Support for Faculty and Staff

Class Assignments

USciences students should be able to locate, use, and evaluate information. Let us help you design assignments that will teach them to meet that goal. Contact Leslie Bowman, Coordinator of Instructional Resources, x8964,


Walk-in reference assistance is available without an appointment during the semester from 10:00am to 5:00pm, Monday through Friday, with extended hours until 6:00pm on Monday and Wednesday (call 215-596-8967 to check availability). You can also visit Ask A Librarian to submit your question online or browse our knowledge base of past answers.

Place a Book on Reserve

To request that the Library place a book on reserve for your course, please complete a Reserve Request Form (one per title). If we do not currently own the book, you can request that we purchase the title or edition for our collection. You may also place your personal materials on Reserve by bringing them to the Circulation Desk between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm, weekdays.

If you have books on Reserve from a previous semester, you will receive a list detailing these titles via email. Please indicate whether you would like the Library to retain or remove these items from Reserve. Please contact Hilda Wilson, Circulation Coordinator ( or 215-596-8960) if you have any questions about course reserves.


The library receives about 100 print periodicals, which are shelved alphabetically on the second floor, and over 20,000 electronic journals available online. See Our Journal List for a complete list of our journal holdings.

Databases and Other Resources

The library is committed to maintaining a robust collection of electronic resources to help you and your students with research. Databases include Medline, PsycINFO, ERIC, CINAHL, Project Muse and SciFinder (Chemical Abstracts). There are links to fulltext in most of these databases. Call the Reference Desk for help in using any of our electronic resources (x8967).

Online Literature Searching

Need to do a literature search? Reference librarians are available to help in identifying resources and formulating effective search strategies. See Reference, above, for availability.

Checking Out Books

Full-time faculty may check out books until the end of the current semester. Part-time faculty may borrow books for one month. All books available in the library collection, both print and electronic, can be found in Primo. You can also use E-ZBorrow to request books directly from 50 other academic libraries.

To check out books you'll need a valid USciences ID card. If you wish to borrow Library materials before you receive your ID card, we can create a temporary Library registration for you. Just bring any photo ID to the Circulation Desk. For questions, or to renew materials, please call Circulation at 215-596-8960.

If you would like to designate another staff member or student as a proxy able to check out books on your behalf, please contact the Access Services Librarian to make this request. Please note that any proxy patrons must have a valid USciences ID card to check out materials from the library.

Book Purchase Requests

A good library collection results from the collaboration of the library faculty and faculty in each department. To foster a close relationship, a librarian has been assigned to serve as a liaison to each department. While the departmental liaison is responsible for final selection of materials, your input is essential. Please use the Book Request Form; it will go automatically to your liaison. For the full list of departmental liaisons, please go to our Liaisons page.

Liaisons to Academic Departments

Each academic department or program has a library liaison assigned who is responsible for collection development and research assistance. See this list of Liaisons to Academic Departments.

Printers, Scanners & Photocopiers

  • Multifunction photocopiers can be used to scan documents in both B&W and color at no charge. Files can be sent to an email address, or saved to USB storage media. There is one unit per floor on the first and second floors.
  • The multifunction photocopiers provide copying in B&W only, and are activated by swiping your USciences ID card through the attached card reader. Each copy costs $0.09 per page and is deducted from the Devils Dollars balance on your ONECARD.
  • There are also multiple printers on the first and second floors. All printers provide B&W and color printing, with both single-page and duplex options available. As faculty and staff do not receive printing monies on their ONECARD accounts, please ask a librarian or member of the Circulation staff for assistance.
  • ONECARD funds may be added (and balances checked) either online or via the kiosk located in the lobby of Wilson Hall.

Note: It had been our policy in the past to offer copycards to full-time faculty members. Due to changes in university copier control and ID cards, we cannot offer copy cards at this time. Full-time faculty members who need to make copies should inquire at the Circulation Desk.

Part-time faculty should consult with Access Services personnel.

Obtaining Materials from Other Libraries

Books and journal articles not owned by our library may be requested through our interlibrary loan services: ILLiad (for article requests) and E-ZBorrow (for book requests). There is co charge to fulltime faculty for these services. See the Library's Interlibrary Loan policies for more information.

It is always best to make and monitor requests for materials through your personal ILLiad account. However, if you wish to have requests placed by proxy (i.e. by staff or student workers through a personal or departmental account), please keep the following in mind:

  • Request each article only once.
  • To ensure that the article is delivered to the correct person, include the faculty member's name and correct email address in the "Notes" field on the ILLiad request form.
  • When RUSH requests are placed by proxy, the faculty member will be contacted by phone to verify that RUSH is necessary, as the library incurs additional expense for this service.

Using Other Libraries

You have borrowing privileges at Drexel University libraries. You may also use the University of Pennsylvania libraries but you may not borrow books from them (except through E-ZBorrow) unless you have some special affiliation with Penn or purchase a library card there.

In addition, you may use and check books out of the libraries at many local colleges and universities who belong to PALCI with a letter of introduction from us.

For more information on specific libraries, see here or contact the Reference Desk, x8967.

Acceptable Use of Library Resources

Questions about how you can use the library's electronic resources? See our guidelines, or just Ask a Librarian.

Silent Study

On the request of the Student Government Association (SGA), the library's third floor is reserved for silent study. Please be respectful of others' need for quiet when using this floor of the library. If noise levels are excessive, you may alert a library employee at the Circulation or Reference desks on the first floor. (Please be aware that, during some hours of service, appropriate staff members may not be present to provide assistance.)

Questions? Ask A Librarian.


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