In Class Library Instruction

Knowledge of how to use the databases is crucial for helping students develop well written papers. If you are interested in having a librarian come present in your class  fill out the instruction request form available here.

If you are a student, or group of students, and are interested in instruction on how to use the databases and library resources please email the instruction librarian. Walk in instruction session are welcome, but if extensive instruction is requested, please schedule an appointment via email. Office hours are available Monday through Friday from 8am-4pm.


New Database- PsycArticles

USF Library recently added PsycArticles from EBSCO to its growing list of online databases. PsycArticles is a full text database covering psychology, sociology and other social sciences. This databases, specifically targeted to be of use for those in the psychology and social work departments, searches over 140,000 articles from more than 70 journals, with content dating back to before 1900.


New Online Collection- Sharing Our Past

In fiscal year 2009, the USF Library Archives won a grant from the Illinois State Library under the Institute of Museum and Library Services’ Library Services Technology Act. This grant has allowed us to digitize approximately 3,000 items from our Archives’ collections and create an online collection to showcase them.

This online collection called Sharing Our Past, A Visual History is now complete and open for use. It includes materials from 1925 to the present, covering Sisters, Faculty, Staff, Students, Buildings, Activities, Athletics and much more. The Sisters of St. Francis and the University of St. Francis are deeply rooted in the City of Joliet and in Will County. The history of the school provides insight into the daily and scholastic life of college students in the area, showing the changes over time in educational and social norms. This online collection is a visual representation of that history.

Please visit the collection
or visit the Library Archives homepage.

**If you have additional information about any photographs or items that you see in the collection please contact the Archives at We welcome your help and support in adding to our University’s memory.