Affordable Learning Implementation Grants for Spring 2021

The Weinberg Memorial Library is pleased to offer $1,000 Affordable Learning Implementation Grants to successful full-time faculty applicants.

Affordable Learning aims to reduce the financial burden on students by eliminating expensive for-cost textbooks and course materials with no-cost or low-cost educational resources. OER stands for Open Educational Resources, which include online textbooks, media, and other materials that are available freely for use and can be remixed/reused for educational purposes. For our Affordable Learning Implementation Grants, formerly OER Implementation Grants, faculty may opt to use existing OER textbooks and open source software that is available online or may compile course materials from appropriately licensed e-books and journals that are open access or available through the Library to replace all, or some, of their for-cost course materials.

For a list of available OER and appropriately licensed Affordable Learning resources, visit the OER Research Guide. The Library’s OER Committee will be hosting an informational session over Zoom about the grants and available resources on October 28th from 11 am – noon if you are interested in learning more. Please email if you would like the Zoom meeting link.

The library will award up to two $1,000 Affordable Learning Implementation Grants for Spring 2021 courses. These grants are also made possible with additional funding from The University of Scranton’s Strategic Initiatives Funding.

For more information and the application form, visit the Affordable Learning Implementation Grants web page.

Nearby item browse Cover view

Using the Virtual Shelf Browse

Did you know you can browse our library shelves remotely? You can access our catalog’s virtual shelf browse feature by simply clicking on the call number of a book in the catalog.

Accessing the Virtual Shelf Browse

Log into your my.scranton account and chose ‘Library’ from the menu on the left. From the Library page you can perform a keyword search in the Catalog Search box.

Catalog Search Box
Catalog Search Box on Library my.scranton page

Choose a record you are interested in from the results page. Double click on that record to see the expanded view of the record. Within the expanded view of the record, click on the call number to access the virtual shelf browse.

Expanded record view. Click on Call Number to access the virtual shelf browse
Expanded record view

A ‘nearby item browse’ pop-up window will appear with titles from the same call number range. Within the ‘nearby item browse’ window, click the arrows on the left or right to view titles on either side of the title you started with. The graphical browse shows you book covers of adjacent books and their associated call numbers. Clicking on a book cover or title within the pop-up window will take you to the record for that title.

Nearby item browse - Cover view
Nearby item browse – Cover view

There is also a list browse option if you would like to just view the titles as a list in call number order. Clicking on previous and next will move the list up or down. Clicking on the title will take you to that title’s record.

Nearby item browse - List view
Nearby item browse – List view

Placing a hold for pickup

If you located a title you would like to borrow from the Print Circulating Collection or from Media, you can ‘place a hold’ on the item(s) you would like to borrow from our catalog. Items that can be placed on hold have a ‘place a hold’ button on the right-hand side of the catalog entry.

Place a hold button

After clicking the button, you may be asked to log in using your R# and authenticate if you are not already logged in. A pop-up box confirming that you would like to place a hold will appear. Click ‘submit’ and circulation will be notified that you have placed a hold.

Hold Submit Pop Up Window

If your request is successful you will see a confirmation window, click ‘OK’ and your transaction is complete. Your item(s) will then be selected, packaged and labeled with your name by our circulation staff and made available for you to pickup from the bookcase in the Library’s lobby on the Monroe St. side of the building. You will be notified by email when your item(s) are available for pickup. You may pick up your items during the hours listed in our Fall 2020 Library Services Hours Lib Guide.

For further assistance with borrowing or placing a hold, you can contact us at 570-941-7524 or

Welcome Class of 2024 to the Weinberg Memorial Library

The Weinberg Memorial Library is pleased to welcome the Class of 2024 to The University of Scranton!

Please use the Library’s Fall 2020 Services guide to stay up to date on current hours and services. This guide provides a listing of service hours, updates, and guidance on seeking research and citation assistance, as well as accessing the Library’s print and online collections.

You can consult a University of Scranton Librarian during our Library hours by calling 570-941-4000 or by using the Ask a Librarian chat box. Research assistance is available 24/7 through the chat box, which is covered by librarians not affiliated with the University of Scranton outside service hours. Research consultations can be scheduled by using the Ask a Librarian chat box or by contacting your library liaison directly by email.

