Are My Library Materials Overdue?

You may be concerned that your books are stamped with a due date that has passed and you haven’t been able to renew them since the Library closed on March 17 due to Covid 19. Please rest assured that all due dates have been adjusted on our end and we will continue to adjust due dates for as long as necessary. When the Library is able to become fully functional again, we will have a process in place for accepting returns safely with no fines attached. Until then, stay safe and well. No worries.

Access to JSTOR journals and ebooks has expanded

The Library has been granted temporary access to the following JSTOR journal collections as well as expanded access to over 35,000 e-books on the JSTOR platform through June 30, 2020.  The following full-text JSTOR journal collections are now available:  Arts & Sciences Collections:  IX and XIV; Business IV; Ecology & Botany II; Hebrew Journals; Ireland Collection; Jewish Studies; Lives of Literature; Security Studies; and Sustainability.

Access to these online full-text resources is available to University of Scranton faculty, students and staff through the My Scranton portal under Library’s tab by clicking on the “Databases” link and selecting JSTOR.

Access to online journals is also available by searching on the Library page in the Periodicals Search box for a particular journal title and clicking on the associated link to access the full-text.

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions about accessing these materials.

Update on Library Services: ILL Now Available for Articles

For all current Library services and updates, visit the Spring 2020 LibGuide.

The Library is now able to provide Inter-Library Loan (ILL) for articles through ILLIAD. Please, understand that ILL operates on a network of other Libraries. Articles may take more time or are not able to be filled due to the closure of many libraries around the country. We will do our best to fill these requests.

We are not able to provide ILL for books or through PALCI at this time.

Any Library related questions or research help, can be sent to Ask a Librarian through the Chatbox, Email, or Phone at (570)941-4000.


New eBook resources available – Introducing Elsevier ScienceDirect

In an effort to provide additional eBook access as the University shifts to online learning, the Weinberg Memorial Library has subscribed to Elsevier ScienceDirect eBook Collection for a limited time.

University of Scranton Students, Faculty, and Staff will now have full-text access to Elsevier monographs from 2020 back through 2016. Subject areas covered by this eBook collection include physical sciences and engineering, life sciences, health sciences, and social sciences.

The eBooks in this collection are:

  1. DRM-Free – no limits on pdf downloads or printing.
  2. Allow for unlimited simultaneous users – multiple students, faculty, and staff can access the eBooks at the same time.

The ScienceDirect eBook Collection is searchable two ways within the Library catalog.

ScienceDirect eBooks are included within the existing ScienceDirect platform and can be accessed via the ScienceDirect database. The ScienceDirect database includes the full text of 175 Academic Press journals.

Go to the Library’s Database page and use the A-Z Database Menu to find ScienceDirect under “S”.




Clicking on ScienceDirect will take you to the ScienceDirect Platform where you can search all of their content.



You can search the catalog for (ScienceDirect eBook Collection) in the catalog search box.

The “Click here to access” link will take you to the eBook where you can read full-text online, download the entire book, or download only the chapter you need.



If you want to narrow by subject – use the Advanced Search.

An interesting and useful feature ScienceDirect eBooks have is Cross-Referenced Linking Capabilities. If reading full-text online, this feature allows the user to click on an in-text citation to be provided with the full citation as well as a link to the article or a pdf download if the item cited is available on ScienceDirect.


As of March 31st the library currently has over 4,600 eBook titles available for use. Access to these eBooks will expire on March 22, 2021. Faculty, please contact your library liaison if permanent acquisition is desired.

As always, if you have any questions regarding accessing materials via the Library Catalog, please feel free to contact us.

Library Support and Hours Update

Starting Tuesday, March 18, the Library will be closed. Students, faculty and staff can still swipe in to the first and second floor.

Although the library will not be staffed during the University campus closure, assistance will be available from our Library Faculty remotely Monday thru Friday between the hours of 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. All other times, questions will be answered by librarians at other Universities in our consortia.

