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Thank you everyone for a successful year, and Congratulations Seniors! We hope that you have a safe and productive break, and look forward to seeing everyone in the fall.

If you are staying in Philadelphia stop by the library, we are open over the summer! As of Monday, May 19, 2014 we will begin summer hours:

  • Monday-Thursday 8am — 8pm
  • Friday 8am — 5pm
  • Saturday 8:30am — 4:30pm
Copyright Massimo Vitali,

Copyright Massimo Vitali,

Summer Hours

The Library’s Summer Hours will go into effect Monday, May 20th:

Monday-Thursday: 8am – 8pm
Friday: 8am – 5pm
Saturday: 8:30am – 5pm
Sunday: 11am – 7:00pm

Next week the library will be closed on Friday May 24 and Monday May 27 for the Memorial Day holiday. Enjoy the summer — we look forward to seeing you again in the fall!

Photography by Gray Malin

Photograph by Gray Malin

Support One Book, One Philadelphia!

Welcome back — We hope you had a restful Winter Break!


To start of the Spring Semester, the library is supporting the 2013 One Book, One Philadelphia selection: The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka.

Winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award For Fiction and a National Book Award Finalist, Otsuka’s The Buddha in the Attic tells the story of a group of young women brought from Japan to San Francisco as “picture brides” nearly a century ago. The novel traces their collective and individual experiences as wives, mothers, breadwinners, and marginalized members of American society during both peacetime and the onset of World War II. It is a spellbinding read about identity and loyalty, and what it means to be an American in uncertain times.

After reading the novel, be sure to contribute to our interactive wall art outside the Library’s entrance!

Welcome back!

New in the library:QR Codes!

Scanning this QR code will take you to the Library’s homepage. QR Codes or “Quick Response” codes are two dimensional codes that can be scanned by a mobile device equipped with a camera and a QR code reader app. Scanning the code prompts the device to load a webpage or text that is contained in the code. For us, they are a way to link the virtual and physical library.

The Library has created a series of QR codes that link to the Research Guides. You will find them in the main stacks accompanied by an image that illustrates the Library of Congress subject terms for that section. Scan the code to find additional resources, both in the library and online. To use the QR codes you will need:

Remember to ask a librarian at the circulation desk if you have any questions!

Journal of the Month: Dwell

Dwell March 12The Journal of the Month for March 2012 is Dwell, an interior design and architecture magazine dedicated to the notion that the modern home is a comfortable living space.

Volume 12, Issue 4 Features:

“Simple Division”—In her Tokyo apartment, architect Yuko Shibata bridges the live/work divide with moveable wall and shape-shifting built-ins.

“Near Westside Story”—Three housing prototypes designed for sustainable living in Syracuse, New York, illuminate a new path for re-emerging urban neighborhoods.

“True Value”—Despite its small budget and small footprint, this renovated Bratislava flat makes a big impact, thanks to a vaulted concrete ceiling and a cleverly modified set of Ikea cabinets.

Stop by the library to check out this and all the rest of our journals!

Journal of the Month: Tech & Learning

The Journal of the Month for February 2012 is Tech & Learning.

“For 30 years, Tech & Learning has served the K-12 education community with practical resources and expert strategies for transforming education through integration of digital technologies.”

“Beyond that, our magazine is often used as a professional development tool to help educators across the board get up to speed with the newest technologies and products in order to best prepare students for the global digital workforce.” (, About Us)

Volume 32, No. 6 Features:

“20 Ways to Make Tech Work in Schools”—James Careless discusses ways in which teachers, administrative staff, and librarians can make technology work for them and their students. 

“Put to the Test”—Tech & Learning staff members review new products for 2012, such as Adobe Photoshop Elements 10 and Prentice Hall Writing Coach.

“10 Things Schools Need to Know About the New E-Rate”—The article discusses changes to the E-Rate discount program, which enables classrooms and libraries to receive discounted services and products that assist with voice, video, and data communications.

Stop by the library to check out this and all the rest of our journals!

Welcome Back!

Welcome Back Spring 2012

Enjoy Winter Break!

Winter Break announcement

Library Hours: Winter Break 2011-2012

The Library will be CLOSED December 17th to January 1st

RE-OPEN January 2th-13th: Monday-Friday 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

CLOSED Monday, January 16th For MLK Holiday

Regular hours will  resume on Tuesday, January 17th

Journal of the Month: Cabinet

The Journal of the Month for December/January 2012 is Cabinet, an award-winning quarterly magazine of art and culture…Its hybrid sensibility merges the popular appeal of an arts periodical, the visually engaging style of a design magazine, and the in-depth exploration of a scholarly journal to create a sourcebook of ideas for an eclectic international audience of readers, from artists and designers to scientists, philosophers, and historians.
Issue 43 includes:
“Our Aesthetic Categories: An Interview with Sianne Ngai”—Ngai, professor of English at Stanford University, discusses aesthetics as a philosophical discipline, with a focus on the cute, the interesting, and the zany.
On this month’s theme Forensics:
“Osteobiography: An Interview with Clyde Snow”—Forensic anthropologist Snow discussed his field in terms of the law.
“The Freedom of Speech Itself”—A contemporary chronology of forensic listening.
“Murky Evidence”—Environmental forensics in the age of human activity.
Stop by the library to check out this and all the rest of our journals!

Journal of the Month: Metalsmith

The Journal of the Month for November is Metalsmith, a trade magazine published by the Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG). Metalsmith features critical issues and ideas in the discipline, relavant historical work, as well as current work by featured artists, exhibition reviews, and SNAG news.

Vol. 31, No. 5 Features:

 “The Hand as Subject and Site”—The late Polly Ullrich explores ways in which jewelry and the hand interact to create heightened self-awareness and complex experience.

“John Nels Hatleberg: Art, Artiface, and a Passion for Gems”—As the foremost diamond counterfeiter and creator of stunning jewelry objects, John Hatleberg is driven by gemological awe.

“Diamonds Were the Badge of the Philistine: Art Jewelry at Midcentury”—The birth of the Modern “art jewelry” movement is a story studded with adventurous artists and broadminded collectors and curators.

Visit the library to see Metalsmith and all the rest of our journals and magazines!


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