-campus apartments will need to visit the public library local to them.


Pennsylvania Residents:


Information and a list of Power Library Resources

Access Power Library

Power Library Tutorials

Budget cuts will be decreasing availability of many databases. The following is a list of the POWER Library resources available for 2010 and when the contract for each is currently set to expire:

EBSCOhost's Teacher Reference Center
NoveList and NoveList K-8 - June 30, 2010
SIRS Discoverer - June 30, 2010
Wilson Biography Bank - June 30, 2010 
ABI Inform - December 31, 2010
AP Multimedia Archive - December 31, 2010
Auto Repair - December 31, 2010
Consumer Health Complete - December 31, 2010
Contemporary Authors - December 31, 2010
Infotrac Newstand - December 31, 2010
Wilson Web - December 31, 2010
Wilson Web is an online information retrieval system designed to provide tools and services for accessing information from within the Wilson databases. Database that are provided as part of Wilson Web include:
  • Wilson Biography Reference
  • OmniFILE Full Text, Mega Edition
  • OmniFILE Full Text, Select Edition
  • Science Full Text Select
  • Readers' Guide Select

New Jersey Residents:

  New Jersey State Library's CyberDesk
Delaware Residents:
  DelAWARE® is available from the state Library.

Last revision / review: May 25, 2012