Friends of the Weinberg Memorial Library Gift Funds Phase 1 of the 2nd-floor Renovation Plan

Thanks to a generous gift from the Friends of the Weinberg Memorial Library, the Library recently completed phase 1 of its second-floor renovation plan. The $100,000 gift from the Friends Endowment allowed us to redesign the student area at the top of the grand staircase, refresh and update the open computer lab, and create a Collaborative Teaching Space for Information Literacy Instruction and research consultations. The gift went toward improving the carpeting, lighting, and color palettes as well as a variety of new seating options, writing surfaces, and technology layouts.

Students enjoy the new counter height laptop tables as well as the dining room height tables, with power outlets built-in.


The computer lab area is refreshed with new built-in tables and fewer desktops to provide students with more table space for their course materials and research. The printers and book scanner are conveniently located on the left side of the room, and students have the option of utilizing dual monitors or plugging their personal computer into a library-provided screen.


The new Collaborative Teaching Room provides librarians with another classroom for small group Information Literacy Instruction as well as a new space for librarian-hosted research consultations and meetings.

On behalf of the Library faculty and staff, we wish to express our sincere gratitude for the fundraising efforts of the Friends of the Weinberg Memorial Library. The gift from the Friends’ Endowment is a spectacular start toward our overall plan to renovate the second floor.

Please Use the Library’s Front Entrance Today (9/1/2021)

Sandbag barriers will be placed in the Library’s Courtyard in an effort to reduce possible flooding in the building. The Reilly Learning Commons and rear door entrances will be closed.

The Library remains open, and the University Community should use the front entrance of the building across from the McDade Center for Literary and Performing Arts.



The Library building is closed today, Monday, August 23, 2021, due to water damage. Essential maintenance workers will continue to work in the building to mitigate damage and restore air conditioning and elevators.

Royal Card Swipe Access has been turned off until tomorrow morning (Tuesday, August 24, 2021) when the Library hopes to reopen.

Library remote services and assistance will continue. For more information and assistance, please visit here:


Rev. Scott R. Pilarz, S.J. (July 31, 1959 – March 10, 2021)

A photograph of Rev. Scott R. Pilarz, S.J., President of The University of Scranton
The Rev. Scott R. Pilarz, S.J., addresses the crowd at the Washington, D.C., Presidential Christmas Reception on December 7, 2018.

The faculty and staff of the Weinberg Memorial Library mourn the loss of Rev. Scott R. Pilarz, S.J., the 24th and 27th President of The University of Scranton. He dedicated his life to serving others, and his good works have left an indelible mark on the lives he touched. The Library faculty and staff will honor Fr. Pilarz by holding the strength of his character as the ideal example of “men and women for others.”

Students on Campus During Intersession

Only students enrolled in in-person Intersession classes or have approved research or work-study positions are allowed to be on campus during Intersession. Students not enrolled in in-person Intersession classes, or do not have approved research or work-study positions are not allowed to be on campus and will not be able to swipe into buildings, including the Library. Please see the following policy details from Bobby Davis, Vice President of Student Affairs, for more information:
  • COVID-19 Test: Students who are returning to campus after spending time elsewhere (i.e., spent at least one overnight off campus) are required to submit a negative COVID-19 test result via their Student Health Portal by noon on Saturday, January 2. Students who tested positive in the previous 90 days are not required to submit a negative test, but must upload their positive test result into the Student Health Portal if they have not done so already. If you tested positive on campus during the Fall semester, you do not need to upload a test result. Students cannot access campus until this result is received. All COVID-19 tests must be PCR tests, and be dated on or after December 30. Students should self-quarantine while awaiting test results.
  • Campus Operations: The University remains closed to visitors. Students who do not have approval to be on campus for Intersession courses or other activities cannot visit campus during Intersession.

Sheli Pratt-McHugh Receives PaLA Certificate of Merit!

Assistant Dean Sheli Pratt-McHugh was recently honored by her colleagues when she was awarded a Certificate of Merit by the Pennsylvania Library Association (PaLA).

Certificates of Merit are presented to individuals that make outstanding contributions to libraries and the Pennsylvania Library Association. Awardees must be nominated by a PaLA member. Notably, Sheli’s nominator wrote:

“Sheli has an outstanding love for libraries and librarianship. This statement is apparent to anybody who knows her and has seen her unwavering and enthusiastic commitment to service. […] [T]here are few librarians in PA that Sheli does not know and have a solid rapport with. […] I truly cannot think of a more meritorious person when it comes to continued and sustained library service, and I highly recommend her for receiving a PaLA Certificate of Merit.”

Well done, Sheli, and congratulations!

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Coffee and Cookies for Finals

The Weinberg Memorial Library will be providing free Coffee and Cookies for students during Finals Week on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday nights.

Remember to take a break and refresh with a coffee and a cookie in the Reilly Learning Commons!

Good luck on your finals!

Library Focus Groups Being Hosted

The library is planning on redesigning the second floor, and we are interested in getting student perspectives on the proposed plan! To garner feedback on the plan, the library is collaborating with the University’s Counselor Training Center to host six student focus groups that will be conducted by graduate students in the counseling department.

Response to the call for student focus group participants was overwhelming with the six sessions filling to capacity within three hours of sending out the call to all students. Thank you to every student interested in participating in a focus group session!