To find resources, such as books, periodicals, and media, search our catalog from the Library’s home page; see our How Do I… guide for more details about searching the catalog and finding materials in the Library. You can also place a hold on materials for contactless pick-up of Library materials.

The Library’s large collection of e-books, e-journals, and streaming media are available 24/7. Please see our Guide to Online Library Resources. To access the Library’s online content, you must first authenticate through

The InterLibrary Loan (ILL) service is available for requesting articles not currently accessible at our library. Books can be requested at this time through ILL or PALCI E-ZBorrow, but requests may not be filled due to limited lending partners. For ILL questions/concerns, please email

The Weinberg Memorial Library has five floors and offers a variety of spaces to support your study and research needs including computer workstations, individual study space, reservable group study rooms, quiet study areas, and the Heritage Room.

The library’s Pro Deo room, Reilly Learning Commons, and the 2nd floor include printing stations, group study rooms, and lab computers. You can print from your own device, or you can watch this video to learn how to print from a Library computer (please ignore instructions after 1:42).

Circulation Services, located on the first floor, can help you check out and return print materials, laptops, and iPads. You can also pick up books placed on hold and InterLibrary loan materials.

The Reilly Learning Commons (RLC), located on the first floor, is a collaborative space with access to high-powered computers, video and audio recording rooms, and reservable group study rooms equipped with white boards and monitors.

The Media Resources Collection (MRC), located on the third floor, provides media materials for instructional support and student learning. The EdLab collection, found within the Media Resources Collection, consists of children’s literature and textbooks. You can request materials from Media Resources by placing a hold or by appointment.

University of Scranton Archives and Helen Gallagher McHugh Special Collections, located on the fourth floor, collects, preserves and provides access to rare materials of historical value on local and University history. Appointments are required for Fall 2020. The Digital Services Department provides access to digital content related to University Archives and Special Collections.

If you have any questions, please email

We hope you have a great first semester!

Summer 2020 Borrowing Prodedure


We’ve missed you and though we’d love to see you all in person again, it’s just not possible at this time to allow patrons inside the building.  Some Library Faculty and Staff have returned to working part-time in the Library building.  Currently, Circulation Services Staff are working staggered hours and will be here to assist you during these hours:

Monday through Thursday, 8am – 7pm and Friday, 8am – 4:30pm

If you would like to borrow from the Circulating Collection or from Media, simply ‘place a hold’ on the item(s) you would like to borrow from our catalog.  Your items will be selected, packaged and labeled with your name.  They will be placed on a table in the foyer.  You will be notified when your item(s) are available for pickup.  You may pick up your items during the hours listed above.

For further assistance, you can contact us at 570-941-7524 or

Thank you for your patience as we learn to continue providing our services as safely as possible!


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.

OER Implementation Grants for 2020

The Weinberg Memorial Library is pleased to offer $1,000 OER Implementation Grants to successful full-time faculty applicants. These grants were made possible by University of Scranton Strategic Initiatives Funding.

What is OER?

OER stands for Open Educational Resources. We define OER as any freely accessible or appropriately licensed, rigorous academic material that is a suitable replacement for expensive textbooks, readings, or other types of required course materials. OER Implementation Grants incentivize full-time faculty to consider replacing all, or some, of their for-cost, required course materials with resources that are free for students.

Why is it important?

According to the College Board’s Annual Survey of Colleges, undergraduates at private 4-year nonprofit universities spend an average of $1,240 per year on textbooks. Numerous studies suggest that the high cost of textbooks lead many students to forgo purchasing course texts, which can affect students’ participation and success within the course.


