Coffee and Cookies from the Weinberg Memorial Library

Throughout Finals Week the Library will be providing coffee and cookies. The coffee and cookies are located on a table in the Reilly Learning Commons and Aramark will be replenishing the supplies multiple times per day to keep up with demand!

For Finals Week remember to study, stay energized, and be well!

5.06 Day of Giving

Today is the day that The University of Scranton Celebrates 5.06, our 8th Annual Day of Giving!

The focus of this year’s Day of Giving is on Student Scholarships, and I’d like to call your attention to two funds:

The Sara Farrell Hutchison ’08 Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to non-traditional female students studying in any of the health-related fields. Marian Farrell Ph.D., Professor of Nursing, is offering to match each dollar raised, up to $25,000, to the scholarship she initiated in her daughter’s memory.

The Opening Doors Scholarship Fund allows students from the Cristo Rey Network of High Schools to attend the University at no cost. Jim Slattery ’86 has offered to match the first $25,000 donated to the scholarship.


Additional gifts can also be made to the Weinberg Memorial Library. Please select Other and enter either the Friends of the Weinberg Memorial Library or the Library 30th Anniversary Fund.

Gifts to the Friends of the Library will go toward the endowment and become part of the regular spending plan of the Friends, which supports collections, resources, and services. Gifts to the 30th Anniversary Fund will go toward more immediate building updates to help improve the student experience.

As a thank you for your generosity, every gift gets a free pennant!

Library Continues Partnership with Aramark: Introducing the Scranton Market

The Library is pleased to announce our continuing partnership with Aramark by offering a convenient food and beverage service in the Weinberg Memorial Library’s Pro Deo room. Over Summer 2022, the Java City Cafe will be replaced with the Scranton Market, which will feature standard to-go food items and beverages as well as prepared meals ready to heat and eat on site. The market will be unstaffed and completely self-service. The registers will accept both Royal Card and credit card transactions.

Because the Scranton Market will be unstaffed and in the Library’s Pro Deo room, it will be the first 24/7 food service location on Campus.


We are also pleased to announce that there will be coffee service available in the library once again. The market will house Costa Coffee’s Leon, an automated “Smart Cafe” that can craft barista-quality coffee and espresso drinks.



We will also be introducing a Yo-Kai Express noodle station. The Yo-Kai can hold more than ten different specialty noodle bowls, such as Tonkotsu Ramen, Vegan Udon, Shrimp Tempura Udon, Spicy Kimchi Pork Miso Ramen, Beef Pho, Chicken Pho, and more.


In Memoriam: Christian Scipioni

The faculty and staff of the Weinberg Memorial Library sadly share news of the passing of our dear colleague and friend Christian Scipioni, Special Collections Assistant. He died at his home on Friday, February 18, 2022.

Christian joined the staff of the University in 2018. He cherished his role in preserving for and sharing the treasured documents, manuscripts, and texts of the Library’s McHugh Family Special Collections and The University of Scranton Archives. He was an active participant in the Library’s Communication and Outreach Committee. In this role, he regularly used the McHugh Family Special Collections and The University of Scranton Archives to publish on the Library’s various social media accounts and to create the Library’s annual Christmas card.

Christian was proud of his work assisting with Special Collections exhibits in the Library’s Heritage Room. He also helped to promote these exhibits by creating posters and other graphic designs that utilized images from rare documents.

Christian was a Magna cum Laude graduate of St. Joseph’s College, Patchogue, New York, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. He also earned a Master of Library and Information Science from St. John’s University. Before joining the University community, he worked as a Cataloging Technician for the New-York Historical Society.

Christian is survived by his parents, Robert and Camille Scipioni of Northport, New York. In lieu of flowers, Christian’s family asks that donations in his memory be given to the McHugh Family Special Collections via the Weinberg Memorial Library Fund.

On Tuesday, Fr. Joseph Marina, President of The University of Scranton, shared the following prayer when he notified the University community:

Eternal life grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace. May his soul and all the souls of the faithful departed rest in peace. Amen.

Library services to close early on Sunday, January 16, 2022

Due to the inclement weather expected later this evening, the Library will be closing service points at 5:00 pm on Sunday, January 16, 2022. After 5:00 pm, students, staff, and faculty with a valid Royal Card can swipe into the building to access floors 1-3.

Please use the AskALibrarian Chatbox on the Library’s website throughout the day for real-time assistance from a librarian.

Library Services Closed on Sunday, 1/9/2022

Due to the possibility of inclement weather throughout the day, the Library will not be staffing services on Sunday, January 9, 2022. Students, staff, and faculty with a valid Royal Card can swipe into the building to access floors 1-3.

Please use the AskALibrarian Chatbox on the Library’s website for immediate assistance from a librarian.

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.

Library Services Ending at 6:00 pm (9/1/2021)

Due to inclement weather, Library services will be ending at 6:00 p.m. tonight (9/1/2021). The Library’s 1st, 2nd, and 3rd floors will remain open 24/7 for student use.

The Library’s AskALibrarian service remains staffed 24/7 and can be accessed here:

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.