On the library webpage ( there is an icon for library services spring 2020, which goes into more depth, but here is how to reach us:


Use the Ask a Librarian chatbox on this page to talk to a librarian 24 hours a day.

  • PHONE:

Please call 570-941-4000 to talk to one of the librarians during regular library hours. If no one answers, please leave a voicemail and someone will get back to you as soon as possible.

  • EMAIL:

Please use the other options first, but you can also email


The librarians will still offer consultations through various communication platforms (e.g., Zoom), but please reach out through virtual chat, phone, or email first to schedule a consultation time and determine which platform will work best for your individual needs.

For problems with accessing any resources please e-mail

Library Book Sale Canceled

The Library Book Sale is canceled. We are currently not accepting book donations. If any books are left in the Library, they will be recycled. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Change in Library Hours

Due to the University’s decision to extend Spring break to two weeks, the library will be following the following schedule:

Friday (March 13), 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Saturday-Sunday (March 14-15), closed

Monday-Friday (March 16-March 20), 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Saturday (March 21), closed

Sunday (March 22), Noon – 10:00 p.m.

Monday-Thursday (March 23-26), 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Friday (March 27), 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Saturday (March 28), Noon – 6:00 p.m.

Hours after March 28 will be posted at a later date.

Please be advised that the Library will move to card swipe access only (24/7) on Sunday March 15. Please check your ID now to make sure it has not expired, and plan to bring your ID whenever you visit the building.


Over 16,000 Titles Added in February

In one fell swoop, the Library’s eBook collection grew by over 16,000 titles this month. This is thanks to the addition of the entire collection of eBooks published by Oxford University Press on the Oxford Scholarship Online platform, including the complete backlist and all frontlist titles through 2022. If you’d like to browse these titles individually, you can do so by checking out Oxford Scholarship Online, but these titles can also be found when searching in the Library’s catalog.

When searching the Oxford Scholarship Online platform, users should select the Oxford Scholarship Online radio button to search the eBook collection.


These eBooks come with a few additional perks:

  1. They allow for unlimited simultaneous users, which means that every student, faculty, and staff member here at Scranton could be reading the same book at the same time.
  2. They are DRM-free, which provides a major bonus from a user standpoint: no limit on the number of pages you can print or save as a PDF!
  3. These materials can also be used for in-classroom use so that Professors can include readings from Oxford eBooks with no concerns about copyright violations and at no cost to students!

These titles are interdisciplinary, covering topics such as law, medicine, music, business, and more! Additionally, we expect this already extensive collection to grow by about 1,000 titles a year.

The purchase of the Oxford Scholarship Online eBooks was made possible through the Library’s membership in PALCI, the Pennsylvania Academic Library Consortium, Inc., who secured ownership of the titles for all of its members.

Here is an example of a record for an eBook within this collection. You’ll notice features that allow you to jump to a specific page, search within the book, open to a specific section, and more!

If you’d like to learn more about this or any other resource in the Library, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Passionist “Lift High the Cross” Exhibit Now Open!

Aware that so many of us carry everyday crosses in life, Italian St. Paul of Cross (1694-1775) founded the Passionist Congregation in 1720. This exhibit shows how Passionist priests, brothers, sisters, nuns and the peoples of the world have found compassion through the wisdom of Jesus on the Cross. See how sacred Passionist relics and inspirational art invites us to meditate on contemporary faith and healings and how artifacts and photos offer an understanding of Passionist monastic traditions and Scranton’s devotion to Good St. Ann.  The diversity of Passionist ministry is represented by scholars, various media and a commitment to peace and justice.   

On April 1, Fr. Rob Carbonneau, C.P., Ph.D., Adjunct Professor of History at the University of Scranton and Passionist historian will offer a free public lecture entitled “Our Modern Quest for Compassion of the Mind and Heart: Reflection on the Passionist Tradition, 1720 to 2020.”   

The Heritage Room exhibit will run through April 19. For more information please contact Special Collections Librarian Michael Knies at 570-941-6341.