Library Hours for Thanksgiving Break

The USF Library will be open regular hours this week on Monday and Tuesday. We will closer early at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, and will be closed for the holiday on Thursday and Friday.

We hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving!!!


Extended Library Hours During Finals

The library will have extended hours before and during finals week. The extended hours will be:

Monday 4/22 – 7:45 a.m. – Midnight
Tuesday 4/23 – 7:45 a.m. – Midnight
Wednesday 4/24 – 7:45 a.m. – Midnight
Thursday 4/25 – 7:45 a.m. – Midnight
Friday 4/26 – 7:45 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Saturday 4/27 – 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Sunday 4/28 – 3 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Monday 4/29 – 7:45 a.m. – Midnight
Tuesday 4/30 – 7:45 a.m. – Midnight
Wednesday 5/1 – 7:45 a.m. – Midnight
Thursday 5/2 – 7:45 a.m. – Midnight
Friday 5/3 – 7:45 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Saturday 5/4 – 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Sunday 5/5 – Closed*

*The library will be closed on Sundays during the summer.

Please let us know if you have any questions at 815-740-5041 or

I-Share Borrowing Policy

The new I-Share Borrowing Policy will go into effect on Thursday, January 5, 2012.

When a patron has any one of the following, they will be blocked from performing additional I-Share remote requests, I-Share onsite checkouts or I-Share renewal transactions until the blocking condition has been resolved:

  • 25 I-Share items overdue
  • 1 I-Share item recalled and overdue
  • 3 I-Share items lost
  • 10 claims returned on I-Share items
  • 10 I-Share items self-shelved (returned to the shelf without discharge)
  • $200 total owed in I-Share fines or fees

What this means is that any member of the University of St. Francis community who has one or more of the above conditions for any materials borrowed from ANY I-Share libraries will automatically be blocked from borrowing more materials from other I-Share libraries.

If you have any questions please contact:
Circulation Desk, 815-740-3690,

Friday Find: Rare Book Returned to Library 78 Years Late

From ABC News:

A Chicago Public Library amnesty program that allowed members to return overdue items without having to pay any late fees brought in more than 100,000 books, DVDs and other materials – including a rare, limited edition novel that was turned in 78 years late.

The rare edition of Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray had been checked out in 1934. According to Reuters news agency, Harlean Hoffman Vision found the book in her late mother’s possessions and wanted to bring it back, but she wanted to make sure she wouldn’t go to jail for having had it so long.

“She kept saying, ‘You’re not going to arrest me?’ and we said, ‘No, we’re so happy you brought it back!’” Ruth Lednicer, the library’s marketing director, said.

For the full article, click here.

Do you know if you have any overdue books checked out from Brown Library? If you’d like to check to see if you have any overdue items, you can log into your account in BernieCat.

Luckily, Brown Library won’t charge you fines for late-returned materials… But, who knows, that book lying under your bed may just be a rare item someday! If you do have materials that you need to return, please bring them to the Library Circulation desk.

Library Hours During Finals and Winter Break

The Library will have EXTENDED hours during finals:

Monday December 3rd – Thursday December 6th
7:45 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Friday December 7th
7:45 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Saturday December 8th
9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Monday December 10th – Thursday December 13th
7:45 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Friday December 14th
7:45 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Saturday December 15th
9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

The Library will be open regular hours Monday December 17th – Thursday December 20th. We will close early, at 3:00, on Friday December 21st.

The Library will be CLOSED Saturday December 22nd – Tuesday January 1st. The Library will re-open on Wednesday January 2nd, at which point normal hours of operation will resume.

Best of luck with finals, and enjoy Break!

Happy Holidays!

USF Library Archives LibGuide

Want to learn more about the history of USF? There’s no better place to start than the USF Library Archives LibGuide!

This guide provides a collection of finding aids, descriptions of items found in the USF Library Archives’ various collections.If you wish to view some of the items featured in these collections, please contact USF Library Archivist Jennifer Ho at, or (815) 740-3539.

New Database Trial – Frost & Sullivan

Check out our new database trial for Frost & Sullivan – No matter what your major, this database may be useful for you!

Frost & Sullivan provides in-depth market research in a variety of fields including business, marketing, investment, healthcare, science, engineering, and more. If you are interested in trying out the trial version of this database, please contact the reference desk for log in access.