Frequently Asked Questions
- How do I get to Pope Pius XII Library?
- Where are the citation (i.e. APA/MLA/PMLA/Turabian) guidebooks?
- Where's my class?
- What are your hours?
- How can I get a library card?
- Can I borrow books from your library with my town/university card?
- How can I find out if you have a certain book?
- What if something I need is not where it should be?
- Is it possible to renew my books/dvds/etc.?
- Where are the journals?
- Do you have newspapers?
- Where is the microfilm/fiche stored?
- How can I search for a particular journal?
- Can journals be checked out?
- What can I do if you don't have the journal I need?
- Is there a charge for computer printing?
- Can I use library computers to type my paper?
- How do I check my blackboard account?
- Can I connect to online databases from home?
Remote Access and Proxy Service
Coming from East or West on I-84, take exit 43 (Park Road). At the end of the ramp turn right, then left at the first light and follow Trout Brook Drive NORTH for 1 1/2 miles to Asylum Avenue - turn right. The university will be on your left (take 2nd entrance for parking lot behind the library).
As you enter the reference room, the citation books will be on the bookshelf directly behind the door to the right.
The library classrooms (SR1, SR2) are located on the second floor. The CAE library tutoring space is SR3. Take the staircase in lobby or the elevator to the second floor.
Our regular semester hours are:
- Monday-Thursday: 8:30 a.m. - Midnight
- Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
- Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
- Sunday: 2:00 p.m. - Midnight
Holiday, summer, and between semester hours vary. Please call the circulation desk 860.231.5209.
Your University of Saint Joseph ID card becomes your library card. After you fill out a short registration form at the circulation desk, a barcode will be placed on the back of your card. Photo ID's can be obtained from the Office of Campus Safety.
The library is open to the public for research, but borrowing privileges are limited to those with a valid University of Saint Joseph ID. The general public must use the interlibrary loan service through their local public library to borrow materials. Visiting students must use their school library interlibrary loan service.
The library catalog is available through SIRSI WebCat. Enter Title, Author, or Subject into box, then choose appropriate option from menu listing below to search. Note: WORDS OR PHRASE will search by title, author, or subject.
If the catalog claims it is not checked out, stop by the circulation desk. We will check to make sure it is not waiting to be re-shelved. Next, we can enter it as missing into our system, along with your barcode, so we can contact you when it is located or replaced.
Yes, items may now be renewed online by accessing the online catalog . Select "OUR LIBRARY CATALOG - "MY ACCOUNT" - "RENEW MY MATERIALS." Enter your 14 digit barcode number and follow prompts for PIN. You may also bring the item to the library for renewal. For your own security, renewals will not be made over the phone. Please note that renewals may be blocked if a hold or recall for a faculty reserve has been placed on the item. Items may be returned after hours to our book drop in the front of the building.
Current paper journals are shelved in the journals room, 1st floor bookstacks. Arrangement is by alphabetical order, with the most recent issue on top and older issues on the shelf below. Complete (bound) sets are shelved along with books in the stacks. Check the Journal Finder portal for call number and additional information. Most journals are now electronic and available online through our journals portal.
Current newspapers can be found in the Journals Room, along the right wall as you walk in the room. Our subscriptions include the Hartford Courant, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Catholic Transcript. Consult the Journal Finder portal for a more extensive list. The online databases are also an excellent source for news.
They are stored in file cabinets in a room off the far end of the Reference Room. A microfilm printer is available for $.10/page. Microfilms are filed alphabetically. Microfiche are filed according to their ED Numbers. We have Eric Documents on microfiche from 1997-2004. In addition, "more than 107,000 full-text non-journal documents (issued 1993-2004), previously available through fee-based services only, are now available for free" at ERIC - Education Resources Information Center.
Print journals are library use only. Two copy machines are available in the library lobby.
If you checked the Journal Finder portal and the article/book you need is not available through our databases, you can fill out a request to get it through interlibrary loan.
The library has two copiers, in the front lobby.
A vendacard is required to make photocopies. This card may be purchased from the machine in the front lobby of the library for $1.00. Copy cards will come pre-loaded with ten copies (initial card=$0.50, copies=$0.05 per page). When you run out of copies, the card may be reused and activated with $1.00, $5.00, $10.00 and $20.00 denominations.
Yes, a vendacard is required to make computer printouts. This card may be purchased from the machine in the front lobby of the library for $1.00. Vendacards will come pre-loaded with ten copies (initial card=$0.50, printouts/copies=$0.05 per page.) When you run out of copies, the card may be reused and activated with $1.00, $5.00, $10.00 and $20.00 bills. Please note: this card may be used for both printing and photocopying.
The computers in the reference room are not equipped with word processing software. The library's popular workstations are optimally used for accessing the online catalog, databases, and other valuable Internet resources for which we subscribe. The campus computer labs, conveniently located in the basement of McDonough Hall, offer numerous workstations for other computing activities, including word processing.
The collaboration computer can be used for word processing. A campus login is required.
To log into your Blackboard account for the first time, your user name is your University of Saint Joseph e-mail address. The USJ e-mail address is your first initial and last name plus '@usj.edu'. If this combination is not unique the middle initial is used after the first initial. The default Blackboard password is your 5 or 6-digit USJ id number found on your student ID. If you do not know your ID # please contact the Registrar at 860.231.5225 or email@example.com. If you forget your password you can request that it be emailed to you by clicking "Forgot your password?" at the Bb log in screen (http://bb.usj.edu)
Yes, you may access our databases from home. All of our databases are available both on and off campus. Off campus access for students and staff is through our proxy server. You will be prompted for the first part of your e-mail address (firstname.lastname@example.org would enter tstudent) and the password you use to check your University of Saint Joseph e-mail account. If you have problems accessing this database please email email@example.com
REMOTE ACCESS AND PROXY SERVICES
Any computer in the University of Saint Joseph campus network will provide access to the vast majority of library electronic resources. Outside the campus network, as defined by the Campus IP address, the library proxy server will put up a login screen. Only current University of Saint Joseph students, faculty and employees have authorized logins which will let them use these resources remotely.
Contractual agreements between University of Saint Joseph and the vendors who lease or sell electronic resources require the institution to limit access. Licensing fees and terms in these contracts vary, but all of them require remote users to be current students, faculty or staff. On campus designated computers at the Pope Pius XII Library will allow visitors on the library databases.
Proxy service also is required to access the academic databases provided by the State of Connecticut iCONN digital library.
First, be sure you did not try to login using your email address. Susan Student would have an email address of firstname.lastname@example.org and should login as sstudent without the rest of the address.
If you still cannot connect, contact Information Technology through email@example.com to be certain you are identified through the campus network as current and authorized.
The licensing requires library electronic resources to be for educational and research purposes only. Restrictions on use include redistributing, reselling or republishing the contents. Authorized users are responsible for respecting copyright and licensing requirements. Misuse of a product could result in loss of the institutional license and other penalties.
Yes! The library has over 2,000 videos and DVDs in our collection. These are included in the library catalog SIRSI WebCat - search by title or subject the same way you would a book. OR - to browse collection, click "call no. browse" tab and type AV VHS or AV DVD into search box. Most videos and DVDs may be checked out for 7 days. New DVD list (select "UNIVERSITY OF ST JOSEPH LIBRARY" - "NEW DVD LIST")
Carrel desks hold equipment for video and DVD viewing on the reference room balcony. These are designed for single-viewer use, but we do have one headphone splitter available at the circulation desk. Most videos and DVDs may be borrowed for 7 days. A maximum of 6 videos/DVDs may be borrowed simultaneously. Note: Reserve and reference videos must be viewed in the library.