Support for Students


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 7:00pm Monday-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.


Professors may place print materials on reserve for students. Textbooks are not routinely available from the Reserve Collection. Reserves may be borrowed for two hours (this can be extended if nobody else is waiting for the material). Reserve materials may not be taken out of the Library. A valid USciences ID card is required to borrow these materials.


The library receives about 100 print periodicals which are shelved alphabetically on the second floor, and over 20,000 electronic titles are available online. See Our Journal List in Primo for specific titles and their availability.

Databases and Other Resources

In addition to thousands of electronic journals, the J. W. England Library subscribes to many different electronic databases, including those that contain citations only (no fulltext); databases with some links to fulltext articles; databases that are completely fulltext; collections of journals from a particular publisher; and special resources such as encyclopedias, reference works, and e-books.

Call or stop by the Reference Desk for help in using any of these materials (215-596-8967) or online, via Ask A Librarian.

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

Students may check out books from the circulating collection for 4 weeks, with one renewal. All materials must be returned at the end of the current semester. You can use E-ZBorrow to request books that USciences does not own directly from 50 other academic libraries. To check out books, you'll need a valid USciences ID card. For questions, or to renew materials, please call Circulation at 215-596-8960.

Book Purchase Requests

Is there a title or author you'd like to see in the Library's collection? Please let us know by filling out the Book Request Form.

Printers, Scanners & Photocopiers

  • All full-time students receive 1000 print-pages per year, with all pages issued up-front at the start of your program. Print jobs are released by entering your USciences username/password.
  • There are three printers on the first floor and two printers on the second floor. All printers provide B&W and color printing, with both single-page and duplex options available. More details.
  • 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. Additional funds may be added (and balances checked) either online or via the kiosk located in the lobby of Wilson Hall.

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).
See the Library's Interlibrary Loan policies for more information on using these services.

Using Other Libraries

USciences students may use other libraries in the Delaware Valley, but each library has different rules. With a letter from us, you can check out books at Drexel University and from many libraries in the PALCI consortium. See Using Other Libraries for information on how you may use various libraries in the area.

See the Library's Interlibrary Loan policies for more information on using these services.

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.)

Suggestion Box

The Library monitors and responds to your suggestions. If you would like to submit a suggestion, comment, complaint, or compliment, please use this form. You may also email your suggestions directly to the Library Director.

Questions? Call Charles Myers, Library Director, 215-596-8791,

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