The Libraries' collections consist of print, microform, audiovisual and electronic materials, and artifacts. The collections are developed and maintained according to the Collection Development Policy, and primarily support the instructional and research needs of the curriculum. You may use this form to suggest a purchase.
The general Circulating Book Collection, classified by topic, is split between the F.A Drexel Library, Hawk Hill campus and the J.W. England Library, University City campus. Books can be borrowed by SJU students, faculty, staff and alumni.
Electronic resources include ebooks, online journals, research databases, and streaming audio and video. Access to these materials is restricted to current SJU students, faculty and staff. Off-campus use requires logging in with your SJU username/password.
Archives and Special Collections
The Archives and Special Collections collects, maintains, preserves, and provides access to university records and materials of enduring administrative and historical and community value, in an effort to keep them as part of the institution's historical record. Materials are housed in closed areas that are only accessible to staff members; they cannot be checked out but may be used in our reading rooms. Access to materials may be restricted by condition of gift or deposit, because of their physical condition, or for other reasons.
The Archives Collection consists of departmental records, photographs, manuscripts, University publications (including The Hawk student newspaper, yearbooks, and course catalogs), University memorabilia, and newspaper clippings that record the ever evolving intellectual and physical landscape of the University.
Special Collections consists of a variety of rare and unique books. Most materials under the care of the unit are available for use within the library. However, there are some materials that may require supervision by archives/special collections personnel.
Curriculum Materials Center (CMC)
Children's literature, textbooks and other materials support Education programs offered by Saint Joseph's University.
Media Collection - DVDs and streaming audio/video are available in support of curriculum and for leisure use.
Microforms Collection - Books, journals, newspapers and magazines and ERIC documents in microfilm and microfiche formats are maintained at both campus library locations.
Popular Reading Collection - A browsable collection of recent non-fiction and fiction, including mystery, romance, science fiction and thrillers are available on the first floor of the F.A. Drexel Library and J.W. England Library.
Suggest a book to add to the Popular Reading collection
Reference Collection - General and specialized reference tools such as dictionaries, encyclopedias, monographs, bibliographies, maps, atlases and indexes are available for in-library use.