The library will award up to two $1,000 OER Implementation Grants for Spring 2020 courses. For more information, visit the OER Research Guide

Proquest Digital Microfilm is now Proquest Digitized Newspapers-Recent Newspapers

ProQuest Digital Microfilm has been upgraded and relaunched as ProQuest Digitized Newspapers-Recent Newspapers. ProQuest Digitized Newspapers-Recent Newspapers is a new digital archive that offers full-page images of recent editions of essential and most-requested newspaper titles. Recent Newspapers titles are available individually or in regional collections. For titles in the program, coverage begins in the late 2000s and goes up through the most recent issue with a three-month embargo. The Recent Newspapers content is hosted on the ProQuest platform, and is fully searchable at the page level and cross-searchable with all other products on the ProQuest platform. Currently, the Weinberg Memorial Library provides access to both The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal via ProQuest Digitized Newspapers. Please see the link below to view these resources in our library A-Z list:

First-Year Writing Drop-in Research Workshop on 5/7

Date/Time: Monday, May 7, 2018 at 6:00-8:00 pm
Location: Weinberg Memorial Library, Room WML 306

Are you a Writing 106 or 107 student who is working on your final paper? 

Research & Instruction Librarians Kelly Banyas and Neil Grimes will be hosting a drop-in workshop for Writing 106 and 107 students on Monday, May 7th, from 6:00-8:00 pm.

This workshop will give you more time with librarians during which you can focus on their project needs and have developed conversations with librarians regarding their topics and the research process.

As a result of attending this drop-in workshop, you will be able to properly cite sources, be more comfortable in interactions with librarians, and become aware of the many research services available to students at the Weinberg Memorial Library.

You can bring your own computer or use one of ours. Drop by any time between 6:00 and 8:00 pm to learn more about the library services available to students at the Weinberg Memorial Library!

Home Page Catalog Search Temporarily Down

This morning on Monday, January 29, the catalog search box on the Library’s home page and on the Library tab in is temporarily down. The problem has been logged and it should be back to normal soon.

The catalog is still available through the Advanced Search catalog link in both places, as well as at this link.

Thank you for your patience as we address this issue.

Cataloging Summer Project 2017: Assessment of the Oversized and Folio Book Collections

Have you ever seen or taken out a book with one of these labels in the photo on the left from the Weinberg Memorial Library? Or maybe you have seen a record in the catalog that says Oversize Stacks or Folio Stacks. This year the cataloging staff spent the summer assessing the current contents and condition of the Oversized and Folio collections located on the fifth floor of the Weinberg Memorial Library in the Heritage Room. This project involves a two-part process and is part of an effort to upgrade and improve the accuracy and accessibility of our records for items held in our existing collections.

The first part of the project required the physical accounting and inspection of the books currently held in the collection. Each book was checked against the record in the catalog. Books that did not match their record were brought down to cataloging for revisions. Each book was also measured to ensure that it met the criteria for being in the Oversize/Folio collection and condition examined for damage. Damaged books were removed for review and/or repair.

So what is the criteria for an Oversized book?

The sizing of what is considered an oversized book differs from library to library because it is dependent on the shelving heights available within the library.

An Oversized book at the Weinberg Memorial Library is a book that is typically taller than 11” (28 cm) within call number ranges A-M & P-Z. Books in the N-NX section, which have taller shelf heights, need to be taller than 13” (33 cm). Books taller than these measurements would be unable to fit properly onto the shelves in the regular circulating stack areas of the Library.

What makes a Folio book different from an Oversized book?

The Folio stacks house the widest and tallest books in the circulating collection.  For a book to receive a Folio tag that book must be wider than 12” (30 cm) and/or taller than 16” (38 cm). Books wider that 12”, typically books printed in a landscape format, would protrude too far off the end of the standard shelves in the circulating stack area. Books taller or wider than 17” (39 cm) are laid flat instead of housed on their ends.

How many books did we review?

Over a four month period the two-member staff accounted for 2294 books and 1987 records in the Oversized Stacks and 192 books and 187 records in the Folio Stacks with the exception of 14 items which are marked missing in the catalog and 10 items which were checked out at the time of review.

Next steps?

The second part of the process will be upgrading the records for the books we accounted for that match their current records in the catalog. This includes ensuring that all records have subject headings, name headings, descriptions and/or indexed table of contents information if available. These record enhancements will allow for improved searching and retrieval from our catalog.

As of this post, 597 records have already been updated in the Oversize collection and 149 records in the Folio collection. The work on this collection will continue as time allows with a hopeful completion before Summer 2018.